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Lewis L. Doughton

  • On August 19, 2020

Lewis L. Doughton, Jr, age 86 of McMurray, PA passed away on August 12, 2020. Born on December 2, 1933 in Birmingham Alabama. He was the son of the late Lewis L. and Elizabeth E. Doughton. Beloved husband to Vira M. Doughton. Loving father to Vira A. Doughton and David L. (Karen) Doughton. Cherished grandfather to Brandon L. and Ryan L. Doughton. Dear brother to Elizabeth (William) Davis. Loving uncle to Thomas A. (Susan) Greulich, Jr., Elizabeth (Kevin) Gilleland and Margie (Michael) Morris.

Lewis was born in Birmingham Alabama and he never lost that southern gentleman charm. His family moved to Wilmington, DE when he was sixteen. He graduated from Wilmington Delaware Friends School in 1952. Many of his classmates remained friends throughout his life. He began his college career at the University of Virginia then transferred to University of Pittsburgh when his family moved to Pittsburgh. He was an active member of the SAE fraternity and has met with fellow alumni for breakfast once a month. It was at Pitt that he met his wife Vira and shared 60 years of happy marriage and their children, Vira and David.

Lew’s lifelong career was in the insurance industry. He owned his own insurance agency for many years then joined Liberty Insurance Agency. He loved golf and was a member of St. Clair Country Club for many years. Rotary International was important to him as a member of Pittsburgh Rotary while his office was downtown. Boating was a special part of his active life and he enjoyed membership in the South Hills Power Squadron. He was interested in old cars and owned several throughout his lifetime. He was a self-made handyman who always had some project in the works at home or at his son or daughter’s house when he visited. Lew was a valued member of the Board of the former Western Center in Canonsburg. In later years he became a strong contributing member of the Board to restore Canonsburg Lake and was devoted to that cause.

Lew had the quality of putting other people first before himself. This, plus being principled, forthright and loyal made him many friends throughout his life. He could always see good in every person. Many of his friendships from high school, college and in the work world and social life were always part of his life. Lew was a neighbor to be counted on and never hesitated to help when he could.

The best way to describe Lew is all the personal tributes and comments that came from many people who knew him throughout his whole life.

Some of these include: “He enriched our lives,” “He was our ‘go to man’ when we had a problem,” “He was always the best of the best,” “I considered him a pillar of the Cranmoor community. He will be missed for his kind and gentle nature, his smile, his insurance expertise.” “He has contributed a lot to our community over many years.” “He was a great friend and a true gentleman.” “He loved life and spread happiness to many,” “Someone to be counted on.” “One of the kindest persons I have ever known. It was a special privilege to have known him.” “Your father was an ambassador for honestly, decency and kindness.” “He was a special person and will be missed by all who knew him personally and in business.”  “Always had a positive twist on any topic.” “Your dad was a wonderful man and I wish more were like him.” “He loved his family. He was a truly positive person and spread that positivity everywhere he went.”

Lew was clearly cherished by his family and appreciated by so many and will be greatly missed.

A gathering of family and friends will be held on Friday, August 21, 2020 from 4 PM – 8 PM at Pittsburgh Cremation and Funeral Care, 3287 Washington Road, McMurray, PA 15317, (724) 260-5546. A private memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 22, 2020 at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be mailed to Canonsburg Lake Restoration and Improvement Association C/o Deanna Krugh, Treas., 1534 Grandin Ave, Dormont, PA 15216 or online at savecanonsburglake.org. Please visit the website canonsburglake.org and view the history of Canonsburg lake to see why Lew was so dedicated to the cause for restoring the lake. It is enjoyed by so many people and there is an abundance of wildlife that depends upon the lake.

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Teri Parrish
Mrs. Doughton, Vira & Dave Brian and I are so very sorry for your loss. Lew was so special to both of us and his friendship will be missed and remembered forever. We love you all
Kelly Gable-LaBelle
Lew Doughton was a kind and gentle soul. He was always had time to lend an ear to a friend in need. I will miss him dearly. Love to my dear friend Vira, who through the years, I recognized so many of her Dad’s quality’s in her. Love and prayers to Mrs Doughton and David.
Khush and Meher Dastur
Lou and Vi you were our best neighbor for over thirty years when we lived in Pittsburgh. We will forever be grateful for your love and friendship. Lou with his smile was always there to help when i needed him. The Pittsburgh community and his best friends have lost a great kind and caring man . We pray God rests his soul in everlasting peace and gives you Vi, David and Vira the strength to bear this irepairable blow.
Jeanie Hamm
Well I finally made it through my calls to Dave and Vi. It’s tough when I knew that I shouldn’t be the one fighting tears to offer my condolences. A group of us all joined Liberty around the same time some 30 years ago. This group included our then lunch foursome (Lew, Roger Davidson, and myself, the youngster and only female in the group of 3 great gentlemen). Even though I left for a 10-year stint elsewhere, Lew and I remained close forming a wonderful business and personal relationship that surpassed all others. He depended on me and me on him, sometimes just to validate that we weren’t entirely crazy. Lots and fun times with Vi and Lew in Pittsburgh and Florida including Herk and I crashing a very nice wedding reception upstairs at the Washington Hotel when we were supposed to be downstairs for Lew and Vi’s anniversary party. Of course, nothing beats the search for Herk’s wallet lost in Port Charlotte after an overnight stay with Lew and Vi and trips back and forth after Lew recovered it. What can I say but I have lost a friend and a business associate like no other, a gentleman with true southern charm, calm ways, and sincere chuckles. He loved his wife, his adult children and grandkids and could not have been more proud of them. How I wish we could be in person but I hope you all understand. We send love, hugs and prayers that God allows your tears to lead the way for smiles of the greatest man and all the memories that will live on forever. Rest In Peace, dear Lew. You will be missed by all who were honored to cross your path.
Tom Nyisztor
We love you Vira and our hearts and prayers are with you and your family. We are so sorry for your loss. Tom amd Paula
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