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Doug would like to let you know that his work here is done. His spirit was released from his worn-out shell of a body and is now exploring a new ocean. He could not wait any longer. We all know he was not a man to sit still. He was surrounded by his wife and son when he left, it was a quiet release and of course, he did not want to cause us grief.
Douglas L. Emery died on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at Anna Jaques Hospital of complications from esophageal cancer. He received a call, the kind of offer you can't refuse, for a job from which he will not be returning. This opportunity comes with a reunion with family and friends he has not seen in a long time.
Sixty-two years ago, Doug was born in Ipswich, son of the late Carl and Florence (Scottin) Emery. He was raised in Ipswich where he played high-school football, drove too fast and perfected his signature mustache. He went on to attend Laconia Technical College where he received his degree and learned a thing or two about engines. He went on to open his first marina so that he could stay close to the sea. He chose his path because he loved nothing more than the ocean. Perhaps the ocean chose this path for him. A captain was needed and he answered the call.
In addition to his wife, Romie LeBlanc-Emery and his son, Ryan D. Emery of Ipswich, he is survived by a daughter, Jennifer S. Mederos and her husband, Rudy of Seattle; two grand-children Maximus and Leonidas Mederos; step-daughters, Jenee LeBlanc, Aimee Klee and her husband, Andy; step-granddaughter, Lillian Klee and a community of friends and family whose lives were made better having learned a thing or two from him. Everyone who remembers him is asked to celebrate his life in their own way. Here are some of the ways that his family will celebrate him: 1.We will stop and listen when we hear a motorcycle speed by. 2. We will always go to work... not matter what. 3. We will watch the sunset on the back side of the beach from our boats. 4. We will speed way too fast in those same boats through Fox Creek. 5. We will stop and smell the snow while racing through the woods on a snowmobile. 6. We will teach our kids to ski. 7. We will raise a glass of our favorite drink in his memory.
A celebration of Doug's life will be held Sunday 1 to 4 pm at the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich . At 3:30pm we will invite all his friends and family to share a memory, a story or an anecdote. This summer his family and friends will gather with a fleet of boats and return him to the back side of the beach.
Doug was not a flowery guy. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in his name may be made to the American Cancer Society, 25 Stuart St. Boston, MA 02116.
If Doug had a chance to tell us his parting words he would like us to remember salt water is the cure for everything. Just be sure to remember everything in moderation.
For directions or to leave a condolence please visit www.whittier-porter.com.
Published on December 7, 2017
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