James Harrington Doe

James Harrington Doe

We would like to get in touch with any family members as we will be dedicating a plaque to him along with my Uncle Sherman Peabody.

Father Joseph born on 4 Aug 1894. Joseph married Mary Josephene Robertson and had 2 children. He passed away on 29 Nov 1974 and Mary born 1894 passed away in 1978 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

James Harrington Doe
James Harrington Doe

Veterans War Memorial 

Looking for relatives of James Harrington Doe from Victoria WWll

A connection now has been made with Dr. Richard Doe in California.


Brother: Robert Eldon Doe

Robert Eldon Doe Robert Eldon Doe, 83, of Pass Christian, MS, died Friday, January 14, 2005, in Gulfport, MS.

Mr. Doe was born May 10, 1921, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and had been a resident of Pass Christian since 1981. He was awarded the Canadian King (Eagle) Scout Rank, and served as a lieutenant in the Royal Canadian Navy during World War II. Mr. Doe graduated with a science degree from the University of British Columbia and received honors in math and physics.

Mr. Doe retired as senior geophysicist after 33 years with Chevron Geosciences in Houston, Texas. He served the Pass Christian community as an elder at Pineville Presbyterian Church, was a member of Pass Christian Yacht Club, was treasurer of Pass Christian Historical Society, was civic chairman for the Pass Christian Garden Club, and was the first director of the Little Theatre at PCYC. He was an avid gardener and fisherman.

Mr. Doe was preceded in death by a son, Harold “Harry” Kendal Doe; parents, Joseph Eldon and Mary Josephine Robertson Doe; brother, James Harrington Doe; and sister, Dorothy Clare Doe. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Shirley M. Doe; son, Thomas Harrington Doe and his wife, Kay Koschany Doe, of Conroe, Texas; son, Dr. Richard Alexander Doe, of Menlo Park, CA; and grandson, Christopher Robert Doe, of Arlington, Texas.

A gathering of family and friends will be held from 2:00 p.m. until a memorial service begins at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 20, 2005, at Pineville Presbyterian Church, 4476 Menge Avenue, Pass Christian, MS 39571, with Chaplain J. Walter Poorman officiating.

The family requests memorial contributions to Pineville Presbyterian Church in lieu of flowers.

An online guest book may be signed and viewed via http://www.riemannfuneralhomes.com.

Published in The Sun Herald on Jan. 19, 2005

SHIRLEY MARGARET DOE, 83, Canadian émigré, homemaker, and longtime resident of Mississippi and Texas died quietly from stroke complications in Conroe, Texas, on March 20, 2009the first day of spring. Born in Toronto on April 1, 1925, to Margaret Watson MacKeen and Harold DeForest MacKeen, she was a devoted daughter, sister, and niece. As a young girl, she developed an intense love of outdoor recreation including skiing and swimming and became a dedicated and generous letter writer. In 1945, Shirley moved with the MacKeen family to Calgary, but maintained strong ties to her family in Eastern Canada. In the summer of 1949, she traveled across Canada to be with her ailing uncle, James Watson, beginning a lifetime of long-distance family outreach. During her early twenties, Shirley was an avid downhill skier in the Canadian Rockies, won the title of Miss Calgary, and was crowned Queen of the 1950 Banff Winter Carnival. She met and married husband Robert Eldon “Bob” Doe, and started a family with two energetic boys. In 1954, Bob’s work as a geophysicist brought the family to Houston, where in 1957 a third son was born. In 1960, the family moved to La Mirada, California, returning to Houston in 1966. As her boys grew older, she became a volunteer with the Presbyterian Church, caring for the out-of-town families of patients at Houston Medical Center. Throughout this time, Shirley was her family’s Canadian ambassador, traveling north for births, weddings, and funerals. In 1982, Shirley and Bob retired to the Gulf Coast town of Pass Christian, Mississippi. They spent the next 23 years there, teaching their grandson, Chris, to fish and sail, volunteering for the local Garden Club, initiating a community Meals-on-Wheels program, helping to establish Pass Christian as a “Tree City USA,” and providing potluck meals and spiced pecans to congregants at the Pineville Presbyterian Church. After Bob’s death in early 2005, hurricane Katrina flooded her home, and she moved to a retirement complex in The Woodlands, Texas. She immersed herself in the social fabric of this new community, joining a local Methodist church and volunteering to teach literacy to children at a nearby elementary school. Friends and extended family remember Shirley as a compassionate, self-sacrificing soul with a great sense of humor and tremendous courage, who truly cared for everyone she met. In addition to her parents and husband Bob, Shirley was predeceased by her beloved son Harold “Harry” Doe. She is survived by son Thomas Doe and daughter-in-law Kay Doe of Honoka’a, Hawaii; son Richard Doe of Los Gatos, California; grandson Christopher Doe of Grand Prairie, Texas; sister Helen Egleston of North Vancouver, British Columbia; brother James MacKeen and sister Nancy MacKeen of Calgary, Alberta; and cousins Caroline Lester and Tom Watson and cousin-in-law Bruce Robertson of Toronto, Ontario. She is also survived by four nieces, two nephews, three grandnieces, and three grandnephews scattered across Canada and Bermuda. A memorial service will be held at 10 AM on Saturday May 9, 2009, in Robb Chapel at The Woodlands United Methodist Church, 2200 Lake Woodlands Drive, The Woodlands, Texas, 77380. The family requests donations in lieu of flowers are sent to Sally K. Ride Elementary School Library Fund, 4920 W. Panther Creek Dr., The Woodlands Texas, 77381.

Published in Houston Chronicle on Mar. 27, 2009

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