More detail on this person: DOUGLAS W. DELP 63, a long-time print and Internet reporter, columnist and editor, passed away unexpectedly September 23 at Jupiter Medical Center following emergency surgery. He leaves behind his best friend and beloved "bride," Elaine, in addition to scores of close friends and admiring coworkers at Bankrate.com where he was an assistant managing editor, not to mention prior coworkers and reporters he had mentored. Some of these have gone on to write for other newspapers including the New York Times. Doug was an avid tennis player and enthusiastic fan of professional tennis, football (Dolphins, win or lose), basketball and ice hockey. He loved dogs and was a vocal advocate for animal rescue centers, from which he adopted his two loyal canines, Buddy and Haley. He was kind-hearted and generous with his time, knowledge and affection for others, as well as a passionate supporter of the rights and interests of the common man. He loved good food, good wine and travel -- particularly to France, where he dreamed one day of retiring. Doug worked as a sports reporter and columnist at the Fort Lauderdale News before moving to the Miami Herald where he won a Green Eyeshade award for a series in sports. Not only a reporter, but an editor and columnist. Doug loved the fast paced newsroom. He later worked at the Detroit Free Press before returning to South Florida in 1999 as Assistant Managing Editor at Bankrate.com in North Palm Beach. A native of New York State, Doug received a bachelor's from St. Bonaventure University, earning a master's degree in journalism from Syracuse University, where he also worked as a part-time DJ. The US Army drafted him, sending him to Vietnam, where he flew night combat missions as captain of a helicopter pilot, though he was afraid of flying. Doug was shot down twice, receiving the Bronze star for valor. Doug is survived by his wife, Elena, their two dogs, Buddy and Haley, his brother Warren Delp of Kinderhook, NY and his sister Pat Ackerman of Albany, NY. There will be a viewing Sunday, September 28 at Aycock Funeral Home on Military Trail in Jupiter. Cremation will follow. For those friends who prefer to make a donation in lieu of sending flowers, the charity is the Chron's And Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) Florida Chapter, 21301 Powerline Road, Suite, 301, Boca Raton, Florida, 33433.
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