Friday, December 17, 2010

OBITUARY - EX-REGINA PATS


DOUG JOHN KILLOH


Published: 2010-12-16


Regina, Saskatchewan - Killoh, John Douglas Doug passed away peacefully with family by his side on December 13, 2010 following a lengthy illness.

He was predeceased by his parents, Jim and Ruby Killoh, in-laws Bob and Kay Yanko, his daughter Darcee Sazynski, a brother Allan, sister Lynn Bowie and brothers in-law Peter Rekunyk, Ron Yanko, Orville Meek and Jim Yanko. Doug is survived by his wife of 57 years Doreen, children Tracee (Ric) Matkowski, Kathryn Killoh (Ron Stachniak), and Jim (Kathy) Killoh; grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Clay (Angie) Sazynski and Kaleb and Lexi; Michael (Candace) Sazynski and Lily; Brett, Jamie and Kayla Matkowski; and Monty, Sydney, Rachel and Madeline Killoh.

Doug is also survived by his sisters Margaret Rekunyk, Shirley (Lawrie) Schmidt, Bev (Ray) Storey, sisters in-law Mary Yanko, Mitzi Meek, Bernice Yanko, brothers in-law Bob (Sandy) Yanko and Bill (Gail) Yanko along with numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Do
ug was born on November 30, 1931, in Qu'Appelle and moved with his family to Regina at age 8, where he remained for the rest of his life. He attended Strathcona Elementary and Balfour Tech and during these formative years, it became evident that Doug would excel at most any sport he tried.

He was a natural at baseball; was part of the "Kid Line" while playing hockey for the Regina Pats (1950-51 to 1951-52) (Photo: Sask. Archieves - RLP #1623 - Ron "Scoreboard" Johnston collection)



He was the property of the NHL's Montreal Canadiens and attended their training camp, but he didn't stay with them.

While he was playing junior hockey, Killoh also played junior football with the Regina Bombers — a forerunner of the Regina Rams.

He played defensive end with the Riders from 1953-60. Following his playing career, he gave back to sports through coaching over the years, most notably with the Regina Rams.

Formal recognition for his accomplishments and contributions came years later with an induction into the Riders' Plaza of Honour and a place in the Regina Sports Hall of Fame.

Doug appreciated this recognition but what really counted to him were the good memories, the positive impact he had on young athletes as a coach and, most importantly, the many lifelong friendships he made.

It was not all play though as he also had to work. He spent 40 years as a Customs Broker, the majority of the time managing a brokerage firm in the City. He ran a tight ship but was fair, a man of his word and, he treated everyone with the same level of respect regardless of their position or status. For as many friends and acquaintances that he made through sports, he had as many or more through his numerous contacts at work. It was not unusual for him to make trips out to the airport at all hours, in order to help whomever clear a widget through customs. Whether at work, at play or amongst family and friends, Doug's sense of humour was something else.

He dead-panned, fired one-liners, he relentlessly teased, he playfully cajoled, he injected sarcasm, he'd break up a room. His timing was impeccable and his dryness remarkable. Despite his illness during the last few years, Doug never lost this uncanny ability to elicit laughter. As much as Doug could be counted on to provide laughs, anyone who knew him also knew that if there was anyone you needed to turn to when the chips were down, someone to lend an ear when you really needed to talk, someone that you could ask for help, he was that person. His support in these situations was solid as a rock, unwavering and unconditional. This was especially true during his 47 years in A.A. with the many people he sponsored and supported.

The family wishes to thank the very special people who provide care at Santa Maria for their patience and support over the past 2 1/2 years. Thanks also to Dr. John Morris for his special attention to Doug. A heartfelt thank you to Doug's special friend John Pentz for his support, loyalty and friendship and thanks as well to those of the "Old Rams" for their friendship right to the last days. A private memorial service will be held at a later date while a Celebration of Doug's Life will take place on Saturday, Jan. 15/11 at the Conexus Arts Center (details to follow). Flowers are gratefully declined but friends wishing to do so may make a donation in Doug's name to the Alzheimer Society of Saskatchewan, 2550 -12th Ave, Suite 301, Regina, S4P 3X1 www.alzheimer.ca /Saskatchewan or a charity of your choice.