Douglas Cooley

Douglas Wade Cooley

1958 - 2023

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Obituary of Douglas Wade Cooley

THORBURN – Douglas Wade “Weasel” Cooley, 64, Thorburn, passed away suddenly, Saturday, January 21, 2023, in Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow.


Born in New Glasgow on August 8, 1958, he was a son of the late Charles Wesley and Marion Julia (MacDonald) Cooley. Doug began his trucking career at the age of 16 years when he began driving for G.W. Holmes Trucking until 2003 when he joined A.W. Leil Cranes where he was employed until 2009 when he retired due to ill health.  Doug was most appreciative of his many friends and family, who on any day of the week, would stop by and pick him up for an adventure. Doug looked forward to the summer, where keeping his lawn immaculate and his pool in top condition was a priority. He enjoyed camping with his family and the countless hours spent around the campfire sharing a drink and stories or in the camp playing cards. In mid-life he discovered snowmobiling and was an avid enthusiast for many years and in later years, the I pad, on which he spent many enjoyable hours. Doug was a funny, caring and compassionate man who was dedicated to his family.  His love for his wife, children and grandchildren knew no limits.


Surviving are wife of 44 years, Lynn (Forsyth) Cooley; daughter, Heather Cooley (Jason McGee), Sutherland’s River; son, Jeffery Cooley (Barbara Thorpe), Calgary, Alta.;  grandchildren, Makayla, Kyle and Hart; siblings, James (Nadine) Cooley, Plymouth; Greg (Isabel) Cooley, Greenwood; Ray (Lorraine) Cooley, Abercrombie; Kathy Cooley (Vernon Palmer), Pleasant Valley; Julie (Ken) Upham, North River; Mike (Joan) Cooley, Thorburn; in-laws, Allan (Ferne) Forsyth, Riverton; Betty Clyburn, Pictou; Stuart "Bob" (Karen) Forsyth, Lethbridge, Alta.; Scott (Edith) Forsyth, New Glasgow; Janice (Sandy) Harris, Port Hawkesbury; numerous nieces and nephews.


Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his in-laws, John W. "Jock" and Margaret Catherine “Kay” (Cameron) Forsyth; brothers-in-law, Douglas (Roma) Forsyth and Wayne Clyburn.


Funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, January 25, 2023, in P. & K. MacDonald Funeral Home Chapel, New Glasgow with Mr. John Reeves officiating.  Interment will be in Thorburn Cemetery. 


Donations may be made in Doug’s memory to the Thorburn Cemetery or Thorburn and District Fire Department.


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Funeral Service

2:00 pm - 2:40 pm
Wednesday, January 25, 2023
P. & K. MacDonald Funeral Home Chapel
536 Merigomish Rd, P.O. Box 215
New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, Canada


3:00 pm - 3:10 pm
Wednesday, January 25, 2023
Thorburn Cemetery
Marsh Road
Thorburn, Nova Scotia, Canada