For 13 years, Doug was a partner and then the owner of The Gentle Earth Pottery, making all types of utilitarian pottery. In 1985, Doug’s career in public school administration was launched with his appointment as the treasurer/business manager for the Chautauqua Central School District. He held similar positions in Chautauqua Lake Central School District and the Moriva Central School District. In 2000, Doug joined the Salamanca City Central School District as the business administrator, was later made assistant superintendent and retired as the superintendent of Schools in 2011.
Doug grew up in Detroit Mich., but he enjoyed the blessings and challenges of country living after moving to Western New York in 1972. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing and watching various sports, reading, hobby farming and singing in the Chautauqua Institution and church choirs. Doug loved his family and was so proud of his sons. He was devoted to his daughter-in-laws and grandchildren.
Doug belonged to several organizations, including the Stanley Hose (Sherman) Fire Department, where he was the financial secretary for several years. He volunteered as a pilot on the Bemus Point Stow Ferry. Doug was a member of the Sherman Community church and served on various boards there and he was currently an active member of the Panama United Methodist Church.
A sister, Linda Jean Hay and his parents, John and Shirley Hay predeceased Doug.
He is survived by his wife, Carol; sons: John Christopher (Carrie) of Gulfport, Miss. and Jeffrey Douglas (Jody) of Bel Air, Md.; and grandchildren: Shelby Lynn and Adyn James of Bel Air and John Charles of Gulfport.
A memorial service will be held Friday, Aug. 26, at 11 a.m. at the Panama United Methodist Church, Main Street, Panama, N.Y.
Doug chose to donate his body to the University of Buffalo School of Medicine. Memorial donations may be made to the Fund for the Region at the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, 418 Spring St., Jamestown, NY 14701, or Hospice of Chautauqua County, 20 W. Fairmount Ave., Lakewood, NY 14750, or the Panama United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 218, Panama, NY 14767.
Click here to make a DONATION to Fund for the Region in memory of John Douglas Hay.
Published in The Post Journal, August 23, 2016