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Harold (Doug) L. Douglas, age 90, passed away peacefully in his adopted home of Fort Myers, FL on October 6, 2021. He was predeceased by his wife of 65 years (Lois Douglas) and his youngest son (Paul Douglas) and is survived by his other 3 children (Stephen Douglas, Susan Ganosellis and David Douglas) as well as 11 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.
Harold was born August 19, 1931 to Otis and Sadie Douglas of Grove Hill, AL. After graduating from high school, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps and deployed to Korea for "a year, a week and a day". Upon his return from Korea, he married his Tennessee sweetheart and together they moved to the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa and started their family, eventually settling in Birmingham. Soon after graduating with his engineering degree, Harold was employed by U.S. Steel and remained with the company until retirement. A short 3-year stint in Pittsburgh, PA was followed by a sought after transfer in 1967 to the offshore U.S. Steel shipping company Navios in Nassau, Bahamas. Navios and the Douglas family relocated to New York City in 1980 and Harold and Lois retired to Fort Myers in 1982.
Harold was a devoted family man and #1 Alabama Crimson Tide fan. Even in the Bahamas where games were difficult to watch live, Harold bought a powerful short wave radio to follow his team. Harold and Lois were passionate travelers, visiting every continent but two, and together they enjoyed a second 10-year career in Europe with the Department of Defense. They both loved to experience different foods and cultures and were avid theater goers. Harold was known to remark if there was a single beverage he had to choose for the rest of his life it would be champagne.
Harold was deeply loved and will be greatly missed by his family, friends and all who knew him.
A memorial service to celebrate Harold's life will be scheduled at a future date when all of his children are able to travel to Florida to say goodbye. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests donations in Harold's memory be directed to Hope Hospice, 9470 HealthPark Circle, Fort Myers, FL 33908.
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