We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Morris Funeral Home
It is commonly believed that one’s life begins at birth. But this was really not the case for one of Ipswich’s most familiar faces, Pierre Doucet. His life really began, oddly enough, on the sandy shores of Hawaii. Ironically, that’s where two Ipswich townies met for the first time. He met his future wife, Joanne Petrowicz, also an Ipswich local, a world away. Maybe it was the trade winds that pushed these two together, but they came back to Ipswich and started what would be a 52 year adventure. They filled their lives with children, boating, fishing, and traveling. It is said that the measure of one’s life is not material collections but experiences. And in their 52 years of marriage, Pierre and Joanne were able to amass a collection of experiences that would make any seasoned traveler jealous.
Sadly, however, Pierre’s life ended. Those of us that knew him well could easily recount any of the following information. He was a lifelong Ipswich resident who served his country with honor as a U.S. Coast Guard radioman in the Vietnam War. He spent countless hours volunteering for Ipswich’s wonderful Polish church also known as Sacred Heart Parish. Every July he could be found quarterbacking the Polish Picnic, running between the roulette table and delivering Fr. Lucas a kielbasa lunch. Those were truly wonderful times. His volunteerism extended itself into scouting where he helped lead local Boy Scout Troop 13. Later on his blue truck was parked commonly outside the AmVets where he served as president for as long as anyone can remember. He always marched in our local parades where his patriotism and Coast Guard heritage was on display. If you didn’t catch him there, perhaps you’d have seen him launching a boat out of the IOC, where he was commodore, to check his lobster traps or maybe you once waved to him in “houseboat row'' where he spent many beautiful Ipswich summer days quietly surveying our coastal heaven.
Those who knew him will miss him; however, those who were closest to him will miss his daily presence most. He leaves behind his wife Joanne; his son John P. Doucet, daughter-in-law Carissa; Michael W. Doucet, daughter-in-law Angela; Steven R. Doucet, daughter-in-law Denise. Pierre leaves his beloved grandchildren: Autumn-Leigh, Breanne, Korbin-Robert, and Aubrey. Pierre is also survived by his sister, Irene Forster, his extended family and many dear friends.
Family and friends are invited to a celebration of Pierre’s life from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 25th at AmVets Post #201, 49 Market Street, Ipswich. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the AmVets Post #201 Scholarship Fund. Assisting the Doucet family is the Morris Funeral Home of Ipswich. To send a letter of condolence to Pierre's family please go to: MorrisFH.com .