Douglas Dohey

Douglas Dohey

Chesapeake, VA
09.03.1961 - 10.27.2017

Douglas Dohey, 56, passed away peacefully in his home October 27, 2017 surrounded by his family.

Raised in Forbes Road, PA and a graduate of Greensburg Salem, Doug lived his adult life in Chesapeake, VA, answering the call to serve as an educator in Suffolk, VA. Beginning as a teacher at Booker T. Washington Middle School, he moved on to serve as a counselor at Driver Intermediate and Nansemond River High. He instituted the wrestling program there…. his labor of love. From there, Doug worked as an administrator at John F. Kennedy and John Yeates Middle before joining Suffolk’s central office where he retired after 33 years as Chief of Operations. Doug devoted his life to the families of Suffolk and treasured the relationships he cultivated there.

Doug’s memory will be cherished by his wife of 26 years Linda and his daughters Blythe and Piper; his mom Shirley and dad, Jerry; his brothers Jerry and Tom; nieces and nephews he adored, and a host of extended family and friends.

Doug Dohey was an exemplar of a man, husband, father, son, employee, and friend. He lit up a room with his humor, and left behind so many who learned from him. He will be dearly missed by those who knew and loved him.

A visitation will be held Monday October 30, 2017 from 6 to 8 PM at R.W. Baker & Co. Funeral Home and Crematory 509 W. Washington St. Suffolk, VA. The family requests that in lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Suffolk Education Foundation PO Box 394 Suffolk, VA 23439 or Condolences may be offered below.

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R.W. Baker & Co.
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Doug was an inspirational colleague and leader. One who , as an administrator, never forgot what it was like to be a teacher. My heart is full of grief as I think of Linda and Piper and Blythe. But I know his love for them was so great that it will endure this ssadness. May God's grace surround you and comfort you. Please know he was a man I both liked and admired for the way he treated each person he interacted with. He will be missed by many but he touched many more. God Bless.

Pat Meyer Cary

I am deeply saddened today to learn of Doug's passing. I had the pleasure of witnessing Doug's immense talent as a coworker at John Yeates; my son's wrestling coach at NRHS; and numerous meetings when he was an administrator. Fortunately, I also got to know the great sense of humor that Doug possessed that was second to none. My heart and prayers go out to Linda, Piper and Blythe today. The world has lost a devoted family man but also a great educator whose talents could have done so much more for Suffolk Public Schools.

Jim Upton

Mr. Dohey was one of the nicest persons that I have had the pleasure of working with. He was always a pleasant sole, never angry, never upset. I have seen him reach out and help so many people during my 11+ years of working for him. His mom and dad raised a great son, a great man, he truly cared about people. My heart and prayers go out to his devoted wife and girls. He thought the world of you guys. He is and will continue to be missed.

Carmen Smith

Sorry for the loss of Doug,thoughts and prayers from my family to yours.

Barry Nixon

I was blessed to be in the first class he taught at Booker T. Jr. High. We gave him a lot of teasing and played a many practical joke on him. My best friend and I had super crushes on him. No matter what we threw at him, he took it with a smile. He is one of the few teachers that I remember made an impact on my life. Please accept my dearest sympathies during this time.

Juanita Futrell Howard

Mr. Dohey was my math teacher in middle school. It seems like yesterday, though more than 30something years ago. All the girls in class (including myself) we "doe-eyed for Dohey." The first and only teacher crush I ever had. He made math fun and was an exemplary educator. My most sincere condolences to his family and friends.

Trish Caughran

I was a student in Mr. Dohey's class at Booker T. He was a great teacher and made an impression on everyone he came in contact with. Sending prayers and deepest sympathy to your family during this difficult time.

Alison Pugh

Thanks for being my friend in high school many great memory's , my deepest sympathy and prayers to all the family .

Terry Dodson

We would like to express to our deepest sympathy. Please know that the hearts of others are deeply touched by your loss. Take comfort in knowing that our loving heavenly father is near to those with a broken heart, and He will sustain you during this difficult time (Psalm 34:18). You have our sincerest condolences.

The Cole Family

After serving in the Military, and teaching in The Bronx for 17 years, I returned to Suffolk, my home with my wife and our 3 children. I had the privilege of first working with Mrs. Dohey in Summer School. Then later I was introduced to Mr. Dohey. What a contrast I thought! I told my wife that I had met two wonderful persons. The two were then engaged I believe. Mrs. Dohey had "beautiful flowers" in her hat and/or hair!! her hair literally appeared to be a "mile" long!! "Smile" Mr. Dohey appeared to be the personification of "Conservativeness"!! (AKA: Suit and Tie and the works) I was so impressed and somewhat amazed to say the least!!
I watched Mr. Dohey for the next 25 years (1991-2016) as he exemplified what it truly means to be a "PROFESSIONAL"!! Yes Mr. Dohey retired as "CHIEF OF OPERATIONS OF SUFFOLK PUBLIC SCHOOLS"!!! A well deserved "Capacity of Service" to us all!! Speaking of capacities of service, I personally witnessed Mr. Dohey work in areas from "Bus Driver, Wrestling Coach, School Counselor, AP, Principal, Coordinator for Secondary Schools, and Chief of Operations and many other capacities of service that I no doubt have not mentioned.
In hindsight, Mr. Dohey came over to my class to congratulate me on my impending retirement (July 1st, 2016) he talked with me longer that day than we had talked in the last 25 years!! needless to say it was most encouraging! I thanked him for all the support he had given me over the years!! Days later he was hospitalized!! Mrs. Dohey wast the retirement function in 2016. She personally told me that her husband really thought a lot of me. I didn't want to lose my composure, AKA "Give way to tears!!! I smiled and said thank you to Mrs. Dohey!! That was a moment I will always treasure!!! (Acts 24:15)

Lloyd G. Holland Sr. M. Ed. (Retired)

Such expressions of affection are not offered to those who, in this life, did not love deeply themselves. Doug evidently loved deeply, and those who knew him simply gave back what he so generously gave to each of them. We invariably think such human beings leave us far too soon, but in a very real sense, they are in that special minority who learn early how to fit a lifetime of living and loving into an "abbreviated" number of years -- a wonder-filled gift indeed. He completed his mission, and obviously he did it with style, with grace, and with class. We are certainly saddened that he has left us for now, but God (you can be sure) is happy to welcome him home. And those of us he leaves behind, if we choose to live life as he did, are sure to see him again. There is no greater -- no more blessed -- assurance.

Jerry Gaines

Words can’t express my sympathy enough for Linda, Blythe, Piper, and the extended Dohey family. Although the consequences of Doug’s illness allowed us to become acquaintances, it was with great pleasure and privilege of mine to provide him care in the final years of his life. He was a true fighter and amazing spirit that shined so bright and touched me every time I was able to see him. The Dohey family is a true representation of love and loyalty and I am deeply grateful I was able to meet them and become their friends in such a difficult time. I hope you all find solace and comfort in the memories and the times you had together for nothing can take those away. We all have another angel watching over us (or fishing the Great Lakes of Heaven :-)). He is no longer suffering and I hope you all can find peace in that. Whatever I can do, you know where to find me. I love you girls and am here for you!

Laura Orme

My deepest sympathy to the family and those close to Mr. Dohey. "Lean not to thine own understanding" Mr. Dohey will always be remembered and well thought of.

L.P. Kirkman

Please accept our sincerest condolences from United Way of South Hampton Roads at the loss of a husband, son, father, brother, and uncle. Mr. Dohey had been a loyal contributor for many years and our community is a much better place because of his generosity.

United Way of South Hampton Roads Staff

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