Memorable Manitobans: Douglas Donald Everett (1927-2018)
Born at Vancouver, British Columbia on 12 August 1927, son of Horace Everett and Catherine Milligan Ritchie (1898-1972), he attended the Royal Canadian Naval College and served in the Royal Canadian Navy (1943-1947) then attended the University of Manitoba, receiving a law degree and being called to the Manitoba Bar in 1957. The following year, he founded Domo Gas based on the Dominion Motors automobile dealership that he inherited from his father, and grew it into a national chain.
Appointed to the Senate as a Liberal in 1966, he left the party in 1990 following a disagreement about the Goods and Services Tax, sitting as an Independent until 1994. In recognition of his community service, he was inducted into the Manitoba Business Hall of Fame (2017) and was given an honourary doctorate by the University of Manitoba (2017). On 23 February 1952, he married Patricia “Patty” Gladstone (1927-2010). They had six children and lived at 4 Roslyn Place (1952-1953), 599 Wardlaw Avenue (1954), 124 Grenfell Blvd (1955-1961), and 514 Wellington Crescent (1961-2016). He was later married to Lila Goodspeed. He was a member of the Lakewood Country Club.
He died at Winnipeg on 27 March 2018.
“Archbishop conducts Everett-Gladstone vows at St. George’s Church,” Winnipeg Free Press, 25 February 1952, page 13.
Henderson’s Winnipeg and Brandon Directories, Peel’s Prairie Provinces, University of Alberta Libraries.
“From ‘Jump to the Pump’ to years in Senate, Douglas Everett left a lasting mark on Manitoba,” CBC News, 29 March 2018.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 26 December 2021