OBITUARY

Douglas G. Karaffa

August 1, 1956April 9, 2019
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Douglas G. Karaffa, age 62 of Ravenna, passed away Tuesday, April 9, 2019, at UH Portage Medical Center.

He was born August 1, 1956, in Ravenna, Ohio, to parents George Anthony and Helen Louise (Chechak) Karaffa. Doug retired from the Portage County maintenance department in 2004, starting at the courthouse, and finishing at the jail. He later went to work for the grounds keeping crew at Kent State University.

Doug was one of kind. You knew if he liked you within a few minutes. He was a huge music buff, able to name nearly every song, especially by the Rolling Stones or Van Halen. Doug was also a New England Patriots fan, rooting for “Pretty Boy Tom.” He was well known for his immaculate lawn, always cutting the grass in a unique outfit, often rocking the Belichick cut-off sleeves and shorts that were a little too short.

Doug is survived by his daughter Kelly (Vincent) Sferra, son Tony Karaffa, as well as his dear granddaughter Lucy. He loved being a PaPa. Doug is also survived by his sisters Kathie Karaffa of Kent and Janice (Roger) Savako of Ravenna, his brother Jim (Colleen) Karaffa of Parma, as well as many nieces, nephews, in-laws, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Lisa Ann (Castaldi) Karaffa on August 11, 2018. Friends and family are invited to celebrate Doug’s life from 4:00 – 7:00 PM on Monday, April 15, 2019, at the Wood-Kortright-Borkoski Funeral Home, 703 E. Main St., Ravenna.

Condolences and memories may be shared at www.wood-kortright-borkoski.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the American Diabetes Association.

Services

  • Celebration of Life Monday, April 15, 2019
REMEMBERING

Douglas G. Karaffa

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Barb Bettis

April 15, 2019

Dear Tony, Kelly & Lucy,

My heart goes out to you. I am so sorry for your loss. Your Dad’s larger than life personality lit up a room and he will live on through all of you. Take comfort in knowing he and your mom are together again and may they look down on you and guide you through life.

I am just a phone call away if you ever need.

With love,

Barb

Lorie and Vic Marozzi

April 12, 2019

Dear Kelly, Vince, Tony and Lucy,
Our hearts go out to you all for the loss of your Dad, especially so soon after the loss of your mom. We have so many wonderful memories with your parents and you both when you were children. Doug was Vic's best man in our wedding and they always had such close connections. We pray for your peace knowing your mom and dad are together again. With our love, Lorie and Vic Marozzi

john keegan

April 12, 2019

Doug, you will be missed by friends and family alike. Rest in Peace old friend. Rest in Peace.

Kim Negey

April 12, 2019

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April 12, 2019

Marvin Henderson

April 12, 2019

Interesting how we frame things in our culture Doug passed away on August 11 2018 No not an error or typo when Doug pledged himself to his beloved he meant that for all eternity Therefore when she took her last breath he took his and died that same August eve When I chatted with him at the Celebration of her life a party/reception how appropriate he was only a shell of the man I had known since grade seven at Brown Jr High Not because age had caught up to him but because I could see his fire light flame had gone out We all knew it but were too proper to utter those words but we knew in our hearts THEY left behind that great legacy of their children their granddaughter and the host of memories left to last all of us many lifetimes They're both now seen by that great cloud of witnesses who now look beyond the veil we cannot see but they whisper daily to someone not goodbye just until we meet again I pass God's peace

Jeannie Herold

April 11, 2019

So sorry to hear about Doug’s passing...... but love knowing that he and Lisa are together.
He was so much fun and such a great guy. Great memories.

Sher Graham

April 11, 2019

I will always remember Doug as being a happy person Who love life and his family. May the angels be with the Karaffa Family as they remember his Spirit. Prayer is said for all at this time .

Patricia Love

April 11, 2019

Kathie, So sorry to hear about your brother. Or prayers and positive thought are with you and your family.

Pat and Bob Love

Terri Finch-Nairne

April 11, 2019

Doug was a great guy and classmate. Prayers to your family. May you now enjoy enternal life with Lisa.

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Biography

Douglas G. Karaffa, age 62 of Ravenna, passed away Tuesday, April 9, 2019, at UH Portage Medical Center.

He was born August 1, 1956, in Ravenna, Ohio, to parents George Anthony and Helen Louise (Chechak) Karaffa. Doug retired from the Portage County maintenance department in 2004, starting at the courthouse, and finishing at the jail. He later went to work for the grounds keeping crew at Kent State University.

Doug was one of kind. You knew if he liked you within a few minutes. He was a huge music buff, able to name nearly every song, especially by the Rolling Stones or Van Halen. Doug was also a New England Patriots fan, rooting for “Pretty Boy Tom.” He was well known for his immaculate lawn, always cutting the grass in a unique outfit, often rocking the Belichick cut-off sleeves and shorts that were a little too short.

Doug is survived by his daughter Kelly (Vincent) Sferra, son Tony Karaffa, as well as his dear granddaughter Lucy. He loved being a PaPa. Doug is also survived by his sisters Kathie Karaffa of Kent and Janice (Roger) Savako of Ravenna, his brother Jim (Colleen) Karaffa of Parma, as well as many nieces, nephews, in-laws, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Lisa Ann (Castaldi) Karaffa on August 11, 2018.
Friends and family are invited to celebrate Doug’s life from 4:00 – 7:00 PM on Monday, April 15, 2019, at the Wood-Kortright-Borkoski Funeral Home, 703 E. Main St., Ravenna.

Condolences and memories may be shared at www.wood-kortright-borkoski.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the American Diabetes Association.