Douglas Allan Schub
February 23, 1962 – December 21, 2023
“Do not be sad for me. I did everything in life that I wanted to do.” It’s with great sadness that we announce the passing of Douglas Allan Schub, 61, who died of pancreatic cancer on December 21, 2023 in Mission Viejo, CA, surrounded by his wife Rosemary, children Valerie and Adam, brother Craig, sister-in-law Michelle and dog, Bix, who showered him with love and appreciation as he entered into eternal life and into the arms of our Lord.
Doug, as he was commonly known, was born in Oceanside, New York in 1962 to Arthur Rudolph Schub and Virginia Marie (Buccafurri) Schub. He was the youngest of four children; Arthur “Bruce”, Craig and Gail.
Doug’s education included St. Agnes Catholic School and School Five in Oceanside, New York. In California, he went to Mesa Robles Middle School and graduated from Wilson High School in 1980. He played tennis and basketball, had an affinity for music, and an appreciation for classic American cars. He went on to complete an Associates degree from Mt. San Antonio College where he studied electronics and was considering being an audio engineer, his passion and ultimate hobby. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration majoring in Finance, Real Estate and Law from California State Polytechnic University in Pomona in 1986.
Doug learned about history, world events, politics, finance and how to be a great husband and father from his dad, Artie, as he was lovingly called by the family. Their dinner table was the vehicle which his dad used to instill good family values and educate them on a variety of topics. Doug proudly shared how his dad moved the family in 1975 from Long Island, NY to Hacienda Heights, CA where Artie took over the Western Region as sales leader for Nestle Foods.
Doug often told stories about how famous NFL players came to his house, they received tickets to super bowl games, met executives from Nestle’s headquarters in Switzerland and other VIPs because of his dad’s 36 year career with the Nestle Company. Doug appreciated good chocolate, Nestea Iced Tea and cherished the Nestle memorabilia his dad left him.
Football was always an important subject he and his dad talked about and many Sunday afternoons, later in life when Doug had his own family, he and his dad would be on the phone chatting about the game they were watching miles apart. Doug looked up to his dad and modeled his best attributes. It was a tradition that his dad made breakfast for the family on the weekends and this was something Doug did for his family too. Doug would make coffee and start cooking homemade french toast, bacon, and eggs every weekend. What a treat!
Virginia (aka Ginny) was a great cook who taught her kids how to make many Italian dishes, most importantly: an authentic Italian red sauce. Doug’s family and extended family enjoyed many large and loud holiday get-togethers in Long Island. He grew up with many family traditions and often talked about how his parents made Christmases magical for them. Doug took those treasured memories and made sure to raise his own family in the same way, rich with love and traditions.
Doug was very close to his mother. He was the last of the kids to be at home while he attended college. He treasured their special time together especially when Ginny became ill with colon cancer and ultimately passed at the age of 58, surrounded by her family at their home in Hacienda Heights. Doug’s 21-year-old heart was broken. Her passing shaped his perspective on life. He always said that you have to enjoy life and not waste it or wait to be happy because you never know what’s to come. Doug appreciated each day, had a joie de vivre attitude and made sure that his loved ones and friends did too.
Doug met Rosemary on the Cal Poly Pomona campus in 1986.
“Doug couldn’t find a seat at the cafeteria and came up to me and asked if he could join me. We started talking and had so much in common. We didn’t realize but it was three hours later. Doug asked me out, but I turned him down because I was dating someone else. I regretted it especially when we kept serendipitously running into each other on campus. A few months later on Valentine’s, he was cashing a check and I was his bank teller. I told him I was available. He asked me out for the next Saturday and I said, “Yes!” We had immediate chemistry and my parents, Rosa & Gabriel loved Doug too. Within 2 months of dating we were in love; the rest was history.”
Doug (25) married Rosemary (23) at St. Louis of France Parish in La Puente, CA . They spent 38 blissfully happy years together. Their dreams of having a family and grandchildren came to be just as they had always hoped. They also made a pledge early on to put God at the center of their relationship and to practice their faith together. They were grateful for all the blessings God bestowed upon them.
Doug enjoyed a successful 30 year career in Corporate Finance, Planning and Pricing where he worked for large multinational corporations including Bank of America, Toshiba & Corelogic, to name a few. A little over 6 years ago, looking for a change, he joined Tuttle-Click Chrysler Jeep Dodge and became a family member with a tribe of new brothers whom he spoke very fondly of. He would come home and share with a big smile how he made a family happy today and helped them find the right car. Family and friends knew to call Doug for advice on cars since he could tell you all about them. It was probably one of the jobs he enjoyed the most in life.
He had many hobbies. He loved to build things such as loudspeakers, koi ponds, gardens, and he even built a beautiful 16 ft. wooden boat which he named “Blue Fin”. He had a sport fisher yacht for several years which he enjoyed sharing with family and friends throughout Newport Harbor.
Valerie Elizabeth (Schub) Hogan was Doug’s first born who was daddy’s little girl. If that wasn’t enough, three years later the Schub family was complete with Adam Taylor Schub’s arrival. Doug spent 9 months as a stay at home dad with two toddlers. Together they shared many music appreciation listening sessions where Doug exposed them to different musical genres.
One of Valerie’s fondest memories with her dad was when she was around 7 years old.
“Growing up, my Dad always had a mustache, that was the only way I knew my Dad. With an urge to always make us laugh, I’ll never forget the day he walked into my bathroom with one side of his face shaved and asked, “which side do you guys like better?” It not only made us laugh but became a solid reminder that I’ve carried with me throughout my life – never to take yourself too seriously and it’s never too late to reinvent yourself.”
Adam and Doug both shared a strong passion for music. They would spend nights listening to jazz together going through records on the home stereo.
“Woodworking, music, audio equipment, gardening and cooking. These were hobbies we shared and will forever remind me of my Dad. His motto was, ‘why buy this, when you can make it yourself!’ I’ll always remember the times we shared working on projects together.”
In his final days, Doug told his wife Rosemary that one of his main goals during his life was to make sure he kept his home in order for his family. He wanted them to grow up and appreciate the world we live in. This was evidenced by his love of nature; as he often sat contemplatively in the backyard of their family home watching and appreciating all the birds, bunnies, squirrels and the sound of the leaves rustling in the trees. He was probably planning their next vacation or dreaming about the future. He was unassuming and quietly spent time praying and talking to God.
Doug got to meet his first grandchild, Austin Arthur Hogan, born January 6, 2023. He was so proud to be a Grandpa, but was sad to know he would miss seeing him grow up. Grandpa will be watching over his grandchild and future grandchildren to come from heaven.
In June of 2021, soon after Doug’s diagnosis, he told his doctor that he did not want to know how much time he had left. Instead he wanted to live each day like it was his last with Rosemary and to enjoy his family. Doug and Rosemary took several trips after the diagnosis and the highlights were a trip to Paris, France and Grand Cayman Island. Most recently, they spent Thanksgiving in Carmel which was Doug’s last vacation with the family.
Confident in his faith, he accepted his mortality with grace and a peaceful heart. His legacy will live on eternally and he will forever be in our hearts as a devoted husband, loving father, grandfather, brother, uncle & friend.
Doug was preceded in death by his father, Arthur Schub and mother, Virginia Schub. He is survived by his wife, Rosemary, his siblings Bruce Hutton (Debra Hutton), Craig Schub (Michelle Gillette) and Gail Iovino (Neil Iovino); two children Valerie (Schub) Hogan and Adam Schub; Son-in-law John Hogan; grandchild Austin Hogan, along with many nieces, nephews and their children.
A rosary and Catholic Mass will be held on Friday, January 5 at 10:00 a.m. at San Francisco Solano Catholic Church located at 22082 Antonio Parkway, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688.
Doug will be laid to rest in the afternoon on January 5th during a semi-private burial service at Ascension Catholic Cemetery in Lake Forest, CA.
Flowers may be sent the day before or prior to the rosary at the church. Gifts may be made “In Memory of Douglas Schub” to City of Hope Orange County Cancer Treatment Center (949) 889-1326.
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