Douglas H. Haley

January 6, 1940November 9, 2020

Douglas Howard Haley of Sandwich, NH and Sarasota, FL died recently of cardiac and Parkinson’s disease. Born in 1940 in Norwich CT to the late W. Howard and Grace (Courtright) Haley, he was a longtime North Shore resident of Swampscott, Salem and Marblehead. A graduate of Swampscott High School, Doug played football under Coach Stan Bondelevitch and served as co-captain of the 1956 team. A PG student at Phillips Exeter Academy and graduate of Williams College and Boston University Law School, Doug practiced law briefly before settling into a career in commercial real estate brokerage and investment. In the late 90’s, he brokered the then-largest real estate deal in the history of downtown Salem consisting of 11 properties. He had also been a Salem Evening News reporter and taught law courses at local colleges. He wanted to be remembered as: “His own person; loved animals; loved his family."

Uniquely willing to rent to a witch in the late 60’s, Doug helped put “Halloween in Salem” and Wicca on the world map by accepting Laurie Cabot as a tenant. It was at Cabot’s Witch’s Ball that he met his future wife Linda, with whom he would share 42 years of adventures...on a sailboat, motorcycle or in his top-down-convertible Fiat Spider in the dead of winter; at the beach; hosting or enlivening parties; traveling near & far; raising a “blended” family; managing businesses; exploring spirituality; and coping with illness. Doug loved watching and playing sports, especially tennis, writing fiction, and ‘hanging out’ with his beloved spouse, children, grandkids, dogs, and cats. An active member of HealthLink, GASPP, Explorers, John Foley Tennis Center, and the Beach Club, director on the boards of the Salem YMCA and Glover Landing, and long-serving Corporator of the Salem Five, Doug was loyal and generous to friends, family and his community. He will be missed by many.

Survivors include his wife Linda (Kravetz) Haley; daughters Melissa Haley (Mathias Sias) of Sherrman Oaks, CA and Maggie Glidden (Keith Glidden) of Hamilton, MA; stepson Jeremy Bumagin (Becca Kenneally) of Marblehead; grandchildren Finian Glidden, Ila Bumagin, and Grace Glidden; sister Marsha Lamson of Winchester, MA; and many in-laws, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Arrangements: At the request of the family, all services will be held oceanside, privately. As an expression of sympathy, donations in Doug's honor may be made to either, PAWS New England, 15 Whittier Place, Haverhill, MA 01823; Kaplan Family Hospice, Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan St., Danvers, MA 01923; or Lakes Region VNA & Hospice, 186 Waukewan St., Meredith, NH.

Links for electronic donations can be found below:

PAWS New England:

Kaplan Family Hospice:

Lakes Region VNA & Hospice:



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Ann Clinton

November 19, 2020

Linda, You and your family have my deepest sympathy. I know, like myself, you were his primary caregiver. I always remember our talks .

I did not know Doug personally, but I can identify with loosing a husband who you loved and cared for.

Your PEM friend; Ann

Ziva Garbi

November 18, 2020

I met Doug almost 30 years ago while coming from Israel and visiting U.S.A and Salem for the first time . A smiling couple was sitting on the grass in the square ,inviting us to join them ,Linda and Doug.
After a short while they invited us to hot choco to their house.
It was the beginning of a friendship over the ocean. Along the years Linda and Doug open for me the door to the Goddess and to magic.
I remember one time when I invited Doug to come to Blue Hat in Cambridge to an open club of story telling. Doug' s deep voice and the way he told one of his stories is in my heart.
Dear Linda , I know how much love and care you have given to your husband Doug.
He went to the other world embracing with your love.
You are in my heart.

Marcia Waters

November 15, 2020

Tony and I are want to extend our deep sympathy to Doug's family. We know how much Doug was loved and therefore how sad it is to lose him. We admired Doug for his courage and grace in handling his limitations and not losing his spirt to enjoy life. He was a good trooper and we are honored to have known him. To Linda and his whole family, who loved him so, we wish you peace in knowing how generous you all were in making every day of his life so meaningful. You are in our thoughts.

Mike Canon

November 15, 2020

Doug was a solid friend to everybody who got to know him at the
DU Fraternity house at Williams. He often had a different perspective than some of our gang, but this is what made him so enjoyable to be around. We're going to miss you, Doug. All of us want his wife, Linda, to know how much we feel honored to have been of his life.

Robert Hallman

November 14, 2020

Great friend, college roommate, fraternity brother--your lust for life, adventurous , engaging and positive spirit , commitment to family and friends -- and of course the "good old days" at Williams you reminded me of just a few weeks ago in our final email exchange-- will be lasting gifts to those of us fortunate enough to have shared them with you.

Linda-- my heartfelt sympathies to you and other family members-- and many thanks for enriching Doug's life and in the process his connections with friends.

Kit Jones

November 14, 2020

Doug Haley. Always his own man. Kind, gentle, tough, forgiving. Marched to the beat of his own drum, but with so many friends and admirers Doug never marched alone. Those of us fortunate to have known him at Williams will never forget him.

John Newton

November 14, 2020

Doug, you will be dearly missed and fondly remembered by all of us who were lucky enough to know you. Congratulations for a life well lived and thanks for your loyal friendship over the many years. Linda, I send my deepest condolences to you and your family.

John Newton
Alexandria, Virginia

Robyn Kanter

November 13, 2020

Linda and family,

I am so sorry to hear of Doug’s passing.
I can still see him around your house on Turner Street. I really enjoyed working with both of you on your yard.
My condolences to the family.
Robyn Kanter

Bea Paul

November 13, 2020

I have known Doug for over 50 years, from his Frost Lane days. He was a warm loving man. Linda, His years with you, your love and caring gave him the best years of his life. Bea

Johnnie Heath

November 11, 2020

We go back to the old machon/Stanley days on the baseball field with Gump pitching and me catching . Seems like anytime we saw each other it became a topic of conversation. Lot of fun sliding down hill 16 at tedesco. Doug was simply a great person. I will miss him.


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