Burlington community mourns man famous for Christmas light displays

“Our family is devastated. I debated even turning off the lights but decided he would want them on and he worked hard on making all of the displays,” he said. “Dad was the breadwinner of the family with a small business providing the only income to this family.”Did you capture some amazing images or video? Share it with CTV News and it could appear online or on-air!googletag.cmd.push(function() { headertag.display(‘div-gpt-ad-outofpage-1-oop’); }); Back to topIn a statement posted on the Musson’s Famous Christmas Display website, the family of 82-year-old Doug Musson said he was up on a ladder outside their home trying to figure out why water was dripping onto a pathway near their holiday lights display when the ladder he was standing on fell.

The intricate displays grew from there. First the family decided to outline the house, and then filled in the space in between. Next, Musson began custom building decorations and welding them together, and attached lights to them to bring them to life.

Community member Nikki Accord is now leading a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for the cash-strapped family so they can keep the lights on and give Musson an appropriate funeral.

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Even Rick Goldring, the mayor of Burlington, tweeted his condolences.

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#burlon has died after falling off a ladder while tending to the very lights he loved so much. More information and donation details available at: https://t.co/OlvJb4fcrU pic.twitter.com/fdht1GCDtU

A motorcycle light display is shown outside the Musson house.

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Note: The CBC does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comments, you acknowledge that CBC has the right to reproduce, broadcast and publicize those comments or any part thereof in any manner whatsoever. Please note that comments are moderated and published according to our submission guidelines.”Every year we added more figures. In 1997 I decided to animate some of the figures with a light controller used by DJs. We got a dragon to wag its tail, soldiers salute, wheels to spin and fire to leave the dragon’s mouth and even a melting snowman,” wrote his son.He said that in the interim he does plan to check out the Christmas display to honour Musson and is urging other residents to do the same.

The 83-year-old husband to Joanne and father of four (one child predeceased in 1998) was the founder of a popular, local Christmas display on Spruce Avenue.

“I debated even turning on the lights but decided he would want them on and he worked hard on making all of the displays.”More strings were added each year.

Musson died in hospital on Dec. 18.

googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display(‘div-gpt-ad-1497682401693-0′); }); “Our family is devastated,” reads a statement on the Musson’s Famous Christmas Display homepage.

Terrible news.The Harley in the foreground is a tribute to their son that died tragically in the 1990’s.Now the father has died maintaining the lights. Please help this family…they have done so much good. It’s not just Christmas. At Hallowe’en it might even be better. https://t.co/MuZHFq1j4q

“Mr. Musson spent his life in service, as with his final deeds on earth. Thank you for all the memories. My prayers are with your family at this time,” she wrote.He also leaves behind five grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, sisters Rosalind and Shirley, and many nieces and nephews.

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“Thank you Mr. Musson. We didn’t know you personally but were the beneficiaries of your beautiful displays. It was an annual event for our family to visit your light display every year. You touched the lives of so many,” wrote Diane Miller, on behalf of her family, on Musson’s tribute page.

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