Douglas R. Holdridge

DOUGLAS ROBERT HOLDRIDGE - 1970   

Douglas Holdridge graduated from Canastota Central Schools in 1970. School activities consisted of baseball, football and bowling. He was a member of the Varsity C Club, Science Club and Yearbook staff.  Graduating in 1972 from SUNY Morrisville, he obtained an AAS degree in Natural Resources Conservation.  Douglas completed an additional twenty-plus hours of computer training at Bryan and Stratton in 1980. 

 In 2010, after twenty-eight years of service, Douglas (Doug) retired from ADP, the largest payroll and human resource company in the world.  While an employee, he was named five times as Employee of the Quarter and received numerous certification awards for his training skills. He was part of a volunteer staff that worked at the Syracuse Rescue Mission for several years.

Belonging to numerous service organizations, Doug was a member of the Lincoln Volunteer Fire Department for over fifty years where he served as Third Assistant Chief and held other leadership positions. He held membership in the Madison County Fireman’s Association and the Madison County Fire Police Association.   While under his Presidency in the latter organization, he orchestrated the formation of the Madison County Fire Police Task Force in connection with the Dept. of Fire Control.  Doug was also a member of the (FASNY) Fireman’s Assoc. of the State of New York. 

Following his 4-H membership and his role as a Junior Leader in the Lincoln Boys, he assisted leader Dewitt Smith with club interaction and field trips.  He was, and is, an instructor for tree identification for various groups.  A volunteer evaluator for Madison County 4-H Demonstration Day, Doug has also been a judge at the Madison County Fair. In addition to the above, Doug has been an active Board Member of the Clockville Cemetery Association since 1996.

Doug has been a member of the Board of Directors for the Madison County Soil and Water District and is actively serving as chairman.  He was instrumental in instituting The Conservation Farmer of the Year Award in Madison County which continues to exist to this day.  Involved with the Peterboro Conservation Club for many years, he wrote four successful grants to help operate and renovate club property, and is presently serving as Chairman of the Board of Directors.

As Town of Lincoln Justice, Doug was a member of the Madison County and NYS Magistrates Association.  Doug takes great pleasure in performing weddings which have numbered over a hundred.

Elected as Town of Lincoln Supervisor, Doug succeeded in obtaining a new highway building and managing funds for future projects.  His representation on the Madison County level succeeded in laying the groundwork for actual procedures and for the purchase of needed communication equipment.  While on this County Board of Supervisors, Doug was also appointed Chief Administrator of the Madison County Solid Waste Hearing Board.  Upon filling the vacancy as Town Councilman, Doug provided much background information for erecting a new town hall. 

With the loss of his son, as a senior in January of 1996, Doug endeavored to fulfill Nate’s dream of returning to his alma mater to give back what he had received from Canastota Central Schools. Doug founded the Canastota Running Club and with the assistance of several local individuals, succeeded in holding the First Annual Nate the Great Race (later known as The Nate Race) which was held in conjunction with the International Boxing Hall of Fame weekend.  Dedicated Canastota volunteers assisted Doug in providing funds for CCS student scholarships and for supporting camp registration fees to St. Lawrence College, where Nate had been accepted and planned to attend and participate in cross country and track. The 24th race was held in June of 2019.  With community support, Doug was able to make Nate’s dream come true, and an all-weather, state -of-the-art nine-lane school track was completed. Nate’s Memorial Garden was also established in which deceased CCs students and alumni, who were active in sports, may have a brick placed in their memory. 

Doug and wife Cindy live in Clockville and have three children, Melissa is an OT at Syracuse City Schools, and Douglas, a Heavy Equipment operator for Madison County. A third child, son Nate is deceased.