Obituaries: Douglas Crane McKnight

Douglas “Doug” Crane McKnight, 88, of Bristol, passed away on Monday, July 4, 2016.  He was the loving husband of Linda Maria (Lamphire) McKnight and together they had shared over 40 years of marriage.  Born on February 11, 1928 in Bristol, he was the son of the late Andrew A. and Madeleine (Warner) McKnight.


Doug served his country proudly in the U.S. Navy during WWII in Hawaii and Guam.  In his earlier years, he had loved to fish with his daughter Laurie and brother-in-law Mickey.  He also enjoyed traveling on vacations to NH and the shore.  Cooking was a part time hobby along with his music.  Doug was an avid piano player and frequently would play on the weekends at the Stonewell restaurant and with a crew of fellow musicians at McDonald’s in Plainville and New Britain.  He loved to tell his corny jokes which he felt were hysterical but to those who heard them, they were bad puns which made your eyes roll.  Most importantly, he loved his family and spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Doug was an all-around good guy and will be dearly missed by all those who knew him.


Besides his loving wife Linda, he leave his daughters Claudia McCreesh of SC, Laurie McKnight of Ellington, Marjorie McKnight of Bristol and Madeleine Susco of Bristol; his grandchildren Shannon, Erin, Jason, Kristy, Darik, Mallory, Morgan, Michael, Marlee; his seven great-grandchildren; his brother Warren McKnight and his wife Kathy of Plainfield along with several nieces and nephews.


A celebration of Doug’s life was held on Saturday, July 9, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at Church of Our Savior, 115 West Main St., Plainville.  Calling hours were held on Friday, July 8, 2016 between 6:00 and 8:00 p.m. at O’Brien Funeral Home, 24 Lincoln Ave., Forestville/Bristol.  Military honors were accorded immediately following the calling hours.


In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Doug’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association, 279 New Britain Rd. #5, Kensington, CT 06037.  For online condolences, please visit Doug’s memorial page at 002