Remembrance Gathering

July 21st, 2016         20 comments

I need to decide how to handle a short gathering at the Mill Pond for Doug.  Doug was not a religious person.  He asked to be cremated, his ashes discarded and no memorial service.  After his heart attack late last summer I told him I thought his spirit would reside at the Mill Pond he passionately loved.  Our conversations place me in a dilemma between what I believe should be done and his wishes.  Over his life he had a passion for art and nature, a good heart belief, a high standard of values, and a personal helping love of reasonable people.

I need to know how about many people would attend a short non-religious gathering at the pond on Wednesday, August 17th at 7:00 PM.  Think about it as duck feeding or simply enjoying the pond sharing experience.  If the expected attendance is a few people, we can do it causally.  If the group is large, we probably need to schedule something with the city and obtain a permit.  Please respond to this post in the form of a comment if you seriously would attend this informal gathering so I may make plans.

Chuck Peterson, Doug’s Brother.

§ 20 Responses to "Remembrance Gathering"

  • Simone says:

    Hello – I would be interested in celebrating his spirit at the Mill Pond on 8/17.

  • Ian Andersen says:

    I will deffinatly be there doug was one of my best friends and he helped me through many rough patches in my life

  • Dawn Andersen says:

    I have to say that Diug was one of the most inspirational people ever to have blessed this Earth. He taught my son Ian Andersen many gifts and helped him through the storms of life. I am blessed to have known him through my son’s enthusiastic words and love. He will be truly missed. Thank you Doug for providing the love and inspiration that my son needed. You a were a miracle to us all. You will be missed beyond belief.

  • Matt says:

    I got a few people on my end who are interested in Sharing the pond experience and remembering Doug

  • Judith G Rosenberger says:

    Gary and I were shocked and deeply saddened by Doug’s passing. We would certainly attend the gathering, and I have some more thoughts to share about the planning of it, but need to pray about it first, and will make another comment as soon as I am able. Your efforts are much appreciated – you can call me if you would like some personal input.

    Judy : )

    c. 248-330-4505 h. 248-685-3539

  • Andrea Mohr says:

    I would be very grateful to gather together for a celebration of Doug’s life on August 17th.

  • April Holliee says:

    I also would be honored to be able to attend a gathering for Doug. I often wonder now the fate of our millpond without its caretaker… There is no one like Doug!

  • elaine Bryans says:

    Honored. We will be there. .

  • elaine Bryans says:

    but also, i wish that we could do a memorial plaque or exhibition of his millpond photographs.

  • Wanda Ryan says:

    I will be there. I miss knowing Doug is watching over the millpond. I miss him terribly.

  • Amy Keating says:

    I would attend the memorial/duck feeding.

  • ang says:

    so saddening to hear of this, but would be more than happy to attend in his honor, have known Doug for years and he was always so kind to myself and others at the mill pond.

  • Melanie Wollenhaupt says:

    I would not miss this chance to remember and honor Doug. In the short 5 or 6 years since I met him, he helped me countless times in caring for abandoned Pekins that were left in my yard on South Ore Creek. I truly miss him and his wonderful blog. He was selfless in his care of all creatures. I will be attending on Aug. 17th.

  • Marilyn Hysen says:

    I will certainly attend, Chuck.

  • K P says:

    I would be there on the 17th to honor Doug.

  • Denise Rodgers says:

    My husband and I will be there. We were both very fond of Doug and would not want to miss this chance to honor Doug’s memory. – Denise and Peter Rodgers

  • Amber says:

    My mother and I will be there for sure. Doug bought his duck food from us and a customer had told us this morning what had happened. It saddens us very much to hear about this news but I; along with many others who encountered him, feel very fortunate to have met and had chances of talking with him and getting to know him.

  • Kimberly Klotkowski-Kalisz says:

    I would also like to attend to remember our Millpond caretaker…

  • Lisa Sicard says:

    I will definitely be attending and fully support other’s ideas of a memorial plaque or exhibition of photos, or some way of displaying to the public his love for the Millpond and remembering Doug.

  • Colin Miller says:

    We would like to be there as well. Colin & Katie- The Artisan’s Bench Crew

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