Doug Woolhouse (1919-2013)

17:34 20 February 2013

Doug Woolhouse

Doug Woolhouse


J D (Doug) WOOLHOUSE died peacefully on Monday February 11 2013 aged 94 after a very eventful life.

His father died when he was very small and his mother brought him up. His uncle ran Woolhouse Timber Merchant in Elm Road so when the uncle was killed in a car crash in 1936 Doug took over running the business with great success.

When World War Two started the business was closed and Doug was called into the services and joined the D-Day invasion of occupied France.

Doug’s war ended on the landing beaches when he was injured and taken back to England, with many other injured men, by a landing craft that had delivered more troops.

After the war Doug resumed work as a timber merchant and lived with his mother until he married Margaret.

Doug joined March Museum Society in 1980 and was a stalwart of the Friday afternoon club.

With the help of some other skilled wood workers Doug designed and built many of the Museums inside display cabinets and yard buildings.

Doug was a doer not a talker and never joined the managing committee.

In the 1980s Doug closed his timber merchant’s and moved to Henson Road where he lived until late 2012. Margaret sadly died in the early 1990s.

Doug was a familiar character around town being a regular at the Conservative Club and attending most Museum talks and outings over the years.

As a wealthy widower Doug was never short of female company but he was content and never considered remarriage.

Doug was elected President of the Museum Society in 2010 and has always been very supportive of the Museum’s activities.

With his health and sight failing Doug moved into a Springfield residential care home late in 2012 then moved to Macclesfield to be near his niece.


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