It is with deep regret that the Alert Fire Co. No. 1 of Downingtown, PA announces the following:
Whereas, the Almighty God, in his infinite wisdom has removed from our midst on Tuesday, February 14, 2023, one of our beloved brothers and Life Member, Douglas George Rambo, 65, who was always found faithful in the discharge of his duties and whose every thought and purpose was for the welfare of his company and department. And, while we deeply regret and mourn the loss sustained in the death of our late brother, we bow in humble submission to the Divine Will.
Therefore, be it resolved that we, the members of the Alert Fire Co. No. 1 of Downingtown, PA, do hereby extend and convey to the bereaved family and friends our deep and heartfelt sympathy.
Douglas George Rambo, 65, of Leesburg, VA and formally of Downingtown, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 14, 2023, after a two-year struggle with health issues. He was the beloved husband of Mary (DiFuria), with whom he shared 43 years of marriage.
Born on January 25, 1958, he was the son of the late Margaret Jane and Eli George Rambo.
He graduated from Downingtown High School in 1975 and then attended West Chester University, graduating in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science in Physics. Doug was a Life Member of the Alert Fire Co. No. 1 where he served as Trustee and Lieutenant in the late 1970’s, in addition to a dispatcher for the Downingtown Police Department/Chester County Emergency Services before moving to Virginia for a professional career focused on the protection of our nation as he accepted a position with the Central Intelligence Agency. Doug joined the Sterling Park Volunteer Rescue Squad as an operational member in 1981. He rose through the ranks of Sterling Rescue to hold many operational and administrative positions. Doug served as President, Treasurer, Purchasing Officer, and a member of the Board of Directors for several terms. He was also the President of the Safety Center and was instrumental in the design and construction of Fire-Rescue Station in Cascades. Doug was committed to the community, serving as the Chairman of the Loudoun County Fire Rescue Commission. He was the recipient of many prestigious awards, among them the Clark Deener Award and induction into the Loudoun County Fire- Rescue Hall of Fame.
In addition to his wife, Mary, he is survived by his son, Kenton and his granddaughter Avyanna; his daughter, Elizabeth (fiancé Richard Alex Jenson); two brothers, Bryan (Judy) and Robin (Maria).
A memorial service will be at Christ the King Lutheran Church, Great Falls VA on March 11, 2023. A visitation will be held at 10:00 AM prior to the service that will begin at 11:00 AM. Interment will be private.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Loudoun Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Leesburg, VA.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Sterling Volunteer Rescue Squad, Sterling, VA, or Christ the King Lutheran Church, 10550 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls, VA.