May 16, 1939 – October 29, 2021
A beloved Husband, Dad, Grandpa, and Doctor; one who lived his life with love, integrity, faith, and a strong commitment to God and family.
Doug was born May 16, 1939 in Belcarres, Saskatchewan to parents Otto and Esther Yackel, with his sister Diane completing the family a few years later. Doug grew up in Yorkton, SK and had a wonderful childhood, often helping out at his father’s automotive repair shop (Mac’s Garage). He entered the University of Saskatchewan medical school after only 2 years of undergrad studies, graduating in 1963. He did his internship at Cook County Hospital (Chicago), and then began his residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Halfway through his residency, Doug was drafted by the US Army and received orders for Thailand. It became the adventure of a lifetime because he was able to bring his new bride, Marie, along with him, as they had recently married.
Upon their return from overseas, they settled back in Rochester, where Doug completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology. His firstborn son, Andre, was born there.
The family moved to Richmond, BC in 1972. Doug began working at Richmond General Hospital and then later on at Delta Hospital, where he served for the rest of his career. The births of Anthony and then Avery rounded out the three boys.
Doug was a well-known surgeon, taking on increasingly high risk and complicated cases throughout his career. He was always regarded as an incredibly kind and compassionate doctor, both by patients and colleagues alike. He absolutely loved his medical career, but by the time he retired he had discovered an even greater love – becoming a Grandpa. Kadyn, his only granddaughter came along in 2005, followed by his first grandson Connor in 2006, and his second grandson Nevyn in 2007. Doug loved his 3 boys, but it was his 3 grandkids who stole the show. His eyes would always light up when they’d enter the room, and he always got a kick out of their many stories and jokes.
Over the last number of years, Doug battled with a number of significant health issues. He slipped away from us, early on October 29, 2021, desiring to go home to be with the Lord. And while we are heart-broken by the loss, we know he’s at peace. He’s left a hole we can never fill, but we are so grateful for the legacy he left: as an amazing husband, Dad, & Grandpa.
Doug will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 55 years, Marie; his three boys, Andre, Anthony & Avery; his daughters in Law – Jana & Michele; his three beloved grandchildren – Kadyn, Connor, and Nevyn; his sister Diane; and numerous family and friends.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Friday, November 26, 2021 at 2:00pm PST. The livestream will start 15 minutes before the service begins, to give you time to join online.
Here’s the link: https://youtu.be/sEN_YOIMJvc
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Union Gospel Mission https://www.ugm.ca/