Douglas Alan Aldrich, 58, of Hamilton, VA passed away on Friday, May 2, 2014 at his home. He was born on January 24, 1956 in Coldwater, MI to Douglas Leon and Violet May (Wadsworth) Aldrich.
On June 18, 1994, Douglas married Rejane Leao, his loving wife.
While growing up in Michigan, Douglas enjoyed school sports and served as the yearbook student photographer for Athens Area Schools. Douglas was a graduate of Tower-Soudan High School, Tower, MN class of 1974. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Bemidji State University, Bemidji, MN. In January 1979, Douglas joined the United States Marine Corps. He graduated from Officer Candidate School in June 1985 as a second Lieutenant. He completed his career in the USMC as a Captain. Douglas went on to continue serving his country as a Federal employee. At the time of his death, he was an Area Commander for the Federal Protective Services with the Department of Homeland Security.
Douglas was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed camping, hunting and fishing with family and friends. He collected firearms and participated in competition shooting events. He was a member of the National Rifle Association and the American Legion. Douglas also looked forward to vacationing with his family in the Shenandoah Mountains, Minnesota, Europe and Brazil and sharing stories of his travels with all. He was an avid reader of history and his travels brought the history to life. He attended Our Saviors’ way Lutheran church and participated in the “West Enders” Small group of the church.
Douglas was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, a loving son, brother and uncle. He was very proud of his family and their accomplishments. Joy could be heard in his voice and seen on his face when he shared the latest news of his family. Everyone knew they were each special to him and each grandchild was a new blessing in his life.
Douglas found the most joy in spending time with family and friends. He was a confident for many of us and he will be greatly missed by all.
He is survived by his wife Rejane; Children: Renato Goncalves (Luisa) of Ashburn, VA, Ricardo Goncalves of Ashburn, VA. Romina Wolak (Grant) of Ashburn, VA; Grandchildren Joshua Afonso, Isabella Goncalves, Lucas Goncalves, Felipe Goncalves, Austin Wolak and Leah Wolak; Mother Violet May Aldrich of Ely, MN; Brother David Leon (Lori) Aldrich of Ely, MN; Sister Catherine May Aldrich of Ely, MN and nieces, Aunt, Uncles, and Cousins.
He was preceded in death by his father Douglas Leon Aldrich.
Funeral Services will be held at Our Saviour's Way Lutheran Church, 43115 Waxpool Road, Ashburn, Virginia 20148 at a day and time to be announced. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been set up at Our Savior's Way Lutheran Church in Ashburn, VA.