Jim Smith has asked me to let you all know that his son, Doug, died this afternoon while in hospice care. Jim and Billie were with him, and he had a peaceful end. As most of you know, Doug has been struggling with cancer and recently had a small stroke.
I’ve known Doug for seven or eight years, just a small bit of time in the world of Bonsai, but long enough to have called him my friend. I’ll miss his warmth and gentle humor, his generosity, and vast knowledge of things that grow and have roots.
There will be a memorial service for Doug at Strunk Funeral Home in Vero Beach this Sunday. Visitation will be at 2 PM and the memorial at 3 PM. The funeral home is located on 17th street just west of US 1.
Tom and Belinda