Michael (Mike) O. Doggett
October 7, 1977 - April 11, 2019
Service Date: April 17, 2019
Calling hours will be held on Tuesday, April 16th from 4 - 7 p.m. at the Autumn Green Funeral Home, 47 Oak St., in Alfred. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Matthews Catholic Church, 19 Dora Lane, Limerick. Immediately follow the service, please join the family for refreshments in the parish hall.
Michael O. Doggett, 41, the beloved son of Edward and Suellen and best brother to Matthew, died peacefully at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough, on April 11, 2019. Michael fought with courage and grace a seven-month battle with a blood cancer, Burkitt Lymphoma.
Mike was an inspiration to us all and his heart was full of love, adventure and kindness.
Michael was born October 7, 1977 in Beverly, MA, the son of Edward A. and Suellen E. (Nason) Doggett. Due to a diaphragmatic hernia, he had three operations at MA General Hospital in Boston his first week of birth. After a month at MA General, Mike returned home to North Reading, MA and a month later moved to Waterboro, where he has lived for 41 years. He was the first infant to survive from this type of operation.
Due to the operations, Michael became developmentally delayed in his development. At 13 months old he attended the Infant Development Center in Portland, where he received help with his development. Mike attended 3 days per week for about four hours each day for three years. He also attended speech therapy in Sanford for six years.
For three years, Mike attended the Head Start Program in Hollis; where he gained skills and socialization. This was one of the first programs to accept “special needs” children into their program.
When Michael was seven, he entered public schools in RSU 57 in Waterboro. As a “special needs” student, he stayed in public school until graduation at age 21. He was mainstreamed into some regular classes and also stayed in some classes within the self-contained classrooms. Here he gained skills in each subject area at his level of learning. Mike gained socialization as he was mainstreamed with all students. He continued speech and occupational therapies along with physical therapy and later special Adaptative Physical Education classes in junior and senior high school.
He attended the Culinary Arts Program at PATHS (Portland Arts and Technology High School) for grades 9-11 and graduated May 30, 1996. During his regular senior year at Massabesic, Mike did job shadowing for six weeks at five local businesses to gain work skills and experience; Lee’s Family Restaurant, Leedy’s Restaurant, Roger’s Restaurant, Blue Door Inn and Alfred Country Store.
Mike attended local and state competitions in “Special Olympics” while in junior and high school and also after graduation. It was a happy day when Michael graduated from Massabesic High School in June 1997.
Michael participated in many activities through-out the local community. Mike learned many skills with the Boy Scout Troop # 245. For the nine years he was in scouts; he had fun and socialized with friends at many camporees, parades, fund raisers, race car derbies, and pot luck suppers.
Michael attended the Special Religious Education Program (SPRED) at St. Matthew’s Church in Limerick for 11 years where he learned his faith and received the sacraments of the church. He liked to volunteer at the bean suppers at church along with the yearly church fair in July; he loved those wonderful people at the Book Department.
Mike loved music and took piano lessons from Elaine Vermette Jedrychowski in Limerick for 10 years. He had the gift to play the piano by ear and enjoyed listening to a song and then playing it on the piano.
Michael was a member of the Vacationland Cruisers Classic Car Club in Waterboro for 25 years. He enjoyed the car meets, monthly meetings, socializing and pot luck suppers, along with cruising to a car meet, a special ride to a new destination, or just getting an ice cream cone together.
After graduation, he joined an adult day program, Thatcher Brook Center in Arundel, where he has been for the past 22 years. He did daily activities including shopping and cooking meals, learning about personal hygiene, going to many parks and recreational facilities in the community and doing gardening at different parks etc. He had many friends at the Center and enjoyed volunteering with Meals on Wheels and different businesses where activities were done to support or help the businesses in the community.
Mike was well known for loving his many vehicles; trains, planes, trucks, race cars, tractors, classic cars, etc. He had many models and loved reading or going online to learn more and more about each vehicle.
He was also known to enjoy the family cottage each spring, summer, and fall at Little Lake Ossipee where he enjoyed much serenity and was always with family and friends.
Michael was a very loving and caring person who loved to be with people and enjoyed each minute he was with them. He will truly be missed by family and friends and well known for the joy he brought to others. Michael, you have been a blessing in our family. . . We now release you into the arms of our Lord.
Michael is lovingly survived by his mother and father, Edward and Suellen (Nason) Doggett of Waterboro; his brother Matthew Alan and wife, Meaghan, niece, Lila and nephew, Jack of Kingston NH. He is also survived by his Auntie Diane Nason of Waterboro; Auntie Cindy Willard of Amesbury, MA; Uncle Doug Latulip of Buxton; Uncle Richard and Aunt Carol Doggett of Knoxville, TN; along with many friends and cousins.
Please join Michael’s family on Tuesday, April 16th from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Autumn Green Funeral Home, 47 Oak Street, in Alfred. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at St. Matthew’s Catholic Church, 19 Dora Lane, in Limerick. Immediately following the service, you may join the family for refreshments in the parish hall.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Thatcher Brook Center, 638 Elm St., Biddeford, ME 04005 or to Hospice of Southern Maine, 180 US Route 1, Scarborough, ME 04074.
The Autumn Green Funeral Home is respectfully handling arrangements.