Douglas J. Wild, age 78, passed away suddenly on March 24, 2021. He is the son of the late Elmer and Sarah (Shickenberg) Wild. Doug is survived by his brother Elmer Wild of Wilmington, NC, and nephews Frank (Kathleen) and Doug, nieces Nancy Brennan (Kevin) and Helen Hazlett (Bob) and great nephews and nieces Kelly Wild, Abigail Wild, Madison Wild, Kristoffer Wild, Kevin Brennan, Kate Brennan, Joanna Brennan, Brett Moser, and Alexa Moser. He also had a special love for his cats, leaving behind Jake and Elwood.
Doug was born on June 3, 1942 in Philadelphia, PA and resided in Philadelphia his entire life. He graduated from Northeast High School, and received a Bachelor and Masters degrees from Temple University. While at Temple, Doug was a member of the men’s soccer team. He also played soccer with the Phoenix Club in Trevose, PA. Doug was a retired teacher of the Philadelphia School District, where he taught English and Drama, mostly at Central High. He was also an actor in many local productions and a member of the Screen Actors Guild.
Doug was a passionate Philadelphia sports fan, always ready to watch a game. He also avidly followed the English Premier League of Soccer. He became an enthusiastic supporter of girl’s fastpitch softball, attending many high school and college games for great niece Abby.
Doug will be especially missed by his nephew Frank, who actively watched out for him for many years. They enjoyed frequent conversations, and shared many happy holidays and events together. Doug was a great friend, teacher, and mentor to many. He treasured the relationships that he developed over the years with his students, as many became lifetime friends.
A celebration of Doug’s life will be held at a later date in the summer
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