Bernard William Douglas Jr.
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(Asbury Park Press)

Bernard William Douglas Jr., 79, of Sea Girt, NJ died Tuesday, August 11, at home after a long illness. Bill was born in Rutherford, NJ, the only child of Bernard and Emma Douglas. He grew up in Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ and graduated from Ridgewood High School in 1948. He joined the National Guard and went onto Officer Candidate School. He served in the Korean War as a First Lieutenant being awarded the Bronze Star. Bill graduated from Pace University with a BA in accounting in 1956 and became a CPA in New York and New Jersey. From 1974 to 1995 Bill was President of Danker, Sellew & Douglas of New York City and New Jersey. Bill married his high school sweetheart Joan Schaefer "Shay" on March 15, 1952, Scott his first child was born in Ho-Ho-Kus in 1953 while Bill was serving in Korea. He 'met' his son when Scott was six months old. Bill and Joan then lived in Fairlawn where his beloved daughters Wendy and Lauren were born. The Douglas family moved to Ridgewood in 1965 and then onto Clinton in 1982. They have resided at their home in Sea Girt since 1996. Bill and Joan were both active and heart felt members of the First Presbyterian Church of Manasquan, where Bill was an elder and together they served faithfully.
Bill is survived by his beloved wife Joan "Shay" and his 3 children, Scott and his wife Wendy of Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ, Wendy Esposito and her husband Mike of Glen Rock, NJ, and Lauren O'Rourke and her husband Kevin of Ramsey, NJ. He also leaves 9 grandchildren, Keefer Douglas and his fiancé Liza of Washington D.C., Jay Douglas and his wife Suzie of Jersey City, Meagan Coomber and her husband Mike of Montclair, William Douglas of Ho-Ho-Kus, Jason, Jaime, and Nealy Esposito of Glen Rock, NJ, Breanna O'Rourke of Philadelphia, PA, and Maggie O'Rourke of Ramsey, NJ. He is also survived by his Great Grandson Welles Coomber.
Relatives and friends will be received at the First Presbyterian Church of Manasquan, 16 Virginia Ave., Manasquan, NJ on August 27th from 4-8 pm for a visitation and August 29th for a memorial Service at 11 am. O'Brien Funeral Home, Wall was in charge of arrangements. In Lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the General Fund of the First Presbyterian Church of Manasquan, 16 Virginia Ave., Manasquan, NJ 08736.

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Published in Asbury Park Press on Aug. 16, 2009.
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August 31, 2009
Dear Joan,
We heard about Bill's death, and it brought to mind the summer of 1948, when we worked together for PSE&G in Pompton Lakes. My wife (RHS'52) also knew him well, as she grew up in HoHoKus. Please accept our sincere sympathy.
Claire & Bob Carter
August 20, 2009
Scott and the Douglas Family,

You have our sincere condelences on the loss of your father.

From the entire ATG Team...
Les Krieger
August 18, 2009
Dear Joan and Family,
I feel honored to have met such a loving gentleman. Though we only met a short time ago, Bill is someone I will always remember and he will be truly missed.
Denise Piazza
August 18, 2009
Dear Joan, Scott, Wendy, Lauren and all of the Douglas family ~

To me Bill always be remembered as a true gentleman, a caring and nurturing man who never needed to draw a line between boss and employee. Instead, he treated us all as equals. Through the years, I became part of the Douglas family and you part of mine.

My gratitude needs a language far deeper than words could ever convey. Knowing you all greatly enriched my life. You will always remain in my heart.

I can only say thank you to Bill for showing all of us you cared in so many ways, for spreading happiness wherever he went and mostly for being the wonderful person that he was.

He will be greatly missed, but never forgotten.
Karen Gryctko
August 18, 2009
Mr. Douglas was like a Dad to me, I was so happy that I had the chance to work with him and for him during my years at OI and then Dancker he was a man that cared about many people and he always made me feel that he cared about me. I will miss him but never forget him
Love to you always Mr.D
Domenic F. Proscia
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