Douglas H. Daniel
Washington — Douglas Harvey Daniel, 69, of Washington, passed away Saturday, May 24, 2014, at the Maine Medical Center in Portland, after a long period of declining health.
Doug was born July 18, 1944 in Ipswich, Mass., to Wyota (Peggy) Purington and Arthur Daniel. He moved to Washington with his family as a child, and graduated from Erskine Academy in 1964. He married Donna Jackson on Feb. 20, 1971, and they raised their two daughters, Denise and Debra, in Washington.
Doug spent most of his life self-employed as a farmer and welder. He enjoyed working with his hands, and had a special talent for fabrication. He was always up for a good story, and he would strike up a conversation with anyone who would listen. He liked to keep up with the news at the Burkettville Store and Come Spring Cafe. He was very proud of his grandsons, Wren and Noah.
He served as a selectman for the Town of Washington for 13 years, and had volunteered many hours of his time to the community over his lifetime. He was blessed with many good friends in his life, and his family wishes to thank all of his friends who helped him during his illness.
He was predeceased by his sister, Karen Daniel Barron in 1972; father, Arthur Daniel in 1990; stepmother, Phyllis Creamer Daniel in 1992; and stepfather, Veini (Wayne) Heikkinen in 2005.
He is survived by his mother, Wyota (Peggy) Heikkinen of Belfast; daughter, Denise Daniel and her husband Shawn LaRoche of Manchester, N.H.; daughter Debra and her husband Mike Dean of Waldoboro; grandsons, Wren and Noah Dean of Waldoboro; brother, Wesley Daniel and his wife Kathy of Washington; brother, Charles Daniel; sister, Kathy Allred of Amesbury, Mass.; sister, Melinda Heikkinen and her partner Kelly Zelenka of Seattle, Wash.; and brother-in-law, Bobby Barron of San Antonio, Texas. He is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
In keeping with Doug's wishes, there will be no formal funeral service. A private burial for the family will be held at the Shuman Cemetery in Waldoboro. A gathering to celebrate his life will be organized at a later date. If so desired, memorial donations may be made to the Washington Food Pantry, ℅ Village Church, 33 Liberty Road, Washington, ME 04574, or the charity of your choice.
Arrangements are under the direction and care of the Strong-Hancock Funeral Home, 612 Main St., Damariscotta, ME. Condolences, and messages for the family, may be expressed by visiting: StrongHancock.com.