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Humiston Funeral Home
Friday November 19th, 2021
9:30am - 11:30am

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Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church
Friday November 19th, 2021

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Douglas Lenard

Douglas Lenard passed away at the age of 64 on November 10, 2021 unexpectedly after a brief illness. Born in Brooklyn, NY in 1957, he was the eldest of seven, son of mother Diana and the late William Lenard. The family is deeply saddened by the loss of a man who had a heart of gold.

An artist, creator, inventor, chef, baker, and brilliant mind, Douglas was self-employed. Clever and industrious, he would not only find, but create a solution for the need. His work was always unique and original, crafted with care and love. A master artist with wood he also created in other mediums including inks/pencils/paint, wire, paper, and metal - pieces he often gave to friends and family - he sought little other than appreciation.

Douglas was an immensely caring and giving person to all who knew him, and had deep compassion for those he met along the way. He sought to make people laugh, was devoted to his mother, loved his family and friends and would give even when he did not have.

Spending his early years in the city, Douglas grew up in the Hudson Valley. He was well traveled throughout the US and Canada, including completing a solo cross-country bicycle adventure from Kerhonkson to Arizona in his youth. He chose to settle in the same area as he said the Hudson Valley was the best place in the country to live. Surrounded by the beauty of nature, Douglas would enjoy early morning rides through the countryside. He would share with friends and family a video or photo of a swollen valley stream, forsythia and mountain laurel blooms or a pileated woodpecker tapping at a tree - just to bring some beauty to another’s life.

Besides his mother, Diana Lenard, Douglas is survived by his siblings: Diana, nephew Everett and niece Danielle; Karen; Susan, Phil (spouse); Jessica, Jim (spouse), his nieces Melena and Mira; Andrew, Enkha (spouse), nephew Declan and niece Emilia; his Aunt Mary, Aunt Jean, numerous cousins including his godson Christopher and his family, as well as life-long best friends Mike and Vanessa.

He is predeceased by his beloved sister, Jane, his father, William and two uncles, Edward and Thomas, and dear friend Veronica.

Douglas graduated from RVHS class of 1975. He attended Ulster Community College and Syracuse University and received a degree in Fine Arts.

Visiting hours will be from 9:30 to 11:30 am at Humiston Funeral Home. Followed by a Mass at 12:00 pm on Friday, November 19th at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church.

A memorial celebration of life for Douglas will be held in the Spring.

Recognizing Douglas’ affinity to see the beauty in nature, we kindly request that memorial contributions be made in honor of Douglas to the National Arbor Foundation at https://shop.arborday.org/trees-in-memory; or with a contribution to pbs.org to support nature programming.

To plant memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Douglas Lenard, please visit our flower store.


Douglas was a wonderful person. The best and most caring friend anyone could have. I am so grateful for every shared moment over the last 44 years. I will forever be in awe of the deep and ever flowing well of his thoughts and ideas. I will miss the almost daily texts, a photo here or a story there to remind us that we are not islands. I am not the same person I was before 11/10/21, but I think he knows that he will always live in my heart.

Vanessa Davisson Dec 26 2021 12:28 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Douglas Lenard

Vanessa Davisson Dec 26 2021 12:10 AM

Dear Diana, Karen, Susan, and family. What a loving tribute to Douglas, reflecting the wonderful , gifted and caring person that he was. Our hearts go out to you , holding you close and surrounding you with much love and comfort to help give you strength during this difficult time. With our Deepest Condolences , Kathy & Dave (Nova Scotia)

Kathy & David Witherly Dec 9 2021 2:54 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Douglas Lenard

Todd Wilhelm and Family. Nov 30 2021 9:29 AM

So sad to learn of Doug's passing. Whenever our paths would cross he would remind me of the time he purchased my VW and all the many miles it took him. Good man gone too soon.

James Ayers Nov 22 2021 1:25 PM

Rest In Peace Doug ! I don\'t wear those shoes anymore ! 🙏

Teresita L.McGinly Nov 18 2021 7:20 PM

I had the pleasure of meeting Doug through my sister Nancy on several occasions. Including when he drove out to Arizona (where I lived) with my sister Nancy. He came out to help my sister bring her art collection to a show in Scottsdale and then to build an addition for his good friend Vanessa in Fountain Hills. I was fortunate to enjoy Doug's good humor, his delicious cooking, and a wooden cutting board he made and gifted me but most of all his great company! Doug was a most caring and giving human being. R.I.P.

Cynthia M Rosen Nov 18 2021 1:55 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Douglas Lenard

Cynthia M Rosen Nov 18 2021 1:50 PM

I am deeply saddened by Doug's passing. My heart goes out to all of his family. He was the creative soul in high school and I am happy to know he followed his artistic dreams throughout life. He was always kind and giving. May he rest in peace.

Patricia Kuster Nov 18 2021 12:14 PM

Sympathy Gift courtesy of Katie Angley. Group of 10 Memorial Trees Planted In Loving Memory of Douglas Lenard.

Katie Angley Nov 18 2021 11:22 AM

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