NB. Labour Leader Doug Kingston has Died at Age 66

Doug Kingston

Doug Kingston, a Moncton-born union leader and activist who committed decades of his life to regional, provincial and national committees advancing the rights of workers, has died.

Kingston’s wife Louise said he died in his sleep last Wednesday March 8, 2017, he was 66.

Patrick Colford, president of the New Brunswick Federation of Labour, said Kingston was raised in Campbellton and worked as an engineer in the boiler room at the Campbellton Hospital.

Colford said Kingston served as the secretary-treasurer of CUPE Local 1252 for years and also worked with the New Brunswick Council of Hospital Unions. He retired from union activities last year.

‘There’s not much that Brother Kingston didn’t touch over the years,” said Colford, noting that included pensions, anti-privatization boards and migrant worker files.

“CUPE was his life,”said Louise of her husband.“When they say brothers and sisters, it was brothers and sisters.”

Colford said Kingston was widely-known as a straight-shooter.

“Whether you liked it or not, he gave you his opinion and was well-respected,” Colford said. “He was a mentor to many activists and leaders over the years.”

Doug was a leader in other facets of his life as well, said Louise. They met when both were acting in and organizing a bicentennial play in Campbell-ton.

Louise said Kingston was a skilled bowler, who completed in international competitions in Maine, and loved being in the outdoors.

Kingston is survived by Louise, brothers Paul and Mickeal, sisters Grace and Tracey Laokso, daughters Tanya (Ryan Maynard, of Moncton), Vanessa (Danny Michard of Val-d’Amour), and Kelsey (Abel Kenny of Nouvelle, QC), and grandchildren Danika, Jayden and Kieve.

Kingston’s funeral was held at Ma-her’s Funeral Chapel, in Campbellton on Tuesday March 14th, 2017.