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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 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.

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Published in The Daily Gazette Co. from Jul. 30 to Jul. 31, 2010.
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August 24, 2010
I would like to offer my most sincere condolences to Doug's family. Many of us who are just now posting are shocked at his passing. He was an extremely proud dad, and very proud of his own dad, anyone who spoke with him could immediately tell that. Although my window in time with Doug was far too brief I can say that I was very happy to have known him and quite enjoyed our conversations. Rest In Peace my friend, the world is a lesser place without you, you will not be forgotten.

Kevin Distel
August 24, 2010
Rest in Peace Doug . You will be missed by us Trigger Timers.
My condolences to the family.

Boy Eysbroek
Amsterdam , Holland
August 24, 2010
My condolences to the family and friends of Doug .

Doug , buddy , there's an empty space now ,
But that space will be filled with good memories , after my sadness faded .
And If I forget one memory , I know I can always ask you by dialing 326 AEB ...

Reg Jans
Bastogne , Belgium
Reg Jans
August 24, 2010
My condolences to the family. Doug will be missed by all who knew him and all who knew him, loved him.

Thank you Reg for letting us know of this sad news.
Don Burgett, WWII, A Co. 506, 101st Abn.
August 23, 2010
I am very suprised and sad to read that doug has passed away.
My condolenses to his family.

Peter van der Linden,
Oisterwijk,The Netherlands.
August 11, 2010
I am so sorry for your loss. Doug was a wonderful man and I will always remember the times he spent here with my Dad and our family. My dad always spoke highly of his cousin. He has left so many wonderful legacys. We have so many good memories with your Dad...especially the fun we had with him at Red's games! :) I feel so blessed we that are family and that we got the chance to know your Dad. Love always! Terri Ille Connor and family
Terri Connor
August 10, 2010
August 10, 2010
Dad, September 2009
August 10, 2010
We all love & miss you.
Margaret Hodges
August 2, 2010
Dear Wilbur Family,
We are sorry to hear about Doug. He was a great guy, fun to be around! We had great times playing softball together all those years! He will be deeply missed.
Nicole & Al Cavert
July 31, 2010
Sorry to hear about Doug. He was a wonderful co-worker and friend. He will be missed but never forgotten.
Cindy Pearo
July 31, 2010
Dear Wilbur Family,
Since the softball days at Fireman's Grove, Doug has been the best of friends. Loyal and loving, cracking wise at every opportunity, supporting with his whole heart when a person he loved was in despair or joy - Doug never did anything but make me laugh, and feel that as long as friends held each other up, the world was right. I hope with all my heart that this loving-kindness and cheer comes back to him over and over where his is; he will live in many Hearts, and be missed very deeply. Endless love always to Doug, and his beloved Family.
Nancy Metz (formerly Mercoglan)
July 31, 2010
Hey Erin and Margaret, it's Emilys Mom. I never met your dad. I only saw him once at a school function or something (I guess someone pointed him out to me), but I remember he just exuded a warmth and it made so much sense. I knew that two such lovely daughters must have come from lovely stock. I am so sorry for you to have lost him so soon.
Shannon Appel
July 31, 2010
I am so sorry for your loss. May your happy and warm memories ease the pain of his passing. My thoughts and prayers are with each of you.
Love, Maureen
July 30, 2010
Sorry for your loss. Doug was a great co-worker and friend and will be missed by everyone at Mullens in Schdy. Our throughts and prayers are with you
Teresa Brzoza
July 30, 2010
I am so sorry to hear about Doug. He was always eager to talk and did a wonderful job on WRGB talking about his Dad. We all miss him.
Helen Dowd
July 30, 2010
Maggie, Erin and Sharon,
I am at a loss for words. Our hearts goes out to you. Doug was a great dude.
Sherry and Grace Mattoon
Grace Mattoon
July 30, 2010
So sorry for all of you. Erin and Margaret, you were his world. Always remember the good times.

Lo & Dick Ille
Lois Ille
July 30, 2010
I'm going to miss you more than words can describe. I feel like the luckiest girl in the world that I was able to call you Dad. I hope where ever you are treats you better than these past few months here, and you're rewarded for the love, kindness, and devotion you showed to the world while you were in it. I know the love you gave me is going to fill this whole in my heart. I love you Dad.
Erin Wilber
July 29, 2010
Dear Margaret and Erin,
Sorry to hear of your loss. I hope that your many loving memories of your father will provide you with some comfort.
Carol Lotano
July 29, 2010
Our sincerest condolences to The Wilber family for your loss. We were fortunate enough to get to know Doug and he was a gentleman with a great sense of humor. We'll always remember him as the beaming father of the bride. May he rest in peace.

Krista & Scott
Scott Conry
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