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J. Douglas Ballingall

J. Douglas Ballingall

Sunday, February 12th, 1939 - Thursday, May 14th, 2020
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Obituary

JOHN DOUGLAS (DOUG) BALLINGALL

Born in Montreal, February 12, 1939

Died May 14, 2020


We are heartbroken to share the news that our sweet, kind father has died of complications following urgent surgery. He is survived by our beautiful mother Fran, whom he adored, and he said so regularly. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary last July. He was predeceased by his sister, Linda McLaren. His five children David, Jeff (Nicky), Chris, Sue (Dan), Greg (Laura) will miss him terribly, as will his seven grandchildren Cameron, Dylan, Ethan, Day, Julian, Lydia and Jaxen.

Dad had a long career in sales and marketing, including stops with McLaren Advertising, Mead Johnson, Bristol Myers, MD Magazine, Nestle, SMW Advertising, and most recently Astra Zeneca. As a family, we moved many times, but settled in Oakville/Burlington for the last 45 years. In retirement, dad was a volunteer with Joseph Brant and Oakville hospitals. Dad thrived on being around people, had a wonderful sense of humour, integrity, and made friends easily. He loved the outdoors, traveling, golf, and camping.

As a husband, father, grandfather, colleague, neighbour, and friend, we have all lost someone very special. A private family gathering will be held to celebrate his life. Support for our hospitals or nursing homes, during this time, is appreciated.
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Mark Scott

Posted at 07:11pm
Doug was a great family man, and I can’t think of a better compliment to pay someone. We missed seeing him regularly because we live in Vancouver. May his memory be a blessing. Love from the Scott family.
 
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Sue Chalykoff Posted at 08:16pm

Thank you Mark, hoping we can connect with you, Day and Ethan sometime soon. Appreciate the note :)
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Trudy Burnside

Posted at 05:22pm
So very very sorry to hear of the loss of Doug. I worked with him at Astra which became AstraZeneca & saw him recently at the last reunion that Brian Donaldson arranged. Doug was always pleasant & spoke highly of his dear Fran & the rest of the family. He will be truly missed. Deepest Sympathies. Trudy Wallace Burnside
 
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Sue Chalykoff Posted at 04:58pm

Thank you Trudy for taking the time to acknowledge my dad!
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Dave Bard

Posted at 11:58am
To Doug's Family,
I visited this website to leave condolences for another family and immediately noticed Doug's photo! I am so sorry to learn of your loss and offer my condolences to Doug's family and friends. I had the pleasure of knowing Doug from my early career in sales at Astra and I always had so much respect for Doug's leadership and professionalism.

Sincerely,
Dave Bard
 
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Sue Chalykoff Posted at 04:54pm

Thank you for the comments about my dad. He certainly enjoyed his time at Astra!
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Alexis McLaren

Posted at 04:24pm
I'm fortunate enough to say that both Aunt Fran and Uncle Doug have played quite an active role in my life, as many of my childhood memories involve large family gatherings (typically held at either Grandma & Grandpa's or Aunt Fran & Uncle Doug's).
Regardless of how many times I moved in my early 20's, without fail they were always able to track me down & send along a perfectly timed birthday card. That takes skill!

My heart goes out to anyone who is feeling a little lost right now because of Uncle Doug's passing - but wish you comfort and strength as the healing process begins. Please know that Dad, Taylor & myself are here to help in any way that we can.

Alexis McLaren
 
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Sue Chalykoff Posted at 08:55pm

Thanks Alexis, it would be good to see you some time soon :) Sue
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Gerry McDole

Posted at 12:54pm
Fran:
I was so sorry to learn the news about Doug. Doug was a valued employee at Astra and AstraZeneca who was appreciated for his no non-sense approach to business along with sense of humour. You could always count on Doug to tell it as it is which was much appreciated by management.
I had the privilege of being introduced by Doug at the marketing hall of fame and always suspected he was the one who nominated me for the award but true to his humility never acknowledged if that was the case.
He often spoke of his family and I very much enjoyed our exchange of stories. We had many opportunities to laugh at ourselves.
My sincere condolences to all of the Ballingall family.
Gerry McDole
 
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Fran Ballingall Posted at 04:48pm

Thank you Gerry, your kind words are much appreciated by all our family.
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