Doug and I were members of the Finance Committee at Saint Paul's Cathedral at the turn of the century. His knowledge of accounting rules was a great help to those of us who were not accountants, while keeping our focus on the mission of the church. The award of the Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers was well deserved.
Doug was a good and kind man and the world is less for his passing. I will particularly miss our backgammon games at the SFL barbecues. He patiently coached me through the rules each time as I forgot from one year to the next, then he gave me hints on the best moves to make.
Doug was a long time member of Science Fiction London, which is where I first met him in the mid-80s. He loved Science Fiction and had loved it since he was a kid. He contributed enormously to our club in many ways. He was also a huge cinephile and had probably the largest private collections of films in London. His father had owned a heating and air conditioning business when Doug was growing up and Doug often tagged along when his dad was called to fix the air conditioning at one or the other of the local movie theatres; Doug watched the movie while his dad did repairs and this began his love affair with film. Doug grew up participating in Boy Scouts and continued to work with the Scouts for many years. He also did a great deal of volunteer work, so much in fact that the Governor General awarded him the Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers. The picture shows him holding up that medal.
I realized something as I was telling friends and acquaintances about Doug's passing: To meet him was to like him; to know him was to treasure him.