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LeRoy L. Douglas III
September 14, 1946 - August 15, 2004

"All goodness springs from his heart"

LeRoy Lewis Douglas III died at his home in Southampton on Sunday, August 15, after a long and courageous battle against cancer. He was 57.

Born in New Rochelle, New York, on September 19, 1946, Mr. Douglas, who was known as “Chipper” to his family and friends, was the only child of LeRoy Douglas Jr. and Betty Cromwell. Mr. Douglas served in the U.S. Army from June 1967 to January 1969 during the Vietnam War. He met his future wife, Gaby, in Vietnam, and the couple was married there in 1974 before returning to the United States, where they had three children, sons Binh and Eric and a daughter, Christina.

After returning from Vietnam, Mr. Douglas opened a successful wholesale business in Queens with his father. Several years later, he sold the business and he and his family moved to California where he took a job as a social worker in Sacramento. Six years later, they moved back to Shinnecock to be closer to their family. During the past 15 years he worked for Southampton Public Schools as a bus driver.

Mr. Douglas was a member of the Shinnecock Golfers Association and an advocate for the Equal Opportunity Counsel, serving on the board as treasurer and then chairperson of the board certification program. In addition, he worked closely with a local HIV/AIDS program.

Among his many passions, he was known to especially enjoy sharing time with his family and shooting pool with his close friends. According to his family, he always had a joke to tell and approached life with a fun-loving spirit; he loved to entertain and to make people laugh. He will be remembered, members of his family said, for his grace and integrity and a zest for life that was infectious.

In addition to his wife and children, he is survived by his mother, Betty; his stepfather, Howard; a sister, Wendy; a brother-in-law, Sam; and a nephew, Hai.

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