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Doug Gamsby Passes

Published: February 10, 2015 2:30 pm ET

Last Comment: February 10, 2015 4:42 pm ET | 1 Comment(s) | Jump to Comments

Longtime breeder-owner Doug Gamsby of Guelph, Ont. passed away at the Guelph General Hospital on Saturday, February 7 at the age of 75.

Doug graduated from the University of Toronto in 1961 and founded Gamsby and Mannerow Ltd. Consulting Engineers in 1966, retiring in 2006 after 40 successful years. His passion for Rotary, horses, golf, and love of life will be remembered forever. Doug truly lived each and every day by the creed of "Service Above Self."

In the harness racing world, Gamsby was both a breeder and owner of Standardbreds. His most notable racehorse was Robins Wonder, Canada's Older Trotter of the Year in 1986.

He was a fixture at Mohawk Racetrack in the summer months, taking in the races every weekend.

Dear father of Paul of British Columbia; Dave (Lisa) of Guelph; and Beth (Sid) Somerville of Kitchener. Loved Gramps of Nolan and Jemma. Dear brother of Kay (Harold) Snell of Oshawa; Grace (John) Boyd of Orillia; and the late Jim (Nancy) of Whitby. Brother-in-law of Shirley Williams. Doug will be sadly missed by many nieces and nephews. The family expresses a profound thank you to Drs. Ganapathy and Shende and the staff of the Critical Care Unit of the Guelph General Hospital for the unparalleled care.

Friends will be received at the Gilbert MacIntyre and Son Funeral Home, Hart Chapel, 1099 Gordon St., Guelph on Thursday, Feb. 12 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., where funeral service will be held in the chapel on Friday, February 13, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. Cremation. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Rotary Club of Guelph Charitable Foundation or to the Foundation of the Guelph General Hospital would be appreciated by the family.

Please join Standardbred Canada in offering condolences to the family and friends of Doug Gamsby.

February 10, 2015 - 4:42 pmAs a neighbor of the Williams

Gordon Irwin SAID...

As a neighbor of the Williams living in Orono at the time of Robins Wonder to the last time I played golf with Doug in Jamaica it was always a pleasure to be in Doug Gamsby's company. Doug was a true gentlemen and a credit to the horse industry and will greatly be missed by all. I would like to give our condolences to his wife Barb and family. Pat and Gordon Irwin.

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