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Douglas Draz Doug Draz was born on November 12, 1950 in Worcester, Mass., to Zell and Courtney Draz. He is the first born of three boys, followed by Christian and Griswold. He is survived by his father, and his brothers Christian and Griswold and wife Heather and their two children. Doug has lived and shared his life with many people in his 61 years. At an early age Doug was diagnosed with autism. From his fourth to his eighth year he lived with a care giver, then went to a care facility, Devereaux, in Pennsylvania. When Doug was 36 he came to Berkshire Village with his Mom to see if this would be a better place to live and be cared for. He found his new home with John and Christina Root and their four children and extended family within the Cadmus Lifesharing Community. He was a very integral part of their lives and his world was expanded by living in this active household with them and other special need individuals. Although Doug liked to keep to himself and, if he had his way he would never leave his room, he actively participated in the first CSA at Indian Line Farm, in Cadmus and Cascades Recycling, and in many community events and CATA (Community Access to the Arts). He was a mainstay of the Cadmus Lifesharing Association. As part of his extended family he travelled, extensively: a 2 week holiday on a canal boat in England, to California, Florida, Canada, the MidWest, the eastern seaboard, etc. in a bus converted to a motorhome (Motorhome Journeys). He was an Angel in the anual Cadmus Christmas play and performed beautifully the day before his passing. Doug was a man of few words but much thought, although it was usually difficult to tell what he was thinking. He was John Root Jr's constant companion, you may have seen them together on a shopping trip in Great Barrington. He will be missed by many for his outgoing smile and loving blue eyes, his eager outstretched hand, or even the offer of his cheek for a kiss. FUNERAL NOTICE: The funeral is on Wednesday, December 21, at 3 p.m. at the Pittsfield Cemetery & Crematory, 203 Wahconah Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201

Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Dec. 21, 2011
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