Kenneth Douglas Jack was born on April 6, 1938 in South Porcupine, Ontario, son of Henrietta Lee and Kenneth McLean Jacks. He passed away peacefully on October 19, 2018 at Trinity Palliative Care Overlander in Kamloops, BC.
He is survived by his sons Travis McLean Jack and Jason Tyler Jack, both of Kamloops, BC.
Doug was a dedicated family physician and ER doctor for over 40 years, and especially excelled in small town medical practices. He graduated from Port Credit Secondary School, Ontario in 1955 and from University of Toronto in 1959 with his degree in Physical Education and Health Education. In 1964, he received his degree in Medicine from University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario.
Doug studied classical piano from an early age and continued to play all types of music throughout his life, jazz, blues and pop. While in high school and university, he was an outstanding athlete in basketball and football and liked to play hockey also.
Dr. Jack moved to British Columbia after graduation from University of Western Ontario. He joined a practice in Vancouver with Dr. L.A. Patterson. Dr. Patterson arranged for Doug to do a practice in Port Hardy, BC, where he loved the coastal life and salmon fishing.
Doug’s next practice was in Hudson Hope, BC, working there as doctor during the construction of the Bennett Dam.
In the mid 60s, he moved to Vernon, BC and opened a medical office in nearby Lumby, where he was very well liked and he built a solid reputation as a “country doctor”. He had many friends in Vernon and throughout the Okanagan.
In the early 70s Doug pursued his lifelong interest in horses and riding. He met his wife Cecelia (‘Didi’) Miller and they built and operated “Whiskeyjack Ranch” outside of Lumby, which became a top equestrian center for jumpers and three day eventing in BC. They hosted riding clinics, horse shows and championship competitions. Doug enjoyed riding, competing and helping to deliver foals from their horse breeding program.
In 1981, they moved to a ranch in the Barnhartvale area of Kamloops. Instead of opening a practice, Doug worked in the ER in Kamloops and did locums for doctors in Kamloops, Logan Lake and Barriere. He later retired from practicing medicine.
Doug enjoyed all outdoor activities and travelling with his sons. He enjoyed trips to the house on Savary Island and fishing there. He travelled to many interesting places worldwide, was adventurous, made many friends along the way and lived a full life.
A Celebration of his Life will be held on Saturday, November 17, 2018 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Coast Kamloops Hotel & Conference Centre, 1250 Rogers Way, Kamloops, BC V1S 1N5.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to a charity of your choice.