Brian R. Dugas
Brian R. Dugas, 58, of Anywhere, USA passed away on Sunday, February 11th at Cornerstone Hospice, at Orlando Regional Medical Center surrounded by family, a few close friends and lots of love and laughter. Approximately 13 months prior to his death Brian had been diagnosed with Stage 4 Esophageal Cancer. A disease for which he had none of the risk factors. He was fighting and winning this battle every single day and his optimism and unwavering spirit never ceased to amaze us. One week after his final CT scan, which showed his tumor had greatly shrunk, on Jan. 17th, Brian was dealt another major blow and was involved in a tragic accident. The extent of his injuries combined with the toll the cancer battle had taken on him were just too much, even for Brian.
Brian was born on September 13, 1959 in Nashua, NH where he lived until moving to Florida in 1982. He was a 1973 graduate of St. Christopher’s School and an 1977 graduate of Nashua High School. Brian took college courses at several different universities over many years and believed you should never stop learning.
Brian had many careers, hobbies, and interests but his true loves were traveling and helping others. His philosophies were simple but genuine; Be kind and always leave a place better off than you found it. He lived those words every day and was looking forward to getting back on the road and doing just that. His resume is long and impressive, he was a Cabinet Maker, Yacht Builder, Realtor/Broker, Property Manager, Entrepreneur, Renewable Energy Consultant and a Permaculture Farming and Design expert. Brian enjoyed working out, riding his mountain bike, listening to Tool and living green. He had a true Hippie Soul and loved the Earth. He did not care about possessions, he loved people, the planet and a good craft beer. He was happiest when he was on the road and his best friend was the one he hadn’t met yet. No one loved life more than he did.
Brian was predeceased by his parents, Edmund C. Dugas and Alexandra D. Dugas and a brother David A. Dugas. He is survived by his sister and her husband, Denise and Charles Antonopoulos of Merrimack, NH, his brother and his fiance Mike Dugas and Meg Candiotto of Nashua, NH and his sister and her husband Sandra and Ronald Gauvin of Nashua, NH as well as several nieces, nephews, cousins and too many wonderful friends to mention.
A celebration of Brian’s life will be held on Saturday, June 9th, at the American Legion in Merrimack, NH from 3-7. Family and friends are invited to attend. In lieu of flowers donations in Brian’s name can be made to either Sunseed Food Co-op, 6615 N. Atlantic Ave, Cape Canaveral, FL 32920, where Brian was a volunteer, or Cornerstone Hospice Care Center at Orlando Health, 52 W. Underwood St., Orlando, FL 32806.