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Douglas Reid Townsend
  • August 02, 1935
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  • November 02, 2021

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Douglas Reid Townsend, Sr. of The Villages, FL passed away peacefully on November 2, 2021 at the
Cornerstone Hospice in The Villages, FL. Doug was born August 2, 1935 in Woodland Junction, ME,
son to James and Goldie (Cox) Townsend. Doug spent his early years in Woodland before relocating
with his family to South Portland, ME. After graduating high school Doug enrolled in the United States
Marine Corps. Upon discharge from the Marines Doug started a position at Chandler Evans in West
Hartford, CT while pursuing his degree in Elementary Education at Central Connecticut State
University. It is during those years Doug met his wife, Mary (Reynolds) Townsend, who was an
elementary school teacher in New Britain, CT. After earning his degree from Central Doug went on to
earn a Masters in Urban Education during his thirteen years serving the Hartford, CT school system,
seven as an elementary school teacher and six as the Principal of the Mark Twain School. Doug moved
to the Manchester, CT school system where he spent 20 years as an administrator leading Verplanck
Elementary School. It was during those years that Doug also owned Randall’s Formal Wear on Franklin
Ave in Hartford, which evolved into Randall’s Catering focused on weddings and special events. Doug
and Mary retired to Rye Beach, NH where they enjoyed years of hosting their many grandchildren for
annual 4th of July beach vacations, fishing trips, lobster feasts and Thanksgiving. After Mary’s passing
in 2004 Doug relocated to The Villages, FL in 2006 where he met his beloved partner, Shirley Reeder.
When Doug and Shirley weren’t traveling the world together they were either hosting or attending
social events or greeting friends at the Tiki bar in his garage. Doug spent countless hours in the garage
relaxing and always told friends, if the garage door is open please stop for a visit. Doug was
predeceased by his wife, Mary Townsend, his son, John Townsend, and his grandson, Neil St. Amour.
He is survived by his partner, Shirley Reeder, of The Villages, FL, his two brothers Richard Townsend
and James Townsend (wife Peggy) of Maine with several nieces and nephews, his four children, Susan
St. Amour of Portland, ME, Douglas Townsend, Jr. (wife Anne) of West Hartford, CT, Peter Townsend
(wife Ann) of Omaha, NE, Robert Townsend of Fremont, OH, ten grandchildren, Elizabeth, Douglas III
(wife Sumaya), Paige (fiance John), Hannah, Hallie, Steven (wife Erin), Sarah (husband Tyler), Mark
(wife Madelyne), Luke, Olivia, and his great grandchild, Lauren St. Amour. A private family ceremony
will be planned in Rye, NH. Memorial donations may be made to the Jimmy Fund Pediatric Brain
Tumor Clinic at Dana-Farber Cancer Center, www.jimmyfund.org/gift


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