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Douglas R Cherrington

August 24, 1961 ~ December 28, 2023 (age 62) 62 Years Old

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Douglas Rayford Cherrington was born August 24, 1961, to Charles Gilbert Cherrington, and Juliana Carmela Cherrington of Belize City, Belize. Doig, as he was affectionately known by many, grew up in Belize City and later migrated to the United States in 1981. He spent his earlier years in the United States in Los Angeles, California, then moved permanently to Illinois. 

As a young boy he enjoyed spending time with his grandparents on the farm in Santana village, 33 miles north of Belize City. He loved the farm life. 

He was free to climb trees, work with the animals, appreciate the farm, and running around with his beloved aunts and uncles. He held a special place in their hearts, and they held a special place in his. 

He liked to work with his hands, tinkering with machines, fixing things such as,cars, irons, and bicycles to name a few. An example is once he took and iron to pieces, looked inside to see how it worked, then put the pieces back together. On purpose, he left out a piece or two, along with a screw, just to see if the iron would work. Well, the pieces and the screw he took out were not actually needed and the iron worked well after that.

For a time, Doug worked as a mechanicin the US and enjoyed every minute of it as he made sure the family cars were in good working condition. Later, he decided he had enough of being a mechanic so he would pay for vehicle repairs but maintained those friendships until death. He enjoyed working with the paving and snow plowing companyand was always willing to assist when needed. 

His final profession was his favorite. Doug settled in as a full-time truck driver after many years of doing it on and off. As we all know, his truck was his castle, and he was very proud of it. His eyes lit up everytime he spoke about his truck, or the job he was on. You could hear the excitement in his voice and just knew that he truly loved being on the road. 

At times he seemed to have his own little competetion with another trucker. Uncle Derrick we are not sure if you knew, but you know now. Doug's exact words were "I will drive until I cannot drive anymore"

Doug was very proud of his children, grandchildren, and their accomplishments. He had a special way of showing it, but proudly spoke about them. He was funny, witty, and enjoyed family time. Allison, his niece, said she loved when Uncle Dougwas home because he was so much fun. The house came to life with his funny antics. He loved his family near and far and was ready to fight for them if necessary. 

Sadly, on Thursday, December 28, 2023 at 9:50 a.m. Doug could not go any more and he fell asleep in death at the Univeristy of Chicago Hospital. Doug was preceded in death by his father, Charles Gilbert Cherrington and his mother, Juliana Carmela Cherrington. 

He is survived by his wife Christine Cherrington and his six children, Pamela Veile/Cherrington, Courtney Hale, Delia Galaviz, Robert, Christian and Edward Cherrington. Seven grandchildren, Brionna, Brooklynn, Julian, and Jordynn Veile, Jamyn, Koryn, and Kadyn Hale. 

Siblings Marcia Staine, Kendrick and Dezerie Cherrington. Several uncles, aunts, nieces,nephews, and cousins. Plus,many lifelong friends and co-workers. 

Douglas was loved and will be greatly missed, by many. 


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