Douglas "Doug" Arthur Tilley

October 2, 2020


Passed away suddenly October 2, 2020, Douglas Arthur Tilley, of St. John’s formerly of Elliston, Trinity Bay.

Predeceased by his parents Clarence and Jane Tilley, sister Shirley Ryder, brothers Gerald and Roy Tilley, sister-in-law Betty Tilley, and brother-in-law Calvin Ryder.

Left with saddened hearts his wife Gertie, and only child Sue Ann Tilley. Also fondly remembered by his sister Audrey Tilley, sister-in-law Marion Tilley, and a large extended family. The family extends a heartfelt thank you to the staff at St. Luke’s Homes for their exceptional care.  Following Doug’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a private family service will be held.  In lieu of flowers, donations in Doug’s memory may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Janeway Children’s Hospital Foundation.


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Hi Gertie and Sue Ann
Myself and Joe were away and was late hearing of Doug’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.. our condolences to you both. Whenever I saw Doug at church functions he always had a smile on his face.. The memories you share will always keep him alive in your heart soul and mind. God Bless you both.
Stella and Joe Dyke

To the Tilley family: Doug was such a fine man and I enjoyed his company immensely. He always could see the humor and good side of life. The Liberal Party and especially myself will miss him very much,
sincerely Dr. Linda Goodyear

Gertie and Sue Ann,
I am so sorry to hear of your husband/father’s passing. May you be comforted by your many happy memories together. Please know that I am thinking about you both at this difficult time.
Sharon Vivian

Our sincere sympathy to you and your family on the passing of your beloved husband. May his love for all of you be a source of courage in the days ahead. God bless you and grant you peace.

Gertie and family Condolences on Doug’s passing. I have such fond memories of him from HMCS Cabot in the 1970s. Yvonne and Jim

My condolences to Doug’s family. I remember him well from DFO as a colourful personality and a pleasure to work with during NCARP days. I recall in response to some internal inquiries that we had received from HQ him coaching me to “baffle them with bs!” RIP Mr. Tilley.

Dear Gertie & Sue Ann,
So sorry to hear of Doug’s passing. I always enjoyed talking to Doug whenever I was in his company. May all of your many memories bring you comfort and peace during this difficult time.

Dear Gertie and Sue Ann:
My sincere condolences. Thinking of you both.
Jennifer Crummey

Gertie and Sue Ann,

Our sincere condolences to you and your family. Thinking of you both and pray that your loving memories bring comfort in the days ahead.

Jim Walsh and Janet Vivian-Walsh

Gerti & Sue Ann. Sincere condolences on Dougs ‘ passing . Cherish your treasured memories .May he rest in peace ..Edna Kinsella ( Tilting )

Gertie, Sue Ann and Family,
I am sorry to hear of Doug’s passing and am thinking of you at this difficult time
Judy Gard Puddester

Gertie and Sue Ann,
So sorry to hear of Doug’s passing. We hope that your many wonderful memories will soon replace the sadness in your hearts. Thinking of you at this difficult time. Take care.

Dear Gertie and Sue Ann:
So sorry to hear of Doug’s passing.
It was a pleasure to have gotten to know him over the years at the many Church functions.
May you find comfort with all your wonderful years together. Please know that others are thinking of you both at this difficult time.
Sending you our sincerest sympathy from Mom and myself.
Marie Snow & Clare Rowe

Sorry to hear of Doug’s passing. Our condolences to the family. We worked with Doug during election time and he was a fine gentleman..

So sorry to hear of Doug’s passing. I will fondly remember teasing him about the root cellars of Elliston.

Gertie, Sue Ann and the Tilley Family:
We are sincerely sorry to learn of Doug’s passing and our thoughts and prayers go out to you all. May all of your many memories and the comfort of family and friends help to sustain you in the days ahead. God Bless!

Aunt Gertie and Sue Ann,

We are so sorry to hear of Uncle Dougs passing. He leaves us with many great memories and thoughts of some wonderful family get togethers, great sing- alongs and many a good chuckle. He’ll be fondly remembered and greatly missed. We are thinking of you both and send big hugs and heartfelt condolences your way.

To Gertie and Sue Ann,

I met Doug over twenty years ago at the Crow’s Nest Officers’ Club and always enjoyed our many chats. He served for a number of terms on the board of directors and his contributions were appreciated.
I wish to offer my sympathy at this sad time and he will be missed by his friends. at the Crow’s Nest. May he Rest In Peace.

Gary Walsh

Gertie and Sue Ann,
We are sorry to hear of Doug’s passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers through the difficult time of your grieving.

To: Gertie and Sue Ann
I’m so sorry to hear of your Husband/Father’s passing. While I never met Doug,, I’m sure that he was a great husband and Father to both of you.
Gertie, you taught my two children (Craig and Aimee) at Bishop Feild and they always speak highly of you! . Over the years I have always considered you a good friend and I was so glad that you taught both of them!!
Take comfort In all of the good times you have shared as as a family, they will carry you through the days and weeks ahead.
God Bless

Our deepest condolences. Kevin and Molly Stacey Federal Retirees .

Sorry to hear of Doug’s passing. We worked together in the Canadian Forces Reserve. He was a great officer and worked well with everybody. Thoughts and prayers are with the family .

So sorry to hear of Doug’s passing I worked with him for many years at DFO. Sincere condolences to the family!

Evelyn Norman & family

Sincere condolences are extended to family and friends of Mr. Doug Tilley. It was a pleasure to be in his company when we attended meetings. Maude and I will always remember that smile. He was truly a great friend. Roland Butler, Shearstown.

Gertie and Sue Ann so sorry to hear of Doug’s passing. We have many great memories of our Kinsmen days. Sure you have many pleasant memories to get you through this very difficult time.. Our sincere condolences. Pat and Kay Ryall

Gertie. So sorry to hear of .Dougs passing. He was always friendly and had a laugh when we’d met him . He will be missed. Joan and Harry benson

Dear Gertie and Sue Ann,

We are so sorry to hear of Doug’s sudden passing. It has been a while since we were in touch but we have fond memories of the time all of us worked together.
Pleased know that you and Sue Ann are in our thoughts and prayers and will Continue to be in these difficult days.

Karen and Melvin

Gertie , so sorry to hear ofDoug’s passing. . Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your daughter at this difficult time.

Gertie and Sue Ann,
I am so sorry to hear of Doug’s passing.
I will always be grateful for what wonderful neighbours the 3 of you were to my parents.
God bless.
Carolyn Bradbury

Sincere condolences to you and your daughter on the passing of your dear husband..You are in my thoughts and prayers at this sad time.
Cynthia Fardy

Dear Aunt Gertie and Sue Ann, you are both in our thoughts and prayers as you face difficult and emotional days ahead. Uncle Doug was a special part of Christmas Eve for me. From the early days of my childhood to the days of our children’s childhood, he played a huge part in making Christmas Eve so much fun. It was just last night that Justin was talking about his memories, as a young child, coming to your home on Christmas Eve and recalling how much fun it was and how we all looked forward to it. Then later years we would always visit Aunt Audrey on Christmas Eve and we managed to always be there when Uncle Doug, and family visited her. He always had a quick wit, ready smile, and a joke. He holds a special place in my memories.

Uncle Doug is now reunited with mom and Uncles Gerald and Roy and his parents. As Aunt Audrey said yesterday, when they were in school he was always saying “Wait for me, Shirley.” No doubt she was waiting for you, Uncle Doug.

Love to Aunt Gertie and Sue Ann

I was deeply saddened to hear of Doug’s passing. Doug was my boss for many years at DfO. He always had a joke or a story to tell. He made me smile. Every day. . I will remember him fondly. My sincere condolences to Gertie and Sue Ann. Fly with the Angels, my friend. Rest In Peace. 😓

Gertie, what a terrible lioss for you and Sue Ann.
It is so sad to see him go..
My prayers are with you both for peace and comfort in the days ahead.

Our sincere condolences to Doug’s wife and daughter. Ray and I worked at DFO and enjoyed Doug’s kindness and humour. God Bless. Linda and Ray Bowering

Sorry to hear of Dougs passing. Our deepest sympathies to you all

We are sorry to hear of Doug,s passing
Our heartfelt condolences go to Doug,s family
We were his tennent,s at Wabush Pl for 12 years

Gertie & Sue Ann, So sorry to hear of Doug’s passing, our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Gertie and Sue Ann,
We are so sorry to read of Doug’s passing.. we didn’t know that he was in St. Luke’s.. our condolences to you both and to all of Doug’s family.
Millicent and Tom.

Aunt Gertie and Sue Ann, I was saddened to hear of Uncle Doug’s passing. He always played a big part in my life especially as a young child and when I first moved to St. John’s. I remember the time as a young child on one of your visits to Lewisporte and we went to Grand Falls shopping. We were in the Canadian Tire store and Uncle Doug said to me I could pick out whatever I wanted and he would buy it for me. Well I loved Barbie dolls and saw this beautiful outfit I wanted for my doll. It cost $3 and at that time, it was a fair amount of money to be spending. Aunt Gertie looked at Uncle Doug and the price knowing it was on the expensive side, and I waited in anticipation. Uncle Doug just said “I told her to pick out whatever she wanted so she can have it” I was so happy and kept that doll outfit for many years as my treasure.
There are so many stories and times that I remember from being with Uncle Doug and Aunt Gertie and it was always an exciting time when they came to visit. There was always the teasing and the “egg”.
You always enjoyed a good time and in recent years when you didn’t show up for family occasions I knew you were not feeling well.
I will miss you Uncle Doug and may you rest in peace.
Arlene and Paul and Girls

“I know for certain that we never lose the people we love, even to death.
They continue to participate in every act, thought and decision we make.
Their love leaves an indelible imprint in our memories.
We find comfort in knowing that our lives have been enriched by having shared their love.”
–Leo Buscagli
Love this quote. Doug lived a full and happy life. He was so much fun to be around! Thinking of you and Sue Ann at this sad and difficult time. Terry and Kev

Dear Gertie and Sue Ann,
Please accept our condolences.
Michelle and Barry Tucker

Gertie and Sue Ann,
We want to express our sincere condolences upon the loss of your husband/father. We often recall the happy times we shared in our social gathering. Doug loved to hear The St. Ann’s Reel on the accordion and whenever I pay it I think of him. May God hold him in the palm of His hand and may He strengthen you at this sad time.
With our love and best wishes: Eugene & Shirley

Sorry to hear on Doug’s passing. We were co workers at DFO years ago. My deepest condolences

Ray Finn

Gertie and Sue Anne.
We were saddened to hear of Doug’s passing. Please accept our sincere condolences.
Peter and Janet

Sue Ann, please accept my deepest condolences to you and your mom. So very sorry for your loss.

Deepest condolences on the passing of doug. I remember doug as a customer of Avalon ford when he had his vehicle serviced. May all the memories of the good times help you all get through this time of sorrow

Please accept my heartfelt sympathy Gertie and Sue Ann on the passing of your husband and her father, Doug. While I knew Doug had been quite ill in the past months, it was quite a shock to learn of this news today. It is always hard to find the words of comfort for the loss of any person but it is a challenge to do so when it is a friend and her family loved one. Know that my heart is saddened for the Tilley family but take solace in the knowledge that Doug will find a place in heaven where he placed his life in the hands of his Lord and Father. May Doug rest in peace and may his soul find refuge from pain and suffering of the physical limitations of the illness that claimed his independence. To Gertie may God give you the courage and strength to continue in the days ahead. The path will not be easy but know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Blessings to you dear woman and to your family. May these words find you and may they encourage you a find a moment for reflection to remember that friends and family are close to you at this most difficult time. God Bless.

Sorry to hear about Doug,s death .I worked with him for many years at DFO. he will be missed.