Bothell, Wash. - Alex Doucette, 84, of Bothell, Wash., formerly of Waterford, passed away peacefully on Feb. 26, 2013, with his wife by his side.
He was born to Lena Mae and Alex Doucette in Bellingham, Wash., on Aug. 21, 1928. Mr. Doucette joined the U.S. Navy
at the tail end of Wor1d War II, serving for 24 years on active duty, including tours in Korea and Vietnam. He retired at the rank of E-8 Senior Chief.
He married his first wife, Sophie (Barszcz) Doucette, on June 25, 1948.
Mr. Doucette was a communicate of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Quaker Hill, a member of the Holland Club, and an elder of the Cowlitz Native Tribe in Longview, Wash. He retired from the Naval Underwater Systems Center after 25 years.
Alex moved back to Washington in 2005, and married Mary Tarabochia on Nov. 18, 2011.
He spent much of his time gardening, reading, and playing with his dog, Barney, and cat, Sophie.
Alex was predeceased by his wife, Sophie K. Doucette, and his younger brother, Thomas Doucette.
He is survived by three sisters, Joanne Schartow of Phoenix, Ariz., Maryann Hayworth of Bothell, and Louise Weatherill of Kirkland, Wash.; his four children, Ronald Doucette and his wife, Sharon, of Boston, Alex Doucette and his wife, Carla of Waterford, Susan B. Mariano and her husband, Michael, of Waterford, and Dennis Doucette and his wife, Kristine, of Ewa Beach, Hawaii. He leaves behind six grandchildren, Stephanie, Melanie, Crissy, Kevin, David, and Danielle; and four great-grandchildren, Wilson, Maxwell, Charlie Anna Maria, and Zoey.
Alex will be remembered for his non-stop energy, love of learning and teaching, his technical vocabulary, and focus on "togetherness of the family".
A private graveside service will be held. See you down the pike, Dad.
Impellitteri-Malia Funeral Home, 84 Montauk Ave., New London is assisting the family with local arrangements.