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Douglas Sherwood Lafferty
  • December 19, 1946
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  • February 15, 2017

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Douglas “Doug” Sherwood Lafferty, 70, of Orlando Florida passed away Wednesday, February 15, 2017.

He was born December 19, 1946 in Elmira, New York to Kenneth and Helen (McClelland) Lafferty. He graduated from Elmira Free Academy in 1965, and began working for Harding Brothers. On May 1, 1976, he married Mary Jane Menter and they lived in Horseheads, New York with his two daughters, Karin and Kristen, from his first marriage. In 1978, they moved to Garland, Texas where he was a defense machinist for Texas Instruments.  In 1980, the family moved to Plano, where they would live the remainder of their time in Texas. During his time there, he enjoyed golfing, bowling, and watching both his daughters play sports. Especially close to his heart was the entire “Goal Dust” soccer family with whom he spent countless evenings, weekends, and road trips. He worked for Texas Instruments, who was later bought out by Raytheon, until his retirement in 2007. After retirement, Doug and his wife Mary Jane moved to Orlando, Florida in 2008, to be close to his daughters and granddaughters. During his retirement, he enjoyed many activities and trips with the “Gulf Stream Harbor” community, where he made countless new and invaluable friendships. Doug would bend over backwards for his friends but also give them a “hard time” with his great sense of humor.  He also enjoyed cruising, especially memorable trips were his cruises to the Panama Canal and Europe.  However, the activity he looked forward to the most was watching his granddaughter, Kierra, play sports. Everyone knew if she had a game, they could find Doug in the stands, supporting her and the entire team.  Anyone who knew Doug, knew how much he loved his family and that family came first. He took advantage of every opportunity to attend a sporting event, graduation, or wedding.

He is survived by his best friend and wife, Mary Jane of Orlando, two daughters, Karin Lafferty of Orlando and Kristen Lafferty of Kissimmee; two granddaughters, Alyssa Wilson of Orlando and Kierra Crane of Kissimmee; siblings Shirley Cornwell of Gillett, Pennsylvania and Bruce Lafferty of Buffalo, New York; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his first wife Catherine Forsythe and his mother and father.

A celebration of life memorial will be held Saturday, February 25, 2017, at 1:00 p.m. at the Gulf Stream Harbor Clubhouse at 4505 Old Goldenrod Road, Orlando, Florida 32822. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations in Doug’s name to The Opportunity Center Inc. at 310 N. Clyde Avenue Kissimmee, Florida 34741 or the Flagler College Women’s Basketball program at 74 King Street St. Augustine, Florida 32084.

“A beautiful life”

A beautiful life that came to an end,

He died as he lived, everyone’s friend

In our hearts a memory will always be kept

Of one we loved, and will never forget


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  1. 25 Feb 2017
    Bruce & Barb says:
    Very sorry we were not able to join you in Florida. Doug will always be remembered from the days we sat on the porch on Davis Street to all the good times in Las Vegas. RIP my big brother, you will be missed. We love you, Mary Jane, Kristen, Karen, Alyssa and Kierra and will keep you all in our prayers.

  2. 21 Feb 2017
    Shirley and Ron says:
    Even though we can not be there in person, our Love, Hugs and Prayers will surround you MaryJane, Karin and Kristen. RIP my dear Brother. You will be missed by all. Until we see you again,

  3. 21 Feb 2017
    Heather says:
    Uncle Doug you are missed deeply by so many. Every time I think of you, I am reminded of laughs around a dinner table, the best Shirley Temples of my life, and the first major league baseball game you took me to at Texas Rangers Arlington Stadium. I love you and hope you watch over Aunt Mary Jane, Karin, Kristen, and the girls. They all love you and miss you. Your neice.

  4. 20 Feb 2017
    Wally and Bev says:
    Doug, we miss our time together with you and Mary Jane. We have enjoyed our travels with you and your sense of humor. Thank you for keeping us all on the right track. We thank God for your friendship even though it was too short. RIP dear friend and know that we will be here watching over Mary Jane for you.

  5. 20 Feb 2017
    Jan Hall says:
    RIP Doug, we are going miss you greatly. Heartfelt love and prayers for Mary Jane and family.

  6. 20 Feb 2017
    JAN HALL says:
    RIP Doug , you are going to be greatly missed by all. Heartfelt prayers to Mary Jane and family.

  7. 20 Feb 2017
    James Deleo says:
    Rest in Peace my Biloxi buddy. I will see you again in that great casino in the sky.

  8. 20 Feb 2017
    Arlene and Sid Larosa says:
    RIP Doug,you will be missed by many at GSH and family,DOnt worry Mary Jane will be watched over by her many friends.,,,

  9. 20 Feb 2017
    Susanne Delong says:
    Godspeed, Doug! Your sense of humor and good natured kidding will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved you. Deepest sympathies to your family, especially Mary Jane.

  10. 20 Feb 2017
    Joe & Bea says:
    Doug was one of a kind. He was loved by all his friends we had a lot of laughs with Doug and Mary Jane. We love you RIP

  11. 20 Feb 2017
    Anne & Bob Silvia says:
    A very good friend from the very first carpooling days in 1979, to our very first cruise, to our winning team at the bowling alley and most of all the fun and laughs on the golf course (hit the ball straight). We will miss you.

  12. 20 Feb 2017
    Pat & Hub Brown says:
    RIP Doug... we sure will miss you! Prayers for Mary Jane and the rest of the family.

  13. 17 Feb 2017
    Vera says:
    My condolence to the Lafferty family on the loss of their love one.

  14. 17 Feb 2017
    Carol Wehrman says:
    Prayers for Mary Jane and her family on the loss of her beloved husband.
    May he rest in peace.

  15. 16 Feb 2017
    Susan Deleo says:
    Doug will truly be missed! Our thoughts and prayers are with Mary Jane and her family.

  16. 15 Feb 2017
    Joseph P. Holleran says:
    I remember Doug from our early years in Elmira, I was a cousin. We were all about the same age and had some good times together. He is in our prayers and thoughts.

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