Douglas (Doug) Ross Longstaffe
July 3, 1938 – January 12, 2020
Passed away on January 12th. Son of Jack Roy Longstaffe and Mae (Lewis) Longstaffe, brother of Kenneth (Kenny) Roy Longstaffe, Walter Robert (Bob) Longstaffe, and John Ronald (Ron) Longstaffe, Doug was the longest living member of his immediate family.
Partner of 25 years to Danielle Laflamme and former husband to Nancy Jane (nee Dewar). Father of Karen Jane (Steven) and Stephen Richard. Proud grandfather to only grandchild Abby Jennifer, and favoured uncle and brother in law to Mark, Doug (Karen), Brandy (Rob), Evelyn, Peter (Doris), Penny (Geof) and Diane (Jacques).
Doug was born in Toronto and attended Upper Canada College and Forest Hill Collegiate Institute. A natural athlete and member of the Track and Swim teams, Doug was known to compete and win with minimal effort, even claiming he would smoke cigarettes in between races and still win his leg of the relay. Although Doug lost his mother and brother Kenny at an early age, Doug enjoyed the humour and camaraderie of his best friends, Fred Eaton, John Carrick, Bruce Biles and Ron Harding, and his brothers who operated both a for- profit stamp and coin collecting business and The Longstaffe Sports Club from the basement of their home at 12 Burton Road. Doug even parlayed his sports knowledge into a summer job as a paid companion who booked horse races at the track for his benefactor.
Starting his career as a young married man at The Royal Bank of Canada, Doug soon joined the family business, Renfrew Electric, a leading manufacturer of electrical wiring systems and devices located in Toronto on Carlaw Avenue - raising his family while working as General Manager throughout the company’s numerous acquisitions. Doug was fortunate to retire before 55 and ended his career working for Legrand France. Stress-free and unencumbered, Doug lived life on his terms and did exactly what he wanted to do. His daily routines involved his numerous morning coffees with cream, challenge crosswords, stock monitoring, weekly meetings, rounds of golf, going out for Breakfast and Lunch, afternoon matinee movies, playing Hearts, Rummy or Bridge at the Kitchen table, dinners made by Danielle, online movies, and Bill Maher.
Doug loved his Richmond Hill life and had little to complain about as long as there was good food around. All who knew Doug recognized his 3 towering attributes: Intelligence, Wit, and just being an overall Nice Guy. He was liked by everyone and espoused that the keys to one’s humanity were Kindness and Anonymous giving. In the end, Doug’s heart simply gave out as he passed away while trying to get out of bed to get to a meeting. Rest in Peace Doug L, you will be missed.
Donations to The Salvation Army.
Please join our family to celebrate the life of Douglas (Doug) Ross Longstaffe on Sunday, January 19th at the Toronto Botanical Garden (located in Edwards Gardens) in the Garden Hall, 777 Lawrence Ave E from 12pm-3pm.
- Celebration of Life Sunday, January 19, 2020
Douglas (Doug) Ross Longstaffe
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Jackie Bell (Chapman)
January 19, 2020
Karen, my sincere condolences to you, Danielle , Stephen and all the family on the passing of your Dad. I was happy to meet you today at the Celebration and was quite moved by your eulogy, as well as by Abbey's memories of her grandfather.
My first memory of Doug seems an eternity ago -- 1957 I think it was when my girlfriends and I were 17 and out having cokes on New Year's Eve. Along came Doug and friends (I think Mike Matthews, John Carrick, Ron Harding) in his T-bird with the top down. That was the beginning of so much fun for the next year or two of high school. Would not have missed it for the world! Jackie Bell. (Chapman).
January 16, 2020
To all of Danielle's family, and Doug's,
I will continue to cherish sweet memories, of my past life with Doug, especially remembering his great humour, and sense of fun. Rest in peace Doug; you gave life a really "good run!"
January 14, 2020
Doug will surely be missed more than words can say. A larger than life character, ultra witty raconteur, something of a bon vivant, and an excellent friend, especially to my husband Noel. I always knew when Doug was at the other end of the phone, as they had a unique style of speaking to each other, sort of a pseudo-posh accent, which I always adored hearing. They could and did talk about all sorts of things as only true friends can. My deepest sympathies to his beloved family especially Danielle, Karen, Stephen and Abby, and to all of his many friends.
January 14, 2020
My sincere condolences to Doug’s caring and loving partner & friend Danielle, daughter Karen, son Stephen, granddaughter Abby and all his family.
Indeed, We had a tremendous amount of fun together in those 3 1/2 decades,
Indeed, I will miss him.
Indeed, He was my friend.