Edward James Douglas, 64

Fri, 12/11/2015 - 10:15am

Edward James Douglas was born on Dec. 27, 1950 in Stamford, Conn. He and his family lived in South Salem, N.Y., before Ed moved with the Transue family to finish high school on Block Island in the 1960s. After traveling and living in New York and Massachusetts, Ed followed his brother Michael to Atlanta, Georgia, where he spent over 20 years. He played an integral part in a startup company, MindSpring, that blossomed into a successful major Internet service provider in the mid-90s. He traveled the world visiting Africa, South America, Central America, Asia, and Europe. His most cherished memories of travel may have been from his trip to India, where he went to help teach entrepreneurial skills to Tibetan refugees. He traveled through India for a year and spoke of his visits to Tibet with tears in his eyes. He had precious memories of meeting with the Dalai Lama. He was moved by the experience and was able to deliver messages from up-rooted Tibetans to family members in their homeland. In addition to teaching practical skills to improve the quality of life for these beautiful people, he told stories of playing John Lennon’s music on his guitar and encouraging sing-alongs at after dinner gatherings. Ed was passionate about music and was a talented guitar player. 

He spent his final years in Park City, Utah and planned his latest adventure for Costa Rica. Upon his arrival there he fell ill and sadly passed away of natural causes on Oct. 23, 2015.

Edward was predeceased by his brothers Michael and Eugene, and his sister Faye. He leaves behind his sister Addie and brother-in-law Richard Bambridge of Ocala, Florida; as well as his daughter Kara Douglas; granddaughter Jade Rennenkampf and son-in-law Erik Rennenkampf of San Francisco, California; and his daughter Zena Clark; grandson Fisher Johnston and son-in-law Jamie Johnston of Block Island.

Ed, or Eddie as many remember him, was loved for his kind heart and subtle humor. A celebration in his memory will take place on Block Island in the spring or early summer. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to his grandchildren’s school and after-school fundraising organizations: Block Island School Friends, PO Box 1890, Block Island, R.I. 02807 and Salesian Boys and Girls Club, 680 Filbert Street, San Francisco, Calif. 94133.