Douglas Leroy Shobbrook
When Doug put his mind to something, he got it done. As in life, he did so in death. After a short, but difficult illness and without fanfare, Douglas Leroy Shobbrook went quietly into that good night on Jan. 17, 2022 at Bluewater Health to be with his Lord.
Born at home in Hullett Township, Doug was predeceased by his parents Leonard and Mary Shobbrook and his brother-in-law Ted Lamont. Doug leaves behind his devoted and loving wife Paulette (Lusko), his sister Donna Lynne “DL” Lamont, his children Terri (Dave Scott), Deborah (Daryl Blanchett), and Chris (Fatima Asgar), and his stepchildren Luann Thompson (Mike) and Lisa Foster. Forever missing their Poppa Doug and grandpa are his grandkids, whom he loved dearly: Tanner (Shelby) and Riley Ward; Meaghann, Mackenzie, and Sebastian Blanchett; and step-grandchildren Hope Thompson, and Simon, Benjamin, Jonathan, Anna, and Christene Foster, as well as several great-grandchildren.
Doug will also be missed by his church family at Cross Current Church in Port Huron, Michigan.
Doug led a simple and quiet life. After leaving the Royal Bank, he worked as a process operator at Dow Chemical and retired in 1993. A skilled craftsman, Doug (the “Wood Chef”) loved working with wood. For as long as we can remember, he was always building something: furniture, kitchen cupboards, side tables, and special projects for his grandkids.
He developed a passion for building replica wooden trucks. Each truck was carefully researched, sketched, and created to scale. He chose each piece of wood with purpose and skillfully crafted the accent pieces. His trucks are truly works of art.
After many years of being single and devoting his life to his children, he met and fell in love with Paulette. His circle grew and he embraced his step family as his own. He loved camping and canoeing, and we have wonderful memories of Algonquin Park. Every winter when we were kids, he would build a skating rink in the backyard.
One of his greatest joys was being a “Hockey Dad”. He even bought a van (a proud car and truck owner) so that he could chauffeur Chris and his hockey teammates around. And yes, Dad was proud of his vehicles. He kept every bill of sale and Terri remembers making sure her car was spotless (like he taught us) whenever Dad was around.
Terri, Deborah, and Chris would like to thank Paulette for her devotion to and love for Dad and for her “momma bear” advocacy during Dad’s illness. The family is grateful for the care and support of the nurses, doctors, and personal support workers during Doug’s time in hospital, especially his end-of-life care.
As per Doug’s wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no funeral. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to Parkinson’s Canada. Arrangements have been entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, Sarnia. Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca