Douglas Jacob Rexford Gosling
March 6th, 1988 – March 29th, 2009
It is with heartfelt sadness that we announce the tragic and sudden
passing of Douglas Jacob Rexford Gosling. Born March 6th, 1988 in Abbotsford,
B.C. and passed away March 29th, 2009 at the age of twentyone.
Doug is predeceased by his Grandmothers Emma King and Peggy
Gosling as well as Uncle Bruce King. Doug is survived by his loving
Mother Darlene, Father Cliff, Sister Rosalie, Grandfather Rex King and
Uncle Norm King. His family is both shocked and devastated by the loss.
Even though Doug was young when he passed, he left a huge impact on
everyone he knew.
Doug grew up in Abbotsford surrounded by friends and family. He attended
Chief Dan George Elementary School. From an early age, he was
adventurous and always trying new things. Doug loved playing sports
and his passion for physical activity came alive when he stared playing
baseball. He was a pitcher and fi rst baseman for many seasons. Along
with his passion for sports, he also loved to ride his BMX bike, often daring
to tackle high jumps. He made many friends in elementary school and
excelled in fi ne arts, creative writing and recess.
As Doug grew older, he became a strapping young man, always impressing
others with his physical strength and charm. He loved girls, food
and sleeping. He excelled at all of them. Doug attended W.J. Mouat High
School where he was both popular and successful. Doug’s passion for
sports continued by playing on the W.J. Mouat football team as a defensive
back and offensive tackle. The team won the 2005 Provincial AAA
Championships and Doug was ecstatic. Doug also developed a strong
passion and talent for woodworking, to which he won a scholarship
through building a china cabinet during his senior year. Doug loved cars
and customizing them. He owed many different cars and was always very
proud of the work he did to them. Throughout high school Doug was an
honour roll student. He graduated in 2006.
After graduating, Doug continued to be very active and you could
always find him in the gym lifting weights. Doug worked for a variety of
companies after he graduated mostly involving construction and cabinet
making. He continued to customize cars and drive them. No matter what
Doug was doing, he looked great. He took pride in his appearance – gel
at the gym, multiple showers a day and making sure the “look” was just
He had many friends with whom he shared his time with. Doug loved to
be social and his friends and family were his life. He was a kind and gentle
man who had a huge heart. He gave the best hugs. He was an amazing
person to confi de in and always knew the right things to say. He was always
there for you when you needed him. Doug will be remembered as
someone who could make anyone laugh and who truly knew how to live
life to the fullest. He was an amazing son, brother and friend.
We know a smile we’d loved to see,
A hand we’d love to touch,
We know a voice we’d love to hear,
A face we loved so much.
There is a corner of our hearts,
We visit everyday,
A special place that is yours alone,
And where you’ll always stay.
The Gosling family would like to thank everyone for all the outpouring
of love and support in these times. A celebration of life will take place on
Saturday April, 4th, 2009 at 11 am at Northview Community Church, 32040
Downes Road in Abbotsford, B.C. A viewing will be held on the Friday April
3rd, 2009 between 7 pm – 9pm at Northview Community Church.
In lieu of fl owers, please make donations in Doug’s name to the B.C.
Children’s Hospital Foundation.
Doug, we will miss you.
We love you.
Forever and Always.
Mom, Dad and Rosie
Th G li f il ld lik
B4 The Abbotsford News – Thursday, April 2, 2009