OBITUARY: Douglas William WERDEN (1960-2021)

OBITUARY: Douglas William WERDEN (1960-2021)

With deep sadness, the family of Douglas William Werden announces his passing on October 31, 2021 in Quebec City. Born in Petrolia, Ont. on August 1, 1960, Doug grew up on a farm near Alvinston, Ont. After graduating from secondary school, Doug began to widen his horizons and furthered his education in Saskatchewan, in Rochester, Illinois and at New York’s Fordham University, where he received his PhD in English language and literature. Doug’s work took him around the world as a teacher and professor in Hong Kong, North Carolina, Georgia, Texas and Quebec City. He was most recently employed as a customer training manager at Gartner Information Services.

Doug will be remembered as a very generous and funny man with a wonderful laugh who was a great gardener and an avid runner. He was also an enthusiastic supporter of community theatre productions, both onstage and off. Doug is survived by his wife Josée Bergeron, his mother Margaret Werden, brothers Don (Marg) and Ralph (Martha) and sisters Mary (Dennis) Fisher and Julia (Les) Henderson, mother-in-law Nicole Bergeron and sister-in-law Sophie Bergeron (Stéphane Boies) as well as many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. He was predeceased by his father William Reycraft (Rey) Werden and nephew John Werden. Funeral services will be held at a date to be announced. As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Memories and condolences may be shared at Van Heck Funeral Home, Glencoe, Ont. (

OBITUARY: Douglas William WERDEN (1960-2021) was last modified: November 9th, 2021 by QCT Editor

7 thoughts on “OBITUARY: Douglas William WERDEN (1960-2021)

  1. Doug was the kindest man. He was my colleague and we talked pretty frequently. He always went out of his way to help. I am deeply saddened by this news. His family is in my thoughts and prayers. Sending so much love during this difficult time.

    1. Thank you for your kind word Samantha. I’m Doug’s sister and I want you to know we really appreciate your prayers and support.
      Mary Fisher

  2. Thank you for your kind word Samantha. I’m Doug’s sister and I want you to know we really appreciate your prayers and support.
    Mary Fisher

  3. Doug’s friends here in Wilmington North Carolina were shocked and saddened to hear about his passing. He was such a fine person with a quick wit and an ever ready smile and laugh. I remember when he was thrown overboard on his Hobiecat. He very nearly lost his life were it not for some nighttime boaters that had to change their route and rescued him. When we talked to him about it, in typical Doug fashion, he said, God had some more important things for him to do. I guess now his work is with the angels. Rest in heaven friend. It was wonderful getting to know you, if only for a short time.

    1. When going though Doug’s things I was able to read the story of that day. He never shared that story with me. I think it really made him stop and think. Thanks for sharing that memory.

  4. I was so sorry to hear of Doug’s passing. We at Monroe College were privileged to have had him as a colleague and friend for several years. He built a rapport with his students and faculty that many remember today. We are all saddened by his loss and send sincere condolences to his family.
    Jeanne Jordan, Chair Emerita, Monroe College

  5. Doug was a great friend, a great man and I am devastated by his loss. I met him during his time at western Illinois
    University in Macomb. His love of the Lord was inspiring to me. My condolences to his family. I always thought of them on my way to Toronto
    And though what a great family they are.

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