Ed Jennings Douglas

Born in San Paulo, Brazil on October 8, 1958

Departed on September 25, 2016 and resided in Nashville, TN

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Edmond (“Ed”) Jennings Douglas, 57 years of age, passed away peacefully at his Nashville home on September 25, 2016.

Ed is survived by his wife of 25 years, Evelyn Remke Douglas; daughter, Alexandria (“Alex”); and son, Nicholas (“Nick”). He is also survived by his mother, Gayle Jennings Douglas; sister, Mary Steal Douglas; sister-in-law, Ellen Remke Fellman; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, David and Teri Remke; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Doug and Sara Remke; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Anna Bell and Clarence Remke; along with a number of nephews, aunts, and uncles. Ed was preceded in death by his father, Travis Douglas, and brother, Morris Douglas.

Ed was born in Brazil on October 8, 1958 and, during his childhood, he and his family lived in a variety of countries, including Switzerland, Mexico, and Brazil—perhaps that is why Ed lived as if he were always on an adventure. Ed enjoyed being outdoors, swimming, playing tennis, and, most of all, sailing. While participating in his various hobbies, he had the pleasure of making several lifetime friends: John McClendon, Hugh Jones, Pat Hawkins, and Roger Adams.

Ed enjoyed working as a respiratory therapist at St. Thomas Hospital Midtown and loved making his coworkers smile. He had a wonderful sense of humor and a mental collection of corny jokes he shared whenever possible. Ed loved talking with others and, as the old adage goes, he never knew a stranger.

Sadly, ALS—the disease that led to Ed’s death—took his ability to speak early in the disease process. That was one of the worst parts of ALS for him. ALS is a hateful disease. It robs a piece of you at a time. Through it all, Ed tried to remain upbeat and found happiness each day. The silver lining of his long goodbye was that he had the chance to visit with the many friends and family members who stopped by his home. Evelyn, Alex, and Nick are grateful to know that the man they love deeply and miss dearly was also loved by many others. And they are sure that, having left his weakened body, Ed is now sailing somewhere, with a huge smile on his face.

Evelyn would like to give a heartfelt  thank you to Dr. John Guenst and all her dear long time nursing friends, sister Ellen, loving neighbors and her current coworkers who were so much help in Ed's final days. Also thank you so much to the Alive Hospice staff, especially Sara and Peggy for their excellent care.

Visitation will be Friday, September 30, from 4 - 8 p.m. and Saturday, October 1, at 10 a.m. A memorial service will follow at 11 a.m. at Harpeth Hills Memory Gardens Funeral Home.

Ed requested that donations to the ALS Association, the Alex and Nick Douglas Education Fund, and/or the Percy Priest Yacht Club be given in lieu of flowers. Donations can be given via the following links/addresses:

ALS Association: www.alsa.org

Alex & Nick Douglas Education Fund: 2216 Abbott Martin Rd., Nashville, TN, 37215

Percy Priest Yacht Club: P.O. Box 290485, Nashville, TN, 37229O Box 290485

 

 

8 Comments to Ed Jennings Douglas

  1. Lisa Jordan
    September 26, 2016 4:50 pm

    Evelyn, Alex, and Nick, I wish I had better words to express how very sorry I am. Prayers for peace and comfort during this difficult time.

  2. Roger Adams
    September 28, 2016 10:00 am

    Ed is most certainly sailing someplace fun right now! My condolences to Evelyn, Nick and Alex, who relied on Ed on a daily basis. I know my lifelong friends Hugh, John, and Patrick will miss Ed terribly, just as I do. – Roger

    • Roger Adams
      September 28, 2016 11:45 am

      I also like that Ed’s obituary photo shows him with a huge smile on his face out and about having fun (in comparison to most other obituary photos). That’s the Ed most of us remember and the memory of Ed that I celebrate! – Roger

  3. Dana Pugh
    September 28, 2016 3:00 pm

    Evelyn and Family,

    I am so sorry for your loss. Rest in peace Ed. Ed is in a place where there are no tears, sorrows or pain. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  4. Peggy Pledger
    September 28, 2016 3:32 pm

    Yes, I do believe Mr.Douglas is having a great time. Smile from ear to ear and talking to everyone. He and his family will always hold a special spot in my heart.

  5. Elaine Honeck
    September 29, 2016 10:04 am

    Evelyn, Nick and Alex,

    The few times that I dropped Jacob off at your house, when he and Nick first became friends, I had the pleasure of visiting with your dad/husband. He was so friendly, and I know that Jacob thought highly of him. Our deepest sympathy, and prayers to your family.

  6. D. Heinecke
    September 29, 2016 12:56 pm

    Evelyn, Alex, and Nick,

    What a beautiful tribute to your loving husband and father. And the photo is perfect, just like the Christmas cards showing the family having a great time on the water or beach. We will always remember Ed for his kindness and generosity, and we will be forever grateful that our daughter Jill introduced you to us.

    The peace of the Lord be with you always,
    Diane and Don Heinecke

  7. Katherine York
    October 1, 2016 7:42 pm

    I worked with Ed at St. Thomas Midtown as an RT for appx. 11 years until I moved to CO almost 3 years ago. He was a wonderful co-worker as well as a great friend. We even carpooled for a time when I was also living in the Bellevue area. Ed was always smiling & making everyone laugh at work and always had such a positive disposition. He always spoke so fondly of Evelyn, Alex & Nick. I’m thinking of you all. I will never forget Ed and hs bright smile.

    Thoughts and Prayers,
    Katherine York

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