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David Findley Douglass

David Findley Douglass passed away Friday, December 24, 2021.

Dougie, as known to his family and friends, was born in 1944 and raised by his parents, Jack and Lois Douglass, in Abington, Pennsylvania. He met Patricia (nee Wolf) on a blind date in 1966. David was drafted into the Army in 1967 and he and Patricia (Trish) married on June 21, 1968. They moved to the small town of Bruchmϋhlbach, Germany where they lived for three years while he served at Miesau Army Base. They had the opportunity to travel around Europe while there. After returning to the States, Deborah Lynne was born in 1972 and David joined the Philadelphia Fire Department. He made life-long friends while serving 30 years at the “House of Dragons”, Engine 20/Ladder 23 at 10th & Cherry Streets in Chinatown. He drove the ladder truck and his best friend, Lou Mallon, was his tillerman.

Dougie enjoyed playing golf and breeding African Cichlid tropical fish. He loved spending time with Trish several times a year at his second home in Surfside Beach, South Carolina. Once retired, his favorite pastime at home was relaxing on his porch, “The Cigarden”, with a beer and a cigar in hand. He greeted everyone that walked by with a “Yo!”. He especially loved the neighborhood dogs, who would sit at the gate until Dougie came out with a treat. He loved giving peanuts to ALL the neighborhood squirrels as well. They still bang on the front window and climb on the screen porch looking for him. He truly enjoyed his life to the fullest up until the end.

David is survived by his wife of 53 years, Patricia, their daughter Deborah and son-in-law Kenneth Bucsek. Mr. Douglass is preceded in death by his parents, his younger brother Eric, and his older brother Jack.

Please join the Douglass family after 3:00 pm Saturday, February 19th at Delaware Valley Cremation Center 7350 State Road Philadelphia, PA 19136 for a gathering of remembrance in honoring and celebrating David’s life. The memorial tribute service will begin promptly at 4:00 with time for refreshments and fellowship immediately afterwards, from around 4:30 until 6:45 pm, where David’s wife and family will be accessible to receive the loving comfort of your condolences, remembrances and support.

The Douglass family suggests memorials sent to:
· Guidingeyes.org
· Pspca.org
or to a charity of your choice in lieu of flowers.

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Belinda Stanton lit a candle for David Findley Douglass

Belinda Stanton Jan 10 2022 4:22 PM

One of my favorite people in the whole world. I can't believe that he and my dad and their brother all passed in the same year. Although I didn't see him regularly, and hadn't seen him in a few years, I am so sad that he is no longer with us. I love you Uncle David! My thoughts and prayers are with Aunt Pat, my sweet cousin Deb and Ken. Love you all!

John Douglass Jan 8 2022 10:44 PM

Great guy. Shurley will be missed by everyone who knew him.

Mariann & Tony Ciddio Jan 6 2022 10:52 AM

I'll never forget the night Dave sung the song "It was just my imagination" to Pat.Betty,Bob & I were speechless. You are sadly missed. Dee

Andrea Brown Jan 5 2022 7:42 PM