Douglas James Sweeney, 68, Former Johnsonburg Resident
Douglas James Sweeney, 68, passed away suddenly at The Good Samaritan hospital in Baltimore, MD on April 19, 2023.
Doug was born on December 29, 1954 in Saint Marys to the late Fred and Mildred Sweeney, the fifth of their nine children. He graduated from Johnsonburg High School in 1973 and then from Penn State University with a degree in Civil Engineering.
Shortly after graduating from college, Doug moved to Baltimore where he worked for Rummel, Klepper and Kahl until his retirement in 2019. Here he was not only able to follow his childhood love of dams and waterways through a lifelong career in civil engineering, but he was also able to achieve his Professional Engineer license in the states of Pennsylvania, Virginia and Maryland.
Throughout high school, Doug played tennis, baseball, and ran cross country. He had a love for golf and was a fan of the Baltimore Ravens and Orioles. He loved claiming bragging rights whenever the Ravens beat the Steelers and was looking forward to the Orioles upcoming season. Doug also enjoyed reading about history and playing board games and cards with his family. He especially enjoyed spending time with his nieces and nephews whom he loved dearly.
Doug is survived by his siblings Bette and Fritz of Johnsonburg, Vickie Sorg and Mike (Barb) of Saint Marys, Pat (Karen) of Mt. Laurel, NJ, Frank (Gae) of Rockwall, TX, Jude (Michele) of Telford, PA and Jennifer (John) Ross of Shippensburg, PA. He is also survived by 16 nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law Jim Sorg.
A summer memorial service is being planned for Johnsonburg.
If desired, memorial contributions can be made to Children International at www.children.org, PO Box 219055, Kansas City, MO 64121. This organization was near to Doug’s heart as he sponsored several children through them.