OBITUARY

Douglas, Cornelius 'Dougie'

West Nyack, NY - Tappan Location

Cornelius J. Douglas, cherished husband, brother, son, uncle, fur daddy, brave law enforcement
officer, respected mentor, and overall great human being passed away from pancreatic cancer
related to 9/11, on Thursday, June 24th, 2021.

He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Karen Douglas (nee Riordan). Cornelius was
predeceased by his parents Mary (nee Maloney) and Cornelius Douglas. He leaves behind his
brother Desmond Douglas, sisters Dee Douglas and Diana (Dennis) Curtin, in addition to many
sisters and brothers-in-law, cousins, nieces, nephews, friends, fellow members, and his dog
Twix.

Like the characters on the pages of his beloved comic books, Cornelius was a superhero. “Neil”
to his family and “Dougie” to his police family. Neil grew up in the Bronx where he attended
Fordham Preparatory School. Education and service were the cornerstones of Neil’s
professional work. He received his BA and his MPA from John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
As a professor at Monroe College, Neil educated his students on the science of criminology and
the art of being a respected professional in whatever community they served.

In 1987, Dougie joined the NYC Transit Police Department and served until the hostile takeover
of April 1995 when he exited the turnstiles for the NYPD. Following in the footsteps of his
favorite Gotham City superhero Batman, Dougie battled evil and sought justice for the people he
served during his 35 years with the Transit Police, NYPD, and NY/NJ/HIDTA Regional Fugitive
Task Force. Throughout his esteemed career, Dougie was recognized with many accolades
and awards for his bravery, strength, detective skills, integrity, and ability to inspire any team he
joined or led. He was known as a “cops cop”, a reliable and consummate professional who
served with kindness, courtesy, and humility. Dougie retired as Sergeant Detective Squad in
the U.S. Marshals Regional Fugitive Task Force on May 28th, 2021.

Neil was a family man. In his marriage to Karen, he had a woman who was also skilled at
policing. She ensured he was always healthy and safe. Through Karen, Neil inherited a large
and energetic family he lovingly referred to as his “outlaws”. He always made sure you were
comfortable in his home and when he came to yours, he showed up with a smile and some
goodies from his favorite Bronx bakeries under his strong arm. He enjoyed golfing and going to
baseball games, especially on Yankee bobblehead days. His annual Canada fishing trip was
one of the highlights of his year.

Whether he was Neil or Dougie to you, he was someone special to everyone he met. He will be
remembered for his smile, selflessness, and generosity. His calm and kind demeanor will be
missed. We are fortunate to have had this superhero among us.
Viewing will be held Sunday, June 27th, 1-3 and 5-8pm at Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan, NY.
FUneral Mass will be held at Monday, June 28th, 11:30am at St. Anthony’s Church in Nanuet, NY.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you donate to St. Jude Children's Hospital, The
Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research or Tunnels to Towers Foundation.