Douglas John Timberlake
1949 - 2021
Douglas John Timberlake

Greenfield, MA — November 22, 1949 – September 13, 2021

Born in Cambridge, NY to Ralph M. Timberlake Jr., MD (deceased) and Audrey Hargreaves Timberlake (deceased), Mr. Timberlake is survived by his brother Ralph M. Timberlake, III and his partner Sharyl Noroian, of Plainfield, MA, his sister Shelley Timberlake Svoboda, of Amherst, MA, his son William J. Cardillo and his fiancee Jessica Wyckoff, of Greenfield, MA, grandson Gabriel Cardillo, of Colrain, MA, and nephews and nieces Bruce Robert Timberlake of Chelsea, MI, Krista Timberlake of Vista California, Nathan Carl Svoboda, of Pelham, MA, and Sarah May Celandine Svoboda, of Amherst, MA, and 3 great-nieces Ari, Emily, and Elizabeth Timberlake, of Chelsea, MI, and a number of cousins.

Moving from Cambridge, NY to Auburn, Maine with his family as a youngster, his schooling began there, where he was in the Cub Scouts, and first got into downhill skiing. The family made the transition to Amherst, MA in 1960, Douglas continued with his skiing, and developed an interest in playing bass guitar. He graduated from ARHS in 1968, and attended UMass Amherst for 2 years, planning to go into Marine Biology, but left at the time of the strike after the Kent State students were killed. He worked in construction for several years, for Chris Hosford building a number of post and beam and precision panel-construction houses in Amherst, a source of both pride and acquired skills. He discovered an interest in photography after working at K-Mart and Almy's locally, then made the jump to Tripod Camera (Amherst), then Northampton, which became Ritz Camera. Douglas was skilled in both its technical aspects and artistic components. He did free-lance photography for a number of weddings, professional portfolios, and portraits. ARHS '68 reunions benefited from his skills, friends and family were recipients of his local landscapes, as was WGBY, for its auctions.

Doug was an avid sailor, having been taught by his father about the vagaries of wind at Lake Mattawa in Orange. He bought a 16' Hobie catamaran that he loved to take out on the ocean and pondered moving to Antigua, after visiting there and being able to be on the water constantly. Mr. Timberlake also brought his creative eye and energy to gardening, enjoying creating a color palette of perennials, and changing seasonal beauty outside his home, and sharing what he had grown and propagated with family and friends.

At Douglas' request, there will be no service, no burial; his ashes are to be distributed among family members, and scattered at places across the world that impacted Doug's life, or are of natural beauty, and important to them.

In lieu of flowers, donations suggested to Arbor Day Foundation, 112 N12th St., Lincoln, NE 68508; or Greenfield Center for Wellness, 102 Main Street, Greenfield, MA 01301
Published by The Recorder on Sep. 29, 2021.
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