Doug grew up in Auburn and was an excellent athlete, lettering in four sports at Union Springs High School and “Mercury-footed Doug Pinckney” was inducted into the Union Springs Athletic Hall of Fame in 2018. He served in the National Guard then started a career in radio with WMBO – becoming the voice of the Auburn Yankees.
Upon moving to Skaneateles in 1963, Doug started a successful sales company gaining lifelong friendships along the way.
Doug was passionate about golf and his accomplishments on the course include winning numerous championships, playing in 49 Father-Son tournaments in a row, and scoring three holes-in-one. He also loved trap shooting and won a NYS Open Championship in the sport.
Doug’s laughter was infectious, filling a room and letting everyone know the party was on. He cherished his family and friends. He was a remarkable father, brother and devoted grandfather—and the Best Man at all three of his sons’ weddings.
He was a member of Skaneateles Country Club for over 50 years, and also belonged to The American Legion and numerous Rod and Gun clubs throughout the region.
Doug is survived by his three children: Doug Jr (Georgina) and Chris (Cathy) of Skaneateles, and Mike (Jessica) of Charlotte, N.C.; grandchildren: Doug III, Madison, Noelle, Charlie, Will, Kaeden, and Ryland; and his sisters Jeanne Pinckney of Auburn and Linda Ireland of Tucson, AZ; and former wife Kathie Dyson (John) of Skaneateles. In addition to his parents, Doug was predeceased by his brother Robert.
The family wishes to thank Jason Slottje for his great friendship and support, and Pam Sisson, Carrie, Pat. Shawnee and Brittany for their outstanding care.
A celebration of life will be scheduled at a later date. In support of his grandchildren, contributions can be made to the Make a Wish Foundation Central New York and the Global Lyme Alliance.
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