CAMPBELL, L D (Douglas)

September 24, 1927 – April 4, 2020

September 24, 1927 (Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England) – April 4, 2020 (Canmore, Alberta)

English by birth, Canadian by choice, Hiker by heart.

Devoted husband of Mary. Loving father to Anne and Linda. Supportive and forgiving father-in-law to Bill and John. Adoring Gramps to Russell, Phillip, Sean, Patrick (Leila) and Alex. Great-grandfather to Mason and Henry. The youngest of three brothers and uncle to Andrew and Margaret. A good friend to many.

Doug passed away peacefully from natural causes in the foothills of his cherished mountains on April 4th with Mary, his beloved wife, dance partner, and hiking companion by his side.

Doug had a dream of a continuous hiking trail across Canada, coast to coast, and thus pioneered the National Trail, a massive project for a massive country. His persistent and tireless pursuit resulted in a better system of trails within the country, a strong bond between the various hiking groups, and inspired Canadians to walk and explore the outdoors. Doug was also a founding member of the Canmore Meanderthals and Trailminders.

Doug was patient and considerate, thoughtful with the delivery of his message. While quiet about his successes, he was always generous with crediting others. He was a keen writer with a clever turn of phrase, a photographer and a traveller. A passionate Canmorite, he was active in many aspects of town life and a supporter of charitable causes, particularly those benefitting the local community.

We would like to thank the Bethany Cochrane for their exemplary care.

Doug was a true gentleman and shall be greatly missed. When it is safe to do so, the family will be hitting the trails in remembrance. We invite you to do the same.

Arrangements entrusted to Cochrane Country Funeral Home, Florence (Flo) Simpson, Funeral Director. Ph: 403-932-1039.

  1. On 09/04/2020 at 9:00 pm Elspeth Cooze Said:

    Thoroughly enjoyed Meeting Doug and Mary when they visited Mangawhai Heads. Enjoyed Linda’s scone parties and maybe there will be another one in the future to honour memories of delightful people. Blessings to all from New Zealand Elspeth

  2. On 09/04/2020 at 10:48 pm Rosemary& Trewby Bull Said:

    We are neighbours to Linda & John in New Zealand. Meet Anna on she and her husband visit. We send our condolences to all their family & friends. Thanks to Skype & Telephones the families have been in touch often. His offspring have been so kind & helpful to us. Love & Prayers. Rosie & Trewby Bull

  3. On 10/04/2020 at 5:16 am Jennifer Teo Said:

    As a long time friend and neighbour of John, Linda and the boys, I had the privilege of meeting Doug and Mary whenever they came to visit. It’s so hard to lose a parent, and even more so when the present circumstances made it impossible for you to be there Linda. I know how close you were to your Dad and it must comfort you to know that despite living in New Zealand you saw so much of each other over the last few years. He could not have had a more devoted daughter snd son-in- law. You will take comfort in the fact that he had a long, happy, fulfilled life and a loving family. What more could one ask for? Thinking of you all at this sad time. Hugs Jennifer and all the boys xxx

  4. On 10/04/2020 at 10:45 am Cori Brewster Said:

    I’m sorry to hear of your loss, never easy to lose a parent, especially one as special as your father seemed. I missed seeing them both at Origins, but I know they were in a better place. Big hugs.

  5. On 10/04/2020 at 11:45 am Lee&Lorraine Eckstrand Said:

    Doug was a mentor to me when I started hiking in Canmore in 2004. I learned just by walking behind him. His tireless work
    for the trail minders enhanced hiking for all of us in the Bow Valley. One can’t live forever but at the end of the day-he could look back and say he did well.

  6. On 10/04/2020 at 2:53 pm Beth and Gerry Diamond Said:

    So sorry to hear of your loss. As a long-time Trail-minder under Doug’s guidance and a fellow board member on the Trans Canada Trail he will be greatly missed. Our hugs go out to you.

  7. On 11/04/2020 at 8:48 am Nancy Gording (Bean) Said:

    I have often wondered how you two were doing Mrs. Campbell. I am so sorry to learn of Mr. Campbell’s passing.
    I remember fondly hearing stories of all the fun times you had with my Mom and Dad and others!
    They are all safe now,

  8. On 11/04/2020 at 9:18 am Cecile and Jean-Pierre Moisan Said:

    Doug made a significant contribution to the hiking community. His leadership in Canmore with the Meandertals,the trails minders and the National trail showed his commitment to others.
    We enjoyed our hikes with him as well as the work we did on the trails around Canmore.
    Thank you Doug!

  9. On 11/04/2020 at 11:39 am Susan Barry Said:

    Mary, I’m so sorry to read of Doug’s death. I remember Doug’s words on my own husband’s obituary page, referring to him as a powerful footballer in his ability to move rock. Doug was no slouch himself but more than that he was the power behind the move the rock movement and hikers in the Bow Valley and beyond owe much to him. I remember Doug as a kind and helpful man, willing to give advice and help to novices like myself in my new mountain environment. I extend my profound sympathies to you and your family. I will remember Doug fondly with love in my heart.

  10. On 11/04/2020 at 2:03 pm Dixie & John Nachtigal Said:

    Dear Mary & Family

    We send our deepest sympathy in the loss of your beloved
    Doug. A fine gentleman & truly a wonderful neighbor to our parents.

    John & Dixie Nachtigal
    Jack & Joanne Roy

  11. On 12/04/2020 at 3:41 pm Anne & Tony Moran Said:

    We would just like to express our condolences to Mary and family on the passing of Doug. We knew Doug and Mary many years ago, and they were so kind to let us stay at their house in Canmore. My Mother really enjoyed their company when she also stayed with them one summer. We also remember Doug when he started the idea of a National Trail, and we did go on a few of the trail making trips. He also took us one time around Canmore showing us where the mine shafts were and the history of Canmore. He certainly was a force for the environment and trail maintenance around the Bow Valley area. We lost touch with Mary and Doug, but we did meet them in Sunnyside Nurseries one day here in Calgary, and had a chat. We always thought of them whenever in Canmore, but did not know exactly their location.

    Our sympathy goes out to all the family members, in New Zealand and here in Canada. Such a wonderful guy and such kind people.

  12. On 12/04/2020 at 8:36 pm Terri Hawkes Said:

    Dear Mary, Anne, Linda and families,
    I was so sorry to hear about Doug’s passing. He was a kind, gentle, and passionate soul who I will miss whenever I’m in his beloved Rockies. What a beautiful obituary – reminding me of how passionate and committed Doug was to hiking and the Coast to Coast trail. I always enjoyed seeing the work he was doing in that respect, and I so appreciated his unwavering commitment to that ideal. One of my favourite memories of Doug and Mary, was at my wedding – many years ago. They were a talented dancing duo, and outshone everyone else on the dance floor. At one point, they were the only dancers on the floor, and everyone just loved watching their seamless performance; they were obviously comfortable together – on and off the dance floor. Most of all, I will always treasure the kindness that the Campbell family has shown me for the last fifty years. I have felt welcomed into their homes in Calgary and Canmore, and have received more than one birthday cake from them over the years. They are truly family of my heart – and I will miss the patriarch. Mary, Anne, Linda – and all your beautiful men… our thoughts are with you for gentle healing in a challenging time…. Terri, Alexa, Jake, and the Hawkes family. xoxoxoxo

  13. On 12/04/2020 at 10:20 pm Anne Bloomberg Said:

    Dear Mary and Family,

    My sincere condolences to you on the passing of your gentle and wonderful husband, Douglas. I will forever be grateful to both of you for making my first two anxious years of teaching in Canmore, so pleasurable. I so looked forward to being invited to your charming home to enjoy cookies and tea while we laughed and watched Rumpole of the Bailey. Your kindness to me while I adjusted to a new profession and neighbourhood, was so very much appreciated.

    Love and hugs from Anne Bloomberg.

  14. On 13/04/2020 at 9:11 am tannis gutnick Said:

    Dear Mary, Anne, Linda and families
    Please accept our hearfelt sympathy in the passing away of Douglas.
    Wishing you all the strength needed to overcome your loss.

    We send our love
    Tannis Gutnick and Bernard Feys

  15. On 13/04/2020 at 11:43 am Pat Harrison Said:

    The Board of Directors of the National Trail Association (Hike Canada en Marche) learned of Doug’s passing. He was the heart and soul of the NTA. He had the wisdom in the late 1960’s to envision a trail across Canada. He has worked tirelessly since that time to develop a hiking trail from coast to coast and many long distance trails were designated with the Hike Canada trail marker during his tenure.

    We will miss his guidance as we continue to move forward with his dream of a non-motorized national trail across Canada. It is now up to those of us on the Board of Directors to keep his spirit alive and keep working to make the National Hiking Trail a reality.

    On behalf of the Board of Directors, our condolences to Doug’s family.


    Pat Harrison
    Hike Canada en Marche

  16. On 13/04/2020 at 8:00 pm Dorothy-Ann Reimer Said:

    So sorry, Mary, to learn of Doug’s passing. He was such a great trip coordinator when in the Rocky Mtn Ramblers. I remember vividly when he helped me, a terrified new hiker, up the back side of Yamnuska in a hike I will always treasure as a high moment in the mountains.

    One day, a few years later, he heard that I had driven over a back road from Cypress Hills Prov Park to Fort Walsh. He insisted I write up an article about that stretch of the National Trail – even though I drove it, didn’t hike it.

    Always wonderful memories of times with him on his hikes

  17. On 13/04/2020 at 9:17 pm Bob and Helga Pattison Said:

    Dear Mary, Anne, Linda and Families
    To let you know that thoughts of deepest Sympathy are with you. About 1985 we net Mary and Doug
    on a Rocky Mtn. Rambler hike. We travelled many trails together. We will not forget the good times we had together in the mountains, and later in your beautiful home in Canmore. One year,
    as you travelled to New Zealand, you let us stay in your house in Canmore. What a treat it was.

  18. On 14/04/2020 at 9:18 pm Sue Barnes Said:

    Dear Mary and family,

    I would like to extend my sincere and heartfelt condolences to you and to your family, Mary. I will always be grateful for the kindness and compassion you and Douglas showed to me and my young daughter – so many years ago in Canmore (1990’s). Douglas will be in my thoughts as I continue my love of hiking throughout the Canadian trails, and hopefully one day, on the National Trail.

    My mom loved staying at your house during a trip you and Douglas took to New Zealand, and frequently shared stories of how she absolutely adored hiking with the Meanderthals!

    Hugs, from Sue

  19. On 15/04/2020 at 10:58 am Susan Dorion and Jim Wilker Said:

    First of all, our sincere sympathy to you and all of your family… Doug was my hiking mentor! Coming from the “flat land,” we had no understanding of “pace.” Not only did Doug set an excellent and reliable pace, but he demonstrated wisdom when leading a group of hikers. This could include possible stormy weather, hazardous hiking conditions and also the overall “ability” of his group. I once told Doug that I would hike anywhere with him as leader, with full confidence. He quiet and generous spirit will be greatly missed by all, but especially by you, his family…

  20. On 16/04/2020 at 10:45 am Jim Pissot Said:

    Very sorry to read of Doug’s passing. Condolences to his family and close friends. Doug has been a constant inspiration, and we will be following his footsteps on trails here in the Bow Valley and beyond … Thank you, Doug, for everything.

  21. On 17/04/2020 at 12:09 pm Keith Thompson Said:

    A well remembered scene of Doug during a vigorous day of trail minding near Canmore – boots, gloves and poleaxe.

  22. On 19/04/2020 at 3:29 pm Pat Grayling Said:

    Linda, I just want you to knowhow sad I was to hear of Douglas’ death and to let you know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your Motherland all your family during your sorrow.
    With my loving sympathy , Pat Grayling

  23. On 21/04/2020 at 7:04 pm Saundra & George Garden Said:

    Dear Mary & Family,

    We send our deepest condolences in the loss of Doug. Such a kind gentleman and we were so happy to hike with him in the Meanderthals. We will remember him with fondness.

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