C. Douglas Carter

November 23, 1921May 1, 2020

C. Douglas Carter passed away peacefully on May 1st at Northwood in Halifax.

Doug was born near Innisfail, Alberta on November 23, 1921. His parents, Claude Woodford Carter and Minnie Honora (Lorimer), had moved to Alberta from Cumberland County, NS and in the late 1930s they returned to live in Springhill.

Doug attended Mount Allison University and the University of New Brunswick graduating in Civil Engineering in 1946. While working at the warplane manufacturing plant in Amherst during WWII he met Eileen Alice Henman. They married in 1943 and made their home in Saint John.

In the early 1950s they returned to Amherst where Doug joined Maritime Marshlands Rehabilitation. He was involved in dykes and tidal control structures in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. After these projects Doug joined the Nova Scotia Power Commission in Halifax and was active in many hydro projects throughout the Province.

In 1965 the family moved from Dartmouth to Riverview, NB where Doug worked with a large contracting firm doing business throughout the Atlantic Provinces. This led to the development of his own engineering practice in both Amherst and Dartmouth. Eventually, he joined a larger firm as its Nova Scotia representative. In 1972, he joined the Nova Scotia government, and was later appointed Deputy Minister of Environment, a position he retired from in 1984.

Besides his parents and his sister, Jean Cochrane, River Hebert, he was predeceased by his wife, Eileen. They had been married for 74 years when she died in 2017.

Doug is survived by his daughter Patricia, Dartmouth, sons Donald (Lynn), Port Hawkesbury; Claude (Chris), Halifax; James (Shirley), Regina; and David (Karen), Dorval. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren, John Douglas, Lindsay, Jill, Alex, Ashley, Aleesa, Kaitlyn, Kimberly, Neil and Glen and 13 great-grandchildren Huck, William, Abraham, Sadie, Ida, Maya, Brady, Adelyn, Emilie, Matheo, Olivia, Elodie and Elle.

Doug and Eileen were active in carrying out home improvements, gardening, quilting and playing golf together well into their nineties.

Cremation has taken place. A funeral Mass will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Northwood Foundation or the charity of your choice.

Thank you to Northwood staff, particularly on 5C, for their ongoing support and dedication.

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  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, October 17, 2020

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    Saturday, October 17, 2020


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Judith Trumbo

October 12, 2020

Dear Pat and all the Carter Family,
I was saddened to read of your father's passing. I have such fond memories of time spent with you and your parents at your house in Dartmouth. My sincere condolences to you and the family.
Judith (MacKenzie) Trumbo

Bob Bowes

May 6, 2020

Hello, Claude.
Please accept, and share with your siblings and families, my condolences on the passing of your father. The loss of a parent can be trying at anytime but is even more difficult in the times we are currently going through. Your father's obituary shows that he had a very varied career and experienced an interesting life. I never met him. Before you and I really knew each other, I encountered old friends from university days. We woud catch up on what we had done with our lives. A number of them were then current or former employees of the Environment Department. I recall them speaking very positively about their bosses and your father inparticular. Their words were about how he was well-liked and was highly respected. Take care my friend.

Louise Henman-Poirier

May 5, 2020

I always loved my overnight stays at Uncle Doug and Aunt Eileen's. It was always an adventure and a good game of bowling! As well as one of my favourite activities - shopping for my next good read! I will miss him so much! Our condolences to Don, Claude, Jim, David, Pat and families.
You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Louise, Francois, Alexah, Josee & Samantha

Steve MacDonald

May 5, 2020

Hi, Don and Lynn.

Very sorry to hear about your father's passing. He seems to have had a long and accomplished life.

Diane and Steve

Nicole M

May 4, 2020

I'm deeply sorry for the loss of your Dad. He was a kind and sweet man. Not a complaint in the world. My condolences to the family.

Doug and Anita Matthews

May 4, 2020

Dear family,
Uncle Doug was a great guy, always pleasant, calm with his wonderful smile. We spoke with him at Aunt Eileen's funeral and he knew us and gave us such a warm heartfelt smile.
Take care of one another and stay safe.
Hope to see you all soon.
Hugs and NS Strong
Anita and Doug

Judy Henman

May 4, 2020

Dear Cousins, I am so sad to hear about your Dad. I live in one of Northwoods independent buildings and was worried about Uncle Doug with the COVID outbreak. This is all the more difficult for you, I’m sure, during these physically distancing times. I remember a time when I was nine and had badly cut my arm and was in the hospital. Dad picked me up on my release and dropped me at your parents house in Dartmouth where I had a great time playing with Pat all afternoon in the big city. I remember your Dad as a quiet, thoughtful man. Wishing you peace and comfort during these difficult times. Judy Henman

Therese Henman-Phillips

May 3, 2020

Pat, Don, Claude, Jim, David and families: As our seniors dwindle, it will be our job to keep the connections moving forward ❤️

As kids, I felt like we spent a fair bit of time with your parents, even if it was just one of those quick visits of your mother on the move. I feel like I spent alot of time on Kingston Cres- some of you already out on your own by that time. A few sleepovers and many family times there.

I always remember being in awe of your father’s accomplishments. After every move they had, we often were lucky enough to to get the items being purged- that’s where I received my first golf clubs along with a golf book. I didn’t follow through with that sport until recent years but I will alway associate the sport with the two of them-professional looking golfers that they were!

Hard to believe we have lost another- harder for you folks. Hopefully as the pandemic subsides, we will come together to celebrate Uncle Doug formally and be able to connect in person. Love cousin Therese and family 🌻💙🌻

M Joey Gatchell

May 3, 2020

Pat, Claude, Don, Jim & David,
I only met Uncle Doug once many years ago when he and Auntie Eileen came to Peachland to see Mom (Aunt Doreen) during one of our family reunions. I have a couple of pictures of them sitting with Mom at a picnic table, catching up. I just remember him as being very sweet to me and my family.
Keeping you all in my prayers!
Cousin Joey Gatchell (Mary Josephine Stump)
Nelson BC


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