Douglas Pretsell

July 13, 1949 ~ October 4, 2023 (age 74) 74 Years Old

Douglas Pretsell Obituary

In loving memory of

Douglas Pretsell

July 13, 1949 – October 4, 2023

Doug decided to join his family, friends and his loving fur baby Chloe that have gone before him on October 4, 2023 at the age of 74, with family by his side peacefully he passed away at the Anson General Hospital in Iroquois Falls. Left to share all the fond memories are his wife Carey Jane (nee Burton), sons Todd (Jo-Ann Byron) and Chad (Jandy Gruhn), granddaughters Emilie, Josée and Asia. He is also survived by his brother Ron (Judy) Pretsell, sister Judy (Steve) Sullivan, sisters-in-law Marlene Burton, Dianne Wallace, nieces and nephews Robert, Allison, Tara, Tyler, Mike, Chris, Kim, Bonnie Wallace (Steve Lapper) and their families. He was predeceased by his parents John   and Jeanette (Sobchuk) Pretsell.

Doug’s career started in the engineering department at Abitibi Price Paper Mill after graduating in 1971 from Northern College in Kirkland Lake campus as a mechanical technologist. He was involved in the field construction work planned and supervised the clarifier at Abitibi. In 1979 he was very stimulated to relocate to the engineering department at Texas Gulf as a field supervisor. Later on the Copper Smelter Complex was an horizon he wanted to explore and be involved. He retired from Kidd Creek in 2007. Most of all Doug has been driven through out his career by the dynamics at a construction site and energized him during all his working years. His most fulfilling professional achievements were as a field inspector at Lakeshore Gold Mine during their 2-year expansion. After retirement, Doug had a few more construction gigs that brought him pride and happiness. While his sons Todd and Chad played hockey, he was involved as a minor hockey coach. Recently, he was able to cross off from his bucket list when he drove a payloader arranged by his good buddy Larry Hill.

His family wishes to thank his good friends Larry Hill, Barry Robinson & Jr. Bujold for being on speed dial and to be there with Doug when needed after his truck was taken off road after a truck recall.

In keeping with Doug’s wishes, cremation has taken place, and a Graveside Service will be held Friday October 6, 2023 at 11 am at the Abitibi Cemetery with reception to follow at 12 noon at the Royal Canadian Legion.

If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Northeastern Cancer Treatment Center in Sudbury, Lady Minto Chemo Room Cochrane or the Anson General Hospital Hospice Unit or to a charity of your choice.


Funeral Arrangements in care of

Irvine & Irvine Funeral Home – Northern Crematorium


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Graveside Service
October 6, 2023

11:00 AM
Abitibi Cemetery (Iroquois Falls)

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October 6, 2023

12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Royal Canadian Legion (Devonshire Avenue, Iroquois Falls)


Northern Cancer Foundation
Sudbury ON

Hôpital Lady Minto Hospital
241 Eighth St., Cochrane ON P0L 1C0
Tel: 1-705-272-7200

hôpital général Anson- unité de soins palliatifs / Anson General Hospital - Hospice Unit
58 Anson Drive, Iroquois Falls ON P0K 1E0
Tel: 1-705-258-3911


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