CHAUTAUQUA - (Charles) Douglas Spaulding, 79, of South Ave., Chautauqua, NY, died Friday (January 4, 2013) in his home.
He was born September 9, 1933 in Corry, PA the son of the late Sherman and Theresa Phillips Spaulding.
Doug was a graduate of Corry High School, Edinboro University, and attended the University of Arizona. He had been a high school English teacher at Mayville Central School, and had also been a public servant.
He was a member of St. Mary of Lourdes Catholic Church Mayville where he was a church Lector. He was highly instrumental in implementing the Chautauqua Catholic Community. He was very active in the Chautauqua County community, having acted as the president of the Chautauqua Property Owners to Rent, the area representative for Chautauqua Property Owners, president of Mayville-Chautauqua Lions Club, a member of the Lincoln-Bedell Monument Committee in Westfield, and an instrumental member and leader of the team that established the local Channel 5 Public Access Station. He had also been the editor for the Westfield Republican and the Mayville Sentinel newspapers.
Doug was an avid lover and lifetime student of Shakespeare; he also greatly enjoyed countless other literary pursuits. In addition to be a published author and playwright, he directed many plays and performed in a variety of productions at The University of Arizona, including his performance of King Lear, which was his most highly acclaimed performance. He was a tremendously inspirational husband, father, friend, and teacher.
He is survived by his wife, Linda O'Connor Spaulding; they married on November 9, 1979 at Our Lady of Victory Basilica in Lackawanna, NY; four children, Stephen (Nikki) Spaulding of Phoenix, Ariz., Scott (Roxane) Spaulding of Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Jane (Greg) Schneck of Brooksville, Fla., and John (Denise) Spaulding of Phoenix, Ariz.; 15 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; one brother, Rex Spaulding of Ohio; three sisters, Madonna Linski of Florida, Eleanora Pelc of Pennsylvania, and Jonetta Middleton of Florida; and his former wife, Helen Jean Neal of Florida.
He was preceded in death by two granddaughters, Gabrielle Spaulding, and Leslie Ashton.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Jan. 8 in St. Mary of Lourdes Mayville. Rev. Ray Donohue officiated. Burial will be in the Chautauqua Cemetery.
No visitation will be observed.
Memorials may be made to Chautauqua Fire Dept. Rescue Squad, Box F, Chautauqua, NY 14722; or Hospice Chautauqua County, 20 West Fairmount Ave., Lakewood, NY 14750; or Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua, NY 14722.
The Freay Funeral Home in Mayville is in charge of arrangements.