Doug was born with a drive to work. The same could be said about his father, John and this trait was certainly passed on. Doug viewed his craft as an art, and found joy and accomplishment in every job he completed. Anybody that has taken a drive around Central New York with Doug has certainly seen his work, as he had probably pointed it out, saying something like “See that chimney there? I built that.”. Doug had an affinity for animals, but more specifically, his dogs. Throughout his life, Doug had several canine companions in his life and he cherished each and every one of them. Most of us will remember Ty, a border collie that touched his life beyond any of those before him. Doug and Ty’s spirit were mutually connected, and they are to be buried together, reunited at last.
Doug was a caring and compassionate man. His friends and family will always remember his welcoming smile, his uplifted spirit, and his desire to please. He was always there to help out a friend with any task. He was the kind of man that could lift your spirits and make problems in your life feel smaller, just by being close to him or talking to him. His life will forever be cherished, and he lives on through his four sons, grandchildren, family, and friends.
Calling hours will be held on Friday, October 11th from 4pm to 7pm at Robert D. Gray Funeral Home, Skaneateles. A graveside service will be private at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Clear Path for Veterans, in support of their Canine Program.
When sending donations, please write Douglas Woodruff in the memo. Donation envelopes will be made available at the funeral home. If you would like to donate online, please refer to the following link: https://clearpath4vets.networkforgood.com/projects/62522-supporting-the-journey-home . Please ensure that you select Dogs2Vets for where to "apply donation to" and write Douglas Woodruff in the donor scroll.
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