Goodbye, Dad

A great man passed away on Monday, November 18, 2013. He wasn't famous or a billionaire, he was simply a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend that no one had a single bad thing to say about. For forty-four years of marriage, Douglas Michael was a devoted, loving, supportive husband. As a father, he never missed any opportunity to be with his children and he always set a great example of what a real man should be. He had the same love and commitment to his three grandchildren and would have had even more to give for the second granddaughter he was expecting. He was a lifelong Dodger fan that frequented Chavez Ravine, loved hitting the poker tables and was always up for a vacation whether it be to a far off destination or simply a weekend away. He was very proud of the four years he served for his country overseas in the Navy during the Vietnam War and was very patriotic.
For twenty years, Doug loved his work at QPS in Oxnard as both an owner and a salesman. He truly enjoyed the people he worked with including his vendors and customers. Sales was his calling and he was great at it. He never met a single person he couldn't talk to and he was quick to make a friend. He had a story or a joke for every occasion. Everyone he met not only felt important to Doug's life, they were important. Doug was always willing to lend a hand in golf tournaments, Kiwanis, Knights of Columbus and many local charities.  He will truly be missed by his wife Andrea, children Randi (Brad), Curtis (Frances), grandchildren Ethan and Alicia and Casey.
He was preceded in death by his son Christy, his mother Elsie and his father Ewald. He is survived by his three sisters: Sharon, Lynda and Paula as well as two nephews, a niece and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.There will be no funeral per Doug's last wishes, however, there will be a celebration of his life on a date to be determined.

A nice word from my friend Hung can be read here.
BFF also said some rad stuff here.


Lisa..... said...

I am so sorry about your loss, I can't imagine how hard this. I am so glad you were with him at the end and he was with family. You will be in my prayers.

Hung said...

beautiful and touching obituary- thanks for sharing tat. crazy how we're expected distill someone's life down to a few column inches. Do you think I could cross post on my Viet Nam Veterans blog (http://aftervietnam.blogspot.com/)?

Lurker Girl said...

I am so VERY sorry Randi. Peace for your heart...