Douglas “Doug” MacArthur Barrick, 80, of Winter Haven passed away peacefully on July 5, 2022, in St. Petersburg, FL. Doug was born in Woodstock, Virginia on March 5, 1942, to Hilda Virginia Shipe and Fred Downey Barrick.
Doug graduated from Central High School in Woodstock and continued his education at Monroe College of Business where he received a certificate in Business Accounting. He also served in the U.S. Navy and later earned a degree in Business Administration from Lord Fairfax Community College.
Doug worked many years as a business manager for Lord Fairfax Community College and later as a purchasing manager for the Shenandoah Valley Press. He served as the Shenandoah County representative, vice-chair, and chairman of the board of the Lord Fairfax Community College. Additionally, he served on the Lord Fairfax Community College Foundation Board. He was also a past president of the Jaycees of Woodstock.
In 2001, Doug moved to Winter Haven, Florida. He married Kay Hudson Lowe after an introduction from his lifelong friends, Frank and Ellen Savoie. They shared many good times together along with their extended families and friends, including his dear friends from Virginia, Claire Parks, and Dick and Gayle Longchamps.
Doug was passionate about fly fishing, blues music, and westerns. He was generous, had a great sense of humor, and loved to laugh. He adored his wife Kay and late Aunt Vergie. He enjoyed celebrating Christmas and sent live Christmas wreaths to his family and friends as an annual tradition.
Doug was a devoted, loving husband and stepfather. He is survived by his wife Kay of 20 years, his stepdaughter Brenda Baker, and many extended family members and friends.
A celebration of life will be held in Virginia on a future date to be announced.
Special thanks to the staff of Westminster Suncoast and Suncoast Hospice who provided care for Doug. Donations in Doug’s memory may be made to the Suncoast Hospice Foundation or to The Friends of the Shenandoah River.