November 14, 1932 ~ February 12, 2022

Born in: Worcester, MA
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Asheville – Douglas Wattie Haldane, 89, of Asheville, passed away on Saturday, February 12, 2022.

Douglas was born in Worcester, Massachusetts and spent his formative years in Toronto, Canada and West Newbury, Vermont. He served for twenty-three years in the United States Army, retiring in 1977 with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He served in Vietnam as an officer with the Military Police Corps and as a Military Intelligence officer in Honduras, Korea, Germany, and numerous stateside assignments. Upon retirement, he and his family moved to Asheville, North Carolina, where he worked for nineteen years at Asheville Savings Bank, retiring as Vice President – Retail Division. Douglas served on numerous nonprofit boards during his working years including Helpmate, Mountain Housing Opportunities, Military Officers Association of America, Asheville Civitan Club, and WCQS Public Radio. After his retirement, he volunteered with several nonprofit organizations, including Mission Health’s Rathbun House, Asheville Police Department, and Mountain Area Radio Reading Service.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Jean D. Haldane of Asheville; his daughters, Katherine Grenier (Stephen), Susan Haldane, and Patricia Pinkston (Bill); grandchildren, Ian, Matthew, and James as well as his sister Shona Edward (Timothy).

A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 PM on Friday, February 18, 2022 at Trinity Episcopal Church, 60 Church Street, Asheville, NC.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to West Newbury Congregational Church, P.O. Box 83, West Newbury, Vermont 05085.

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian is assisting the family.


Memorial Service: February 18, 2022 2:00 pm

Trinity Episcopal Church
60 Church Street
Asheville, NC 28801


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  1. To the Haldane Family: This is Mike and Lisa Gore. We are so deeply sorry to hear that Doug passed away. He was a volunteer at UNC Asheville Athletics where I got to know him and what a great guy. My wife Lisa knew him when he was on the Helpmate Board. We are praying for you in this tough time. God Bless You All.

  2. Haldane family: I am so sorry for your loss. I will be thinking of you and praying for you during these difficult days. My sincere sympathies.

  3. Sorry to hear about Doug’s passing. I knew him from Civitan club many years ago. About as nice and decent a guy as I’ve ever met.

  4. Doug was a valued volunteer at the Mountain Area Radio Reading Service for many years. I am so sorry to hear of his passing. Please accept my condolences. He was a gentleman and a fine man.

  5. He was so wonderful to me and my husband. He helped us in so many ways. Very giving and caring man. I had the honor to be work with him several years at Asheville Federal.
    God bless the family and praying for you all.

  6. So sorry for your loss. I had the privilege of working with Doug at Asheville Savings Bank, he was a wonderful person and friend.

  7. So sorry to hear about Doug’s passing. We had many fun times on stage at Asheville Community Theatre in past years. He was a true gentleman and a person whom I greatly admired. My condolences to the family during this difficult time.

  8. Dear Jean and family,
    I was so sorry and sad to read of Doug’s passing. He was such a fine man and I know he will be sorely missed. God bless.

  9. Barbara and I are so very sorry to learn of Mr. Haldane’s passing. He was by far the best boss that I ever had during my entire working career. No one else was even close. I will always treasure the working relationship that I had with him.

  10. I had the pleasure of getting to know Doug as his physician for a number of years. I always enjoyed being in the presence of such a truly fine man. My respect for him deepened over the years as we came to know each other better. It was always a treat to run into him at UNC-Asheville basketball games. He made our community a better place.

    Blessings Jean, Susan and all the family. He left a legacy to be proud of.


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