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



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B4 The Abbotsford News – Thursday, April 2, 2009

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