John Douglas Vedoe, 100 years old, passed away peacefully April 17, 2020, at The Homestead in Owls Head. He was born in Everett, Mass., March 4, 1920, to Anton and Ida Vedoe and he was the fourth of five children.

Doug graduated from Quincy High School in 1937 and attended one year of engineering at Northeastern University before he joined the Navy. He served as a machinist mate in a destroyer repair base in Recife, Brazil, for a year (as well as other U.S. stations) before he was honorably discharged.

Doug was employed for 41 years in manufacturing starting in 1941 at Vedoe-Pederson Company and worked at its successor company, New England Carbide, as machinist, foreman, general foreman, department manager and in 1982 retired as vice president of Special Tool Division.

Doug married Jean Phillips Graham in 1957, becoming an instant father to Donald and Wendy. He leaves his son Donald P. Graham and his wife Diane; daughter Wendy J.Graham; granddaughter and her husband, Katie and Jim Machado, and great-grandchildren Ava, James and Tyler.

He also leaves four nieces-Pat Borelli, Bobbi Welch, Susan Poole and Cheryl Vedoe. Two nephews Bill Vedoe and John Vedoe and many great nieces and nephews.

Doug and Jean retired and moved to Rackliff Island, Sprucehead, in 1982 and they enjoyed many activities including boating, reading, playing bridge and chess. He was also an avid walker who enjoyed researching polar expeditions and traveling.

Community service was important to Doug during his retirement. He was involved with the Rotary Club, Knox County Red Cross, Penobscot School Board of Trustees, Rockland Congregational Church and was a member of the Charter Commission for the town of St. George.

Doug’s family and friends celebrated his 100th birthday March 4 and watched him dance to celebrate his special day. The Homestead in Owls Head went all out to make this milestone memorable!

There will not be a memorial service. A graveside service will be held in Massachusetts for immediate family. In lieu of flowers, contribute to a charity of your choice.