Dana M. Surrette

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Gloucester, MA - Dana M. Surrette, 69, husband of Maureen A. (Begley) Surrette passed away at his home with his family at his side on the evening of June 14, 2019. Dana was born in Gloucester, Mass., on February 26, 1950, the son of Rose (Viator) Surrette and the late Herm Surrette. He grew up in Gloucester and graduated from Gloucester High School with the class of 1969. Throughout high school he worked for the North Shore Theater in downtown Gloucester. Because of his love of music and talking he received his certificate in broadcasting from the Boston Broadcasting School Career Academy. He worked alongside Simon Geller, "The Voice of Cape Ann" at Gloucester radio station WVCA 104.9 on Main St. For 20 years he worked at Parker Brothers in Salem, Mass., in the shipping and handling department. Dana was a fixture in the city of Gloucester, working at the Texaco gas station and most recently at Flannagan's. Everyone seemed to know Dana. He would get his guitar out and sing at family functions, including his own wedding, singing "We've Only Just Begun" by the Carpenters. He loved karaoke and would belt out tunes around town and especially at the Elks. He relished his walks on the boulevard with his wife and camping with his family and singing songs around the campfire. He even came in second place on the Community Auditions program on channel 4, losing out to a young blind girl who he said had a beautiful voice and he was so very excited that she won. That was Dana, always rooting and cheering on for someone else. His love and compassion towards his family and friends was worn on his sleeve and this showed him as being a wonderful son, husband, father and grandfather. Dana, you will be missed!
He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Maureen; his daughter Colleen Cammett and her significant other Jamie Jaksland; his mother Rose; three grandchildren, Kyanne, Kyle and Keith Cammett; one great-grandson Joa Verga; all of Gloucester; sisters-in-law and their families in Western Mass.; many cousins, including a special cousin, Jo-ann McCollum of Maine, as well as a multitude of dear friends from Flannagan's and all about town.

In keeping with Dana's wishes, there are no visiting hours. A memorial Mass will be held in Our Lady of Good Voyage Church, Prospect St., on Thursday, June 20, 2019, at 9:30 a.m. Family and friends are cordially invited. His burial is private. The family invites everyone to the Gloucester Fraternity Club on Webster Street to continue a celebration of Dana's life immediately following Mass. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to: Cape Ann Animal Aid, 4 Paws Lane, Gloucester, MA 01930 or American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701. Arrangements are by the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington St., Gloucester. Online condolences may be given at www.greelyfuneralhome.com.
Published on June 18, 2019
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Carol Clark
Jun 22, 2019
My prayers are with your family i only knew Dana from both gas stations always a big smile on his face. Such a kind man. So proud to talk of the grand kids. He is and will by missed. Another guardian Angel to watch over your family. So sorry just too young. With sincere sadness. Carol
Cindy Grandmont
Jun 19, 2019
Dear Maureen an d family, I am so very sorry for your loss!! I loved hearing him sing at the Elks!! My prayers are with you all during this time!! Hopefully we will see you back at the Elks one night!!
JoAnn McCollum-Hubbard
Jun 19, 2019
Life here is but a stepping stone to marvelous things to come. Till we all meet up again, know that I love you and miss you so much already.
Jane Barry
Jun 18, 2019
I have missed Dana at Flanagan's. He was always a cheery face, no matter the weather. It's the simple things in life we need to cherish...a nice guy. My condolences to his family.