Long-time MRVAC volunteer Doug Mayo passed away on May 6 after a year of illness.

“He was home on hospice in my loving care when he passed peacefully,” his wife Susan reports. She said, “he bore his illness with grace and dignity to the end.” Doug was a 25-year member of MRVAC, serving as president, vice president, treasurer, and board member of the chapter at various times.

Doug graduated from Edina-Morningside High School in 1962 and received undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Minnesota and Ohio University. In late 1967 he began service as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Lesotho. It was there that he began a lifetime of volunteerism. Doug served on several boards for non-profits that provided services that were near and dear to him.

He retired in 2006 after 34 years in real estate finance and development. In retirement, Doug became an avid birder, a hobby that took him throughout North America and elsewhere in the world. Doug frequently expressed that his life had been wonderful, but that he would miss the beauty of both nature and love.

There will be no memorial service but an open event will be held to share memories and stories July 9 from 4-7 p.m. at City Bella Community Room, 6600 Lyndale Avenue South. Parking and main entrance are on 66th St. on the west side of the building. Overflow parking is in the lot just south of City Bella’s driveway on Lyndale Avenue. Parking is also available in the shopping center parking lot across from the building on 66th Street. Dial 092 on the resident index in the lobby and you will be buzzed in. Take the elevator to the second floor and someone will meet you.

For Doug’s full obituary please see the Star Tribune posting.