Frederick H. Doucette Sr. of Gloucester, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by family, following a brief illness.
Frederick, better known as Freddie or Fred, was born in Lynn to Frederick G. Doucette and Mildred (Weston) Doucette. Orphaned at age 9, he then lived with his older sisters, and later his brother. Despite having burst both ear drums at the age of twelve, Fred served admirably in the U.S. Navy from November 1945 to December 1947. Trained as a Deep Sea Diver, he served with the USS Chewink and the USS Chanticleer.
After his honorable discharge, Fred took work in Louisiana cutting sugar cane. Deciding that was enough-of-that, he returned home to Gloucester; where the “French Prince” married his “Portagee Princess” in 1953…their love carried them for the next 64 years.
We suppose Fred missed the heat and strenuous work of cutting-cane, as he soon took a job to work the next 20+ years at Cape Ann Anchor and Forge, during which he confounded his curious son by wearing four thermal shirts to work in August. Next came another 20+ years with the City of Gloucester with the Water Department.
He was known to his Masonic Brethren as Brother Frederick H. Doucette of the Tyrian Ashler Acacia Lodge of Freemasons, where he was awarded a 50-year pin in 2009 for his efforts in Masonry. Fred cherished the many friendships he made over the years, and always spoke highly of those who helped others.
Fred is survived by his wife of 64 years, Jacqueline E (Oliver) Doucette; daughter, Gailyn E. Doucette-Coons, her husband Damon, their children, Danielle Coons, Jannika Coons, and Hannah Renaud, her husband Ben and their son, Camden. He is also survived by son Frederick (Rick) H. Doucette Jr. and his step-son Andrew Widtfeldt; as well as many nieces, nephews, and in-laws. Fred was predeceased by his parents (above); his brother, Frank Doucette; sisters, Edith (Doucette) Mallon and Avis (Doucette) Brackett, and his eldest daughter Lynne Ann Doucette.
Over the years, Fred enjoyed taking his family camping and sharing his love of nature, and the art of outdoor living. He also had a fondness for wood-carving, hunting, pistol target-shooting, and square-dancing. He was also a 59-year member of the Gloucester Amvets Post 32.
Fred lived an ordinary life in an extraordinary manner. Known for his integrity, strong-will, and affable nature; Fred worked tirelessly to provide for his family, and to make sure they had the strong upbringing he was denied. Described often as, “…one of the nicest guys around”, Fred’s favorite saying was, “Don’t take life too seriously, you’ll never get out alive.” (and this was pre-Van Wilder!).
In honoring with Fred’s wishes, there will no viewing or services. Friends and family are encouraged to make a gift in memory of Fred to either the Cape Ann YMCA, attn. ”JP’s Adventure Village at Spindrift,” 71 Middle Street, Gloucester, or Gloucester Veterans Services, 12 Emerson Ave Gloucester attn: Adam Curcuru. For online condolences and register book please visit www.pikenewhall.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Pike-Newhall Funeral Home, 61 Middle St., Gloucester.
Published on  July 10, 2017