James P. Doucette

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James P. Doucette

BOSTON, Mass. — James Peter Doucette, 58, of Van Buren, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, March 25, at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, Mass.

He was born in Van Buren on April 17, 1951, the son of Fortunat “Pete” and Carmen (Marquis) Doucette. Jim graduated from Van Buren High School in 1969 and graduated with an engineering degree from the University of Maine at Orono in 1971.

He was a former member of the Lions Club and an active member of the Knights of Columbus Council 1635 and the Fourth Degree Assembly.

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Jim was a loving husband and best friend to Phyllis, his wife of 35 years. He was a dedicated provider and caring father to his two sons of whom he was very proud. Jim was also very grateful for being a Pepere to his two precious grandsons.

For 39 years, Jim worked for the Maine Department of Transportation on road projects as a technical engineer and as a bridge manager for the past 10 years. Always taking pride in his work, Jim gave 100% and was always fair to everyone. He was planning to retire in the summer of 2010. Jim was a great friend, always honest and trustworthy. He valued spending time with his two brothers, fishing, hunting and talking around the fire at Long Lake. Jim was an avid curler and enjoyed snowshoeing, hiking, playing cards, backgammon and especially kayaking. He enjoyed vacationing in Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park, but his small piece of “heaven on earth” was the time he spent at his camp on Van Buren Cove.

He is survived by his mother, Carmen (Marquis) Doucette of Van Buren; his beloved wife, Phyllis (Bell) Doucette of Van Buren; two sons, Philip Doucette and his wife, Stephanie, of Auburn, and Thomas Doucette of South Portland; two brothers, Bob and Bill Doucette of Van Buren; and two grandsons, Owen and Lucas Doucette of Auburn.

Jim was predeceased by his father, Fortunat “Peter” Doucette, in 2008; and an infant brother in 1949.

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