Douglas E. Bryant ’66
Eliot- Douglas Elliott Bryant, 72 passed away October 27, 2015 at the Monarch Center in Saco, Maine after struggling many years with Parkinson’s Disease and its complications.
Doug was born August 6, 1943 in Portsmouth New Hampshire to the late Herbert J. and Helen E. Bryant. He grew up in Kittery and graduated from R.W. Traip Academy in 1962 where he was a three sport athlete. He then continued his education and graduated from the Maine Maritime Academy in 1966.
Doug was an engineer in the Merchant Marines for thirty years working on freighters and tankers . He travelled all over the world. His love for being on the water continued even when he was at home. Starting while he was in high school and for the next forty five years, most summers you would find him hauling lobster traps. It was a hobby which was hard work but he truly loved.
In 1968 Doug married Judith McArdle. With the help of his father and brothers, he built a home in Eliot, where they lived and brought up their family. Doug was a lifetime member of Masonic Naval Lodge #184 in Kittery, Kora Shriners in Lewiston, and the Valley of Nashua Scottish Rite.
Doug enjoyed spending time with his family, growing vegetables in his garden, watching all sports, and riding around the yard on his John Deer Tractor. He also enjoyed time at the family camp on Moosehead Lake.
Doug is survived by his wife Judith, son Stephen E. Bryant and his partner Mark Podlaseck, daughter Katie R. and wife Emily Bryant, granddaughter Rebecca Rose Bryant and a new grandchild due in April 2016. He is also survived by two brothers John and his wife Carla Bryant, and Paul and his wife Carol Bryant, many nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews, as well as his two long time friends Lee Shea and Tom Littlefield.
Friends are invited to visit with Doug’s family on Saturday from 10-11am in the JS Pelkey Funeral Home 125 Old Post Road Kittery, Maine 03904, Where a funeral will be held at 11am with the Rev. Dr. Elizabeth Hoffman officiating. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.jspelkeyfuneralhome.com . In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Monarch Center Activity Fund 392 Main Street Saco, Maine 04072. Care for the Bryant family has been entrusted to the JS Pelkey Funeral Home.