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Bruce Douglas Has Passed Away

Bruce Douglas Cause of Death – Bruce Douglas, Founder of The Douglas Company passed away peacefully from natural causes on January 12, 2022. Bruce was born January 13, 1933, at the height of the Great Depression. While his parents struggled financially, they gave him a life-long love of language and learning, and he seemed to have a quote for any situation. He married his beloved wife, Dolores “Dee” Zerfas, in 1955, and they recently celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary.

Throughout his life, Bruce engaged in various civic endeavors, serving as precinct committeeman for the Democratic Party in Ottawa Hills, founding the New Ohio Institute, and running for Governor of Ohio in 1997. He also served on the boards of the University of Toledo (and as interim university president), Rollins College Crummer School Board of Advisors, Orlando Museum of Art, Taubman Center Advisory Board at Harvard, Toledo School for the Arts, Wilberforce University, Toledo Cultural Arts Center at the Valentine Theatre, the Toledo Symphony, United Arts of Central Florida, and many others. Bruce and his wife, Dee, gave generously to various causes, including University of Central Florida, Heartbeat of Toledo and sponsoring and supporting a class at Rosary Cathedral from elementary school through college.

Family, friends, and loved ones are devastated and shattered at the completely unexpected passing of Bruce Douglas.


Bruce Douglas obituary and funeral service will be released by his family, our prayers and thoughts are with the family of the deceased.

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