OBITUARY

Douglas James Branch

September 25, 1924January 14, 2021

Our dad was amazing!

You will never meet a more generous, kind, thoughtful, honest, helpful, fun, chatty and organized man. He was born in Windsor to John and Florence Branch, one of 5 sons. In 1943 he enlisted in the RCAF and trained as a bomb aimer and was stationed in England. Returning to Windsor he met and married the love of his life Jean Reeves in 1949. They shared almost 70 memorable years together. He attended teachers college and became an elementary school teacher and then principal for 37 fulfilling years until he retired in 1983. He loved his job, the staff, and the students. He and mom had a strong faith and attended St. Barnabas Anglican Church until it’s closing then Emmanuel United.

He belonged to the Kiwanis Club, Curling Club, and Branch 94 Legion. They were active with Couples Club, Bridge Club and the Air Force Club where they danced the night away.

Joyful summers were spent at Sauble Beach where the Branch, Challis, and Thomas family & friends lives were enriched. He enjoyed feeding the birds, wildflowers, gardening, fishing with his buddies, wine and cheese on the patio, silly hat parties and swimming in the lake every day he could. He helped build and attended South Sauble Community Church. You could find them each night at dusk watching the sunset.

Special thanks to Sharon and Les, Delores, Josie & Tony, Mary, lifelong friends the Smiths, Veterans Affairs and all the wonderful caregivers that made his wish possible to stay in his own home till the very end with Debbie by his side.

He was a fabulous father and took us on weekend outings, tobogganing, ice skating, island picnics and exploring nature. Family values and memories were made. We will all miss him dearly as will Walmart, Home Hardware, and the WFCU gang, his favourite haunts.

He is survived by his children, Deborah Norbury (Richard), Jeffrey (Nuria) and Charmaine Reid (Jim), Brother Les and sister-in-law Sharon. Loving grandpa to 8 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his wife Jean (2019) and son Danny (1998) and brothers Kenneth, Edgar, and Victor.

Due to circumstances there will be no service at this time. A celebration of life will take place at a later date. Arrangements were entrusted to Walter D. Kelly Life Celebration Centre (519-252-5711). Donations can be made to the Downtown Mission, Street Help, Amnesty International, or Greenpeace.

You lived a long, happy and full life. We will see you in every sunset joined with mom and Danny. Love, Debbie, Jeff & Charmaine.

Services

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Alan RUTHERFORD

January 26, 2021

Mr. Branch was my first principal when my family emigrated to Canada in 1965 it was at General Brock public school. Mr. Branch was so kind and reassuring that he made me feel very comfortable in my adopted country. I greatly admired this gentleman and will always remember his kindness, may he rest in peace.

Jacob Stafford

January 25, 2021

He was a great Great uncle.

He was very nice, he always laughed at a joke he listened to me when I talked. He was A great swimmer. Most days we went swimming.
Love Jacob Stafford

John, Leslie & Jacob Stafford

January 25, 2021

Betty Stephens

January 25, 2021

Dear Debbie, Jeff, Charmaine and families
My sincere condolences. Your beautiful obituary captures so eloquently the essence of who Doug was. The warmth and love he demonstrated for his family and friends will be deeply missed. Sunsets at Sauble will remind us of the love and kindnesses Doug, Jean and Danny brought to our lives. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Bob and Bev Whitney

January 25, 2021

Dear Branch Family
Ed and Dorothy, Norm and Alice, ,Don Grant and Shirley, Don and Ann, Katherine Walker, Marg Crewsen all welcome Doug and Jean into their circle.
Just like old times at the beach.
Remembering: Hanging the church bell. Running on the beach Fishing on Silver Lake Respecting Danny's Garden Squeezing the boat into the church for storage. Celebrating a special anniversary on the cottage lawn with a funny speech by Deb. Doing everything double quick. Fish and Chips from the Scottish Club. Curling. . Charmaine serving Cool Aid. Good Times.

Gord Miall

January 24, 2021

We were so very sad to hear that Doug had died. Please know that you are in our hearts at this difficult time. Maggie and Gord Miall

Catherine Rankine

January 24, 2021

Dear Branch family all-near and far,
We are sorry and saddened by your loss.
Mr. Branch and Mrs. Branch too, were beloved neighbours the near thirty years we have been living two doors down from them.
Our whole family have been blessed and enriched by knowing them.
As our sons Joel and Josh grew up and the Branches headed up to the cottage, Doug’s meticulous lists for lawn care, trimming and watering with emphatic instructions that there were to be NO CLUMPS were memorable.
Mr. Branch has always inspired us with his regular walking and swimming regimen. I am remembering he and Jean walking by the house and Jean was using her walker. In jest he said, “do you want to see how I make her go?” And gave her a little pat on the behind.
On Boxing Day I went to the door with some muffins. He was a classic perfect gentleman. I was on the porch keeping a distance, and he said, “may I kiss your hand?”
We will surely miss the Branches. Grateful that your family have many treasured memories. Grateful too for the support and love that enabled your folks to die at home. You have truly honoured them.
With prayerful remembrance and love,
Cathy & Gary Rankine & Family
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”
2 Corinthians 1:3-4

Raymond Guillet

January 24, 2021

I was deeply saddened to receive the news of Doug's passing. We were colleagues as principals with the Windsor Board of Education and remained friends in retirement. I shall miss our conversations and the times that we spent together. My deepest condolences to Debbie, Jeff and Charmaine, his children, of whom he often spoke and was very proud.

Donna Squire

January 23, 2021

I was shocked to see the announcement in the paper yesterday of Doug's passing. I always thought he would make it to 108 at least! He was always so full of life and stories. I will be forever grateful for the friendship both your parents shared with Grant and Shirley, and especially after Mom died in 2010. Doug and Jean played a large part in the Crozier decision to get a family cottage near Sauble, and, like you, we all share wonderful memories of our times up there. Doug was also so thoughtful about visiting Dad after his admission to Oak Park Terrace after hip surgery- he helped Dad endure the loneliness of this strange new home. I see many comments about his years as an excellent teacher and principal, but he was a wonderful neighbour and friend in Windsor and Sauble! Treasure the memories.

Barb Fitzsimmons

January 22, 2021

My deepest sympathy to Mr. Branch's family. He was one of my first principals and as a new teacher he was so kind and understanding. I am sure he had a positive influence on so many teachers and students during his career as he did on mine. May your memories and the love of family and friends bring you comfort now and in the days ahead.

FROM THE FAMILY