Douglas J. Barnett
Tenants Harbor — Douglas James Barnett, 62, of Tenants Harbor, father, husband, nurse and mirthful force of nature, died on Sept. 4, 2012, held in the love of his family and a large tribe of friends. Diagnosed with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia in January 2010, Doug never allowed his diagnosis to limit or define him.
Doug was born in Aberdeen, Md. on Aug. 23, 1950; the son of Herbert and Ruth (Biles) Barnett. He earned a nursing degree from Allegheny Community College in Cumberland, Md. Doug and Amy FitzGerald were married in 1977. It was a great day in 1980 when Doug and Amy moved to Tenants Harbor with their baby daughter Erin. Doug was a nurse at Pen Bay Medical Center for 32 years, a calling distinguished by his clinical skills, leadership, and relentless integrity. He advocated for family-centered care and perfected his roles as a care giver, teacher, innovator, and preceptor. Even as a patient, Doug was both teacher and entertainer to the medical staff.
Doug brought that same excellence and exuberant spirit into the community as a volunteer, friend, and Good Samaritan. He always knew when to show up with his skill and compassion, whether responding to an emergency next door, a friend’s overturned canoe, a stranger stranded on the road, or a community need. He volunteered at Blueberry Cove Camp, drove the rescue boat for the Long Cove Regatta, and helped organize the Tenants Harbor Variety Shows to lighten our hearts with fun and fellowship during mud season.
Doug was a founding board member of the Knox County Health Clinic beginning in 1999, and served as vice president. The clinic began as a grassroots community-supported effort, and Doug truly embodied that ethic. He brought to the clinic a dedication to helping and caring for those who were under served.
With his goofy sense of humor, Doug always seized an opportunity to have fun. For example, he dressed up as John Travolta and mimed “Stayin’ Alive” while leading Advanced Cardiac Life Support Training. When someone anonymously posted rules at the town landing declaring that jet skis could be used only as as anchors; that was Doug. He had a great love of the sea and some of his happiest moments were spent on his boat with his loved ones. He was a basketball legend in his own right at the Rockland Rec Center where he is remembered as “Off the Glass Doug”
At home, Doug hoarded a shed full of tools for his avocations as mechanic, carpenter, and electrician. When he ran into something he didn’t know how fix; instead of calling in an expert he became the expert, using manuals to teach himself. He was a lifelong learner, always open to new adventures, new challenges, and new friends.
In addition to the loves of his life, his wife Amy FitzGerald Barnett and daughter Erin Barnett Bagley, Doug leaves a large loving family including Erin’s husband John Bagley and his sons Thomas and Evan; his mother, Ruth Barnett; his sister Brenda Krajca-Sultan and her husband Sabbir Sultan and nieces Olivia and Alyson Krajaca and Kelsey Sultan; his sister Barbara Tridone, niece Heather Panone and her husband Chris Panone, and children Connor and Zoe; nephew Chris Schneider and his children Gabby and Madison; brother Barry Barnett, nephew Brien Barnett his wife Amanda and daughter Bailey.
Doug’s family also includes his mother-in-law Hazel Magaziner; sister-in-law Lee Logan and her husband Tracy Logan, niece Miranda Logan and her husband Chris Bellona, their son Lucas, nephew Zach Logan and his wife Naticia; brother-in-law Mark FitzGerald and his wife Robin Moyer, their children Max and Lily FitzGerald; brother-in-law Tom FitzGerald and his wife Cheryl, niece Jen FitzGerald, niece Melissa Drew and her husband Nicholas Drew and their son Emerson; sister-in-law Jill FitzGerald and her husband Kelly Furgurson, nieces Kate, Madison and Julia Furgurson; niece Lauren Furgurson Palmer and her husband Eric and children Tess and Adam, nephew Ryan Furgurson and his wife Beth, their son Brycen.
Doug is also survived by his Tribe (you all know who you are), and his boat, Missoula Ann.
He leaves a gaping hole in his wake; the hospital, the community and his family are better for knowing him and will be forever changed because of him.
All are welcome to come and celebrate Doug with songs, music, stories, photos, and food — as per his instruction — on Sunday, Sept. 30, at 3 p.m. at Echo Hill Lodge in St. George. Memorial gifts in Doug’s honor may be sent to Knox County Health Clinic, 22 White St. Rockland, ME 04841 or knoxclinic.org.