Doug Brado passed away peacefully at home after battling Alzheimer’s disease. He was 75.
Doug was born on Aug. 14, 1943 to Bill and Lois Brado, and was raised in West Seattle.
He met his wife of 43 years, Mae, on a blind date when she traveled from Scotland to Seattle as an exchange teacher. They married in Seattle and held their wedding reception on the “Good Time” boat. After briefly living on a floating home in Portage Bay, Doug and Mae made their home on Mercer Island for the past 39 years.
Doug and his business partner, Ward Wren, operated a family company for many years called Rowan Northwestern Decorators, which was started by Al Rowan and Bill Brado. The company created and built infamous displays for thousands of events, tradeshows and conventions in the Pacific Northwest.
When the Seattle SuperSonics won the 1979 Championship, Doug packed a Rowan truck and headed to Sea-Tac to roll out a red carpet on the tarmac!
He was an avid Seahawks fan, and an original season ticket holder. Doug and Mae even attended Super Bowl XL in 2005. Doug loved boating, and many family trips to the San Juan Islands. He also enjoyed traveling to Scotland for vacations and family weddings – but was never allowed to wear a kilt! In the Highlands, when he couldn’t understand the brogue, he always responded with a silly smile.
Scottish Terriers are an important part of the Brado Clan, and Doug loved each one of the boys – Angus, Brodie and Hamish.
Doug is preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife Mae; his daughters Laura Brado and Jennie Melton (Jason, Amelia and Clara); and his sister Dreana Berggren and family.
No services. A Celebration of Life will be held at Caruccio’s, 2441 76th Ave SE Ste 100, Mercer Island, between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. on February 23rd.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to your favorite charity, Providence Hospice or the Alzheimer’s Association.