MANCHESTER - Douglas P. Mitchell Sr., 90, of Manchester, passed away on July 7, 2013, after an extended period of Alzheimer's disease. Born Dec. 28, 1922, in Winooski, Vt., to Lillian A. (Trombley) Mitchell and Frank L. Mitchell, he was the youngest of 11 children.
Doug graduated from St. Joseph's High School, class of 1943, where he played basketball, baseball and football. He earned All-State honors in football and All New England Catholic Tournament honors. He also played baseball at University of Toledo and semi-professional basketball.
Doug served in the U.S. Army
during World War II
. He was a decorated hero serving in the infantry throughout France and Germany. His awards included the Silver Star Medal and the Bronze Star
Medal, and he was honorably discharged in 1945.
Work history included home construction and recreational therapist at Crotched Mountain in Greenfield. Doug briefly served as a Manchester police officer
and also worked at New Hampshire Hospital for a few years on the drug treatment unit and the neurology unit. He retired from Manchester Housing Code Department in 1990. He was proud of his public and civic service to the Manchester community.
Doug coached many levels of girls' and boys' basketball, baseball and softball at the high school and CYO levels for 33 years.
In 1990 he was inducted into the Manchester Catholic High School of Fame and in 1999 he was inducted into the Queen City Athletic Hall of Fame.
Doug enjoyed fishing, woodworking, and also was an avid videographer.
He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Lorinda (Murray) Mitchell and his five children, daughters Sheryl Schmitz and her husband Barry of Sarasota, Fla., and Cathleen Compagna and her husband Robert of Greenland: sons Mickey Mitchell of Sarasota, Fla., Jay P. Mitchell of Dover, and Kevin M. Mitchell and his wife Jennifer of Lee; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
services: There will be no calling hours, but there will be a private memorial service held at the N.H. Veterans Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Visiting Nurse Association of Manchester and Southern New Hampshire, Attn.: Hospice Program, 1070 Holt Ave., Suite 1400, Manchester, 03109.
Arrangements are being handled by Durning, Bykowski & Young Funeral Home, 285 Manchester St., Manchester.
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