Douglas Warren Briggs born Sunday, April 14, 1935, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, February 16, 2022 (86 years old) while under the care of the Woodlands Memory Care Facilty in Lewiston, ME. While the family was aware of Dads many health issues, his death was unexpected and a shock to his family and friends.
Dad was born in Brattleboro, VT the oldest of two children of Warren and Ethel (Pratt) Briggs. The family soon relocated to Reading, MA where Dad attended elementary and two years of high school. While in Reading Dad played baseball and basketball and had a job as a caddy at the Reading Country Club where he was introduced to the game of golf.
Halfway through High School, the family relocated to Madison, ME and Dad was instantly welcomed into Madison High School where he excelled at varsity baseball as a pitcher and varsity basketball as a forward. During this time Dad made many friends who raised families together throughout their lives.
After High School Dad was accepted at college to become a sportswriter, however, with the looming Korean War and the high chance of being drafted, Dad elected to enlist in the United States Marine Corp to serve his country along side many of his new and lifelong friends. We all thank him and them for their service to our country.
After the military Dad returned to Madison where he met the love of his life, Phyllis Edna Richard and the couple married on September 26, 1959. Together they raised four children while working at the local shoe factories. Their large network of friends showed up at their home on Madison Avenue regularly with their children for backyard barbecues, horseshoes (where Dad was known to throw “doubles” often), croquet, vollyball and many beach parties at Totem Pole. He also continued with his passion for golf (playing to a 5 handicap) playing throughout his life and passed the love of the game on to his children. In winter Dad worked hard to make backyard skating rinks to keep his four children busy during the long Maine winters. Dad was a loving husdand and father and brought up his children to work hard and play harder.
Once the family was grown Dad and Mom retired to Old Orchard Beach and later to Poland, ME where they spent their final years together enjoying cards with friends, music tapes and watching the red sox and patriots. The family wishes to thank Mae who cared for Dad tirelessly during the final year of his life and whose love and compassion helped him endure the pain of losing his own wife six months prior to his death. Thank You Mae. You are one of a kind and we will never forget what you have done for our family.
Douglas is survived by his four children, Brian Briggs and life partner Theresa Girouard of Poland, Lori Simpson of Farmington, Leisa Brooks of Windham, Bruce Briggs, and wife Ann of Freeport, five grandchildren, Nathan and Derek Simpson, Benjamin and Emily Briggs and Lauren Briggs and eight great grandchildren as well as many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his wife, Phyllis (Richard) Briggs, father, Warren Briggs, mother, Ethel (Pratt) Briggs and brother, Gordon (Ickey) Briggs.
A funeral service will be held a Giberson Funeral Home, 40 Maple Street, Madison, ME on Saturday, March 12, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. All are welcome to attend.
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