Thunder Bay has lost a prominent tourism leader with the passing of Douglas Wells on November 5, 2008. Doug was an avid traveller and had a lengthy career in both the insurance industry and later, as owner of the Travel Shop in Thunder Bay until 2005 when he sold the business. Doug remained active in both the business he started and with many community groups until the spring of 2008.
Doug was a long serving member of the Fort William Rotary Club, the advisory board of the tourism program at Confederation College and was a fellow Skaleague of mine as a member of the Thunder Bay Chapter of SKAL International. While I only knew Doug personally for the past two years, his sense of humour, wisdom and knowledge of the tourism industry and "tell it like it is" attitude was appreciated by me and everyone else around him, qualities that will be missed.
Doug was predeceased by his wife Lorraine in 2004 and is survived by his three children, four grandchildren, many other relatives and countless friends.
Funeral Services for Doug Wells will be held on Monday November 10th at 11 AM in Wesley United Church in Thunder Bay.