Paul Arthur Doucette, 73, of Mendon died on Monday, January 15, 2018 at his residence after a long illness. He was the husband of Patrice M. (Sannicandro) Doucette for 42 years. He was the son of the late Arthur J. and Stella M. (Cormier) Doucette, brother of the late Mary Louise Brown and uncle of the late Michael P. Brown. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his brother, Robert J. Doucette and his wife Ann of Westboro. He was the uncle of Nancy A. Bellavance and her husband Ben of Sandwich, James P. Brown and his wife Wendy of Milford, Timothy J. Brown and his wife Sandra of Natick and Paul P.J. Brown and his wife Tara of Milford.

Paul was born in Waltham on June 13, 1944 and graduated from Waltham High School, Mass Bay Community College and Suffolk University. He was an accountant for several companies including Northeast Airlines, Perini Corporation, Digital Equipment Corporation and Barker Steel. Paul had been treasurer of the Mendon Town Forest Committee and the Mendon Historical Society. He volunteered at the Mendon Senior Center as the book sale coordinator and was also active in their recycling program and assisted in preparing their newsletter for mailing. He was a historian for Preservation Mendon and also wrote articles for

Paul had a great respect for veterans and assisted in placing flags on their graves for Memorial Day for many years. Paul was a serious collector of milk bottles and dairy memorabilia and continued to acquire them for his collection throughout his illness.

Paul was a long-time member of the Southborough Historical Society and served on the Board of Directors for many years. He wrote and published a history of the Burnett Family and Deerfoot Farm, both of Southborough. In 2004 the society honored Paul by dedicating the Deerfoot Farm exhibit and Burnett family collection to him.

Paul enjoyed bluegrass music and the occasional Manhattan cocktail at the Willowbrook Restaurant. He was beloved by his friends for his keen mind, storytelling ability and his acerbic wit.

Funeral services will be held on Sat. Jan. 20, 2018 at 11 AM in the Mendon Unitarian Chruch, 13 Maple St., Mendon. There will be no public visiting hours. Burial will be in Quaker Cemetery, Mendon at the convenience of the family In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in Pauls memory may be made to the Southborough Historical Society, 25 Common St.,Southborough, MA 01772 or to the Mendon Senior Center, 62 Providence St. Mendon, MA 01756.

Published in Milford Daily News on Jan. 18, 2018


Words of remembrance, written by John Trainor and Dick Grady, and spoken at Paul’s funeral by John..

                                                         Paul Doucette

Dick Grady and I loved Paul. He was a good buddy. He made us laugh. So we said to each other, “Let’s tell some Paul stories”. We asked Patrice if it was OK and she said, “Absolutely, Yes, go for it”. So here we go.

Mendon’s 350th Anniversary parade was special for all of us in many ways. One reason why it was so special for Dick and I was that we had the honor and privilege of riding in an open convertible with Paul. It would be Paul’s final public event, his last public hurrah.

It was a hot, sunny day on September 24th. We met Paul at Miscoe Hill Road, where the marching bands, floats, and parade vehicles had assembled. We chuckled when we saw him, because despite the heat he was dressed just as he had promised, as a Confederate Civil War officer in a woolen general’s outfit. He looked great, real handsome in his genuine General’s hat! But he must have been sweating to beat the band under that heavy woolen coat. He would constantly wave his authentic Civil War sword, showing it to everyone. We actually think that he brought the sword for our protection since during that time period we were right in the middle of recent attacks on Confederate statues and anything Confederate. There would be none of that stuff with Paul around. Not once did he complain about the heat or the discomfort of his illness, or anything else for that matter. He was having a ball.One of the considerations of the well-planned parade was focused on the condition of Paul’s health, though no one ever said it. It just happened. There was an ambulance behind our convertible staffed with an EMT. There was a nurse in the senior van in front of us. Patrice, Jane, Amy, and Kathy were all in constant telephone contact. Nothing would happen to Paul on that day.

The parade was a culmination of Paul’s many contributions and a farewell to the town that he loved. We have all been amazed at his brilliance in his creative presentations, his collections, and his articles in Dan Malloy’s history web site. Among other things he left us a legacy of knowledge on the Town Forest, Mendon Airport, Chief Matthew Mantoni, Lowell’s Dairy, Resthaven and the Lake Nipmuc Carousel. He left us a memory of his intellectual curiosity and his thoroughness in completing and documenting historical tasks and projects. He was a good guy and a great friend.

We have also experienced our friend Paul in action at the annual Mendon Senior Center Book Sale as we worked together prepping and sorting of books for the actual sale day. Whenever I got that group email that prep work was about to begin I smiled because I knew that I’d be working with the Book Sale Master, himself, Paul Doucette. Now for sure, many, many people help out with the annual Senior Book Sale but Paul was really special when it came to sorting and categorizing the books. Every year we’d set up a list of authors and general book categories. Paul was real fussy with the categories. It was his way or the highway about how to align the books into easy-to-access groups. That was real important to him. He was a stickler. If anyone had any questions we’d go to him and he’d spend gobs and gobs of time reading through the book to be sure we had it categorized properly. If we didn’t then we’d catch holy hell. We were all afraid of making a mistake. Sometimes I’d catch him in the sorting room reading the history books and not categorizing. I’d ask him “Boy, that one must be tough to categorize, right? He would pause for a moment, put some more drops in his eyes, adjust his glasses one more time and say “No. It’s just real interesting”. He was a blast to work with.   

Another recent experience comes to mind that blew me away. We all know that Paul LOVED Mendon’s dairies, their farm stories and especially their milk bottles. By the way, thanks for that great picture of Paul in the newspaper, Patrice.

In one of our more recent History of Mendon Videos we needed to discuss agrarian Mendon and of course her dairies. We asked Paul if he would be interviewed for the video (remember, he was very sick at the time). He of course said yes. Well, little did we know what we were in for. As he welcomed me into his collection rooms, (I think his collection took up his entire basement), he was dressed in a typical milk-man’s outfit, complete with his milk-man’s cap, milk-white long-sleeved shirt and a black bow tie. He was a real milk man. And he was in his glory; so much so that he decided to throw away the script that we had been working on for weeks and decided to adlib his way through the entire interview. It turned out fantastic. All of you have got to see him in that video, for sure.

At the end of the interview he got up from his couch, grabbed his metal milk carrier with the clanging milk bottles, waved to the crowd and said,  “Well folks, I stopped doing my milk route this morning just to do this interview and now I need to get back to work. Waving, he told us to enjoy the rest of the video and that he’d be seeing us all again on the other side“. We ALL knew what he meant.  

That video history episode was presented in November in this very same church. Patrice and Paul were in the audience.  When Paul’s milk-man interview was shown to the audience there wasn’t a dry eye in the place after Paul waved goodbye to each of us. Everyone stood up and gave Paul a Standing O. He was so pleased.

So here we all are, gathered to wave goodbye to one of our town’s outstanding citizens. Yes, Paul we’ll see you on the other side. Paul has left us a legacy of humor and light. We have all absorbed Paul’s special nature and have been blessed by his presence.

Wave and say “God Speed, Paul”.

Mendon history pages created, many entirely, some in part, by Paul:


  Farming Road   

  Flood and Hurricane, 1938 – Milford   

  Flood in Mendon, 1955   

  Harding Photos and Postcards   

  Lake Nipmuc   

  Mendon Airport   

  Mendon Baseball Teams, 1940s   

  Mendon Maps   

  Mendon Police Department, 1946   

  Mendon Town Forest   

  Mendon-Uxbridge Street Railway   

  Carousel at Lake Nipmuc Park   

  Lowell’s Dairy   

  Lowell’s Dairy Fire   

  Harold “Putt” Lowell   

  Chief Mathew Mantoni   

  Miscoe Spring   

  Nuclear Detection Station   


  Unitarian Church   

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