Evan MacDougall February 24, 1925 - December 14, 2014
We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Evan MacDougall on December 14, 2014, aged 89, in Chilliwack. He was predeceased by his wife Frances, his sister Charlotte, brother Lloyd, step-brothers Jerry, Merrill and Roland and step-sister Evelyn. He is survived by his step-sister Aileen, children Donna, Kyndree, Peter (Rachel) and Laurie (Kindy), his grandchildren Kyndree, Grant, Zoey, Caelee, Saje, Kiran, Samuel, Tavi, Ainav and Maxwell and great grandchildren Jake and Tao. Evan was born and grew up in West Vancouver in a large family. His childhood was a happy one in a busy and active home. Evan signed up to serve in World War II joining the First Battalion of the Royal Canadian Scottish Regiment. Following basic training in Canada, he was sent overseas and served in France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany. While he was not one to glorify war, his service in it was formative and a source of quiet pride throughout his life. He was a small businessman for over 30 years operating local businesses in Boston Bar, first as a logging contractor and then as the owner of a fast food restaurant. MacDougall's Drive-In opened in 1963 and was a favourite of locals and travellers of the Trans-Canada for many years. Evan the Hamburger King was almost always to be found behind the grill. He was also an active member of his community volunteering in a number of organizations and in political life as a member of and provincial candidate for the CCF and NDP. He was elected as Regional Director for the Fraser Valley Regional District where he contributed to many improvements in the local community. Growing up near the water nourished a lifelong love of the sea. From childhood visits to Gambier Island to living and working in Bamfield and Half Moon Bay, the sea was never far from his heart. During his years in Boston Bar he was a boat owner and took many fishing trips up and down the coast; these were treasured times for him whether the water was calm or rough. He was in many ways a reserved and private man but not immune to the pleasures of a good party, a wee dram and the bagpipes at high volume. He was intellectually curious, liked a good debate, was a great reader, and had a great sense of humour. He was most comfortable at home, tending his garden and yard, splitting shakes and finishing furniture. We will miss him deeply. There will be no service by request.