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“Doug was my better half. He brought out the good in me. He taught me what was important and how to willingly share what I had. He was a very good man...Read More »
1 of 29 | Posted by: Sherry Drake - Macomb, MI

“"They say it takes a minute to find a special person, an hour to appreciate them, a day to love them, but then an entire life to forget them." Doug...Read More »
2 of 29 | Posted by: Sherry Drake - Macomb, MI - Wife

“Dear Doug, The amazing ways in which you touched so many peoples' lives is a tribute to the kind of man that you are. Your life had meaning and you...Read More »
3 of 29 | Posted by: Sherry Drake - Macomb, MI - Wife

“: Believe in faith and prayers and angels that watch over us. Believe in amazing grace and blessings from heaven that smile on us when we least...Read More »
4 of 29 | Posted by: Sherry Drake - Macomb, MI - Wife

“Forever in our hearts It broke our hearts to lose you, but you did not go alone. For part of us went with you on the day God called you home. The...Read More »
5 of 29 | Posted by: Sherry Drake - Macomb, MI - Wife

“Winter is coming and is seems to be here. Christmas Holidays are nearing.People are full of good cheer.I lost my husband so endearing.Snow silently...Read More »
6 of 29 | Posted by: Sherry Drake - Macomb, MI - Wife

“Doug warmed my heart and hugged my soul He lifted my spirit as high as it could go He'll always be the best part of me He is my forever and happy...Read More »
7 of 29 | Posted by: Sherry Drake - Macomb, MI - wife

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8 of 29 | Posted by: Sally Drake - New Baltimore, MI

“Doug was my whole world. He was the reason I got up everyday. He would always get up earlier than me and say, "There's fresh coffee. We would often...Read More »
9 of 29 | Posted by: Sherry Drake - Macomb, MI - wife

“In our neighborhood, Alan and I were surrounded with couples that were empty nestors; however, that did not stop us from having special relationships...Read More »
10 of 29 | Posted by: Mary Crummey - Macomb, MI

“For my husband, Doug Drake I prayed to God for years to send the right man into my life. God sent Doug to me first as my carpenter and then as my...Read More »
11 of 29 | Posted by: Sherry Drake - Macomb, MI - wife

“Doug and I had both been married twice before in painful relationships that ended in divorce. God blessed Doug and I with the gift of love and the...Read More »
12 of 29 | Posted by: Sherry Drake - Macomb, MI - Wife

“I was asked to join a team who played at Softball City in 1980. Doug was the coach. I was invited to a post-game party, met Dennis and Debbie, and...Read More »
13 of 29 | Posted by: Sally Drake - New Baltimore, MI

“As I was looking at some of Doug's books on his shelf this morning, I came across one titled, "Ten Questions to Diagnose Your Spiritual Health" by...Read More »
14 of 29 | Posted by: Sherry Drake - Macomb, MI - wife

“Doug was blessed by the friendship that he received from his three best friends. Doug and Dennis became life long friends when they both worked for...Read More »
15 of 29 | Posted by: Sherry Drake - Macomb, MI - wife

“I've known Sherry for many years and met Doug when they first began dating several years ago. My husband Larry and I shared quite a few very...Read More »
16 of 29 | Posted by: Suzanne Davis - Fraser, MI

“Where do I begin! Grandpa Doug, you were always there making us giggle and telling your hilarious unexpected jokes. I remember you driving us to...Read More »
17 of 29 | Posted by: Brooke Gagnon - MI

“Doug and Sherry visited us during their trip to Florida earlier this year. We had a wonderful visit and took them to Pine Island to watch a most...Read More »
18 of 29 | Posted by: Larry and Pat Miller - FL

“With blessings, love and prayers. ”
19 of 29 | Posted by: Robin & Doug - Chattanooga, TN

“I use to babysit Doug. When he was a teenager he let me cut his hair. That was an honor since he was very particular about his hair. It was nice...Read More »
20 of 29 | Posted by: Pat Armbruster - Northbrook, IL

“I met Doug only once, and that was when he married my cousin Sherry. What wonderful caring man he was. You could tell just how much he loved my...Read More »
21 of 29 | Posted by: Patricia Filipek - Algonquin, IL

Camping at Port Crescent State Park “Doug and I loved to be outside and treasured the times that we went camping. We started out in my pop up camper, but we were finally able to purchase...Read More »
22 of 29 | Posted by: Sherry Drake - Macomb, MI - Wife

“Doug was one of those people who always had a smile on his face. Every trip to Michigan we got together and Doug played with Joshua Jr. while we all...Read More »
23 of 29 | Posted by: Shannon Pulver - jacksonville, NC

“I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you Sherry. Carol VanHuylenbrouck ”
24 of 29 | Posted by: Carol VanHuylenbrouck - MI

“I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with the family ”
25 of 29 | Posted by: Robin cook - Harrison township, MI

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of Doug.May the love of family and friends comfort his family during these very difficult days.What we have once...Read More »
26 of 29 | Posted by: Sarah Drake & Deb ( Sis ) LaMance - TN

“With the deepest and most heartfelt love. May you find comfort in one another, and peace in the days to come. ”
27 of 29 | Posted by: Christy Young & Patrick Lowrance - TN

“We are all going to mess you so much uncle doug. I know you are up there picking on my dad and catching up on old times. ”
28 of 29 | Posted by: jamie judd - london, OH - uncle

“So sorry for your loss. You are all in our prayers. The Hanson Family ”
29 of 29 | Posted by: The Timothy Hanson family - IN


Doug was a master carpenter, a natural teacher and above all, a beloved family man who left this world too soon. He passed away on September 8, 2014. He was 60 years old.

Born on a summer's day in 1954 in Grosse Pointe, Doug grew up in Detroit and attended Cass Technical High School. He learned carpentry from his grandfather and in his time, worked as a sign painter, cabinet-maker and eventually had his own business, Do-It-All Construction and D & S Robinson. For three years, Doug was a paraprofessional at Lincoln High School in Warren, in the building trades program. That assignment led to his dream job of teaching the program as a long-term substitute. Doug was also proud of completing 1,000 hours of CAD training where he was the top of his class.

Always making jokes, often laughing at himself, Doug was known for his incredible sense of humor. Doug had met his current wife Sherry when she hired him to do work at her house. He often said he was glad he did a good job because he wound up living there. His children and grandchildren especially delighted in being around him, watching his antics as he entertained them with silly words.

Camping and spending time in the outdoors were favorite pastimes. He would fish when circumstances allowed. He had a magnificent singing voice that he was not afraid to share. His remarkable talents also included his architectural drawings, hand-crafted furniture, wood carving and overall keen artistic eye.

Doug is survived by his wife, Sherry; his children, Duane (Amy) and Jon (Teresa) Robinson, Austin Drake; his stepchildren, Andrea Houle and Jeff (Tracy) Gagnon; his grandchildren, Noah, Nolan, Gabriella and Nathan Robinson, Angela, Melissa, David and Michelle Albers and Brandon and Brooke Gagnon. He was preceased by his brother Jim and half-brother, Bob, and leaves behind a multitude of step and half-brothers. He will especially missed by his cat, Tommy, an orange tabby who made Doug his own.