• Douglas Rainbow



    October 17, 2021

    Douglas Rainbow, 78, of Lakeport Rd, Chittenango, passed away Sunday, October 17, 2021, following a series of health complications. Born in Syracuse, NY on April 22, 1943, he was the son of William R. and Lois E. Rainbow. He was a graduate of North Syracuse High in 1961. He worked in various capacities before becoming a proud member of the police force for 32 years. During that time, he served as a police officer for the Canastota Police Department and the Madison County Sherriff’s Department before transferring to the Chittenango Police department, where he served as a police officer, Chief of Police, and as an investigator. His passion was history, and he was an avid collector of historical memorabilia. This was most evident with the co-founding of the Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum. He was one of the original “Dreamers” who uncovered and began preserving the history of the Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum starting in 1985. Surviving are his three children and their spouses, Theresa, Laura (Stephen), and Douglas (Kathleen) and their mother Diana. He was a very proud grandfather to his nine grandchildren Ashley, Rachel, Kaitlin (Jorge), Erica, Sarah, Julia, Ella, Jack and Myah, and six great grandchildren Alexis, Xander, Maximilian, Ezequiel, Amorina and Luciana. Also surviving are his two brothers and sister-in-law, Rodney and Thomas (Piper), along with several nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, and his lifelong friend Leonard. He loved his family and always looked forward to spending time with family and friends; one of his favorite events was the annual cousins’ reunion. Funeral services will be held 10:00AM Monday at St. Patrick’s Church where the Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Reverend Kevin Corcoran. Burial will follow in Oakwood Cemetery, Chittenango. Family and friends may call at the G F Zimmer Funeral Home, 702 Legion Drive, Chittenango on Sunday, October 24, from 2-4PM. To leave a message of condolence, please visit www.gfzimmerfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum in honor of their founder Douglas Rainbow for a monument in dedication of his grateful service.

                                                                  G.F. ZIMMER F.H.

                                                    CHITTENANGO 315-345-2601

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    When I first met Rainbow, I was told he was a little rough around the edges, But the moment we met it was like we had known each other for years. Rainbow was a very sweet and caring man and I so enjoyed our visits. We both had a love for John Wayne and other military collectible items. I know we lived miles apart and didn't get to visit him as much as I would have liked. I will truly miss you and I will think about you often. Heaven just received a precious soul. Donna