Douglas "Doug" Thomas Hewitt, 91, a former long-time resident of Lansing, passed away July 12, 2011, from natural causes.
Born March 8, 1920, to William Hayward and Gertrude Bates Hewitt of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Doug was a veteran of the Second World War, serving for the Royal Canadian Army in the British 8th Army Corps. His tour of duty included North Africa, Italy, Belgium and Germany.
Following service to his country, Doug attended the University of Toronto, and received his medical education at Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine where he graduated with honors in 1951. Dr. Hewitt began his practice in Lansing in 1952, and was appointed chairman of obstetrics at McLaughlin Osteopathic Hospital in 1953. Dr. Hewitt practiced family medicine in Lansing for 43 years. He was a clinical instructor of family medicine for Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and a Fellow of the American Academy of Osteopathy.
Upon his retirement in 1995, Doug was a prolific watercolorist, and an active community member of Boyne City. There, he shared his talent of watercolor painting with the disabled at the Bergmann Center in Charlevoix and served as an assistant to the chaplain of Northern Michigan Hospitals.
Douglas is survived by his five children, sons Jeffrey Hewitt and wife, Carol Ann, Douglas R. Hewitt, Bryce Hewitt and wife, Michelle, Lauren Hewitt, daughter, Julie Hewitt Cobourn and husband, Duncan; four grandchildren, Robert Hewitt, Aimee Hewitt, Christopher Hewitt and Trammell Hewitt; brother, William Hewitt; former wife, Sherleen Harris, and son, Daniel Harris.
Dr. Hewitt was preceded by former wife, Patricia Moffitt Hewitt Stirm, sister, Doris Hewitt Howson, and brother, Stewart Hewitt.
Memorial donations may be sent to the Hospice of Little Traverse Bay.
Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Thursday, July 14, at St. Matthews Church in Boyne City where a vigil service will take place at 5 p.m.
A funeral Mass will be 2 p.m. Friday, July 15, at St. Matthews Church in Boyne City with the Rev. Duane Wachowiak serving as celebrant. Burial will follow at Maple Lawn Cemetery.
Family and friends wishing to share a thought or memory are encouraged to do so online at www.stonefuneralhomeinc.com.
Stackus Funeral Home of Boyne City is serving the family.