Douglas Goodwin Bussey

August 27, 2016


Passed peacefully, but suddenly away after a lengthy illness in the presence of his loving family at the Health Sciences Center ICU on Saturday, August 27, 2016.

Predeceased by parents Solomon and Elsie Bussey; brother Reginald Bussey.

Lovingly remembered and deeply missed by his wife of 56 years, Marion; son David (Cheryl) Bussey; daughter Sarah (Shawn Tapper); grandchildren Ethan, Kayle and Shauna; brothers Albert (Judy), Harold (Melvie), Jack (Sheila), Valance (Yvonne), Lester (Bonnie), Nelson (Diane), and Vincent; sisters Greta (Levi Canning), Hazel (Leroy Gee); many nieces, nephews, and a large circle of treasured friends, neighbours, and extended family.

Dad was a devoted husband, a wonderful father, and a loving poppy. He was born in St. Anthony, NL, second oldest of eleven children. At the age of 17 he left home to pursue a passion in teaching. For almost the next fifty years, this young boy from St.Lunaire, NL completed two university degrees at Memorial University and went on to become a math teacher at Booth Memorial High School for 36 years. Dad had a love for gardening and golf. He was an avid bowler, a competitive scrabble player, and there wasn’t a crossword he couldn’t complete.

Special thanks to Dr. Peter Noel, for his compassionate care for Dad over the years. Heartfelt thanks to St. Johns Regional Fire Department and Eastern Health Paramedics for your efficient response. To the staff of the emergency department, and intensive care unit your extraordinary care for Dad will never be forgotten.

Resting at Carnell’s Funeral Home, 329 Freshwater Road with visitation on Monday August 29th from 7-9pm, and Tuesday August 30th 2-4pm, and 7-9pm. Funeral service to take place on August 31st, 2016 at The Salvation Army Citadel, 25 Adams Avenue at 11:00 am. Burial to follow at the Salvation Army Cemetery Black Marsh Road. Flowers gratefully accepted (Please no lilies due to allergies) or donations made in his memory may be made to The Salvation Army St. John’s Citadel.



7-9 p.m. on August 29, 2016

2-4 p.m. on August 30, 2016

7-9 p.m. on August 30, 2016

Carnell’s Funeral Home
329 Freshwater Road
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11:00am, Wednesday August 31st

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Just found out about Doug probably because I am now living in BC. We had many good years at Booth Memorial and especially on the golf course. He was a great friend. Best wishes to Marion an family.

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I was saddened to read Doug’s obituary in the Telegram this week. I knew Doug as a math teacher at Booth Memorial since 1981 in my capacity as a math program coordinator at the school district level. I think he may have been on staff at Booth when I did my student teaching there in the late 1960’s I always found Doug to be very personable in our staff room chats and very professional in our colleague meetings and workshops. I know he was well respected by his students. I offer my condolences to his family.

Marion and family,

Sorry to hear of Doug’s passing. I believe he taught most of my children. May fond memories comfort
you at this difficult. time Be assured of my thoughts and prayers.

Deepest sympathy,
Ruby Barbour(Drover

Aunt Marion and Family,
Deeply saddened to hear of Doug’s passing. Great memories of trouting, golfing and berry picking with him. Godspeed.

Marion and family,
I was saddened to hear of Doug’s passing this week. I share many fond memories, having worked with Doug at Booth High for many years. He was a respected colleague and teacher. I know this is a difficult time for you and the family. Sincere condolences. You are much in my thoughts
Sincerely – Celeste Hawkins

So sorry to hear of Doug’s passing.
May beautiful memories comfort you and bring you peace during this difficult time.

To the Bussey families
We are sorry to hear of your brother’s passing, we didn’t know Douglas but we had the privilege of meeting and knowing many of the Bussey family. Be assured that you are in our thoughts and prayers at this time.
Ralph & Louise

Marion and Family. Sorry to hear of Doug’s passing. God love him! That is so sad. You are in my thoughts. Linda Cook

To Aunt Marion, Sarah, David & the large Bussey family,
We were saddened to hear of Uncle Doug’s sudden passing. I remember the time you visited the house as a kid and Uncle Doug getting up to tell me in the morning that he dreamed that my stuffed animals were crows chasing him 🙂 we all had a good laugh and that story was told for many years after.

We wish we were closer to home so we could be with you all. Our thoughts and prayers are with you for strength and comfort during this difficult time.
Bradley & Karla (Bussey) Blake
Edmonton, Alberta

Sarah and family.
My deepest condolences to you and your family on the passing of your dad. May you find comfort in the wonderful memories you have. You’re in my thoughts and Prayers.

To Marion and family . Sorry to hear of Douglas’s passing. “When someone you love becomes a memory, then the memory becomes a treasure”

Please accept my heartfelt sympathy on learning of the death of Mr Bussey as I knew him. A wonderful math teacher during my years at Booth Memorial High. A man who was a positive influence on my life. For this I am forever grateful. God bless and comfort you all.

The Bussey Family. I was saddened to hear of Doug’s passing. I taught with him at Booth for many years and he was a wonderful colleague. May your memories of him help you through this difficult time

To valance and the bussey family, so sorry to hear of the passing of your family member, be assured today that our thoughts and prayers are with you today.
Pastor Craig lane
Calvary Pentecostal church
Mings bight

My condolences to the Bussey Family. I had Mr.Bussey as a math teacher in Booth Memorial and he was an exceptional teacher and was fair too all his students and was there to help those who needed help. He was a kind man and will be missed by all who knew him. I have also been friend’s with his son Dave for many years and you are all in my thoughts and prayers !!

my condolelences to you and your family, i had him for math in booth and he was a excellent teacher and never judge me just excepted me for me. he was a wonderful kind man and will be missed by all who knew him.

My deepest condolences to Mr. Bussey’s family. I was a student of his many years ago, although I was not the best student but his compassion and didication made him a special teacher and person. Prayer’s and thoughts are with the family.

Dear Aunt Marion, David and Cheryl , Sarah and Shawn;

We are so sorry to hear of Uncle Doug’s passing but rejoice in the fact that he is with Jesus and free from any pain and sickness. I still have the readers digest piano book that he gave me all those years ago before we went to Africa. Playing those songs over and over helped me so much in my accompanying skills! And kept me from boredom in those days without television or much of anything else but a piano.
Be assured of our love and prayers. We wish we could be with you in person but are there in spirit.

Crista, Stewart, Mackenzie and Meredith

Marion, Sara, David and families:
We were saddened to know that brother Doug had passed on. We would like to express our sincerest condolences on the passing of our brother Doug. There is a great emptiness left by Doug’s passing, but I am certain that the strength of the love that you and your family and us share for each other and for Doug will get us all through this difficult time. May that love honor his memory and may we cherish the time we had together.
May God bless and sustain you all and us at this time.
Brother Nelson and Diana Bussey

I leave you with the following quote :
“Though nothing can bring back the hour of splendor in the grass, of glory in the flower, we will grieve not; rather find strength in what remains behind. – William Wordsworth

To the Bussey Family

Saddened to hear of Doug’s passing. While we never met Doug, we know some of his sibblings well.. Take comfort in your cherished memories now that he has has joined those who sleep in Jesus (1 Thessalonians 4:14) or as I so often have heard Salvationists say – promoted to Glory. Prayers are with the entire extended family during this time.

the Dwyer family.

Growing up I always felt like our families were relatives even more than friends and I have so many great memories from those days. There has always been a special closeness between our families. I will remember Mr. Bussey as a wonderful person, teacher and as my dad’s dearest friend. Marion, David and Sarah, I am thinking of you all and wish I could be there. My heart is with you.

Love Lisa (Jason and Tyler) xo

So sorry to hear of Mr. Bussey’s passing. My sister and I both had him as a teacher at Booth. He was a sweet man and I have very fond memories of him. My deepest condolences.

Marion & all the families, our condolences at this sad time. Doug was a part of my family tree but ,regretfully, I never met him. Our thoughts are with you all. RIP DOUGLAS..

Marion, David and Sarah

Sorry to hear the passing of Doug. Fond memories of him as a teacher to my husband and the couple of years l served on faculty at Booth Memorial.

Our thought and prayers are with you at this time.

Mrs. Bussey, Sarah, David and and family,

Penny and I are deeply saddened by the news of Mr. Bussey’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Andrew & Penny

So to hear of Douglas’s passing my condolences are with the family

My dear Sarah, Mrs. Bussey, David, and all the family,

Be assured that an abundance of love and prayers as you grieve, come from Nick and me in Atlanta. Sarah, I wish I was there to hug you in the same comforting way you hugged me when dad passed away!!! You are a treasure and I pray that you all will experience the same peace our Savior gives during this time….it is remarkable how It works!! Rest in it. We love you all, and grieve alongside you.


Greta, Levi & Family

We are thinking of you and praying for you at this time. May God’s comforting presence be yours in these days.

Bax & Juanita

So sorry for your loss, Marion. My thoughts and prayers are with you and yours.
With love from your classmate,

RIP Mr. Bussey, you will remain in all your students memories as a fine man and teacher, we always had a laugh with you, thanks for the fine memories.
Peter Kelsey

Sorry to hear of Mr. Bussey’s passing such a gentle sweet man. My thoughts and Prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Tammy Bishop
St. Luke’s Day Program Staff

So saddened by the loss of my uncle. But praise The Lord for the hope of heaven, death is not final for a child of God. Praying the entire family will meet Uncle Doug again. He was a blessing to me in the 90’s while I attended MUN. Picked me up for many great home cooked meals. It will never be forgotten.

Lovingly remembered by neice
Pamela (Bussey) Bonitto, Sean, Esther and Isaac, Halifax, NS

So saddened by Doug’s passing. You have been such a loving family and have taken such care of him. My thoughts and prayers are with you as you struggle through these sad and trying days ahead, and my wish for you is some peace that comes from knowing that he is in the arms of Jesus and is out of his suffering. Cherish your memories and know that whatever I can do, I am here for you.

God saw you getting tired, when a cure was not to be. So He wrapped His arms around you, and whispered “Come to Me” You didn’t deserve what you went through, so He gave you rest. God’s garden must be beautiful, He only takes the best. And when we saw you sleeping, so peaceful and free from pain We could not wish you back to suffer that again.