Douglas M. Gustin


Douglas a 1975 graduate of Canastota High School studied at SUNY Morrisville and received an AAS degree in Applied Science in 1977.  He entered the work force first working with Chicago Markets then moving on to the Bruno Novelty Company where he worked for the next five years.  Douglas then took a position with the United States Postal Service where he has been employed for 34 and a half years.  He served as a Union Steward from 2007 to present and received the U.S. Postal Service Million Mile Award in 2015.

Douglas (Doug) is a thirty- year member of the Knights of Columbus, has been a member of the Canastota Civic Club for fifteen years and served on the Village of Canastota Planning Board for three years.  He became a member of the Canastota Alumni Association in 1999, serving on the Board of Directors and is currently Vice-President.

Extremely involved in community affairs, Doug served with the Hook and Ladder Company of the Canastota Fire Department from 1977 to 1992 and held the office of Treasurer.  He was a member of the Fire Council and a member of the Old-Time Firemen’s Club.  His volunteer work also includes working on the Boxing Hall of Fame weekend and has volunteered and co-chaired the Postal induction for thirty years.

Doug also uses his energy in working with the school community.  He has twice served on the Canastota Central School’s Board of Education for a total of twenty years (1999-2019).  While on the board, he served twice as Vice-President and President in 2004-2005.  As a board member he participated on the Policy, Facilities and Safety Audit Committees.

Continuing his interest on the school community, Doug represented CCS on the Madison Oneida BOCES Board of Education serving two separate terms as President and two terms as Vice-President as well as attending the NYS School Board Convention as a delegate for a total of ten times.  Oher participation included Chairperson for the Audit & Facilities Committee, acting as a liaison to the Safety Committee and serving as a member of the Executive and Legislative Committee.  He was also the Central New York representative for the Federal Relations network.

Doug, is an avid bowler and won the NYS Doubles Championship in 2007.  His participation in ABC National Tournaments resulted in fifteen years of travel to numerous cities.  He also served on the Syracuse Bowling Association Board of Directors from 1992-2009.  He served as Vice-President from 1997-1999 and President in 1999-2000.  Along with bowling, golf is a favorite pastime of Doug’s and he had the pleasure of getting a hole-in-one.

Doug  enjoys spending time with his family which includes his mother Joyce, sister Debbie and husband Art Ford, his wife Christine, daughters Kassandra (Class of 2009), Stephanie (Class of 2011), Rebecca (Class of 2013) and Jessica (Class of 2018) and Jenna, who will join the rest of the Gustin family as a 2023 graduate of CCS.  The family also include two granddaughters Aaliyah and Athena.

Doug knows that if his late father Lee, also a CCS alumnus were here, he would be looking upon his family with his own sense of pride.