Neal F. Douglas Jr., 73, died unexpectedly of natural causes at his home March 24, 2010.

Born in Rockland on Aug. 12, 1936, he was the son of Neal F. Sr. and Barbara L. Strout Douglas. Educated in local schools, he was a 1954 graduate of Rockland High School.

From 1955 to 1958, he served in France with the U.S. Army.

After returning to Rockland, he worked with Woods Taxi Service and as a truck driver with George C. Hall & Sons, both in Rockland. He later worked more than 15 years with Bicknell Manufacturing, beginning as an apprentice blacksmith under his father’s tutelage and later practicing that trade himself. He next worked a few years with Holmes Packing Co. in Rockland, before beginning employment with the Maine Department of Transportation, from which he retired in 1998.

An avid hunter, Neal particularly enjoyed hunting at the camp he owned with his father in Ellsworth and spending time with his family. His sense of humor was legendary and he will be missed by all whose lives he touched.

He was predeceased by his parents.

Neal is survived by his son, Paul S. Douglas of Rockland; his daughters, Barbara L. Graves and her husband, Jason, of Heath, Mass., and Teresa L. Douglas and her fiancé David Hillgrove of Rockland; a brother, Stephen L. Douglas Sr. and his wife, Carol, of Winthrop, Mass.; a sister, Sharon D. Spaulding of Rockland; his companion of more than 30 years, Janet Spaulding of Rockland and her children, Arnold, Gary, Glenn, Gerald, Jennifer and Jeff; three grandsons, Christopher Neal Graves, Avery Scott Douglas and Brody Robert Julian Douglas; as well as his niece and nephew.

Friends and relatives are invited to visit Monday, March 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock St. in Rockland, where a funeral service will be held Tuesday, March 30 at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Rockland District Nursing Association, P.O. Box 1713, Rockland, ME 04841; or the Humane Society of Knox County, P.O. Box 1294, Rockland, ME 04841.