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Douglas Corbishley

February 29, 1936 - June 9, 2024

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Douglas Arnold Corbishley, 88, passed away peacefully on June 9th, 2024, surrounded by his family in Penticton, British Columbia. In recent years, even though Doug faced many health challenges, he remained full of gratitude, love and kindness right to the end of his life.

Doug was predeceased by his parents Don and Elsie (Kirkham) Corbishley. Doug is survived by his wife of 64 years Diane (Sutherland); his children, Tracy (Brad) West, Shawn (Ileen) Corbishley, and Michelle McLennan; his grandchildren David (Blaire) West, Kelly West, Ashton Corbishley, Brittyn Corbishley, Jack McLennan and Vanessa McLennan; and 3 great grandchildren Levi, Milo and Ruby West. Doug is also survived by his sister Diane (Barry) Beadman, as well as many in-laws, cousins, nieces and nephews and close friends.

Doug was born in Penticton, B.C. on February 29th, 1936, and raised on the family cherry orchard in Oliver, B.C. He attended the University of British Columbia and graduated with a degree in Chemical Engineering. While at UBC, Doug participated in many activities including Junior Varsity Rowing and the Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity (Fiji). At one of the fraternity parties Doug was set up on a blind date with Diane Sutherland. It was love at first sight and Doug and Diane were married in 1960. Together, they lived life to the fullest.

Doug and Diane began their married life in Toronto after Doug accepted employment with National Starch and Chemical (NSC) in 1960. This kicked off a long and successful international career spanning 35 years. Doug was offered the opportunity by NSC to build a manufacturing facility in Collingwood. The success of the Collingwood venture propelled Doug to broader international responsibilities. Doug began his United Kingdom tenure in the late 1970’s encompassing ever expanding global responsibilities retiring as the VP and Managing Director of European & South African Operations as well as a member of the Board of Directors.

After 20 plus years in the United Kingdom, Doug and Diane returned to Canada. They settled into their home on the shores of Skaha Lake in Okanagan Falls, B.C. on property that had been in the family since the mid-1940’s. During this time, Doug engaged in many other pursuits with vigour and passion. He was the Chairman of Accelerate Okanagan, shareholder and esteemed member of the Okanagan Hockey Group’s Executive Committee and Board of Directors, he invested in local wineries, and supported the growth and development of UBC-Okanagan. Doug was a proud Okanagan boy and enjoyed supporting the broader Okanagan Community in many other ways whenever he could.

Doug’s achievements were only surpassed by what he gave back to the communities where he lived and to the people who came into his life. Doug had a genuine interest and curiosity in others. He mentored his family, friends, business associates and many others who sought his advice on business and personal matters. Doug always gave back.

Doug had many passions such as gardening, tracking the stock market, wine, reading, volunteering, and classic cars. Gathering with friends, whether in England, the Okanagan, Palm Springs or other destinations was definitely a passion.

Above all, Doug was a devoted and loving family man and a dear friend to many. Doug believed in the importance of family traditions. Traveling with Diane and the family was a key activity such as spending Christmas at many different locations. Doug’s kind, caring and supportive ways along with his ready smile will forever be cherished and missed by his family and friends. Doug, Dad, Papa, Great-Papa…you are deeply loved!

The family would like to extend a sincere thank you to the Community Palliative Care Team in Penticton and to all the other care givers that have supported Doug. A special thank you to Leticia Cahn who has been Doug’s primary caregiver.

A service in celebration of Doug’s life will be held at St. Saviour’s Anglican Church 150 Orchard Street, Penticton, BC on Monday July 8th at 2 pm with a reception to follow at the church hall.

Condolences and tributes may be directed to the family by visiting Doug’s tribute page at www.nunes-pottinger.com where livestream information can also be found.

In lieu of flowers, please consider contributions in Doug’s honour to the Corbishley Family Reading Room and Special Collections at the UBC Okanagan Library https://give.ubc.ca/corbishley-family-reading-room or call 604-827-4111/1-877-717-4483, or the Community Foundation of the South Okanagan, or a charity of your choice.

 

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From: Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service & Crematorium Ltd.

The Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service & Crematorium Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: John MacMurchy
Relation: Family friend.

Doug was a pillar of the Collingwood community while the family lived here. He was very supportive of me as a musician and he encouraged me at a crucial time. My deepest condolences to Dianne, Tracy, Shawn, and Michelle.

From: Tracy Berry
Relation: Friend of the family

Dear Tracy and family – although we didn’t have the pleasure to meet your dad, we knew of his deep love for his family and of your dear love for him. That’s what’s most important in this life. Thinking of you all and sending love and hugs to you! Xo

From: Rebecca Wal
Relation: Colingwoodtoday.ca

So very sorry to hear of Doug’s passing. He certainly will be missed but there are so many reminders of him and all he did. My deepest condolences to his family.

From: Nancy Browne-Zantinge
Relation: Family friends from the Collingwood Days

Dear Diane, Tracy, Shawn, Michelle and All of Your Family. We send our heartfelt condolences as you move through this difficult time. Cherish all of your wonderful memories you made with Doug/Dad/Grandpa as he made his mark in life. All the Best to you from all of us. Sincerely, Nancy Browne

From: Bruce and Debbie Knight
Relation: Acquaintance in Collingwood

Dear Diane, Tracy, Shawn, Michelle and Family.
Although we haven’t seen Doug for many years we well remember his warm smile and kindness to this town’s citizens. Please accept our deepest condolences as you say goodbye to such a fine pillar of your family.

From: Kim Lyster
Relation: through the Community Foundation.

I had the pleasure of meeting Doug and Diane through the Community Foundation of the South Okanagan Similkameen. They regularly attended events and understood the value and importance of philanthropy. Doug was always curious about what was happening in the community, offered informed and thoughtful suggestions to deepen the strategies that were being offered. On a personal note, he consistently supported my professional journey and ambitions. It was a pleasure to visit with them whenever that opportunity arose. My condolences to the family – what a nice, nice man.

From: Markus Houben
Relation: Business Partner

Doug had immense business insight which he shared with me when we met in Penticton a few years ago. It meant a lot to me. Thank you for that.

Service Schedule

  Memorial Service

Date & Time:
July 8, 2024
Beginning at 2:00pm

Location:
St. Saviour's Anglican Church
150 Orchard Street
Penticton, BC Canada

A service in celebration of Doug’s life will be held at St. Saviour’s Anglican Church 150 Orchard Street, Penticton, BC on Monday July 8th at 2 pm with a reception to follow at the church hall.

150 Orchard Street
Penticton, BC Canada

Memorial Gifts

In lieu of flowers, please consider contributions in Doug’s honour to the Corbishley Family Reading Room and Special Collections at the UBC Okanagan Library https://give.ubc.ca/corbishley-family-reading-room or call 604-827-4111/1-877-717-4483, or the Community Foundation of the South Okanagan, or a charity of your choice.

 

Thank You Notice

The family would like to extend a sincere thank you to the Community Palliative Care Team in Penticton and to all the other care givers that have supported Doug. A special thank you to Leticia Cahn who has been Doug’s primary caregiver.

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