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Michael Douglas Davich
  • December 10, 1951
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  • December 24, 2008

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Michael Douglas Davich, 57, a Winter Park General Contractor/Consultant with a passion for God, family, friends, and historic restoration, died at home Wednesday, December 24, 2008, of lymphoma. A graduate of Winter Park High School (1969), the University of Florida (1973) and Stetson University (MBA), Davich founded Cornerstone Restorations Inc. a firm that has been prominent in preserving Central Florida’s historic buildings.  Some of the best known local buildings Davich worked on were Rosie O’Grady’s and the French Market in downtown Orlando. He also restored the historic Waterhouse House on Lake Lily in Maitland.  He was born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania and came with his family in 1957 to Winter Park when his father Michael Davich, an engineer with the Martin Company, was transferred to Orlando.   Davich began his Cornerstone Restorations, Inc. in 1976, when he worked on Bob Snow’s Rosie O’Gradys Good Time Emporium.   Davich, his wife Anita Polk Davich, and family moved to New Smyrna Beach in 1978, where he taught in the Building Construction Department at Daytona Beach Community College for 17 years.  He was the G.C. for the restorations of the Ponce de Leon Lighthouse, the St. Augustine Lighthouse, and the Anclote Key Lighthouse. Another project of his familiar to visitors to New Smyrna Beach is the CorMeth House located at the corner of Flagler and Peninsula avenues. He was a City Commissioner on the New Smyrna Beach City Council from 1988 to 1993.  A longtime member of the Florida and National Trust for Historic Preservation, he was hired in 1993 as the Executive Director/Contractor responsible for the restoration of the Ewa Villages sugar plantation community consisting of 250 early 20th century  homes built for the workers of the plantation. The family moved to Oahu, Hawaii that year. In 2001 he was hired by CNL, Inc., of Orlando to oversee the renovation of the Waikiki Marriott Hotel in Waikiki and upon its completion, Davich and his wife returned to Winter Park, Florida. Other renovations Davich oversaw were the JW Marriott, New Orleans; The Naples Grande and the Edgewater Hotel in Naples, Florida.   He is survived by his wife, Anita, a son Milan, New Smyrna Beach, a daughter Anna Lohr, Orlando, a grandson Milan Ambrose, Dunedin, his mother Irene Davich and brother David Davich, Winter Park and a sister Diane Thurbon, Orlando.       In lieu of flowers, the Davich family request monetary gifts for his family to help during this life-changing transition.  Memorial celebration of life for Doug will be 3:00 PM Saturday January 3, 2009 at All Saints Episcopal Church Interlachen Avenue Winter Park. Baldwin Brothers Cremation Services

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  1. 07 Jan 2009
    Sue Speer says:
    Anita, Anna and David,

    I was so sorry to hear of the loss of Doug. Thankfully I was blessed to meet him at Anna's graduation party and found what a wonderful person he was.
    Be strong and know that there are so many prayers coming your way, you will find your way through this bleak time always knowing that Doug is no longer suffering and is looking down on you all.
    All my love,
    Sue

  2. 06 Jan 2009
    Jim & Theresa O'Brien says:
    Anita you and your entire family are in our thoughts and prayers. The photo of Doug shows the genuine smile that was on his face each time we would get together at one of the Case functions. He was a good person; we will miss him and his genuine smile. Our deepest sympathy to you and your family for the great loss you have suffered.
    Love Jim & Theresa O'Brien

  3. 05 Jan 2009
    Dave and Linda Vanis says:
    Dear Anita, We are names from your past in NSB and are deeply saddened by your loss. We will view Doug's work in our community for years to come and think of both of you fondly. Our thoughts and prayers go to you and all the family. Love, Dave and Linda

  4. 05 Jan 2009
    Cynthia Forrester Nants says:
    Dear Anita,
    Please accept my condolences on the death of Doug. Recently I was reminded of Doug's attention to detail and guarantee of satisfaction when I had to remodel an office that Doug had redone a few years ago through Case Handyman. I wanted to call him again, but one of my brothers arranged the work instead. It took much longer than it should have and some of the work had to be redone.
    I did not see any notice in the paper about the memorial service; otherwise I would have been there. Doug will be greatly missed, but will live on in the great work he accomplished around the country.
    Deepest sympathies to you and your family.
    Cindy Forrester Nants


  5. 04 Jan 2009
    Brian Woodard says:
    I used to see Doug in unusual places. Once in the airport, when he was coming back from Hawaii & I was coming in from Chicago.He was in process of moving back to Orlando . He always gave me an update on Anita & his family. Sorry I could not attend the service. I sure it was packed, Doug made an impact on a lot of people. He was one of the Good Guys.

  6. 03 Jan 2009
    James Chanatry says:
    To Anita and sons...
    I will miss most of all Doug's wonderful smile and sweet personality. He took those native gifts and made this world a lot better. Lots of Love... Jim

  7. 03 Jan 2009
    James Chanatry says:
    To Anita and sons...
    I will miss most of all Doug's wonderful smile and sweet personality. He took those native gifts and made this world a lot better. Lots of Love... Jim

  8. 03 Jan 2009
    James Chanatry says:
    To Anita and sons...
    I will miss most of all Doug's wonderful smile and sweet personality. He took those native gifts and made this world a lot better. Lots of Love... Jim

  9. 03 Jan 2009
    Elizabeth Aponte says:
    To David Davich and his family:

    In a deep sleep he has fallen, an eternal journey with no return but his memory will live in your heart forever embraced by God's love. My most sincere, heartfelt condolences to you and your family for your loss.

  10. 03 Jan 2009
    Gina Corwin says:
    My condolences to the Davich family.


  11. 03 Jan 2009
    Clay and Mary Jane says:
    Anita you are in our thoughts and prayers. What a gift Doug was to us all and we are better for having known him and you. Keep the good memories alive. We love you.

  12. 02 Jan 2009
    Terry & Nancy Kitch says:
    We were saddened to read of Doug's passing. Our house was the first large remodel that Doug did when he returned to this area and started Case Handyman. Doug was an answer to prayer for us - we had been looking for someone to do the work on our house and felt so blessed to find Doug. His integrity was apparent from the start and he did a great job - several years later we are still thrilled with his work. Our prayers are with his entire family.

    Terry & Nancy Kitch

  13. 02 Jan 2009
    Bruce and Kathie Holmes says:
    On the occasions that I spoke to Doug over the past few years he always asked how I was. With most people this is a prefunctory greeting and the expected response is ... “I am doing just fine.” But with Doug, that reply was insufficient. He was truly interested in my well being and it showed in his words and actions.

    For Doug, the pain and suffering of this life is over. What a wonderful Christmas surprise to wake up in heaven in the presence of our Lord and Savior. The rest of us can only imagine his experience.

    Anita and family, it is difficult for us to fathom the depth of your loss. Doug was a unique individual who touched everyone who he came in contact with and he will be missed. We will keep your entire family in our thoughts and prayers.

  14. 02 Jan 2009
    Linda DeBorde says:
    Anita
    Woeds cannot express how my heart is breaking for you and your children. Doug was an incredible man and loved and respected by all. I certainly I am pleased to have had the pleasure of knowing him. My thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time.

  15. 01 Jan 2009
    Danii Zummo Higdon says:
    Anita: I was saddened to read of Doug's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  16. 31 Dec 2008
    Ronna Love says:
    Doug was one of my instructors at DBCC. He taught me Construction Estimating in January 1990. One thing that stands out in my memory of him was he said I was very good at estimating and I should consider it as a career. Being in my 30's and a single mom of 2, those were very encouraging words.

    I am very sorry for your lose. He was a very good man. I pray God will be with you and comfort you at this time of sadness.

    God's blessing on you and the family,
    Ronna

  17. 31 Dec 2008
    Lynn and Richard Nelson says:
    Milan and Family,
    Our love, prayers and sympathy are with all of you during this difficult time.

  18. 31 Dec 2008
    George & Peggy Wolsfelt says:
    Dear Anita and Family,
    We were so saddened to hear of Doug's passing.
    Our Heart goes out to you and the family. We remember Doug as being a man who loved the Lord with a twinkle in his eyes. We respected his knowledge on Historical Preservation, the many Visits we had when we all lived in New smyrna Beach.
    Know your in our prayers and thoughts .
    Peggy & George Wolsfelt

  19. 31 Dec 2008
    Susan Gold-Cummings says:
    Thoughts & Prayers Are With You Today & Always...
    My sister Samantha called me in North Carolina from NSB...
    I was Milan's first teacher at CorMeth Day School and babysat Milan & "Baby Anna" so many years ago.
    I will never forget that Milan's first day was also my very first day! You all were & are so special to me, my Mom "Miss Dolores" Gold & sister Samantha Gold Hughes.
    God Bless You All Today & Always,
    Susan Gold-Cummings
    The Gold, Cummings & Hughes Families

  20. 31 Dec 2008
    Cindy Harlow says:
    I taught both Anna and Milan at Cormeth. I am very sorry for your loss. I will never forget the time Doug came to the school and passed around his Davich Dollars he even tried to pay his tuition with. He told us it was worth more than the regular money because his picture was on it. My prayers and thoughts will be with you. Sincerely "Miss" Cindy Harlow

  21. 31 Dec 2008
    Bud & Marlene Cononie says:
    Anita and family,
    We share your deepest sorrow for the loss of our cousin. My God be with you!

    Bud and Marlene

  22. 31 Dec 2008
    Marianne Myers says:
    I am very sorry to hear this sad news. I worked with Doug at CNL for a short time. My heart goes to his family and especially his wife. Too young to go from his family.
    My blessings and prayers to you all left without him.

    God Bless and be with you in this sad time.
    Marianne Myers

  23. 31 Dec 2008
    Angelica Esquerdo says:
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. The memories of Michael will live forever.

    With Deepest Sympathy,

    Angelica

  24. 31 Dec 2008
    Sue Cole Cook says:
    Anita....I am sorry for the loss to you and your family. Doug was one of the kindest, loving people I have ever known. I have never heard anyone say a bad word about him. He will be dearly missed.

  25. 31 Dec 2008
    Donald LaCroix says:
    David, Please accept my heartfelt sympathies for your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. He will never be forgotten.

  26. 31 Dec 2008
    Kathy Payton and Bill Preston says:
    Anita and family,
    You are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Doug had such a positive impact on so many people, and his handiwork is evident throughout this community and elsewhere.

  27. 31 Dec 2008
    Tom, Frankie & Joey Robert says:
    Dear Anita, Milan & Anna:
    We are truly sorry to hear this sad news. Doug was such an incredible guy. Please know that we will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

  28. 30 Dec 2008
    Barbara & Mike Cady says:
    I worked with Doug for many years at DBCC. Doug was probably one of the best loved and most respected instructors. His students enjoyed his engaging personality and captivating teaching style. I worked in another department housed in a different building but my office was located just down the hall from his. Doug & his department took me under their wing as one of their own. I recall many a lunch shared with Doug, Bob Benware and Ali Chanfrau (another of our "lunch group" we lost at an early age). Doug was a man of character who lived his devout faith and showed many what being a real Christian was all about. Since my husband Mike & I hadn't talked to Doug in the last two years, we were unaware of his illness. We are so sorry for your loss. In sympathy - we hold all of you in prayer. Barbara & Mike Cady

  29. 30 Dec 2008
    Becky & Bill Aspromonte says:
    Our hearts and prayers are with you always.

  30. 30 Dec 2008
    Ron Pevan says:
    I am sorry to hear of your loss. I wish the best to all the family members survived by Mr. Davich.

  31. 30 Dec 2008
    Joyce Homan says:
    Hello all--Steve Yacynych let me know about Michael's passing. (I'm Mike Homan's daughter.) I had been working on some genealogy so had been in touch with some other members of the family.) Just wanted to express my condolences. He seems like a really amazing guy and I'm sorry I never had the chance to know him.

    Wishing you peace and blessings during a very hard time. And much love. Joyce

  32. 30 Dec 2008
    Manny Barrios says:
    David:
    Words cannot heal the pain of losing someone so dear. I just hope God gives you and your family the strength to overcome the pain. Please extend our deepest condolences to all your family.

  33. 30 Dec 2008
    Leslie Jones-Parra says:
    David Davich and family, I am so sorry for the loss of such a good person. I know how hard this has been for David and there are no words to express the sorrow. Think of all the good times and celebrate his life.

  34. 29 Dec 2008
    Mark & Paulette Bradley says:
    To the Davich Family
    David we are so sorry to here of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are being sent to you and your family, with special feelings.
    Mark and Paulette Bradley

  35. 29 Dec 2008
    David H. Martin says:
    David, Each day I mail you my Daily Log, and now, I realize how little we know of one another's lives and families, this time of year when we stop to count our Blessings. Having two brothers of my own, and having lost friends to cancer, I can guess of the mixed feelings you may have now, grief and relief, knowing that he is free from the pain this world can bring. God's grace is sufficient for those of us who believe in Him, and until we go there or until He returns, hang in there, brother. David Martin

  36. 29 Dec 2008
    Jack McGurl says:
    Deepest Condolences

  37. 29 Dec 2008
    Sania Leyva says:
    Dear Davitch Family,

    My deepest sympathies, and prayers are with you. The Lord has blessed you all, and will continue doing so.

    Sincerely,
    Sania Leyva

  38. 29 Dec 2008
    Ursula M. Evans says:
    To: David Davich and Family
    Fr: Ursula M. Evans

    Offering to you and your family my deepest sympathy during your time of loss. Please know that earth has no sorrow that heaven can't heal...Continue to trust and believe in God through this tough time, he is still in control! God Bless each of you. You are in my prayers!!

  39. 29 Dec 2008
    Lisa Campbell-Shier says:
    I know Doug through the eyes of his brother David.
    What a blessing to witness a life so filled with compassion and love for family and work.
    My thoughts are with all of you.
    Lisa

  40. 29 Dec 2008
    Kathy Bryant says:
    Anita,
    You may not remember me but I knew you many years ago as well as the Davich family. My sister has been good friends with Diane for many years. I am so sorry to hear about Doug's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this very sad time.
    Kathy (Hopkins) Bryant

  41. 29 Dec 2008
    Robert Tolley says:
    You folks are in my thoughts and prayers!

  42. 29 Dec 2008
    Jack Byrd says:
    Anita and family,
    How surprising to see of someone you knew long ago in the ATO house pass so young. I have nothing but awesome memories of living next to Doug, Simms, Lyles and many guests on the 3rd floor on "the house", watching him carve and shape boards in the back basement. i've not seen either of you in many years, except the ad mail cards I started receiving in the last few years announcing Case construction. My heart and prayers go out to you and the peace of Christ knowing that someone as genuinely kind and loving as Doug must be with Him in heaven. Jack (Kim) Byrd

  43. 29 Dec 2008
    Jeanne Diesen says:
    Anita and family:
    I cannot begin to tell you how sad I am for you and for all of us fortunate enough to have known Doug. May God be with you in these difficult times.
    My prayers are with you.
    Jeanne Diesen

  44. 27 Dec 2008
    Dave Clapp says:
    To Anita and family:

    We offer our sympathies and prayers at thiis difficult time.

    In Jesus' love, Dave & Mary Ann

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