Douglas James Waters 1922-
Dougie Waters was born on 23 August 1922 at 7 Sparsholt Road, Barking and baptised at St. Margaret’s Church, Barking on 10 September 1922. He sadly passed away, aged 87, on Monday 21 December 2009 and his funeral took place at Forest Park Cemetery, Forest Road, Hainault, Essex on Friday 8 January 2010. Dougie was always immaculately dressed and well groomed with a lively sparkle in his bright bespectacled eyes. He was a kind, modest unassuming gentleman with a warm smile. He was a Barking citizen to his very core.
Dougie’s grandfather was Edwin Waters a labourer. Douglas’s father was James Daniel Waters (1899-
Douglas was by trade an electrician and a socialist and humanist by conviction who supported the “ban the bomb” movement. He joined the Labour Party in 1946. Dougie was elected a Barking and Dagenham Councillor between 1967 and 1982. He served on Village, Gascoigne and Thames Wards. In addition to various Council Committees and School Governing bodies he also served on the London Boroughs Training Committee, South Essex Traffic Advisory Committee, Little Remand Home, Barking & Dagenham Old People’s Welfare Association and the Children’s Care Committee. Douglas served as Mayor for the year 1978-
Dougie was a great supporter of the Barking and District Historical Society. He was appointed a Vice President in May 2002 and did sterling work as our auditor. Douglas served on the Committee and helped mount many of our displays in collaboration with his friend and Thames View neighbour, our late former chairman, Fred Ettrich. Douglas and Irene were regular attendee’s at our monthly indoor meetings until quite recently. They also supported our coach outings to place wider afield. Douglas had a hip replacement operation at the King George Hospital, Goodmayes early in 2008. Pat Manley, a friend of Dougie’s, represented our Society at Dougie’s funeral. We shall miss Dougie and his wise counsel.