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William Bruce Douglas, 82

March 14, 2009

William Bruce Douglas, 82



April 13, 1926-March 13, 2009

CUMBERLAND, Md. - William Bruce Douglas, 82, of Cumberland, died Friday, March 13, 2009, at his home.

Born on April 13, 1926, in Cumberland, he was the son of the late William A. Douglas and Grace Avers Douglas. He was also preceded in death by an infant daughter, Margaret.

Bruce attended Allegany High School and graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, N.H., and Swarthmore College in Philadelphia. He was a veteran of World War II, serving as an aerial photographer in the U.S. Army Air Corps.

He spent more than 50 years in general construction, beginning his career as a civil engineer with the George F. Hazelwood Co., later co-founding Phoenix Construction Corp. and Douglas-Smith, Inc. He spent the last 10 years of his career as Facilities Planner for Allegany College of Maryland. He also co-founded The Bowler, Inc.

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In his professional capacity, he served as a member of the Cumberland Planning and Zoning Commission for more than 23 years, including years as chairman; president of Cumberland-Allegany County Industrial Corporation; board member and vice president of the Maryland Asphalt Paving Association; and member of the Cumberland Area Labor Management Committee. He was a longtime member and officer of the Cumberland Rotary Club and a Paul Harris fellow. Bruce served as president of the Cumberland Jaycees; chairman of the Board of the Greater Cumberland Chamber of Commerce; member of the Board of Directors of Cumberland Savings Bank and later the Regional Advisory Board for First United Bank and Trust; president of the Board of Directors of Friends Aware; and a member of the Board of Directors of NAILS. He was a 32nd-degree Mason of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, a member of Potomac Lodge No. 100 A.F.& A.M., and a member of the Royal Order of Jesters. He was a member of the Ali Ghan Shrine and was a founding member of the Ali Ghan Highlanders, learning to play the Scottish bagpipes at mid-life.

A lifelong Lutheran, Bruce served on the vestry of St. Paul's Lutheran Church and was a member of the building committee of the Washington Street building that is marking its 50th anniversary this year.

He was a member of the Cumberland Country Club for almost 50 years. He enjoyed golf - having scored four holes-in-one - as well as bowling, skiing, photography, traveling with family and friends. He was an avid reader.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Joy Wilson Douglas; his sister, Miriam Douglas Sanner; his brother, D. Alan Douglas and wife Judy; his children, Richard Wilson Douglas and wife Kandyce of Hagerstown, Robert Bruce Douglas and wife Harriet of Cumberland, and Elizabeth Douglas Medcalf and husband Travis of Frostburg and formerly of Hagerstown; and his granddaughters Heather Douglas Papp and husband Adam, Dana Grace Douglas, Dinah Joy Douglas, Megan Lin Douglas and Laura Joy Douglas and husband Jason Kuhn; and nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Bruce's family will receive friends at Scarpelli Funeral Home, 108 Virginia Ave., Cumberland, (www.scarpellifuneralhomes.com) on Sunday, March 15, from 5 to 8 p.m.

A funeral service will be held at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Washington and Smallwood streets, Cumberland, on Monday, March 16, at 11 a.m. The Rev. C. Scott Robinson and the Rev. Cary Moorman will officiate. The graveside ceremony will be private.

The family requests that memorial gifts be made to St. Paul's Lutheran Church; Friends Aware, Inc.; the Allegany College of Maryland Foundation or a charity of one's choosing.

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