August 23, 1948 – December 30, 2022

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Douglas Walter Essensa on December 30th, 2022 at the age of 74. Predeceased by his wife Patricia (Lutes) Essensa eight months prior as well as his parents Walter Essensa and Mary (Piercy) Essensa. Left to mourn his passing are his daughters Pamela (Patrick) and Rebecca (Aaron), along with grandchildren Leah, Danielle, Jeremy and Alexis. He leaves behind his siblings Harold (Jean), Susanne, Gary (Mary) and Brian Essensa along with numerous nieces, nephews and many other relatives.

Douglas was born in St Stephens, New Brunswick as the second of five children. He moved west as a young man looking for work and began at the Grand Duke Mine in Stewart, BC in the early 70’s. While off shift he met his true love Patricia Essensa on a blind date and the rest was history. They were married in the summer of 1974 and welcomed their first daughter in 1976 and then again another daughter in 1981. Doug thrived at being a “girl” dad and always made sure all the girls in his life wanted for nothing. Doug loved moments where he could get outside to do some fishing, hunting and camping with friends and family any chance he could. Doug could often be found every evening with his wife in their garden water and tending to their plants. After moving up north to Terrace, BC to raise their family Doug and Pat made the move to Kamloops for work and to later transition into retirement. Doug had an unfortunate workplace accident and lived the last 12 years of his life in a care facility in Kamloops. Having suffered many life altering injuries he still always tried to see the best in everything around him. He was always known for his huge smiles and cheerful demeanor.

The family of Douglas would like to give a heartfelt thank you to Dr. Wynne and all the staff at Ridgeview Care Facility all the empathy and care that they showed Doug in his last days.

A Celebration of life will be held at 11:30 am on Saturday, August 12, 2023 in the Kamloops Funeral Home, 285 Fortune Drive.

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6 Tributes

  1. Gerry Beaupre
    Posted January 16, 2023 at 11:53 am | Permalink

    Our deepest sympathies to the family,Doug was a kind men ,and working with him it was easy because of is kindness and patience

  2. Garth Eberle
    Posted January 16, 2023 at 12:21 pm | Permalink

    My deepest condolences go out to the family. I met Doug working for Brentwood and always enjoyed his company whenever he had to do a little fixin on a machine I was running. He was always kind and smiling, telling me stories of how he liked the heat. He will be missed.

  3. E & G Kuehne
    Posted January 16, 2023 at 1:22 pm | Permalink

    Again, condolences to you and all family and
    friends. Ernie & Gloria

  4. Hettie Buck
    Posted January 16, 2023 at 2:04 pm | Permalink

    Our heartfelt condolences Pam, Becky as s families as you lovingly honour your wonderful Dad Doug’s memory. Much love, The Buck Family

  5. Belinda Betson
    Posted January 16, 2023 at 9:17 pm | Permalink

    My heart is full of sadness with the passing of my brother-in-law. I’ve know this man almost my entire life. My love and sympathy goes out to his girls and grandchildren. He loved those girls more than anything and always made sure they were safe and in need for nothing. He had a love for life… we will miss him very much.

  6. Lillian Torrance
    Posted January 17, 2023 at 6:37 am | Permalink

    Dear Pam and Becky my heart aches for the loss of both your parents within 8 months I will keep you both in my prayers – your parents love for each other was so special now they are together again both your parents were good friends to my family the world has lost two wonderful people. Love Lillian and Tracy and the deB family

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