Douglas Perry Stafford, age 53, of 12507 West Road, Waterford, died unexpectedly of natural causes on Saturday, July 25, 2009 at Saint Vincent Health Center. Born in Union City on August 26, 1955, he is the son of Donald and Ethel Mae McKay Stafford of Waterford.
Stafford, Douglas PerryDoug was a 1973 graduate of Fort LeBoeuf High School. He attended the First Presbyterian Church of Waterford and was a founding member of the Sons of the American Legion, Post 285 of Waterford. He had many interests including reading, movies, motorcycles, snowmobiles and race cars, hunting camp, classic rock, the Pittsburgh Steelers, and helping his Dad with their big garden. Doug was fun-loving and enjoyed spending time with his friends and family. He will be missed by all those who knew him.
Family members that survive include his parents, Donald and Ethel Mae Stafford; his two sisters, Dona Warner and husband Jim of Girard, and Diane Lanagan of Waterford; his nephews, Michael Warner and wife Carolyn of West Springfield, and Lee Lanagan of Waterford; his nieces, Julia Warner Brandon, Jennifer Warner, and Kristen Pratt and husband Andy, all of Girard, and Lori Lanagan of Waterford; also his little buddies, Dylan and Lucas Brandon, and Ryan and Leah Pratt, all of Girard.
He is preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Charles and Crystelle McKay, and his paternal grandparents, Nelson Stafford and Beatrice Harbaugh.
The family would like to convey special thanks to the staff of Renal Care of Erie and also to Brenda Carrier for the extraordinary care and friendship that allowed Doug to have a full life in spite of all the difficulties he had to face.
Visiting hours will be at the Van Matre Funeral Home of Waterford on Monday from 2-4 and 7-9pm. Funeral services will be held there Tuesday afternoon at 1:00pm officiated by Rev. Dwayne Cole. Burial will follow at Waterford Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Association, 1030 State Street, Erie, PA 16501.