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Douglas Bondy

Douglas Bondy - Kingsville Celebration Centre

October 8, 1937 - April 12, 2020
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BONDY, DOUGLAS WARDEN It is with sadness that we share the news of the passing of Douglas Warden Bondy on April 12, 2020 in his 83rd year. Loving husband of Marjorie (nee Mitchell) for 54 years. He was the special and proud father of Kristin Austen (Jason) and Andrea Leili (Jason). Adoringly remembered by his four grandchildren Nathan and Emily Leili, William and Calvin Austen. A cherished younger brother to Shirley McCauley and beloved uncle to Brenda Patterson (Graham) and Cindy Bedford (Bryan). Predeceased by his parents Frederick and Grace.

Doug was raised on the family farm in Harrow where he starred as an athlete before graduating from Harrow District High School and then the University of Windsor. He then began a 34-year teaching career. After a few early stops, Doug spent 27 years as a fixture on the sidelines, wearing the purple and gold of Kingsville District High School. He mentored countless students as he coached numerous Cavalier athletic teams including girls’ and boys’ basketball, volleyball, wrestling, track and field teams, and anything else that was short a coach. He was heavily involved in promoting and organizing athletic events and he founded the Essex County Men’s Basketball league.


In his retirement, he channeled his farm roots in his continued passion for gardening. He also remained a steady, constant presence on the sidelines supporting the activities of his grandchildren. He also enjoyed bantering with others about the latest trials and tribulations of the Leafs or Lions.


Arrangements entrusted to Kendrick Funeral Home- Kingsville. At a later date, there will an interment ceremony and a celebration of life. A donation in memory of Doug’s life can be made to Parkinson Canada. Condolences received at www.Kendrickfuneralhome.com
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Tracy Strickland

Posted at 08:38am
My deepest condolences to the Bondy family. Mr. Bondy was such a happy and positive person to be around. And he had a fantastic memory!!! I was only his student for one year, I actually only attended Kingsville High for one year and then transferred , but literally decades later he still remembered me. I will never forget my surprise when I was walking down the street on Hillview pushing my son in his stroller and hear, “ Ms. Mastronardi” and turn to see him standing on the road smiling. That is the memory I will always cherish.
Big hugs and love sent to his family.
JB

Jason Brennan

Posted at 01:08pm
What a great man. I was fortunate to be coached by Mr. Bondy on several different teams at KDHS, but my fondest memory isn't from PE or as a player on a team. I remember him reading the novel 'Moonfleet' aloud to a class of grade nine English students - including some challenging young men. It is this memory that comes to mind first because he had a reputation for being a tremendous athlete, but here he was recognized for his critical insight and passion for literature; something I never lost sight of in my own academic journey from student to teacher. He was inspirational for many and is thought of often.
JF

Joanne & Doug Plumb & family

Posted at 01:43pm
Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.
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June Medel

Posted at 11:04pm
Dear Marjorie and family,
I am so sorry to hear of Doug’s passing. I was also a KDHS student and remember him well. Although I was not the athletic type and certainly never on one of his teams, I remember him as a great coach who everyone admired. Years later I had the opportunity to become better acquainted with Doug at the weekly Parkinson’s meetings which I attended with my mother, Elsie Wigle. He was a great guy- always kind with a quiet sense of humour. We always looked forward to seeing him at the meeting. Parkinson’s is such a nasty disease. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

With deepest sympathy,
June (Wigle) Medel

John Green

Posted at 07:26pm
Dear Marjorie, Kristin and Andrea. Please accept our heartfelt condolences at the passing of Doug. Linda and I could not remember any major sporting event involving KDHS where we could not look up in the crowd to see Doug cheering loudly. . He will be issued by all. Take heart in knowing he has simply gone to a bigger gym to see a match without social distancing.
John and Linda Green
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