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It is with sadness we announce the death of Douglas John Hosking, 71 at Kelowna B.C. on May 1, 2014. He was born on a Sabbath, July 18th, 1942 in Lindsey Ontario.  

Doug is lovingly remembered by his wife, Carolyn , daughter, Chenoalyn (Matthew) LeGresley of Kelowna,B.C., son Keenan of Lacombe, Alberta, daughter Kyla (Matthew) Andrieux of Angwin California. 

His six precious grandchildren were his pride and joy and they lovingly gave their hugs, kisses, comfort items and handmade cards during his illness. 

His brother, Ron (Polly) of North Sydney, NS, sister, Joy (Phil) Redo of Citra, Florida and nephews, will remember him fondly. 

Doug was predeceased by his parents John (Jack) Howard and Mary (Mamie)Hosking,  an infant brother, Howard and a nephew, Daryl. 

A celebration of life was held on Sept 28, 2013 at which Doug preached, sang and expressed the good things God had been doing to help him and his family through his diagnosis and treatment for brain cancer. 

The final words of the sermon implored everyone to press together, love one another and tell others the basic gospel of, “Jesus loves you, Jesus saves you”.

This year people have demonstrated that very thing through their prayers and messages of love poured out to Doug and his family.

Doug will be laid to rest in the Williams Lake cemetery on May 9,2014 at 1200.   

In lieu of flowers donations to one of the following would be appreciated: Gospel Outreach Canada via www.goaim.org and ADRA.ca and Prayer Chapel for Camp Pugwash, NS. Attention to Julie Bannister noting in memory of Doug Hosking at www.maritimesda.ca  for the address.

LIFE SKETCH
Doug was born in Lindsey, Ontario, but as his father went with the forces to Europe they had only a weekend together until WWII ended.  

He lived in the Parry Sound district for during his early years of schooling then to Sarnia area till his first teaching job called him to a small town near Sault St. Marie. He was married to Carolyn Veness at Woodstock Ontario in 1971.

Doug taught in many places, southern and northern Ontario, Newfoundland, Maritimes (first as Education & Youth Director) and British Columbia. 

He had a longing to preach and gave his first sermon at 16 years of age. Eventually, the Lubec, Calais district in Maine needed a fill-in pastor and Doug stepped in, even though he was still teaching across the border in New Brunswick.  This turned into a more permanent role when the church school closed for lack of students. 

His desire to preach was fulfilled and he ministered for ten years before retirement and volunteered for the following six years.

One of the most challenging endeavors Doug, along with his wife and three children, undertook was to operate a Special Care Home on a farm for eight years. 

Many lessons were learned during that time: Doug- to cook, home renovate or tolerate goats; the children-to share a small living space, travel a long way to church school or help with the elderly and handicapped residents; and I- to multi-task to the limit. 

We all learned about giving care to others, thus our children’s careers became health or helping in nature.  After we closed the home, even Doug reapplied to medical school, Canada this time (first accepted to Loma Linda, CA in ’70, thwarted by funds and border rules).   

Life is too short to cram in all the desires of one man’s heart.  Good for you Doug, for testing so many doors!  

Doug loved being a student (Science BA’67, Religion MA ’07 Andrews University- truly a lifelong learner) and enthusiastically conveyed this same love in his teaching or preaching. 

He would make a game of lessons and before the student knew it, they had grasped spelling or times tables through simulation baseball. (His students mention their recesses or soccer games in their tributes).

He reveled in music, whether singing in choirs, small groups, solos or his favourite, with his children- often songs he have composed.  He could be heard making music by whistling or singing with the oldies, classics, modern songs, hymns, and familiar ditties or ones he developed for any situation, such as teasing a little one.

Writing stories and children’s lessons was another one of his passions. 

He wrote for Collegiate Quarterly and participated in math curriculum and writing workshops and developed his own courses for teaching or camp meeting delivery.  

During his last year of life, he felt compelled to write and was frustrated when his strength would not permit the effort that it entails. 

He did succeed in producing three finished paintings during his period of illness, along with one for me that will remain unfinished.

May we all remember the enthusiasm, caring, wisdom, empathy and love that Doug has shared with us! Let it be said that Doug did outlive his life as Max Lucado (2010) describes in his book Outlive Your Life: You Were Made to Make a Difference.  

People, keep looking up and finding your strength in the Lord as Doug attempted to do each day of his life and expressed in a song he wrote. (Lyrics will be available upon request)

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