Douglas Third

Douglas Joseph Third

Friday, December 6th, 2019
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Douglas J. Third
1928 - 2019

On December 6, 2019, Douglas Joseph Third passed away at the age of 91.

Doug was born on May 28, 1928. He attended Teacher’s College in Moose Jaw, Sask. and began his teaching career in and around Lampman, Sask. for four years before moving to Estevan in 1949. The next thirty-one years were spent as principal of Hillside School in Estevan, Sask. until his retirement in June of 1980. Not one to be idle, he accepted the position of Assistant Superintendent with the Estevan Rural School Division. Later, as a lay minister, he officiated 1003 prayer, graveside and funeral services. He was also a lifetime member of the Royal Canadian Legion’s Estevan Branch.

He was united in marriage to Alice Belanger in August of 1951. They resided in Estevan until May of 2018 when they moved to Regina, Sask.

Daily walks and crossword puzzles were his favourite pastimes. One of the lucky few, Doug was able to enjoy sweet treats daily without gaining any extra weight.

Doug spent his life dedicated to educating, counselling, guiding, and listening to others. He will be missed.

Left to cherish and share precious memories are his wife, Alice; daughter, Margo (Roger) Holinaty; son, Ian (Charlene) Third; daughter, Melanie (James) Tholl; grandchildren, Kyle and Rhys Holinaty, Michael (Sarah), Melissa (Garrett) and Sarah Tholl, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

The Funeral Mass was celebrated on Saturday, December 21, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at St. John the Baptist R.C. Church, Estevan, by Rev. Nestor Gregoire, OMI. A time of fellowship and refreshments took place in the church hall immediately following the Funeral Mass. Interment took place at Our Lady of Seven Sorrows Parish Cemetery, Lampman.

If friends so desire, donations in Doug's memory may be made to the New Estevan Regional Nursing Home, 1201 - 2nd Street, Estevan, Sask., S4A 0M1.

Dustin Hall with Hall Funeral Services, Estevan assisted Doug's family.
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Service Details

  • Service

    Saturday, December 21st, 2019 | 10:00am
    Saturday, December 21st, 2019 10:00am
    St. John the Baptist R.C. Church
    109 - 12th Avenue
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    Rev. Nestor Gregoire, OMI
  • Interment

    Our Lady of Seven Sorrows Parish Cemetery
    Lampman, SK S0C 1N0
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    Interment will take place at a later date.
  • Reception

    St. John the Baptist R.C. Church
    109 - 12th Avenue
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Ted Rud

Posted at 11:46pm
Sadly, a random online search led me to the announcement of the passing of Mr. Third.
I attended Hillside School 1962 - 1969 and have fond memories of this kind and gentle man with the booming voice.
My family left the Estevan for the bright lights of Calgary in the summer of 1969.
I returned a few years later to visit friends and pay a visit to this special man.
My favourite memory was being able to hand ring the 1pm school bell from the window of his office in the old brick school.
He made every student feel welcome.
“Go rest high on that mountain son....your work on here is done”

Ted Rud

Linda Dahl

Posted at 03:12pm
It's hard to express the right words about someone that had such an impact on so many. His caring, concern and dedication to every student that he met is unparalleled. He gave so many of us a love for learning and he made the world a better place every single day. Many decades later when my parents passed away, he was still "Mr. Third"-guiding with a steady hand. His kindness and compassion extended beyond my school years into adulthood and beyond. He was and always will be "the best of the best". My deepest condolences to his family. Linda Dahl

Janet Ehrmantraut

Posted at 09:59am
It’s not difficult to recall many special memories of Mr. Third.
I’ll remember him for his many contributions to education especially in literacy. He never came to Torquay School “empty-handed”. I was so fortunate to have access to his “services “.
I’ll remember the meaningful pastoral services he provided. He just knew how to console others during their sad and very difficult time.
I’ll remember that he always took time to chat leaving one feeling upbeat and special (just as he was).
(Thank you, Doug. You’ve left a legacy.
Specially remembered by Janet Ehrmantraut

From The Tholl Family

Posted at 04:28pm
with sincere sympathy.
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Brenda Lamb

Posted at 02:36pm
I can hardly think of a family member or old family friend that Doug wasn't a part of the funeral services. He really found a way to tell what that person meant to family and friends - what a fine job he did!!! My condolences to the family, a GREAT man that will sorely be missed by many.

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