Master Douglas Smith

Glenoglehead Cottages, Killin, Scotland

Doug grew up for his first few years in the Glenoglehead Cottages from 1959-1963. The Glen Ogle mountain is in the background.

Doug learned to walk at a very early age and was walking before he was 10 months old. His mother told him that he was such a cute little baby with his dimples that she thought she took the wrong baby home. LOL

A recent picture of the Glenoglehead Cottages can be seen below. No super four lane highway in those days in 1959.

Doug - Grade 1

Sault Ste. Marie - Ontario - Canada

Someone does not want to smile for the camera. It might have been the teacher telling him that a truck is a truck and not called a lorry.

First Accordion

Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada

Doug learned to play the accordion while he was in public school. A very popular time for accordion bands. He really enjoyed practicing...not.

Doug was on stage and in music competitions at an early age but not singing yet.

Teenage years

Sault Ste. Marie - Ontario

Doug was a very active teenager in the scouting movement. Doug was with the Venture program for five years. 13-17 years old. He learned numerous skills with the American Search & Rescue with the BPOE on the Michigan side in the USA. Doug had his drivers license and a HAM radio license (after learning morse code) at 16 years old.

Doug was a very active member with the Search & Rescue. Learning to hunt, camp, scuba dive, tracking, map reading, survival training and white water canoeing to name only a few skills. At 16 years old, Doug was a member of the search and rescue crews called out to look for any signs of debris or survivors of the SS Edmund Fitzgerald. It was an American Great Lakes freighter that sank in a Lake Superior storm on November 10, 1975, with the loss of the entire crew of 29. When launched on June 7, 1958, she was the largest ship on North America's Great Lakes, and she remains the largest to have sunk there.

Doug remembers the storm was so severe on the10th of November that Search and Rescue crews could not be deployed until November 11th, Remembrance Day. Large Blue Spruce trees were even snapped in half on his street from the storm.

Wedding Day 19th Aug 1977

Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada

Doug married his high school sweetheart Sharon, just after turning 18 years old in January that same year. They were married on the 19th of August 1977. They celebrated their 40th Anniversary together in their current home town of Arnprior in 2017.

Elvis Presley had just passed away on the 16th of August, three days before their wedding. He remembers exactly where he was and pulled the car over to listen to the radio about the death of a legend.

Doug had topped his summer employment program with the Canadian 49th Field Artillery Regiment in 1976 with his 5 years of skills in the American Search & Rescue as a teenager. Coupled with his attached training with the regular forces in Petawawa and outstanding reviews, earned Doug a direct entry into the Canadian Forces in Petawawa where he served in the Special Service Forces of Canada before heading to service overseas with his wife Sharon.