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Douglas Alfred William Hathaway (Doug)

Doug, now re-united with his beloved wife Madge. A much loved dad of Dana, Joanne, Glenn and Julian. A dear grandad and great grandad (Pops) who will be very sadly missed.


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  1. Doug and Madge are back together
    They’ll chat about the plants and weather
    Hand in hand they take a walk
    remembering family as they talk
    remembering incidents some sad some funny
    When horse ate the car, paint now in his tummy
    back together where they belong
    There love together makes all us strong

    Neil tatchell
  2. To a much loved Uncle Doug he will be sadly missed. Re-united with his beloved wife Auntie Madge. Sleep tight xx

    Yvonne James, Karen, Samantha, Freddie and family
  3. To dear Uncle Doug much loved godfather reunited with Aunty Madge. With love Yvette and Robin xx

    Yvette Loader
  4. Doug and Madge were the best of neighbours and I am grateful to have known them and lived next door for the best part of twenty years. I am sure Doug is happy to be reunited with Madge and that they have found a land of peace and contentment together.

    Pauline Clarkson
  5. Doug,Dad,Pops

    You have left our lives but will never be forgotton,our special memories of time shared together will live on.Your ball clock Ross repaired and is keeping perfect time.The beautiful quilt Madge made for his cot has been kept to hand down ,so I hope it can be one day.
    Thank you both for being loving grandparents to our boy,grandma gave him his love of reading he devours Clive Custlar novels as soon as printed,and popshis love of photography, astronomy and history thank you both for your encouragement.
    Dad ,Mam ,Grandma and Pops your passing has left a huge void in our lives ,but we are comforted by the knowledge that you are together again .
    Rest in peace love always Ross and Linda x

    Linda finlayson
  6. We have now reached the end of our journey together after 58 wonderful years, although the first 3 or 4 are a bit hazy. You, with mum of course, have been a truly wonderful role model and I have learnt so much under you love and guidance. You always supported me in everything I chose to do or pointed out where I may be going wrong and eased me onto the right way if it was needed. You let me make my own decisions and if I made a mistake you were always there. During the darker times of my life, you never wavered and you were my lighthouse and the rock it was built on. Help was always there if and when I requested it, “no” just was not in your vocabulary.
    I shall miss everything about you, our discussions on various subjects passed many an hour during our phone calls and this last year I learnt a lot about your teenage years during the war, I loved to hear your stories, and they were countless. Many of my interests have been garnered from your interests which always gave us lots to talk about. You taught me so many practical things too, especially how to drive when I was eleven, also much of your skill and knowledge as an electrician was readily passed on. It stood me well in later life.
    Our conversations will continue and I know you and mum will continue to guide me and give me support if I ask for it, of that I have no doubt.
    I am immensely proud to be your son, to have you as my dad and to have the name Hathaway. I am so saddened at your passing but so very heartened that you are now where you have wanted to be for so long, to be back with mum. Your new journey has started.

    With my undying love and gratitude.


    Julian Hathaway
  7. To dear Uncle Doug, you will be missed so much – give Auntie Madge a big hug from me
    Lots of love Always, Samantha xx

  8. Oh my dear dad, I am missing you so much. I couldn’t have had a more loving, kind, caring, helpful, dad, who was always there for me, ready to help whenever I asked.
    You had the patience of a saint when you were teaching me to drive, allowing me to learn in your lovely first car. As much as it was nice to have a car, I did miss the days out in the old motorbike and sidecar, though you and mum were the ones getting wet if it was raining.
    You and mum gave us all a wonderful childhood, and your and mum’s love of history, and ancient sites, both at home and abroad, which I’m pleased to say I grew to love too.

    It has been breaking my heart to see the home you and mum made, and which I still regarded as home, all being broken apart, though I know it has to be.
    Material things come and go, it’s the memories that remain that are important, and I will treasure those to my dying day.
    My brother’s and I couldn’t have had more loving, caring and kinder parents.

    I know dad you are now where you want to be, reunited with dear mum.
    Rest in peace dear dad, and give my love to mum. Until we all meet again.
    Your ever loving daughter

    Joanne Hathaway
  9. Hope that this, penned by Canon Henry Scott-Holland, is appropriate:-
    Death is nothing at all. I have only slipped away into the next room. I am I and you are you, whatever we were to each other, that we are still. Call me by my old familiar name, speak to me in the easy way which you always used. Put no difference in your tone, wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow. Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes we enjoyed together.

    Will be thinking of you all on Friday love Jers & Gilly

    Jeremy Weller
  10. To my lovely uncle Doug, i will always have those happy memories of summer holidays with you and aunty Madge. Sitting in the sidecar of your motorbike was such fun. You are now back with the love of your life who you have missed so much. God bless ,love Jenny,Nicola Andrew and

  11. We first met Doug and Madge on a somewhat traumatic holiday to Egypt, flying out the day after President Sadat was assassinated in October 1981. That was the start of a lovely friendship which has endured for just over 39 years. Although we rarely managed to see each other until more recent years, we always kept in touch especially at Christmas time with letters, postcards from around the world and telephone chats, always catching up on where we had all been that year but we think they always seemed to beat us in the number of holidays they took each year! Of course his life changed with the sudden loss of Madge a few years ago and now his wish has been granted and they are together once more. Rest in peace, Doug. We shall miss you. Your loving friends, Jean & Lesley xx

    Lesley Coles & Jean Dalton
  12. Dear Dad
    Your final journey to be with Mum again has stirred many memories of you being my wonderful loving Dad.Most of them are from my childhood and especially with the motorbikes and sidecars the long journeys up to Wokingham and the many trips to the seaside.It was when I got to ride pillion I felt so important with Mum relegated to the sidecar.You got me into railways starting with the all day summer picnics at the end of the common and later the trips to Reading.Later in life you did all the free electrical installation in mine and Lynns houses,which was great as I had no interest in electrics.
    I could go on and on but I do not want to bore you so I will say how much I miss you already,and how proud I am that you were my Dad.Most of all you are now with Mum again so now you can go travelling together again and watch down on all of us at the same time.
    Lots of love your eldest
    Dana and all his family

    Dana Hathaway
  13. My dearest Dad, today is the day of your reunion with your beloved Madge, as you have patiently waited five years to do so. These last five years have been a blessing for us, but a torturous burden for yourself and Madge. You will always be my Dad and Madge will always be my Mum.
    I will love you both always and I am a better person for having known you both.
    Elephants never forget.

    Eve HaTHAWAY
  14. Dear Doug we are going to miss you, but we know that you are with Madge now.
    All our love.
    John Pam and familyxx

    John&Pam O,Dea
  15. Doug will be sadly missed by us all. Doug and Madge were wonderful friends and neighbours. May he rest in peace with his beloved Madge.

    Phyllis, Dudley and Jane Hyne
  16. RIP grandad. Thank you for being such a lovely, caring and awesome grandad and thank you for being mine. I’ve got so many memories tightly locked away, there won’t be a day goes by where you won’t be in my thoughts. Your back with nanna which warms my heart.
    All my love always

    Kim xxxx

    Kim Hathaway
  17. Doug was our good neighbour for over twenty years, in which time he we got to know him very well and enjoyed many a happy moment with him. We shall dearly miss seeing him, and his cheerful company in our little community on West Walls.

    We send our deepest sympathies to Joanne and family.

    Andrew and Christine

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