Douglas Lynn McLaud
SPRING HILL, Fla. – Douglas Lynn McLaud passed away peacefully on Jan. 7, 2022, at his home in Springhill, Florida, with his beloved wife, Pauline Miller McLaud, at his side.
Douglas and Pauline were married on Dec. 31, 1968, and had just celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary. Pauline’s care exemplified their lifelong love.
Douglas was born on March 4, 1949, in Oneonta. He was the son of Douglas M. and Joan Crandall McLaud. Douglas grew up in Oneonta and Otego and graduated from SUNY Oneonta.
After graduation, Douglas worked for many years with his parents as part of the Douglas M. McLaud Insurance Agency team in Otego before moving to Cocoa Beach, Florida. Douglas owned and operated a Ship Chandlery business in Port Canaveral, Florida, and became a real estate developer in Florida.
Douglas and Pauline raised two beautiful and beloved daughters, Amy Susan McLaud Callahan and Lori Ann McLaud Bedard, both of Florida. Douglas was the beloved “Grandpy” to his grandchildren, Charlie Callahan, Sam Callahan, Rachel Bedard, Andrew Jacob Bedard and Noah Bedard and his great-granddaughter, Zoey Callahan. He loved them ALL and they will all miss him greatly. Douglas also shared a deep friendship and love for his grandchildren’s fathers, Chuck Callahan and Andrew Bedard.
Douglas loved living on the canals in Cocoa Beach and enjoyed watching the dolphins and manatees each day. Douglas also loved playing and watching golf. Most of all Douglas loved his family.
Douglas is also survived by his sisters, Leslie Blum of South Dakota, Susan Van Cott (Craig) of Unadilla, and Mary E. McLaud of South West Harbor, Maine, who all agree that Douglas was a much loved great big brother growing up! He is also survived by nieces and nephews, Daniel Dolezel, Stephanie Horlock, Zoe Vandermeulen, Suzi Spisak Moutinho, Leif Van Cott, Gillian Morrison, Ian Van Cott and Alex Van Cott. Douglas is also survived by his sister-in-law, Linda Miller of Kentucky.
Douglas was predeceased by his parents, Douglas and Joan McLaud; in-laws, John and Betty Miller; sister, Kathleen McLaud Spisak; and niece, Ginny Dolezel.
All donations should be made in memory of Douglas McLaud to Chapters Health Hospice, 3010 W. Azeele St., Tampa, FL 33609.
*Douglas also felt strongly about adopting a pet in need and planting a tree!
Published on January 14, 2022