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R. Stutzmann & Son

224 - 39 Jamaica Ave, Queens Village, NY

OBITUARY

Alvin B. Douglas

June 19, 1938February 6, 2020
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On February 6, 2020, God called Alvin Douglas (81) home. Alvin was born on June 19, 1938, in the Parish of St. Andrews, Jamaica, to Basil Douglas and Una East. Alvin grew up in Allman Town, Jamaica on Prince Albert Street with many other children in the neighborhood or “yard” as it was often referred to. Alvin retained his friendship with many of these friends until death parted them.

Alvin was an avid cricket player. However, his true passion was playing football (soccer as we call it in the USA). He became a member of the YMCA team and had opportunities to travel and play abroad. He was lovingly known as “Dougie,” “Quick Silver,” and “Body.” Alvin often told the story of the legendary 1959 game between the St. Georges Old Boys and the YMCA. As reported in the Daily Gleaner, he scored the goal that solidified his team’s victory. Alvin was extremely proud of being a sportsman, and, his team photos were among his prized possessions.

A welder by profession, Alvin worked at Seprod and National Bakery. He met and married Linnette Francis and became a father of seven children. In 1969, Alvin migrated to the U.S., where he owned several taxis, one of which he also drove before becoming a building superintendent. Alvin enjoyed trips with his family to Hershey Park and Connecticut during the summer months, hanging out at his cousin’s gas station, drinking with his friends, playing dominoes, laughing and reminiscing about the “good old glory days.”

In 2000, Alvin made a big move and joined his daughter Marcia and her family in Germany where he would spend the next 19 years of his life. Alvin never learned German, but he managed to shop on his own and make new friends. He “rented” a permanent spot on the couch and watched all kinds of sports. Alvin also enjoyed travelling and seeing places that he never thought he would see in person.

While in Germany, Alvin discovered that he was a good chef, supplying Jamaican meals and patties to many people. In fact, he had clients who ordered via telephone and was also a supplier to restaurants and other vendors. He promoted his new profession at festivals and was very well known at his grandsons’ school where he sold his patties at numerous school events.

Departed, but not forgotten, Alvin leaves behind his children: Margret and her husband Noel, Hope, Angela, Marcia and her husband Donald, Bryan and his wife Lolita, Charlene, and Sharon; 20 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren; siblings: Carl and wife Sandra, Marlene, Donald and Hemsley’s (who predeceased him) wife Calfurna “Precious”; nephews; nieces; cousins; and a host of friends. May his soul rest in peace.

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, February 22, 2020
  • Funeral Service Saturday, February 22, 2020
  • Burial Saturday, February 22, 2020

Memories

Alvin B. Douglas

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Isidora, Wolfgang and Sarah Diefenbach

February 23, 2020

It was our pleasure that we had the chance to meet and communicate with Alwin, a good exercise for us stressed Germans, to learn from his relaxed Jamaican way!
Amazing to see how mindful he cared for Magdalena when she was still a baby...
We still smile in remembring that he brought her to the piano lessons, not looking at the watch, but using the sundial!
And we will not forget how wonderful he prepared fish or shrimps in the Jamaican way. He told us several times that he is prepared to move on if God is calling him. That means that he had no fear anymore in his life and this means a high lifequality which to reach is a real challenge for us younger people.
" Sad to say, he's on his way..."

Rita Hicks

February 21, 2020

Marcia, Don & family,
Kirk and I were so sorry to hear about the loss of your Dad and grandfather.
We were so blessed to have had the priviledge and honor of meeting and spending time with your dad. We had the opportunity of many dinners.
You and your family are such loving and generous people. Kirk and I are praying for peace and that you can feel love from all of us, even those of us who are distant.
Thank you for sharing your Dad with all of us.
To your entire family, we will be praying with you and for you.
Rita & Kirk Hansen

Noah Mitchell

February 21, 2020

My sincere condolences to the family during this difficult time. May his memories live in the hearts and minds of all as stories are shared with others.

Dana & Andreas Kraushaar

February 20, 2020

Die Menschen, die von uns gegangen sind, verschwinden nicht. Sie sind immer an unserer Seite. Und das jeden Tag! Niemand sieht sie, niemand hört sie, und doch sind sie immer in unserer Nähe. Für immer geliebt und für immer vermisst, halten wir sie in unseren Herzen.
Wir wollen der Familie unser aufrichtiges Beileid aussprechen. Wir werden das Andenken an unseren Nachbarn Alvin ehren.
Die Familien
Barbara & Erich, Dana & Andreas Kraushaar

Michi Freitag

February 18, 2020

I would like to send over my condolences to the whole family. I was very sad to hear about Alvin’s passing. Thinking back, there are so many nice memories including him. When I came over to visit, there was one place where you would always find him: in the kitchen! Preparing wonderful Jamaican specialties - the patties would be so spicy they would take your shoes off. He was also part of a great easter celebration with my family that I will always remember fondly.
One thing I will always remember about him is his smile and laugh. I will keep that in my heart forever. Rest in peace, Alvin.
My thoughts and wishes are with all of his wonderful family. Sending over lots of love from Germany.

Lorrie Eidem

February 18, 2020

We want to express our heartfelt sympathy and sincere condolences to Marcia, Don and the whole family. We met Mr. Douglas at church in Germany. He was such a kind, sweet and gentle man. My favorite memories were of him shuffling behind the family as they would walk into church; always with a quiet presence. Marcia and Don, may our God give you comfort through the sweet memories of your precious Dad.
Sincerely, Dave and Lorrie Eidem

Andrew Lee

February 18, 2020

He was so excited when I told him that I wanted to play soccer, and he bought me my first pair of soccer cleats with what little money he had. I will never forget that kindness and passion to share the sport that he loved so much.

Well Grandpa, I hope you are enjoying your fill of sliced white bread and beer in Heaven!

HILLARY AND CLIVE WHITE

February 17, 2020

To Marcia, Don and family: Our sincere thoughts are with you during this time and sorrow along wishes that the memories of your loved one will bring peace strength, and comfort .My fondest memory was when I visited the family in Germany and Alvin took me on the AUTOBAHN, one of the fastest highway in that country. I always looked forward to his visits to NY. He loved to cook and bake patties. Alvin was so good at baking that he baked patties for certain soldiers on the US army base near by him. We will surely miss him dearly along with his warm and inviting smile and his stories about when he was a star soccer player on the Jamaica National Team.
Alvin, Opah, May Your Soul Rest in Peace.

Steve Conver

February 16, 2020

My wife Elisa, our son Nicholas and I met Alvin when Marcia invited us to her house in Niedernhausen Germany for dinner, and I think Alvin even cooked some of the wonderful dishes we had that night. Most definitely, he was the one responsible for introducing us to the culinary delight of Jamaican meat patties (which later became so popular with all of us that worked with Marcia, I think Alvin could have turned it into a lucrative business😋)! Anyway, besides Alvin's amazing culinary skills, he was interesting to talk with, and his soft spoken, kind and gentle spirit always made him enjoyable to be around. My family and I count it as a blessing that he touched our lives, and in light of the other posted memories here, he was obviously a blessing to many others as well. Rest In Peace Alvin.
To all the family, we pray our Lord will comfort and console you through your grief.

Michele Gardner

February 16, 2020

My favorite memories, are going on road trips in the back of my uncle's station wagon ❤
SIP My dear uncle❤❤❤