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Douglas Willoby Hoar

December 22, 1944 — March 17, 2024



Douglas Willoby Hoar, affectionately known as Doug, passed away on March 17, 2024, leaving behind a cherished legacy that will be forever remembered. Born on December 22, 1944, he spent his entire life in Vermont. 


Doug is survived by his beloved wife of 56 years, Cheryl Ann Woodward. He will be deeply missed by his children, Brian Hoar and his wife Sandra, as well as Shelley Forrest and her husband Corey. Doug found immense joy in being a grandfather and shared his hobbies, passions, and beliefs with Justin Prescott, Rachel Hoar, Taylor Hoar, Evan Forrest, and Tyler Forrest. He also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, his sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law and three great-grandchildren. 


He was preceded in death by his parents, Elloine and Richard Hoar, his sister Nancy Wheeler, brother William Hoar, and his beloved dogs, Abbey and Zoe. 


Doug's upbringing on a small family farm in Newbury, VT, not only instilled in him the values of hard work and diligence but also nurtured his deep love and respect for all animals. He developed a love for machinery, tractors, and chainsaws early on and even fibbed about his age to secure a job in road construction, contributing to the construction of northern sections of Interstate 89. 


Doug dedicated his life to his career, which was marked by dedication and success, culminating in his ownership of Goss Dodge. Starting as a salesman and ascending to managerial roles, he eventually purchased the business through his charm, work ethic, and meticulous attention to detail. Doug's commitment to excellence was evident to all who knew him. 


In addition to his professional achievements, Doug served his country honorably as a member of the Vermont Air National Guard. 


Many people have worked as hard as Doug Hoar and many may have played as hard as Doug Hoar, but very few people have worked AND played as hard as Doug. He lived life to the fullest, balancing hard work with a passion for the outdoors. An avid hunter, fisherman, snowmobiler, and four-wheeler enthusiast, he pursued these activities with unmatched vigor. All that knew him also recognized his lifelong need for speed, and he was competitive about having the fastest snowmobile or four wheeler. At 45, he ventured into stock car racing, igniting a lifelong passion that created lasting friendships and family traditions, still evident in his family’s racing today. 


He cherished hunting seasons spent with loved ones at the Log Cabin, and his snowmobiling adventures in Canada near St-Michele-des-Saints and St. Zenon were legendary, creating treasured memories with family and friends. 


Later in life, he dabbled in golfing with Cheryl and his family and developed a love for reading. 


Services to celebrate Doug's life will be held on March 23, 2024 at the Minor Funeral and Cremation Center in Milton, VT. Calling hours will be from 1PM to 3PM.  Following the visitation hours, a short ceremony will take place to offer those who knew and loved him a chance to pay their respects. A reception will follow at the Eagle’s Club in Milton at 4 PM. 


In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Alzheimer's Association  in his honor or supporting a local dog rescue program. 


In every facet of his life – as a dedicated businessman, loving family man, and nature enthusiast – Douglas Willoby Hoar touched the lives of many. May his soul rest in eternal peace. 

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Saturday, March 23, 2024

1:00 - 3:00 pm (Eastern time)

Minor Funeral and Cremation Center

237 Route US-7, PO Box 113, Milton, VT 05468

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