Douglas John Robertson, 60, of Mount Airy, Maryland, passed from this life on Saturday, November 4, 2023 at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore.
Born on July 22, 1963, in Poughkeepsie, NY, he was the son of James Alexander Robertson and Grace (Dixon) Robertson.
Doug began training for his firefighting career as a sophomore in The High School Cadet Program, leaving school early most days and every weekend for training and volunteering with the Montgomery County Fire department. On the day he graduated from Thomas S. Wootton High School when they called his name, he walked across the stage, receiving his diploma from the Principal. Two steps later the Chief of The Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Service (MCFRS) stepped forward to award Doug a fully certified professional firefighter employment contract. An amazing achievement for someone so young. Doug continued his academic training graduating from Montgomery College with an AA in Fire Science.
Doug was a career firefighter for 18 years and was a member of Local 1664 of the Montgomery County Firefighters Union (MCCFFA IAFF). His time in the service was cut short due to health concerns, but his commitment to service never waned. In his heart, he was always a firefighter. It was his passion. As a career man, he was qualified to operate and drive all apparatus. He served under Chief Leonard Fitch and Asst. Chief Richie Bowers, and was based at Station 23 under the local command of Lt. Griff Livingston. Doug was especially proud of his membership in the original Collapse/Rescue Team led by Chief Tommy Carr. He won two Outstanding Service Awards while at Station 23, and was named EMT of the year during his volunteer service. Doug exemplified the Firefighters’ Creed: “To humbly serve as Guardian to my community…Always ready to respond to those who are unable to help themselves…To voluntarily accept the inherent hazards of my profession, placing the welfare and security of others before my own”.
Doug loved his family: His devoted wife, Susie, and sons Cory and Stephen, daughter-in-law Amanda and his grandchildren Ryleigh and Jack. He was an avid fan of the Washington Capitals and NASCAR, and could quote the personal details of the various driver teams in detail.
He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Susan Robertson; his sons Stephen (Amanda) and Cory; beloved grandchildren Ryleigh and Jack; siblings Jay Robertson, Mary (Reid) Sasser, Susan (Terry Rubritz), Paul (Karen), Beth (Eileen Kelly) Robertson, and Janice (Rob) Pauline; and 15 nieces and nephews and 6 grand-nieces and nephews.
All Funeral observances will be held at Holy Cross Church 4900 Strathmore Ave, Garrett Park, MD 20896:
Visitation will be Friday November 10 from 5:00-8:00 PM.
Funeral Mass will be at noon on Saturday November 11.
Please join us for a reception after the service.
Memorial donations may be made to:
Wounded Warrior Project at https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org
Tunnel to Towers Foundation at www.t2t.org
Expressions of sympathy may be offered to the family at StaufferFuneralHome.com