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Lionel "Duke" Doucette

1929 - 2013 PITTSFIELD Lionel "Duke" Joseph Doucette, 84, of 67 Wood Avenue, a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather, a great friend, and an active and vital member of the Pittsfield community, died Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, at Berkshire Medical Center. Born in Keegan, Maine, on Aug. 4, 1929, the son of Joseph and Annie Cyr Doucette, he was a 1947 graduate of Van Buren (Maine) High School. He served with the United States Army as a sergeant in Combat Intelligence with the 351st Infantry stationed in Trieste, Italy, from 1951 to 1953. Lionel was employed by General Electric Company where he was a supervisory foreman in the Glass Cutting Shop and Bushings. He also worked in the glass development lab where he and his team did groundbreaking work, resulting in numerous glass manufacturing patents. Lionel was an expert in the design, development, and production of all things glass and ceramics. He retired in 1990 after 37 years. Mr. Doucette was a faithful member of Sacred Heart Church for many years. Together with his wife, Rosemary, he greeted attendees and served as an usher. Lionel was actively involved in the Pittsfield Babe Ruth Baseball League for over 40 years, serving as a coach, commissioner, League President, and on the Board of Directors. He was instrumental in helping establish the 13-year-old League which is now active throughout The Berkshires. For over 20 years, he coached the Sacred Heart Basketball Team at the Catholic Youth Center to many championship seasons. He loved working with kids and volunteered countless hours of his time with these youth organizations. Lionel was a member of the Italian-American Club where he enjoyed playing bocce. He loved bowling and played on a league for many years. He was also a member of the American Legion Post 68. Mr. Doucette leaves his wife, the former Rosemary I. Principe, whom he married July 26, 1958, in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church. He is also survived by three sons, Michael J. Doucette, and his wife, Karen, of Ashville, N.C., Edward M. Doucette and his wife, Betty K., of Hudson, Mass., and Joseph L. Doucette and his wife, Crystal King of Belmont, Mass.; a brother, Joseph Doucette and his wife, Anne, of Pittsfield; a sister, Cecile Demise, of Pittsfield, and four grandchildren, Clement Doucette, Caitlin Doucette, Lorna Doucette, and Michael Doucette, Jr. He was pre-deceased by two brothers, Arthur and Yvon Doucette, and by two sisters, Rita English and Nanette Twing. "Duke" will always be remembered for his fun-loving personality, his devotion to family, his kindness, selflessness and interest in others, and, of course, his stories of the many adventures he had throughout his full and rich life. FUNERAL NOTICE: Funeral services for Lionel "Duke" Doucette will be held Saturday, Dec. 21, with a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 9 a.m at Sacred Heart Church, celebrated by the Rev. James K. Joyce, pastor. Burial will follow in St. Joseph's Cemetery. Calling hours will be today, Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. at DERY FUNERAL HOME. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Babe Ruth League of Pittsfield in care of DERY FUNERAL HOME, 54 Bradford Street, Pittsfield. Lionel's family and friends are invited to attend a luncheon-reception on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Zucchini's Restaurant, 1331 North Street.



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Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Dec. 20, 2013
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