Marjorie Douglas passes away at age 110; Knox College expresses condolences
Marjorie (Richmond) Douglas passed away peacefully of natural causes at North York General Hospital on November 7, 2020, after reaching the remarkable age of 110. As a child, she lived through the “Spanish Flu” and a century later, COVID-19. Marjorie and her husband George were both librarians — Marjorie at Trinity College (UofT) and later the North York Public Library, and George at Knox College (from which he graduated).
Excerpts from Marjorie’s obituary published in The Globe and Mail:
Marjorie graduated from the University of Manitoba with a B.A. in 1931. The U of M yearbook noted her “demure demeanour, together with a twinkling eye and ready smile…and a capable executive too.” An avid reader, she graduated from the University of Toronto Library School in 1932 and began her library career at Trinity College, U of T. On campus, she met George Douglas, then a theological student at Knox College, U of T. They married in 1938 and she joined him in Niagara Falls at his first congregation. During WWII, Marjorie and baby George accompanied George while he served as a chaplain in the Royal Canadian Navy. For the next 15 years, they lived in Woodstock, Ont., where George was minister of Knox Presbyterian Church. Marjorie played a strong supporting role and focused on raising their two sons. In 1961, they became a two-librarian family. George was appointed Librarian of Knox College and, after a 23-year interlude, Marjorie resumed her library career at the North York Public Library, retiring at the age of 65, a mere 45 years ago.
Marjorie was devoted to her family and had a wide group of friends, remembering birthdays and writing letters with a fine hand. She gave up her car at age 90 after many years driving those less mobile to appointments. A large part of her life revolved around her faith which gave her great comfort. She continued to attend church up to the age of 109. At 95, she moved to a retirement home, found a new group of friends and led an active life. Marjorie was determined and persistent. She was fit, mentally active and continued to read through most of her 11th decade. She greatly enjoyed her 110th COVID-compliant, outdoor and Zoom birthday party in September, where she rose to the occasion. The family gives special thanks to the staff of Amica Bayview Village for their kindness and care over the past 14 years and to the doctors and nursing staff at NYGH. Due to COVID-19, a private family service has been held. Donations in Marjorie’s memory may be made to Knox College.