OBITUARY

Douglas M Buchwalter

October 23, 1938April 29, 2013
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Douglas Merele Buchwalter 74, of Largo Florida passed away on April 29, 2013. He was born in Columbus, Ohio and graduated with honors from Ohio State University in 1960 and from the University of Michigan Law School in 1965. His academic honors included Phi Beta Kappa and the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship. He was admitted to practice in the District of Columbia in 1967 and in the State of Florida in 1977 and the United States District Court Middle District of the State of Florida in 1979. Doug was a true citizen of the world. His employment experience included positions with the United States Department of Education in 1966 and 1967, the Peace Corps in Thailand, an English teacher for primary school through universities from 1967 to 1970, the FUKUI Prefecture Board of Education in Japan and as an English teacher and teacher trainer from 1970 to 1973. His civic activities include being a member of the Palm Harbor Sertoma Club, a member of the board of directors for the Clearwater Boys and Girls Club from 1994 to 1996. He was an expert in wills and trusts and spoke to various groups and associations with Raymond James and Smith Barney, Inc. He was a prolific, avid reader and book collector. He was in sole practice in downtown Clearwater since 1980. His love of books was exceeded only by his love of humanity. He had a bright and sunny disposition, he had an uncanny ability to laugh at the difficulties in life. He was the sole surviving son of Merle and Martha Buchwalter. He loved the Orient especially Thailand, its people and customs. His years in the Peace Corps left an indelible mark on his life and re-enforced his love for humanity. He was a kind, considerate and gentle soul who was almost unequally brilliant. He will be sorely missed by his friends both within and outside the legal community and by all the people whose lives he touched. If he touched a persons life, he made it better. Funeral arrangements are under the care of Moss Feaster Funeral Home Serenity Gardens Chapel in Largo FL.

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Jim Royal

June 11, 2013

Doug's memorial service will be held on Friday, June 14, 2013 at 2:00 PM. The location is Serenity Gardens, 13401 Indian Rocks Road, Largo, FL 33774. A short reception will follow.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Suncoast Performing Arts Foundation, Inc.

May 22, 2013

Whoever made the Photo Gallery, Thank You! That was very nice to scroll through.

May 20, 2013

For more than thirty years Doug visited our bookstore on a nearly monthly basis. He always brought a wide smile, quips, quotes and an irreverent humor. We're glad to have shared time with him, and will miss him deeply. Mike Slicker, Lighthouse Books

Sean Donnelly & Harry Nash

May 18, 2013

Doug was a regular customer at our bookstore for years. He'd stay for a few hours, and while he picked out the most unusual pile of books to buy, we'd talk about everything from politics to classic movies. He was a smart, funny, dear man. We'll miss him.

May 8, 2013

Rest in Peace Doug, I will miss you. Jeannie.

Pat Sushi spot

May 7, 2013

Please accept my condolence.

SUSHI SPOT

May 6, 2013

" WE ARE SO SORRY WE LOSS YOU. YOU ARE NOT JUST ONE OF OUR CUSTOMER AT SUSHI SPOT & NOODLE WORLD BUT YOU ARE OUR BEST AMERICAN ' S FRIEND YOU ARE LIKE ONE OF OUR FAMILY. WE ALWAYS CALL YOU IN THAI NAME " KOON DANAI " EVERY FRIDAY NIGHT WE ALWAYS EXPECT TO SEE YOU AND ONE OF YOUR BUDDY " KOON KINJAY " ALWAYS SAME TABLE AT SUSHI BAR. WE GOING TO MISS YOU.

SUSHI SPOT FAMILY

Sushi spot & noodle world

May 6, 2013

he is the best american s friend i ever had. also he like one of the closet customer for my restaurant( sushi spot in largo) we know each other for more than 10 years. we always waiting for him to come and sit at the same spot. we always going to miss you " Doug " or Koon Dania in Thai name that we call him.

May 6, 2013

I will greatly miss our trips to the Thai Coconut and the philosophical discussions we had. As Cheryl said to Johnny Cochran at the book signing, Doug was a truly "unique" person. He also was a very fine attorney and a great friend and mentor in the civil court arena. I relied upon his advice every time I got involved in a civil case. We had great times defending our clients in the Orlando criminal trial many years ago with George Tragos. We should have gotten CLE credit for that case, with George as the lead attorney and all we learned from him. Doug's command of several languages (some humorous) was excellent. Goodbye my friend.

Tom Barthel

May 6, 2013

Doug was a great help to me over the years and a wise advisor. I'm better for knowing Doug