Douglas Thoirs Queen was tragically taken from us in Toronto on Monday, March 17, 2014.
Doug, and his twin brother Andrew, were born in Richmond Hill, Ontario on September 3, 1965, the youngest of 9 children. The surprise of Louise and Lloyd Queen bringing home not one, but two babies was a joy to everyone.
From that time on, Doug filled all our lives with warmth, kindness, caring, and compassion. With a gentle smile, he had the ability to see the best in everyone.
Doug went to Richmond Hill High School, got his BA at the University of Toronto (Scarborough Campus) and then went on to York University for his Bachelor of Education. This enabled him to fulfill his passion for teaching children.
Doug spent many summer weeks at Geneva Park on Lake Couchiching, first as a family cottager and then a counselor. A long time “Geneva Parker”, he loved to share his passion for nature and music with all those he encountered there.
Doug was an exceptional teacher in the TDSB and taught at Brock Public School for the past 18 years where he was loved and greatly valued by staff and the students he so enjoyed teaching. He was the driving force in the acquisition of a large collection of instruments with which to share his passion for music with the students at Brock.
Music has always been an integral part of Doug’s life. He was a very accomplished pianist, song-writer and singer. He played many other instruments as well. His love of music of all forms was evident in their band Jughead, which included family members and friends. Their hit single “Hockey Song” can be heard at the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Doug found the love of his life, Trish, in 1994. They were married 12 years ago this coming June 21st, in a beautiful ceremony on Toronto Island. They were blessed with the birth of Dylan (9) and Jack (7) that made Doug’s life complete.
There was nothing of more value than his family and friends in Doug’s world and he will be dearly missed by all.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation to memorial fund at St Christopher’s House for their Music School. St Christopher’s has been helping children who might not be able to afford music classes for years. It is in the neighbourhood of Doug’s school and would combine his love of music and children. You can designate your donation in memory of Douglas Queen, for the Music School Bursary. You can make your donation here.
Please feel free to share any kind thoughts or memories on this memorial page.