Douglas R. Spicer
August 23, 1942 – July 5, 2019
Douglas R. Spicer, 76, passed away July 5, 2019 from dementia.
He was the loving husband of Sheila M. (Tynan) Spicer. They had recently celebrated their 41st wedding anniversary.
Born in Boston, MA, he was the son of the late Albert William Spicer Sr. and Mary Fredericka (Rieger) Spicer.
He proudly enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1959. He served in the Vietnam War and was on active duty until 1963. He continued in the USMC Reserves until 1977 and attained the rank of Sergeant. Doug earned his Associates Degree in Computer Science from Blue Hills Technical School and a Bachelor’s of Science from Boston State College (UMASS Boston) in mathematics.
He had worked at Polaroid, Instrumentation Labs, Bose Company, MCI Norfolk as a teacher, and VA Vocational Rehab. He also taught math at South Boston Heights Academy and was a substitute teacher for woodshop and math at Walpole High School.
Doug was a self-taught craftsman and loved working on his model trains and landscapes. His work with wood, stained glass and many other mediums produced remarkable results. He was the happiest when he was covered in saw dust. In every home he lived in he left his creative mark.
After retiring to Cape Coral, Fl., Doug loved fishing, camping, and being on his boat with his family and friends. He loved traveling all over the United States and abroad. He was dedicated to his volunteer work with the Marine Corps League, German American Club, U.S. Power Squadron, and American Legion.
Besides his wife he leaves his beloved son Douglas R. Spicer II, of Sagamore Beach, MA, a daughter Malia Blaikie and her husband Anthony of Sagamore Beach, MA, brothers Albert William Spicer Jr. (deceased), his wife Nancy of Florida, Herrick Hollister Spicer and his wife Joan of Dedham, MA, and Ronald Frederick Spicer and his wife Sally of Walpole, MA. He was the proud grandfather of Cheyenne Lamperti of Hyannis, MA. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Doug also leaves behind his life-long friend and partner in hijinks, Phillip Brandolo of Medfield, MA.
Family and friends are invited to share their memories of Doug at Nickerson-Bourne Funeral Home, 40 MacArthur Blvd., Bourne, MA during visiting hours on Wednesday, July 17th from 4-6pm with a memorial service taking place at 6pm. His burial will be Thursday, July 18th, at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne at 12:30pm.
Donations can be made in Doug’s name to Toys for Tots https://cape-cod-ma.toysfortots.org .
- Visiting Hours Wednesday, July 17, 2019
- Memorial Service Wednesday, July 17, 2019
- Burial Thursday, July 18, 2019
Douglas R. Spicer
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July 15, 2019
Condolences to the Spicer family. Mr S. was a great guy and will be sorely missed. I will always remember the great times and talks about life in the garage at 10 Regan Rd...accompanied by Oldies 103.3 in the background and a few cold Coors Lights of course. Some things that come to mind (and always will) when I think of Mr S...USMC, history, small plums, the stone wall, the gazebo, tinkering, Marvel Mystery Oil, gardening, the best Bloody Mary mix in the world, striper fishing, ships, "Keep it DOWNRANGE", the van, my first ever cup of coffee, the beach cart, math, and many many many more. One of the more recent and best memories I have of Mr S. is from a visit to Florida while the Spicer's were still living there. Mr S. was taking myself, Andy, and DRSII on a boat tour through the Gulf near Pine Island. We were cruising along just checking out the scenery when all of a sudden Mr S. kicked the Larson up a few notches, cranked up the radio, and we were just bouncing over the waves. "Cecilia" by Simon and Garfunkel was blasting on the radio and Mr S. looked so happy in that moment, we all were happy in that moment. I think of that exact moment every time I happen to hear that song. RIP Pa Dukes. Semper Fi, You will be missed.
July 14, 2019
Rest In Peace Doug! You lived a full life full of family, fun and love.
July 10, 2019
Dear Aunt Sheila, Cousin Malia, Doug Jr. & family,
I am saddened to hear the news of your beloved husband & father. Our prayers are with all of you and with Uncle Doug. I know Uncle Doug, that you are at peace with Nana & Pappy, and brother Al. This world will miss the loving family man, brilliant mathematician, master craftsman, and proud Marine. Thanks for serving our country! I will always remember our happy family traditions/times together. I thought of you Uncle Doug recently in Hawaii on our family vacation this July prior to hearing the news. I saw two beautiful Hawaiian mynah birds just like the ones you gave me as a gift when I was a kid. I sensed your spirit! Love and thoughts, nephew Ricky, Holly & family
July 6, 2019
Sheila, Doug, Malia, and family:
It was a great honor and privilege to know Doug. What a special man and true American hero. He always had a big smile for me and had a way of making me laugh!! I loved talking with him about his many projects and hobbies and his time in the Marine Corps which he was so proud of. I always told him, “ your my favorite Marine!” I was always sure to thank him for his service and not let him forget how very proud we all are of his service to our country. My thoughts are with you guys, he loved his family so much. Love never dies. I will miss him immensely. I always said and will say again, “ Doug your one heck of a guy, my favorite Marine!”🇺🇸💕