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Douglas McGregor Demarest passed peacefully in his sleep, at his home in Essex, CT on Thursday, March 27, 2014. Doug was the only child of Douglas and Louisa Demarest, born May 3, 1925 in Milton, MA. He was predeceased by Ruth Allen Cooper, his wife of 57 years. He was the loving father of Gretchen Demarest Driskell and Scott Daniel Demarest, and is also survived by his sweetheart Thea Alderman. Doug grew up in Douglaston N.Y., where he first discovered his love of sailing. He graduated from The Taft School in 1943 and began his higher education at St. Lawrence University from 1943-1944. He served his country in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific on the USS Cofer as a First Lieutenant during WWII. Doug completed his college education at Yale University and graduated with a BS in Industrial Engineering in 1948. Doug and his father were active inventors. They both had multiple patents and worked together on different manufacturing processes in their firm, Demarest Associates. Doug also worked with Foster Miller as a consulting engineer and helped Fortune 100 companies address various engineering challenges. While working in New York, he met and fell in love with Ruth Allen Cooper. They were married on May 17, 1952. They lived in San Francisco, Kansas City and ultimately moved back to Port Washington, NY, where they raised their children. Doug and Ruth moved to Essex in 1992, after stopping by on a sailing vacation. They made a wonderful, loving home at "The Hay Barn", a historic residence on Main St. Doug and the children lost Ruth in 2009 after a long battle with Alzheimer's. Doug was fortunate to have two great loves to share in his life. His friendship with Thea Alderman blossomed into a loving and devoted relationship through the very end. Doug was active in the Essex Community. As a volunteer he served on the Essex Zoning Board of Appeals (as Chairman), the Essex Conservation Commission and a member of the Essex Land Trust. He also was a driver for the FISH (Friends in Service Here), and a member of Essex Rotary Club. He was an avid and active sailboat racer, racing out of the Essex Yacht Club, and the model boat racers the Dry Pants Sailing Club. He also loved his weekly tennis matches, poker and other social activities he shared with Thea in their community. Doug was a fun loving, intellectually curious, active man and good friend to many. He will be missed terribly, but will never be far from our hearts. Eternal peace and rest father. A celebration of his life will be held at The Essex Yacht Club on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Doug's name and memory to the Essex Land Trust, P.O. Box 373, Essex, CT 06426 or Hospice & Palliative Care at Middlesex Hospital, 28 Crescent Street, Middletown CT 06457

Published in The Hartford Courant on Mar. 30, 2014
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