Doug’s Legacy

In Honour of Douglas Thompson Wylie

Affectionately known as “The Irish General”

We are blessed to honour the remarkable life of Douglas Thompson Wylie.

Douglas, affectionately known as “The Irish General” moved to South Africa (at the age of 80) with his beautiful wife Lyn twelve years ago, to build church alongside his beloved daughter Lucinda & Phil, Abbey, Bella & Zac. Douglas was our faithful ‘doorkeeper’ who loved to welcome people into church every Sunday at our Century City location. Douglas and Lyn impacted and loved many couples through marriage preparation and journeyed with countless people in the life of church. Douglas loved Jesus and believed in the Church. We love him and will remember him always.

Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God.

Col 3:2

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Notes of Love

Takura Munakandafa

On behalf of my family, we are very sorry for the loss.
It was a great honour to have known him at Hillsong. We learned a lot from his gentle heart and love to serve the Lord. May his legacy last forever.

Jacques and Karen van Niekerk

Dear Lyn, Ps. Lucinda & Phil and Family,
What a blessing and honour to be able to know Douglas, fondly callled Grandad. He was a spritual Father to us. Jacques and Douglas used to share end time prophesies, and compare notes on what they have read and experienced. Douglas and Lyn would be invited to many weddings, which we would talk about and there was one thing that Douglas and Karen had in common - we didn't like the extended marriage ceremonies that went on forever. I loved teasing Grandad about this and his facial expressions gave it all away. Douglas kept us accountable and whenever he saw us without each other he used to ask where the other one is and although he was there somewhere he wanted to see us together. Douglas our hearts will forever remember your gentle words and faithfullness to serve in His House.

Glenn a.k.a. big G

Lyn, I will never forget the whatsapp message that you sent to check up and see how I was doing! I remember you telling me that Douglas and asked you to get my number, as he was concerned that he hadn't seen me for a while! Well, that message came at exactly the right time as I really needed it. I hadn't been to church for a couple of weeks as I was going through a dark and difficult season! After that, I loved staying in touch on whatsapp, as we could never really chat when everyone was on the way out of the 11:30 AM service. What an amazing legacy, the epitome of a godly man! Sending my love and blessings, rest in peace Douglas!
big G xx


Doug was a beacon of light in a dark time when we had wounds caused in the church community and his quiet father figure steadfastness helped to realise that not all people are similar. When we used to get to church (those early days of Hillsong Cape Town) I would look at which entrance he would be as I needed to take in his warmth and care... One Christmas service in the CTICC we were there and I didn't see him. I worried about where he was. We moved onto an Afrikaans church for our kids' sake, but still visited Hillsong, always looking for Doug at an entrance, never knowing he was Lucinda's father. I thank the Lord for Doug, who was there for us without knowing it, therefore I wanted to honour him in this way. Thank you for the oppertunity of this platform. God bless you 🤗

Kornelius & Sabine Laukhuf

We will never forget it when we came to South Africa as a family at the end of 2009 and Douglas & Lyn met at the door before the service at the CTICC ... a welcome that we will never forget!! Thank you Douglas for your love & passion for his Church!! Thank you too, dear Lyn, for your loyalty and care for your husband. We would like to express our sincere condolences to you, Lyn, Lucinda & Phil & Kids. We love you!! Greetings from Germany Kornelius & Sabine with Mirjana and Tim Laukhuf

Tian Boonzaaier

150 words. Too little words to celebrate a remarkable person. Lyn, Pastor Phil and Lucinda and family - I am so sorry to hear about Doug “The Irish General” ‘s passing. I will keep his words which he spoke to me beginning of the year, when I sometimes visit Century City when not At Hillsong Stellenbosch : “ You are a good man” . Doug saw me as Jesus saw me, seeing pass my past failures and saw the potential and calling on my life. I salute his life ... worthy of a 21 gun salute not because he was killed in a skirmish, but live life to his fullest. And will fondly remember him for years to come

Sabitha Pillay

Dear Lyn, Ps. Lucinda, Ps. Phil & Douglas’ family in Australia.
Our deepest condolence to you on the passing of Douglas.May our Lord and Savior be with you in this difficult time.Will miss Douglas standing at the door at Century City on Sundays 8.30 am service.Made my daughter and me really feel welcome with kind ,humble and warm nature.Rest in peace.
Sabitha and Jenny(daughter)

Sonya Collison

Our sincere condolences to you Lynn, Pastor Phil and Lucinda and the family for the passing of your father and in many ways also a father to Hillsong a Church. If ever there was a faithful servant of God it was Douglas Wylie. Embracing every person that walked through our church doors and steadfast in his walk with God. We will surely miss you as a pillar of Hillsong Church.

Sarah prins

To Ps Phil and lucinda my condolences to you and family you father was a big blessing in us by church we con miss him a lot I miss you all ps lucinda your father is by he's father Jesus and they site with a cup of coffee or tea but you two are a blessings in are life and church love you too

Hein & Sabine Pienaar

8 years ago we started the marriage prep course with you both (Doug&Lyn) and had the absolute privilege to have you as our wedding witnesses. Since then an absolute amazing and precious friendship developed over the years and we are very grateful for the time and love you invested in us. Every 3 months in these 8 years we got together over a cup of extra hot cappuccino and a lemon meringue and in between you would call.
We appreciated your wisdom and advise and especially your love towards us.
We miss you dearly Doug but are glad you soar on wings like eagles now.
Our heart breaks for you Lyn as we know how much you miss him. We are here for you.
Our heartfelt condolences to Lucinda, Phil, Abbey, Bella, Zac and the family in Australia.

Jen Stevens

If we ever need an example of a life lived to the full and serving in the house of God, Douglas is our man! How special it was when walking into church, knowing Douglas would be there to shake your hand, pat you on the back, tell you something about the Lord or how good it was to be in church!

Today, there are many people who have been impacted and filled with wisdom, encouragement and faith because of Douglas.

To family in Australia, thank you for sharing Douglas’ life and legacy - we are so grateful.

To Lyn, Lucinda, Phil, Abbey, Bella & Zac, thank you for setting such a beautiful example of a family committed to building God’s church and loving his people.

Grace Dhaniram

Dear beloved Pastors Lucinda, Phil and family
I am so sorry for your loss. It is also a loss to our church. I remember his warm handshakes at the door. What a remarkable man. His warmth an encouraging smile will forever be remembered.
Sending you love and may the peace of God comfort you.
Warm regards
Grace and family

Edmond & Katrina Phiri

The Irish General ☘️ Legend of legends. One of a kind. Full of wisdom. Passionate door holder. Biscuit lover. Wise counsel. Joke cracker. Faithful husband. Father & grandfather figure to many. Well done, good and faithful servant. We salute you, Mr Wylie. The Phiris will be forever grateful for the time we had with you, what you imparted into our marriage & we promise to do our bit to help look after Lyn from afar. #Jesussurelydidcome

Wendy Grages

Doug has been such a big part of our church since day 1! I always looked forward to him grabbing me by the arm and asking me if I was ready for Jesus to come back! Whenever I asked him how he was, he was always full of faith and always full of joy. He inspired me as he kept showing up, at his door, week in and week out. Everyone knew Doug and he always looked out for people. Even guests that I had invited to church know Doug! Even if they only came now and then, Doug would remember them and reach out his hand to greet them. What a legend! The world was a better place for having Doug in it. Our loss is certainly Heaven's gain!

Justin Govender

Natasha and I had the privilege of doing our marriage prep course with Doug and Lyn. Our times with them were always so special and fun. The advice and wisdom I received from Doug will be something I always cherish

Jen Stevens

I will always remember the time I got to take Douglas and Peter Dooley in 2012 to see Hillsong House at Tembaletu School, Gugulethu.


If you would love to send something to the family to show your support we recommend to donate to the Hillsong Africa Foundation in place of sending flowers, we know Douglas would love for you to sow into helping grow the Kingdom and build lives across Africa.

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Brandon Vergotine

R500.00 Oct 7, 2020

Always appreciated having Doug great us at the door - he always had an encouraging word or even just a smile and wave. His faithfulness… Read more

Always appreciated having Doug great us at the door - he always had an encouraging word or even just a smile and wave. His faithfulness inspired.

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Stefanie Darbandi

R500.00 Sep 18, 2020

For grandad Douglas 🙏

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Sabine Pienaar

R100.00 Sep 18, 2020


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$50.00 Sep 17, 2020
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Justin Govender

R100.00 Sep 15, 2020

Thank you for your life and legacy Doug!