Douglas Edward Milton
In the past
several years, especially when it became apparent that Doug would
likely predecease me (his wife), he would often say to me, « If
you must put something in the paper when I pass, all you need say is
« Doug died. » Doug was never one to seek the
limelight. So there – I have said that part for you, Doug.
What follows is for the rest of us, who will miss you terribly, and
who want a last chance to tell the world what a remarkable and
interesting man you were.
Doug was intelligent, kind and gentle, and generous in spirit
and action. He was a polymath, valuing and pursuing learning across a
variety of fields – sciences, mathematics, geology, climate change,
politics, sports and most especially history. He was often
disappointed with what we, the human race, have done and are doing to
our planet and our fellow man. He would quote Thomas Paine
(1737-1809), an American political activist, philosopher and theorist,
who wrote, « We have it in our power to begin the world
again. » And Doug would say that indeed we still
Doug was a consummate reader and a follower of documentaries.
Chapters was a favourite spot for him on a weekend afternoon. Like all
the Miltons, and Albert County folks in general, Doug was a great
storyteller, with topics ranging from family history, world and local
history and politics, to remarks about a good old Blue Jay’s game.
Family dinners at his sister’s or a cousin’s would
always involve recounting their days growing up together, garnering
gales of laughter.
Doug believed in a healthy mind and a healthy body.
He was a member of the Moncton YMCA for forty years and made many
friends there over that time. He was a beautiful swimmer (swam 80 laps
every weekday noon-hour for decades) and enjoyed rousing games of
pickup basketball His love of nature took him for many hikes
and long daily walks along the Hillsborough marshes or local woods
trails with his dogs.
Doug loved animals and had many pets over his lifetime who
loved him in return and who provided much joy, healing and
companionship. He also derived great pleasure in watching the many
birds, raccoons, squirrels, chipmunks, and white-tailed deer who
frequented our feeders. He enjoyed his volunteer work
trapping and transporting feral cats; and he fostered many kittens
over those years. He was also a great admirer and supporter of the
important work of the Atlantic Wildlife Institute in Cookville,
Doug graduated from UNB’s Civil Engineering program
in 1970, after which he obtained his Chartered Accountant designation
from the Ontario Institute of Chartered Accountants. For the bulk of
his career, he held senior positions at Atlantic Lottery Corporation,
retiring in 2002.
Above all else, Doug loved his family, who were his closest
friends. Doug was predeceased by his parents, Elvert and Vera
(McCoubrey) Milton. He will deeply be missed by his wife Sharon
MacFarlane Milton, sister Carol Hisey (Gordon) of Hillsborough,
brother Dale Milton (Carolyn) of Mississauga, ON, and by his nieces,
nephews and many cousins.
There are perhaps not many people who would have
characterized this gentle man as a fighter; however, the
strength, courage, and resilience with which he
faced his illness over twenty plus years made him not only a fighter,
but a champion.
Douglas Edward Milton, 73 of Hillsborough, passed away in the
Palliative Care Unit of the Moncton City Hospital on
September 23, 2020. Warm thanks are extended to the many
doctors, nurses, staff and volunteers who helped him during his
periods of illness, most especially the diagnosticians and surgeons,
the Oncology Department, Extra Mural and Palliative Care. He also
would want to thank his friends and neighbours who helped along the
way, and his valued monthly lunch group (all former work colleagues
and friends) with whom he shared stories, laughter and support in his
In keeping with Doug’s wishes, there will be no visitation or
funeral service. A private family celebration of Doug’s life will be
held at the Albert County Funeral Home.
Remembrances may be sent to family members, or donations may
be made to a charity of the donor’s choice, through the
Albert County Funeral Website www.albertcountyfh.com.
Alternatively, you may perform a random act of kindness for someone
who could use your help. All of the above will be
appreciated by the family.
Arrangements are in the care of the Albert County
Funeral Home, 4130 Route 114, Hopewell Cape, NB E4H-3K2
Nos plus sincères sympathies à la famille et aux amis de Douglas Edward Milton 19472020..
Décès pour la Ville: Hopewell Cape, Province: Nouveau-Brunswick