Douglas William Grissinger(1957 - 2018)

Douglas William Grissinger, of Englewood, passed away on Saturday, August 25, 2018, just before his 61st birthday.

An avid traveler and adventurer to the last, Doug's passing occurred while en route to Machu Picchu, Peru with his wife Suzy and three of their children.

Doug was born on August 27, 1957, and grew up in Cleveland, Ohio with his brother John; though four years younger, Doug was very close with John, and the two spent a great deal of time together. Doug attended University School and was involved in the Boy Scouts of America. Upon achieving the Eagle Scout rank, he was presented his Eagle by Neil Armstrong in the spring of 1972.

He attended American University in Washington, D.C. and subsequently moved to New York City where he spent his 20s working in the import/export industry, learning to scuba dive, and forging lifelong friendships.

Doug relocated to Florida upon being admitted to Stetson University College of Law, class of 1989. It was in law school that he met Susan Herron, who, on March 17, 1990, became Susan Grissinger as she and Doug were joined in marriage. The two moved to the Englewood area, where Doug started practicing law at what is now Mellor, Grissinger, and Backo, LLP; he was a partner up to the present.

Doug and Suzy filled the following years with travel, their adventures growing as their family did. Whether on ski trips in the Rockies or Alps, cruises through the Caribbean or Mediterranean, or extended road trips across Ireland, Scandinavia, or down the east coast of the US, Doug always made sure his family was learning and fully experiencing different cultures along the way.

Apart from their varied and numerous family expeditions, Doug was actively involved in the lives and activities of his four children. He volunteered regularly at Englewood Elementary School, reading weekly with classes, attending annual Eagle Runs, and guest speaking during each of his kids' 5th grade Law Weeks and highly anticipated Mock Trial presentations. Throughout many years of sporting events, theatre performances, dance recitals, and chorus concerts, some of Doug's greatest joys were in the proud moments of cheering on and supporting his children.

An active member of his community, Doug was involved in the North Port Area Chamber of Commerce, serving as President from 1994 to 1995, and was a member of the North Port Rotary Club, serving as President of the Rotary from 1996 to 1997. He volunteered with Big Brothers Big Sisters of The Sun Coast as a mentor to high school students through the present.

While incredibly outgoing, good-natured, and filled with humor, Doug was also a man of strong will and character. He was fiercely protective of his ideals and his loved ones. He held education to be a guiding principle throughout his life and instilled in his family the belief that the best education comes from experiencing the world and all it has to offer.

He is predeceased by his parents Elizabeth and William Grissinger. He is survived by his brother John, his wife Suzy, and his four children, Skye, Genevieve, Thomas, and Hannah. Doug will be profoundly missed; memories of him will be cherished by all who knew him.

A memorial service will be held at the Englewood Event Center, 3069 S McCall Road, on Saturday, September 1st at 10am.

Memorial contributions may be made to Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast, and the Appalachian Mountain Club.