Dougie Waters was born on 23rd August 1922 at 7 Sparsholt Road,
Barking and baptised at St. Margaret’s Church, Barking on 10th September 1922. He
sadly passed away, aged 87, on Monday 21st December 2009 and his funeral took
place at Forest Park Cemetery, Forest Road, Hainault, Essex on Friday 8th 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 (1899-1950), an engineers’s assistant and later
a leading stoker at the electric power station, of 129 Keith Road, Barking.
James married Mary Ann Winters, of 57a Boundary Road, Barking, the daughter of
Joseph Henry Winters, an engine driver, at St Patrick’s Church on 4th February
1922. Douglas James Waters married Irene Elizabeth Martha Ding, during wartime
, at St. Patrick’s Church on 9th August 1942. Irene, who was born on 14th February
1922, was the daughter of William Robert Ding (1895-1975), a postman of
Rippleside - who was born in Cambridgeshire, and Edith Rachel Ding (died 1991).
Irene was baptised at St. Margaret’s Church Barking on 14th May 1922. At the time
of their marriage Irene was living at Paradise Row, King’s Sutton, near Banbury.
Douglas and Irene had two children, a son and daughter, 4 grandchildren and 5
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 1978-1979. He chose the Abbeyfield Society as his charity during his Mayoralty
and was President of St. John’s Ambulance Association. Douglas was a great
supporter of Age Concern in Barking and held office as Chairman, Director and
its longest serving trustee. He received their lifetime achievement award for
services to Age Concern Barking & Dagenham on 16th November 2007.
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.