Doug was diagnosed with kidney cancer 3 1/2 yrs and had his kidney removed. True to form Doug (for those of you who knew Doug well) lived life to the fullest until his untimely death on June 25th, 2012.
Doug was doing some landscaping with my high school friend, Jimmy in Strongsville. Jimmy had asked Doug if he wanted to get some lunch. Doug sat down and replied with, " I don't feel good and this landscaping is for the Mexicans." Jimmy only turned away for a second and then turned backand Doug was gone. Jimmy called 911 & started CPR, but Doug never woke up again.
Doug was the love of my life and we would have been married Oct. 20th 2012 for 28 years.
Doug help raise my son, Marc (now 36) who has Down's Syndrome. (from my previous marriage) Doug coached Special Olympics for 15 years.
On October 2nd, 1985 Doug and I had Drew. Then Doug spent most of his free time watching Drew play baseball and then coaching him later in traveling baseball. Drew graduated from the University of Cincinnati 2 yrs ago.
For most of Doug's adult life he was a Recruiter and when Management Recruiters International was seeking a start-up Divison of Franchise Training he was recruited by the coporation to start the program. This offered Doug many opportunities that served our family well.
Doug was a wonderful husband, father, mentor and motivator. He loved life and was there for every friend and family member at any given moment.
Jardine Funeral Home in Strongsville handled Doug's arrangements.
It was Doug's wishes that if he ever passed away that we celebrated his life and that we did.
Congratulations, Doug on a life well lived!
Love his wife, Darlene, sons Marc and Drew and of course all the family and friends anyone could ever imagine.
From Patti Schnell on May 22nd, 2013
What a shock to find a classmate that has passed away.
We went to school together since grade school. Always a fun loving guy.
You were blessed to have him in your life. I am sure he felt the same way about you.
John is gone 39 years today. He will always be missed by those who knew him--his great big smile, infectious laugh, generous heart, his love for his family, friends and our cross-country team. His time here was only 19 years and some days, but he left a lasting impression on the lives of all he touched. Especially mine.
Just to see your name, dear Jim, brings back so many great memories. Making out in front of Laurie Adam's house, watching you in football games, Mickey keeping us out of trouble and I even remember that LOUD thrush muffler you put on your mustang. We tried to keep seeing each other when I moved to Detroit with my parents in June of '72 but a long distance relationship was hard 40 years ago. Anxious to see you in heaven when my time comes.
Claude was a very good man at an early age. I loved going over to his house and listening to music with all the great people I met there up in his garage. His passing was a shock to all of us. Wish you could be with us now Claude.
Ray was an integral part of my childhood. He, my brother Ron '74 and I spent many, many hours hanging out while still in elementary school along with Jimmy Karbo '72. We would go downtown to Kay's bookstore and get old Mad Magazines, or play kickball on our lunch break from Southlyn, run through the sewers, play army, football, kick the can.
As is too often the case, by the time we got to high school, we hardly knew each other. I still, however, count Ray as a dear childhood friend and I'm sorry he never got to hear that.