Many of you will remember Doug McKay as our unit commissioner and the guy that presented us with our charter each pasta dinner. Others remember him from his Indian chief costume that he often wore a ceremonies and likely when you crossed over to boy scouts from cub scouts. His favorite story for the boys was the one where the chief sends the braves up the mountain and asks them all to come back with something to show where they had gotten to.
Mr. McKay joined us at our picnic, two days before his passing, and handed off to me the council program for next year.
The below is a statement posted on the Benjamin Tallmadge District website by his troop:
It is with profound sadness that I announce the passing of brother Scoutmaster, Doug McKay. Doug thoroughly enjoyed being part of the Scouting experience, so much so that he continued to stay active in Scouting even after his son became an Eagle Scout a number of years ago. Doug contributed a great deal of his time to the Boy Scouts and had a tremendous impact on the boys which had the privilege of interacting with him.As a Vietnam Veteran, Doug enjoyed coordinating the annual flag placement at Calverton National Cemetery every year with the Scouts and I consider it a privilege to have known him. Doug was an active Scoutmaster and a treasured leader of Troop 214. He will be sorely missed by anyone who had the opportunity to be enriched by one of his many stories.I have not received all of the details but I was informed that Doug passed away suddenly this afternoon (Friday) from what is believed to be a heart attack.
Please keep Doug and his family in your prayers. I will forward the details as they become available.
Richard C. Bie
Doug McKay received the Silver Beaver Award in 2008.
His Wake will be at the St James Funeral Home on Middle Country Road in St James (directly west of 347)
Monday 2-4, and 7-9
Tuesday Funeral Mass St. Philip and James Church 10:00 am
There was no one who made themselves so available as Doug he will be missed by all.
As a tribute to Doug: Scouters please come in Uniform on Monday evening. We will sing Vespers after the religious service.
Send this out to all contacts and Units.
Benjamin Tallmadge District
Suffolk County Council
I am asking Troop 301 to show their respects as a troop by attending the 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm wake hours on Monday June 20th. Please wear your full CLASS A uniform.
A scout is REVERENT