John W. Douglas

June 30, 1940 ~ December 5, 2018 (age 78)

John W Douglas

Colchester - John W. Douglas, 78, of Colchester, formerly of Burlington, died peacefully December 5th, 2018 surrounded by his loving family after several months of declining health. He was born in Burlington, VT, on June 30, 1940, the son of Winfield and Abbie (Walston) Douglas.

Surviving John are his devoted and loving wife of 55 years, Linda (Sheldon), his son Timothy and daughter-in-law Samantha Sellers of Georgia, VT, daughter Kimberly and son-in-law Aaron Kimball of Hinesburg, son Todd and daughter-in-law Tammy of Colchester, his beloved grandsons, Christian and Nicholas Douglas, and Ethan Kimball. He is also survived by his brother Alan, loving nieces and nephews, a very special cousin Dr. Malcolm Paulson, as well as many extended family members.

John graduated from Burlington High School in 1958.  He proudly served in the United States Navy from 1958 to 1962 traveling the world aboard the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CV-42). He received an Associate Degree from Vermont Technical College in 1964.

John’s first job outside of his family’s restaurant on Colchester Ave. in Burlington, was aboard the Lake Champlain Ferries in 1958. Upon his retirement from IBM after 26 years, he returned to the LCT ferries and spent many years on the lake he loved.

Throughout his life John volunteered his time to many worthy causes including the Boy Scouts of America and The American Red Cross.

A New York Giants fan from the moment he watched the team’s practice session at St. Michael's College in the 1950’s, his love of football continued throughout his life.

A fan of both short track racing and NASCAR, he took every opportunity to watch local races through the 50s, 60s, and 70s and realized a lifelong wish in 2007 to sit trackside at the Daytona 500.

John was a passionate armchair historian and spent many hours editing A Soldier of Sheridan, a personal memoir of the American Civil War written by his ancestor Francis Charles Forbes. He enjoyed maintaining and expanding the Douglas family tree and organizing BHS Class of 1958 reunions.

John’s regular R.O.M.E.O lunches with his good friends were a highlight of his later years.

The family wishes to recognize the extraordinary compassion of the UVM Medical Center ICU team.

Visiting hours will be held at Corbin and Palmer, Essex Junction, Tuesday, December 11th from 3-5. In keeping with John’s wishes a celebration of his life will be held in the spring following internment at Lakeview Cemetery in Burlington. Date and location to be determined.


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