Douglas W. Bleiler
Doug Bleiler passed away Saturday, June 2, 2018 in Scottsdale AZ with his children by his side. He was born on July 15, 1934, to Roy and Margaret. Doug lived his life on his terms, the phrase live by the sword die by the sword is a fitting statement for his life. He was a proud and fiercely independent man which ultimately led to his passing. Doug graduated from Loomis Chaffee class of ’52, and Dartmouth class of ’56. He was an avid golfer, starting at a very early age, he maintained a single digit handicap for most of his career. Doug was a long-time member of Wampanoag Country Club in CT, Roaring Fork in Basalt, CO and Desert Mountain in Scottsdale, AZ. He retired in 1996 closing Major Machinery, where he sold, serviced and rented heavy duty construction equipment, a business that his father started in 1938. He was a member of Connecticut Construction Industry Association starting in 1961. He served on the board of directors from 1983 to 1996. He served on the operating Engineers Pension Plan. He was a member of the elks and Sphinx Shriner. Doug loved to travel and never wanted to miss a party, he planned many parties for the tremendous amount of friends he had made over his life. Doug left a lasting impression on everyone he met, some will remember more fondly than others.
Although showing affection was a difficult thing for him, those close to him understood what a caring good-hearted man he was. He leaves behind his three children; his son Geoff (Tracey) Bleiler of Winsted, CT, Heather Frost of Winsted, CT and Diane Steele of Jacksonville, FL, three grandchildren; Daniel (Jaselle) Steele of Maryland; David Steele of NYC; Jessica Steele of FL and former wife Judy Bleiler of Aspen CO. You have found peace now that you are reunited with Buffer and Dusty. Dad we love you and miss you. A memorial service will be held at a later date in Connecticut.