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Douglas E. Wilber, age 61, of Rotterdam, died after a battle with cancer on Thursday, July 29, 2010. He was born on July 24, 1949, in Schenectady, NY, the son of the late Charles A. and Dorothy L. Wilber, lifelong residents of Schenectady. He went to school in Rotterdam and graduated from Mohonasen High School in 1968. He also attended SUNY-Oswego. Doug suffered an unusual event at the age of seven of seeing ghosts wearing wooden shoes after his father told him of a WWII experience in Holland. The event affected him for years. It wasn't until 48 years later, after discovering a letter his father wrote to his mother during the war about his life being saved by two Dutch civilians after being seriously wounded, that he understood that his vision was only a bad dream while sleep walking. The letter led to an extensive quest during which he learned that the two individuals survived the war and culminated in a visit to Holland in 2004 to see the home and the family. He had a web-site in which he traced his father's military career with the 101st Airborne Division and he searched for his father's rescuers at www.thewoundingofcharliewilber.com. Doug had a variety of jobs in his life and was last employed as Assistant Operations Manager by Mullen-Mayflower of Schenectady. He loved to play softball and played for over 30 years. He was a passionate student of history, particularly WWII, and enjoyed reading and discussing it. He attended several reunions of WWII veterans throughout the country particularly those of the 101st Airborne Division. His last year was a happy one including co-hosting The Charles and Dorothy Wilber Memorial race at Saratoga, getting a foul ball at the new Yankee Stadium and giving it to a kid nearby, and giving away his older daughter, Margaret, at a wonderful wedding in September, 2009. Doug had two daughters, Margaret and Erin, who were the love of his life and put work and school on hold as they cared for their Dad. A father could not have asked for better kids. He is survived by daughters, Margaret Hodges and son-in-law, Larry of White Plains, Erin Wilber of Gloversville, brother, David and his wife, Carol Wilber of South Burlington VT, sister, Susan Nass of Rotterdam; nieces Elizabeth and Megan Nass, his ex-wife and good friend, Sharon Wilber; and stepdaughter, Jennifer Rowe. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the calling hours which will be Sunday afternoon from 2 until 5 at the Gleason Funeral Home. There will be no funeral service at Doug's request. Doug asked that in lieu of flowers, please donate to a charity of your choice.

Published in The Daily Gazette from July 30 to July 31, 2010
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