Douglas Kolvenbach was born on February 9, 1934 in Port Jervis, NY. He was born to Herman Kolvenbach and Mabel Anna Culligan, who owned a large and popular bar in Port Jervis. Douglas’ parents blessed him with three siblings: John, Herman and Johanna Kolvenbach, who all pre-deceased him.
Douglas is survived by his wife, Lucille, as well as his five children he bore through his late former wife, Margaret; his stepson he raised with Lucille, and their respective spouses and life partners. Douglas is survived by his eldest son, Douglas B. Kolvenbach, who he affectionately nicknamed “Buzz”, his wife, Victoria, and their children, Danielle and her husband, Mann, and Kristopher. Douglas is proud to be survived by his son, Brian, his wife, Julia, and their daughter, Megan. Also carrying Douglas’ legacy in stellar fashion is his son, Kevin, his fiance, Dawn, and their children, Kyler and Logan. Douglas is loved and survived by his son, Todd, his wife, Laura, and their children, Nicole, Todd Jr., Madison, and Daryl. Douglas is survived by his daughter, Kelly, who will always be his treasured little girl, her loving life partner, June, and their children, Guy and Nicole. Douglas is also survived by his stepson, Nicholas, who considers and loves him like a father and is proud to have been raised by Doug, his wife, Mika, and their daughter, Kaya. Douglas was great grandfather to several great-grandchildren, and uncle to several nieces and nephews.
Douglas served a term as a United States Army infantryman during the Korean War Era. Douglas owned an old-fashioned General Store named “Kelly’s” in Accord, NY for several years, where he can be seen in photographs serving an egg cream to late former President Ronald Reagan prior to his presidency. Years later, he moved to New York City and lived in a walk-up studio with a common floor bathroom and tiny refrigerator while working as a doorman as he searched for a superintendent position. He landed a superintendent position at 66 East 79th Street in Manhattan where he worked for 17 years until retirement. Known as “Mr. Toppy”, Douglas was also a proud chimney sweep, collected chimney sweep antiquities, and owned his chimney sweep business, Top Hat Chimney, where he serviced countless high-end brownstones and Park Avenue apartments with working chimneys. While living in New York City, he was the proud “father” of two Cairn terriers, Sooty and Sparky. On any given day at breakfast, lunch, and after work, you could find Douglas at Nectar Coffee Shop a half block away with his several friends, who included famous comic writer of Dondi - Irwin Hassen, dear friends Nancy, Peter and Andre, and his nephew, Steven Kolvenbach who also worked as superintendent on East 79th Street. His son, also named Douglas, had also been a superintendent on East 79th Street in Manhattan near his father as well. Douglas Sr. had been active in the superintendent community and in the 32-BJ Union, and was friends with several superintendents, especially one whom Douglas considered to be his best friend - Luis Perez, along with Luis’ family.
Douglas was a lover of quality restaurants and food, and staked out several old-fashioned New York City staples and lesser-known hidden gems, some of which have since closed, where he would frequent with family and friends. He was an old-fashioned soul, and an avid collector of antiques, coins, pipes and tools. He personified a New York spirit, and was a staple in his own right. After moving to Florida for his retirement, he missed New York dearly, and it is only fitting that he is being returned home for burial.
Douglas passed away peacefully on November 22, 2016 as he drifted off to his final sleep. Douglas Kolvenbach’s graveside services with military honors will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 13th at Pine Hill Cemetery, Sparrowbush, NY. Rev. Amy Garrett will officiate.
Arrangements are by the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home, 154 E. Main St., Port Jervis, NY 12771. For information, directions, or to send a condolence note to the family please visit www.knight-auchmoody.com