Douglas Knight (Eta Phi) 1972-2019


Douglas Knight, “DK”, 46, was a chief connector, social entrepreneur, disrupter and a faithful believer in everyone that he met. He resigned his position as York City’s cheerleader on January 4, 2019.

After a wrong turn on the Ben Franklin Bridge, Doug was born in Mt. Holly, NJ on September 13, 1972, the son of the late Martin Joseph Knight and Judith Helen Sasala. He spent his entire career working in the non-profit sector in Portsmouth, NH, Washington, D.C., and York, PA. He affected positive change everywhere he went and helped more organizations and individuals than we could possibly name here.

He was a 1990 graduate of Portsmouth High School in Portsmouth, NH (go Clippers!) and a 1994 graduate of Syracuse University. He marched trumpet line with the Clippers and Syracuse Marching Band and became a Kappa Kappa Psi fraternity brother. Doug served as Kappa Kappa Psi’s 2nd National Chapter Field Representative from 1994-1995.  He was a member of the York Elks Lodge #213 and its secret society, the Slumbering Groundhog Lodge. Doug was a member of St. Matthew’s Cathedral in Washington, D.C. He was an unapologetic New England fan, loved everything about music (he was frighteningly good at “name that tune”), was the 2018 Pumpkin Bowling Champ and was in training for this year’s Candy Land tournament. He wanted to be remembered as “the inventor of Drum n’ Bass music, plus the pan flute”.

In addition to Korey, Doug leaves his two cats, Lord Izaak Duke of Earl Grey and Lady Day Izzy Grey; his mother, Judy and her partner, Everett Nichols of Lewes, DE; a brother, Greg Knight of Aston, PA; a sister, J. Logan Leonhardt and her husband Brett of Reston, VA; brother and sister-in-law, Mitchell and Sarah Warner, and niece, Avery; father and mother-in law, Eric and Tollye Warner; and his beloved aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, his grandparents, John and Eleanor Sasala and Martin and Lucille Knight, as well as his uncle, Wayne Sasala.

A memorial mass will be held on Friday, January 11, 2019 at 12 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 251 E. Main Street in Dallastown, with a visitation from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. The Reverend Mark E. Weiss will be officiating the service. Life Tributes by Olewiler & Heffner Funeral Chapel & Crematory, Inc, 35 Gotham Place in Red Lion is assisting the family with the arrangements.

A public celebration of a kick-ass life will be held Saturday evening, January 12 at York Elks Lodge #213, 223 N. George St. in York. Details to follow.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a gift to a non-profit whose values speak to you. Send condolences at HeffnerCare.com

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