Thompson Funeral Home

530 Industrial Parkway South, Aurora, ON


Douglas "Doug" Allan Taylor

July 25, 1947October 22, 2019
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Captain Douglas “Doug” Allan Taylor, Commodore of Algoma Fleet A.K.A. "The Legend"

Doug was born in Toronto, Ontario on July 25, 1947 and passed away peacefully in Newmarket, Ontario on October 22, 2019. Doug, beloved husband of Penny of Aurora, and loving father to Lorna and her husband Paul Williams, and Chris (Jaime). Cherished grandfather of Taylor, Matthew, the late Emily, Avery, Hazen, and Addison. Doug had retired from Algoma Central Corporation where he had been a Captain of many ships. A Funeral service will be held at Thompson Funeral Home, 530 Industrial Parkway South, Aurora on Monday October 28, 2019 at 11am. Reception to follow. Donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family.



  • Funeral Service Monday, October 28, 2019


  • Reception following service


Douglas "Doug" Allan Taylor

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Capt Les Comrie

October 31, 2019

I was very shocked to learn of "The Legends" passing. I had been keeping in touch with Doug because although he was retired he still wanted to read the Officers Position Report and I was his go to person for that task.He was a very kind and well respected Captain. He managed his ship and crew very efficiently. He didn't take any chances when it came to the safety of ship and or crew. Doug's final sailing came way too soon. Rest in Peace my friend.

John and Sharron Primeau

October 30, 2019

Good-bye Special Neighbour and Friend,
What a kind, generous and helpful neighbour who will be so missed. Doug and Penny were so happy and good together. They had wonderful adventures which often included friends and new places, documented with photos. Doug cherished and supported Penny in so many ways and Penny so loved and catered to Doug's interests while supporting his health challenges more recently. They tried out different eateries and then shared their experiences with us, often telling about breakfast possibilities. John and I could not get ourselves out and about like the Early Birds, Doug and Penny so it was more often that we enjoyed lunch or dinner out, with our wonderful neighbours. Doug always made me smile when he appeared on the front deck or on the front lawn in his cheerful orange T-shirt. He kindly, thoughtfully and regularly inquired how John and I were doing on that particular day. Doug would frequently tease, if he saw I was heading out, about my regular visits to Walmart. Apparently, he even extended the teasing to John, asking, if Doug didn't see me, "John, is Sharron off to Walmart, AGAIN?" Of course, that teasing was part of Doug's jovial manner and included hassling Penny and I about the amount of time we could pass chatting across the front lawns. Doug was that special and helpful neighbour who guided and helped John repair the wooden structure of our garden swing after it was damaged by heavy winter ice a few years ago and would snowblow our driveway early in the morning.

Penny, Lorna, Chris, Jaime and Family, please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you in the loss of your husband, dad and Pops. May your memories and knowing that others share in your sorrow, bring you comfort. John, Sharron and Family

Katrina and John Tulley

October 28, 2019

We will always remember Doug for his great sense of humour, his storytelling of his extensive travels, and his love for Penny and the 'girls' Rosy and Kay.

Barb Egalon

October 27, 2019

I will fondly remember our monthly breakfasts and lunches, where we would critique the local fare, and share our mutual love of curry. Sorry about that Penny. Doug you will be missed. Thank you for the memories, these gifts will be cherished.

Trish Minchella

October 27, 2019

Doug, I will always remember you with fondness.
You would always come to physio with a smile, a story, great clothes and yes, the most amazing SMELL!
Yes we would all have to smell which cologne Doug was wearing that day.
You are a true gentleman and we will miss your company down here.
HAPPY SAILING in heaven.
Until we meet again!

Daniel Mainville

October 27, 2019

We are going to miss our good friend Captain Doug , or Penny's Cabin Boy as we jokingly called him. His gentle and kind soul, warm smile, and unique laughter made us fall in love with him instantly when we met him for the first time. Since then, we have enjoyed great food, awesome adventures, and wonderful times together. Rest in peace old friend.

Doug's sudden departure was a shock and our thoughts and prayers are with Penny and the family as you navigate these rough waters.

Christine Bates

October 27, 2019

Doug's happy attitude for life and food..I enjoyed making him strawberry jam as a surprise..he so enjoyed eating the perogi that I would surprise him with..
I will miss his large smile ,having great conversations which we would solve the world problems...
Will miss you Doug...rest in peace


October 27, 2019

For the past 8 years I had the pleasure to drive Captain Doug from his ship to home and visa versa. We always enjoyed each others company and never had a moment silence (unless Doug fell asleep en-route which he did quite often). Captain Doug was most generous in many ways and quickly named me Doctor Phil because he always thought I looked and sounded like him. I played a trick once when picking him up at the Pearson airport. I held up a sign "DR. PHIL". When he exited the doors there were over 50 people standing behind me waiting to see DR. PHIL. Captain Doug laughed when he saw my sign at which point I told him he had better start looking like DR. PHIL or else all the people behind me would probably cause a mutiny. We had a good laugh over that one. Whenever he would call for a booking with Ontario Shuttle Service he would always ask for Doctor Phil. A number of years ago I picked him up in Goderich at 11:00 p.m. to take him home to Aurora. He did not want me to make the return trip so he called ahead to his true love, Penny and asked her to prepare an overnight stay for me. When we arrived Penny had special snacks prepared, drinks and the hot tub ready to go for all of us to enjoy. This is the kind of man Captain Doug was, always thinking of others as was Penny (a beautiful person). I will miss my friend dearly and know he is now in a better place. My heartfelt condolences to Penny and Captain Doug's family. He was and will be remembered as a great man. Dr. Phil

Tanya Smith

October 27, 2019

I have some great memories of my Uncle Doug. He lived with us for a few years at the farm when he wasn’t on the ship and was definitely the Captain at home....Hahahaha. I haven't seen him for quite a few years but always thought we would one day meet up. His passing is an unfortunate reminder that life is too short to wait until “one day.” He will be remembered fondly by his brother Jim and sister, Joyce. Will see you on the other side, Uncle Doug. Love, your Ginger

Jacqui Chaulk

October 27, 2019

I will always cherish the memories of and friendship with Doug. He was such a thoughtful person - like the time he found out one of our sons was interested in ships. "Captain Doug" took the time to send a number of photos of his ship. A wonderful man who loved the open seas ... lived life to the fullest ... and loved his family.

Penny, my deepest sympathy to you at this difficult time. You will be in my prayers.

Love, Jacqui Chaulk


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