A keen maker of amateur films who founded the Victoria Amateur
Movie Club, Douglas Flintoff, died Tuesday at 86.
Mr. Flintoff was responsible for making a number of amateur movies,
probably the most important one Little Rays of Sunshine, about the Queen Alexandra Solarium children.
When it was shown to Kiwanians, a committee was immediately set up to
raise money for the Solarium.
Since that time, nearly $60,000 has been raised by the film.
At one time Mr. Flintoff was a partner in Hirst and Flintoff, a camera
firm that prides itself in giving help and advice to amateur photographers.
Mr. Flintoff was born in Exeter, England. He apprenticed as an artist
in the printing trade and became a master printer in Leeds.
Mr. Flintoff opened a theatre in Leeds in 1913 that
pioneered special children's matinees. He was a member of the Royal Engineers during the First World War.
He came to Canada in 1927 and started in business as a commercial artist and
making educational films. He pioneered making movies for B.C. schools under the education department.
He was a member of the Royal Arcanum, the Britannia Branch of the Royal
Canadian Legion and the Victoria Amateur Movie Club.
Mr. Flintoff is survived by sons, Denys, and Brian, two grandchildren and
Funeral services will be held in Sands Mortuary at 3 p.m. today.