Douglas Avery

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Douglas Avery, 65
     BRIDGTON -- Douglas Rodney Avery died suddenly on Sept. 18, in Bridgton.
     Born Oct. 4, 1940, to Carl Avery and Earlene Burrill Belyea, he was a four sport athlete and Hall of Fame Member at Skowhegan High School. He served in the U.S. Army from 1958 to 1962, graduated from the University of Maine at Orono in 1966, and was a member of the 1965 Tangerine Bowl Team.
     Doug married the former Nancy Poirier of Skowhegan and they raised three children, Nicole, John and Andrew.
     Doug worked at Bridgton Academy for 30 years, where he had a long and respected career as a teacher, coach, and athletic director. He was also a well- known basketball official for 25 years.
     At his retirement party in 1999, many of his past students spoke emotionally about the impact Mr. Avery had on their lives, many of them following his lead and entering the teaching profession, including his youngest son, Andrew. He was considered a tough but fair teacher. Doug was known for his unparalleled work ethic, his integrity, and his unique sense of style.
     Upon retirement, Doug and Nancy retired to Florida, but still spent summers in Maine, where Doug continued to work with the Bridgton Academy maintenance team, caring for the athletic fields. He and Nancy were also avid golfers and member of the Bridgton Highlands Country Club. Doug could be found on the course with his golfing buddies, or in the woods searching for lost golf balls.
     Doug is survived by wife, Nancy Avery; daughter, Nicole Avery; son, John Avery and his wife Nancy; and granddaughters, Allison and Lauren; and son, Andrew Avery and his wife Kim. He also leaves behind sisters, Janet Pooler of Skowhegan, and Diane Severance of Florida; and stepfather, Donald Belyea of Florida.
     He will be dearly missed by his family and many close friends.
     There will be a memorial service, Saturday, Sept. 23, at 2:30 p.m., at Bridgton Academy in the Twitchell Chapel, followed by a reception in the Dining Center.
     In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations to the:
    Douglas Avery Scholarship Fund
    at Bridgton Academy
    P.O. Box 292
    North Bridgton, Maine 04057

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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Sept. 21, 2006
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