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DOUG PEARSON WAS A COMMUNITY MAINSTAY

On May 29th, Rotary lost a special friend.  Doug Pearson was a mainstay in the Nanoose Bay community and an over-the-top supporter of events, programs, community, and people.
 
Doug’s almost sheepish, low-key style worked as his camouflage, while his focused, energetic, and carefully planned actions paved the way for his unbounded enthusiasm.  This man had an excitement for life, learning, giving, and making things happen.  He was a wealth of knowledge and had time for everyone.  His passion for family, friends, and Rotary, as well as his never-ending hunger to learn and talk about the Romans, science, technology, and government, was legendary.
 
Almost 10 years ago, Doug had successfully come through a tough bout of cancer and was living as he always did – flat out.  Like a whirling dervish, he was always on the go and getting involved wherever he could so his skills, connections, experience, and insight could ‘make a difference’ for those in his ever-expanding circle.
 
Recently though, a recurrence of his cancer flared, and after an intense bout of chemo, he was looking forward to more days being out and about.  Unfortunately, complications resulted that culminated with his urgent rush to the hospital.  A fighter to the end, Doug put on a brave face. He only saw the positive side and the day when he’d be back playing chess, controlling a bridge hand, sharing wine with his tasting group, zooming with the different Rotary clubs, offering suggestions as to how Rotary can be more involved and effective, and how we all should internalize the mantra “Service Above Self.”  It’s what he believed in and what he practiced everyday.
 
Doug was a committed Rotary supporter, and to some was called Mr. Rotary.  He  was an honorary member of a number of clubs and consummate ambassador.  Not one to miss a meeting, he went out of his way to promote our speakers, programs, special events, and world-wide contribution to making this a better place live.  He talked the talk and walked the walk.  He will be sorely missed by all.

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