Douglas J. Pierce, 74, of Needham and West Yarmouth, MA, died peacefully on January 19, 2021 after a period of declining health. He was born and raised in Bellows Falls, VT, later graduating from Husson University with a degree in business. After completing the Jordan Marsh Executive Training program, he began a 40 year career in the furniture industry, primarily at Jordan Marsh/Macy’s, Allen Furniture, and Cabot House before retiring in 2011. He served six years with the Vermont National Guard. Although fiercely proud of his Vermont roots, Cape Cod was his favorite place on earth. He was a Needham resident since 1976 and part time Yarmouth resident for the last four years. He was a lifelong and devoted member of Red Sox Nation. He still reminisced about being at Game 6 of the 1976 World Series and watching Pudge Fisk, who was also born in Bellows Falls, hit that infamous home run. He was a golfer, avid watcher of PGA tournaments, and a faithful supporter of the New England Patriots.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Ellen Williams Pierce, his daughter, Sarah Thomas and her husband Jason. He was Grandpa P. to his two fabulous granddaughters, Delia and Finley Thomas. He is also survived by his sister, Nancy Pierce; his brothers and sisters in law, David Williams, Thomas Williams and his wife Lisa Goldberg, and Sarah (Sally) Williams Kacprowicz and her husband Mark. He leaves seven Williams’ nieces, Carolynne, Meredith, Emily, Alison, Rachel, Amy Dillingham and Mary Ives. He was predeceased by his parents Elmer E and Angela (McGreen) Pierce; sister and her husband Marilyn Pierce and Jerome Daniels; in-laws George and Mary (Hoey) Williams.
Here’s hoping he can continue to be the class clown at his next destination, be reunited with his feline buddies and eat as many servings of hot dogs and beans as he wants.
A burial service and informal gathering will be held at a time when it is safe for people to be together.
Donations in his memory may be sent to Boston Children’s Hospital Trust, c/o Children’s Activity/Mary O’Malley Fund, 401 Park Drive, #602, Boston, MA 02115
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