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Memorial created 01-24-2007 by
Wendy Graca
Douglas Owen Nunes
October 28 1950 - January 23 2007

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01-23-2015 11:06 AM -- By: Wendy,  From:  

How is it possible that you have been gone for 8 years? I miss you so much, but I guess it doesn't seem like it's been that long because I think of and remember you often. Every time I fix something myself, I credit you for giving me the nerve to try. It is in this way that I honor your legacy and keep your spirit alive and forever with me. The only thing I really can't do in your place is harass myself...never thought I'd miss that, but I do. I hope you are happily annoying everyone where you are now. Needless to say your granddaughters also miss and love you very much. They do a lot of good and selfless things for others in your honor. Oddly, Adriana speaks of you often. She was a little over 1 year old when you left us! I guess the time you spent taking care of her made a significant impression on her heart. Who knew someone so quiet and reserved could leave such a big imprint on the world and the people fortunate enough to know him. We love and miss you every day Papa.

09-10-2014 12:30 AM -- By: Sonya,  From:  

I know that you are in a better place, but you are still greatly missed and I can't help wishing you were still here so Gabe and TT could meet their Papa...

10-28-2010 11:27 PM -- By: Carol (Mattos) Belton,  From: Mashpee  

Happy Birthday to my cousin Doug.  Love u and u will never be forgotten

10-28-2010 12:35 AM -- By: Wendy,  From:  


Thinking of you on your 60th birthday and missing you very much. Love you.


09-15-2010 6:28 PM -- By: Aunty Bobbie,  From: Wareham  

Missing you.

01-26-2010 11:06 PM -- By: Sherry Bessey,  From:  

01-23-2010 8:00 AM -- By: Wendy,  From:  

It was 3 years ago today that the world lost an incredibly special person. As I was falling asleep last night I wondered if you knew when you were here just how much everyone loved you. Did I hug you and tell you I loved you enough? Could you tell by other things I did for you how much you meant to me? I really hope so. I keep expecting each year that passes to be a little easier than the last, but it's not. This truly was the most traumatic and devastating loss I've experienced thus far in my life. Your guidance and support sustained me through a lot of difficult times, but your sense of humor and companionship is what I miss the most. I have reason to believe that pretty soon, if a miracle does not occur, a beautiful little girl named Adrianna Kate Cavanagh may be losing the fight with her battle of cancer, and joining you there. Please welcome her and embrace her with all of the love and affection you gave your grandchildren while you were here with us Papa. I'm sure that will make her transition easier, because the love you gave as a grandfather was so profound. We will be visiting your memorial tree today. I hope that while we are there, you will be able to feel our love. Love you.


01-19-2010 2:45 PM -- By: Wendy,  From:  

Hi Papa,

Thinking of you. This week is always the hardest each year, even though you are thought of and missed EVERY day, all year long. I hope you are at peace...we have experienced WAY too much peace since you left us! We miss your teasing and harassing ways, although Jason DOES do a good job substituting! We'll be visiting your memorial tree on Saturday...maybe you can give us a sign to let us know YOU know we're there...?!

Love & miss you profoundly!

12-06-2009 8:26 AM -- By: Bobbie,  From: Wareham  


02-16-2009 2:33 PM -- By: Framk Washburn,  From: North Carolina  

God Bless all of you I know what you went thru,I have been there with my mom

01-23-2009 11:11 AM -- By: Wendy,  From:  

Two years ago today a person who had become very special to me, another father for me, left my life and in the process, left a small hole in my heart which can never be filled by anyone else. I learned so much during my time with him, not just about the mechanics of things, but about my capabilities and strengths. Before the time I had with him, I was a strong, independent person, but there were things I was unsure of. In taking the time to teach me, and in showing me patience and understanding, I learned that there was no limit to the things I could accomplish on my own. That knowledge has given me the confidence I lacked before knowing him and I truly hope that I will be able to pass on these traits to his beautiful grandchildren. The hole in my heart is still there, but I'm learning to slowly fill it with the love and joy of the memories we created over the last decade, and with the memories I continue to create with my children and our family.

Thank you, Papa, for being such a wonderful gift in our lives. We all miss and love you dearly,

Wendy & family

01-14-2009 2:27 PM -- By: ,  From:  

Hi Dad,

It's been a while since I've written...and although you are on my mind all of the time, thoughts and memories of you are weighing much more heavily at this time of the year. It was two years ago this month that we were spending as much time as we could with you every day in the Rehab Facility. We didn't know then how little time we really had left with you, but we knew that it was precious. It seems so strange to NOT be going to pick up a strawberry shake to bring to you every day after work right now! Odd how I can feel that way, when it was two years ago...but it just doesn't seem that long. I hope that you are enjoying your time with your long-lost family...something tells me you are. Hopefully you know that we are all still thinking of you, missing you, and loving you dearly.

All my love,


08-13-2008 10:15 PM -- By: ,  From:  


What a sad story.I am so sorry for your loss.He was a very brave young man to endure so much.Rest in peace.

Hugs Abound, Rose

05-04-2008 5:41 PM -- By: Denise Stefansson,  From: Seattle, WA  

Dear Nunes Family,

I was very sad to read your detailed story about Douglas. I am truly sorry for your loss.

My dear friend, Ruth Ross, is at the ending stage of brain cancer (Glioblastoma). She has about a week left on this earth.  Her family and friends have been there for her during the entire time - much like you have been for Douglas.  After visiting her yesterday, I couldn't help but to get on the computer and try to educate myself about brain cancer and the patients that unfortunately had to experience this dreadful disease.  That's when I came across your webpage for Douglas.  With tears of sadness, I read your entire story from start to finish.  I'm sorry.

May God bless you and your family forever.

With deepest sympathy,

Denise Stefansson

04-05-2008 3:25 PM -- By: Emma,  From:  

I hope that you are having a good time in heaven. Everybody misses you.I only saw you once but I still know who you are. We hope you are having a good time.

04-05-2008 3:18 PM -- By: Michaelah,  From:  

I hope you are having a great time with your parents in heaven! I miss you so much! You were the bbbbbbbeeeeeeesssssssttttttt grand father ever!

01-23-2008 2:24 PM -- By: Wendy,  From:  

Hi Dad,

Well, today marks the 1 year anniversary of when we last saw each other, as well as when we had to say good-bye. The first couple of months were extremely hard. I cried every day for weeks. I finally just became numb to the pain...and was able to get through daily life. It's funny how your daily routines and occasional dramas can totally occupy your mind and keep it off of things that you wouldn't think you'd ever forget. Well, just know that I haven't forgotten you. I have thought of you every day since last year and I miss you terribly. The void I feel since you left isn't something that can be filled by anyone. You and Joey gave me my first husband, who I still respect and care for greatly, and in return we gave you Melanie and Michaelah, who I know changed your life, as they did mine. They miss you so much. I wish you'd had more time with them. It's not fair that you were taken from us when you still had so much more life to live. I know you are with people you lost in the past whom you loved deeply and who loved you just as much. Yes, that gives me comfort, but it doesn't override the pain. I hope you're watching us all the time...and hearing the conversations we have about you frequently. I hope you know that Adriana still blurts out "Papa" out of nowhere every once in a while, indicating that she does still remember you. She can also pick you out of a photo! It means the world to me that she does....I hope you feel the same way.

You are deeply embedded in my heart and mind as much today as you were a year ago. You always will be. You enriched my life during the decade you were in it, with your knowledge, your skills, your humor, and most importantly, your unconditional love. You and Joey were the first people I've ever met who showed me that you don't have to be immediate family to have an unbreakable bond and loyalty for one other. It's not about where or who you come from, it's about the people you meet along the way and the experiences you share with them. We went through a lot together...miracles and profound losses...and our relationship and our love for each other grew stronger as a result of that. I love you and Joey as I love my own parents and I will always be there for this wonderful family. I hope that knowledge brings YOU comfort where you are.

Rest in peace Dad.

Love, Wendy

12-31-2007 9:38 PM -- By: joey nunes,  From:  

Hi my love,

Happy Holiday. I miss you so much. I wake up in the mornings and I turn to say something to you. Then it hits me, you are not there. I know you are always with me. It is just not the same. I will always talk to you even though I cannot see you. My life will never be the same. I will always keep you in my heart & thoughts. I love and miss you so much.

Your Loving Wife, Joey

12-06-2007 12:38 PM -- By: Marie MacSwain,  From: Franklin, MA  

What a marvelous tribute to your father-in-law.

Dianne Little forwarded this web-site to me (Jimmy Lang's Dad is my first cousin and Jim has always been very special to me).

I'm sure Dianne appreciated all this information. The unknown is always scary and I've learned so much about this condition through your writing.

Thank you for doing a service that many others will benefit from.

12-06-2007 11:56 AM -- By: Dianne,  From:  

Thank you to Wendy for sharing this site with me. My brother was diagnosed with GBM and is now undergoing chemo & radiation.

What a beautifully written story & an abundance of information. I can't thank you enough for sharing such a remarkable story. I'm sure Doug would be proud...

11-21-2007 10:23 AM -- By: Wendy,  From:  

Hi Dad.

It's the day before Thanksgiving. We didn't get to spend the last few Thanksgivings together, so I'd really like to understand why I can't wrap my mind around the fact that you won't be here for this one. I also can't understand why I'm feeling like this today, when it's not Thanksgiving yet. Tomorrow's going to be occupied with the usual chaos of driving the kids around to visit everyone...so maybe I'm feeling like this because I'm scared I won't have time to think tomorrow. I don't know. I just want you to know how much I love and miss you. I know you know that. I feel it in my heart. I guess I just wanted to have it on record.

I have much to be thankful for...my wonderful children, healthy family, and my own accomplishments as well. I'm also thankful to have had you in my life for as long as I did, although it wasn't long enough. I know that our time together could have been much shorter...so I'm going to do my best to think of the times we spent together instead of the time I DON'T have with you now. I find myself thinking of all the times you and I spent with the kids. We had a lot of laughs, some that I'm fortunate enough to have captured on video. When I watch those videos it makes it seem like you're really still here. I wish I could take them everywhere with me...so I could at least hear you harassing the kids or Joey in the background...the way it used to be.

It's really quiet here without you. You've found your subtle but undeniable ways of harassing me from where you are now...keep up with doing that, okay? I do notice them and I do feel your presence, which brings me comfort. Plus, the girls love hearing how Papa has AGAIN found a way to harass me from another world!

I love you...and I hope you're truly happy and enjoying being with family you haven't been with in a long time. I do know that they are incredibly lucky to have you harassing them!

Happy Thanksgiving Dad.

Love, Wendy

11-08-2007 11:04 AM -- By: Mary L. Pelletier,  From: Plymouth, Mass.  

Love and miss you Doug. Bobbie

09-07-2007 11:05 AM -- By: wife joey,  From:  

Hi Honey, Today I woke up early thinking of you. I know you are with me now & forever in my heart. DOUG it is not the same. I wish you were here to talk with. I miss you so much it hurts. I will remeber you forever. I will see you when it's my time. I know you will be there to take me home with you. Love your wife, forever.

07-18-2007 1:07 AM -- By: Sonya,  From: East Freetown  

Joey, Doug, Jason, Matt, Melanie, Michaelah and Wendy

I just wanted to let you all know that I am so sorry for your loss. Doug/Dad/Gamps/Papa was one of a kind...such a good person and didn't deserve to have his life taken so soon. He will be greatly missed by so many...myself included. He always made me feel welcome. Okay...well maybe I was a little paranoid for a long time that he didn't like me...due to him picking on me whenever I saw him! It took me a while to figure out that if he picked on you it meant he LIKED you and didn't dislike you. I will always regret that I did not make more of an effort to visit with him when he was sick. I hope that he knows that I loved him and miss him. I really appreciate all the things that he and Joey have done for me. They were there for me when my parents were not, treating me like I was part of their family. (Not to mention the fact that we all know how hard it is to find a good mechanic nowadays who will do the job right and not try to rip you off!) He was always fixing something wasn't he.... I know that this is a very hard time for all of you..hopefully you can find peace and comfort in the fact that we will all see him again someday..I'm sure he will be waiting with some kind of wisecrack remark that will be sure to put a smile your face... I just want you to know that I will always be here for you if you need me....Love you all

05-10-2007 7:30 AM -- By: Bobbie,  From: Plymouth, Mass.  

Doug, I'm still missing you. At times I have to catch myself and remember you're no longer with us when I pick up the phone to call you. Love n miss you. Bobbie.

04-02-2007 8:43 PM -- By: Little Louie,  From: Wareham, MA  

Hey Doug! You were always fun to be around. We really miss you! Hopefully you're having fun where you're at! God Bless -Louis

03-12-2007 5:27 PM -- By: Robbi Reynolds,  From: Wareham Ma  

Joey Doug, and Jason, You have been in my thoughts so much lately, I know a lot of time has passed but I still treasure the memories I have with you and your family. I am truly sorry for your loss. Doug was a lot of fun, always making people laugh, and that is what I remember. I wish you all peace and happiness. Love Robbi

02-23-2007 5:31 AM -- By: diana collier,  From: massachusetts  

i will miss you uncle dougie. you picked on me every time you saw me...i guess that showed how much you cared for me. i will miss you. love, nana

02-22-2007 11:47 AM -- By: Bridie Smyth,  From: England  

I read your lovely story of Doug and just wanted to let you know that you are not alone in your pain. My beloved mother died from GBM on February 20 2007. I am utterly devastated by her leaving. I wish you kind thoughts and empathize with your loss. Regards, Bridie

02-18-2007 11:37 AM -- By: LeRoy Pina,  From: Lawrence, Ma.  

Joey,"Little Doug",Jason, Matthew, Melanie and Michaelah,

Sorry I took so long to write my thoughts and feelings, but it was very hard for me to finally say goodbye. I have always felt a special closeness to Doug, he was 4 months younger than me and we always hung out together as kids. We never had a problem that we couldn't solve together and then laugh about later.

One of our fondest memories we shared as kids was the day that Doug and I were playing in the foundation of house his father was building (Doug and Joey's home) before the house was completed and Doug's brother Jack and my brother Dicky pulled the ladders out, leaving us with no way to get out. We spent the entire day making the best of our situation playing and planning how we would get back at them. We were around 9 or 10 years old then, it was something we always laughed about as we grew up. He will ALWAYS be one of my closest friends as well as my "nephew".

Even as a child Doug would always be fixing things including the toaster that sent him three feet in the air and blew a fuse in the house. It was one of the funniest things I'd ever seen :)) We shared SOOO many happy memories growing up together. We learned (so we thought) how to drive a car together riding around the cranberry bogs behind Mattos Ave when we were 12, getting stuck in the sand and having Jacky and Dicky pull us out. I could go on forever but it all comes down to this one true fact: we loved each other as kids and that love grew deeper and stronger as we grew into adults. I will miss him for the rest of my life, but I know we will be hanging out together again in heaven some day in the future. I know he is not dead but LIVES in a better place where his sick body couldn't go. Today he lives in a new healthy body that will NEVER feel the pain this world can bring us. Always remember the LOVE he gave so freely to all of us while he was here. It is that love he gave and we shared that will keep him alive in our hearts forever. God Bless You All and keep you safe in HIS love.

Love, Uncle Leroy


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