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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Douglas A. Cecil

Mr. Douglas A. Cecil, 59, of Brookline, NH died November 26, 2011 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Nashua, NH surrounded by his family following a courageous battle with cancer. Doug was born on September 15, 1952 in Brockton, MA, to Beryl (Beck) and Glenn Cecil and lovingly raised by Allison (Grant) Cecil. He was a sergeant in the U.S. Army and proudly served as a Combat Engineer during the Viet Nam War.

Although Doug grew up in Reading having adventures with neighborhood friends, as an adult he settled in NH and considered Brookline home. An enthusiastic supporter of the town over the years, he held several elected positions, engaged in politics, drove the school bus, and taught numbers as Zero the Hero at the elementary school, all the while boasting about what a wonderful place it was to live.

Covering over a million professional miles in his lifetime, if it had wheels, Doug could drive it – from eighteen-wheelers to his ride-on mower. A builder in all aspects of the word, there was nothing he could not do with his own two hands. Doug didn’t like labels, but if you had to pick some to describe him, they would be: Honored Veteran, Captain Gyro, Harley man, Patriots fan, Jack of all Trades, great Friend, and most importantly, Father and Grandfather, Brother and Uncle. Doug was always a better teacher than a student. One of his great passions was teaching his children, grandchildren, their friends, and even strangers about life or any topic mentioned. Above all, Doug loved his family, community, and country (and motorcycles).

He is survived by many family and friends including his children Aubree Cecil (and husband Willem), Jamie Gow, Charles Gow (and wife Brooke), grandchildren James and Emma Gow, Rugby, siblings Kendall Fuccillo, Kenneth Cecil, Jo-Ann Higgins, Glenda Kirkland, and nieces, Rebecca Libitz and Renie Kirkland. All loved him dearly and respected the man he was.

Doug’s Memorial Service will be held at the American Legion, 38 Main St., in Brookline, NH on Saturday, December 3, 2011 at 10:00 A.M. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can be made to the Fisher House Foundation (www.fisherhouse.org). The Cremation Society of New Hampshire is in charge of arrangements.