Ralph Douglas Hassell

January 31, 1949 ~ July 30, 2020

Ralph Douglas Hassell, 71, of Vero Beach, FL, previously of Miami, died Thursday, July 30, 2020 at VNA Hospice House in Vero Beach, FL. Doug was born January 31, 1949 in Sharon, PA and was raised in Warren, OH where he graduated from Warren G. Harding High School.  After graduating from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, FL. Doug went to work for Joe Middleton & Co and later bought into the company that became Middleton & Associates for which he was sole owner when he retired in 2015. He was a past member of the Southwest Miami-Kendall Rotary Club, ASHRAE and Miami Elks Lodge 948. He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed tending to his orchids. Doug is survived by his wife Patricia Nerren Hassell of 41 years, his son, Michael Hassell (Jennifer), step-daughter, Dawn Strong (Kenny) and step-son, Shawn Glasgow (Faith), grandchildren, Danielle Mahan (Steven), Katie Hassell, Piper Glasgow and Bradyn Hassell, and sister Gail Cantelmo (Michael) and many nieces and nephews. He is pre-deceased by his parents, Ralph and Margaret Henderson Hassell, his sister Lynn Lockwood and brother Alan Hassell. There will be no service at Doug’s request. He was cremated and a family memorial will take place at a later date. A very special thank you to his nurse Robin Rubin at VNA Hospice. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to VNA Hospice, 1110 35th Lane, Vero Beach, FL 32960 or to a charity of your choice.

Arrangements are under the direction of Millennium Cremation Service, Vero Beach. Online condolences may be shared at www.millenniumcremationservice.com

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David Cummings

August 7, 2020, 9:06 pm

I knew Doug initially as a representative who became a friend. He was knowledgeable, friendly and one of my favorite HVAC agents. We also did a good business together in spite of the economy which was a testimony to his product lines, experienced personnel and quality service. I will miss him.

Marie R. Livingston

August 8, 2020, 3:00 pm

Dear Pat, My sincere condolences for your loss of Doug. I worked for Ed Seniza and Doug for 14 years. Doug was the sole owner since 2005 after Ed passed away. I learned a great deal about the workings of Middleton & Assoc. and enjoyed working for a company that cared about their employees welfare. Ed and Doug always treated me with respect and trust. I will always remember my years at M & A and how much they influenced my years before I retired at the end of 2008. RIP Doug, you deserve a rest. My best, Marie.

Rob Williams

August 8, 2020, 6:42 pm

I remember Doug as a good guy and a straight shooter. The first time I met Doug was in the early 80’s during a business trip where i learned he was a much better poker player than i was LOL, My sincere condolences to his family

Rick Bostian

August 10, 2020, 1:20 pm

My deepest sympathy: Can I be sad and smile at the same time? Yes, definitely. As I set in my home office Doug is in a picture on my wall about three feet from me. One of many fun and memorable times when work and fun were a way of life. I especially remember a day when Doug and Ed came to Oklahoma City and brought Stone Crab. The requirement while we played golf was that Doug requested Key Lime pie. There are no Key Limes in OKC and my wife was in a complete panic that what she made would not live up to standards. When Doug said it was the best he ever had, she was so happy she almost cried. They say if you are lucky you will have good friends. I am lucky. Thank-you Pat for putting up with late dinners and all the rest.

jon walker -- SPX Recold

August 11, 2020, 2:49 am

Mike, very sorry for the early loss of your father — I am sure he was a great dad, husband, grandfather and you will all miss him. It’s always been a pleasure to work with your family.

Valerie Taylor

August 11, 2020, 2:30 pm

Member of Warren G. Harding class Doug was a great guy. We all will
Miss him. Val Taylo

Beverly Fittipaldo

August 17, 2020, 9:11 pm

To Patricia Hassell, wife of Doug, & family,

I went to high school with Doug and thought he was a great guy. I can’t remember if I saw him at an early class reunion or not.

It sounds like he had a good life and you were a special part of it. I know losing the love of your life is difficult.
I lost my first husband 32 years ago And Tom over a year ago after 22 years. I send my prayers for your strength at this difficult time.
With deepest sympathy,
Beverly Fittipaldo

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