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

Douglas Owen Nunes was born on October 28, 1950 in Wareham, MA, to Mena Mattos and Gabriel Owen Nunes. Gabriel was originally from the Madeira Islands, Portual, and Mena was from Providence, RI. She had 3 children from a previous marriage at the time of Doug's birth; Mary L. (13), Louis P. (8), and Jack P. (5) Barboza. Doug spent many happy years with his family in the house that his father built the same year he was born. Gabriel Nunes passed away unexpectedly on January 26th, 1962 of a brain aneurysm. He was only 57 years old. Doug attended Wareham schools until the age of 16, when he left school in 10th grade to follow in his father's footsteps to join the army in 1970. Sadly, his brother, Louis, passed away on July 13, 1971 at the age of 29 as the result of being hit by a car. Two years later, due to an illness in the family, Doug left the army and was granted his official discharge with honors in 1976.


After leaving the army, Doug went home and began dating his childhood sweetheart, Joaquina (Joey) Figueroa. They grew up in the same neighborhood during their childhoods, so their families knew each other well when they began dating in the summer of 1974, before Joey's senior year of high school. She was 17 years old, and Doug was 24. She was a beautiful and somewhat reserved girl, but Doug knew how to make her laugh...which was something she appreciated and would depend on him to do throughout their lives. Laughter really was the foundation of their future family's existence and perserverance.


Doug and Joey's first son, Douglas Gabriel Nunes, was born on May 3rd, 1976, in Wareham, MA. "Little" Doug was such an easy-going, good-natured baby, and they enjoyed his childhood so much, that their second son, Jason Owen Nunes was born on September 24th, 1981. Unfortunately, not long after that, when Jason was around 3 years old, Doug and Joey's relationship hit a rough patch and they broke up. During the 6+ years that they were apart, Doug married and separated from the mother of his third son, Matthew Alfred Nunes, who was born on February 3, 1985.


Even during the time that Doug and Joey were not together, she remained a constant part of his family's life, visiting his ailing mother in their former home almost daily. Mena Nunes succumbed to lung cancer and passed away on January 29, 1987. Doug was devastated by the loss of his beloved mother, but he was glad she was no longer suffering. Although she wasn't a part of her grandchildren's lives for a very long time, she left a lasting impression on them through her spoiling, grandmotherly ways! To this day they remember special times spent with her and cherish those memories very much!


Doug suffered another great loss when his other brother, Jack, passed away on September 24, 1993, at the age of 48. Jack contracted a stomach disorder that developed into Legionnaires and he lapsed into a coma before passing away. Although Doug experienced a lot of loss and heartache in his life, it was also positively marked by a lot of uplifting events as well. Doug and his true love Joey found their way back to each other upon the birth of their first grandchild, Melanie Nunes, on October 8, 1995. Her entrance into the world gave them both new perspectives on their lives and the lives their union and love ultimately created, and it helped them to overcome their previous problems and fall in love with each other all over again.


Less than three years later, Doug and Joey's reconciliation was further solidified by the birth of their second grandchild, Michaelah Nunes, on June 19, 1998. After the first diagnosis of brain cancer in 2000, the realism of mortality hit the family hard. Doug's successful fight against the cancer motivated him to finalize the dissolution of his first marriage so that he could be free to finally marry Joey, something he had wanted to do for SO long.


On June 15, 2004, Douglas and Joey Nunes were married in a private civil ceremony in the back yard of the home Doug grew up in. Only their closest family and friends were in attendance, and their sons Douglas and Jason, as well as their grandchildren, Melanie and Michaelah, were incorporated into the preceedings, unifying the entire Nunes family. The occasion was profoundly special and the day was beautiful and memorable for everyone in attendance.


Throughout his life, Doug worked with a number of different companies, including May Optical, Ouilok, and Forestview Nursing Center, to name a few. For the most part, he typically worked in the field of maintenance, which was a good fit, since repairing broken items and keeping things "in order" were a few areas of "special interest" for him. It was a running joke in the household that if the top of a table or counter remained cluttered for more than a reasonable amount of time (usually 2-3 days), Doug would get tired of the eyesore and then "file" the clutter into the garbage barrel! Another thing he took great pride in was his beautiful, plush, green lawn. His lawn truly was the envy of the neighborhood...he took such meticulous care of it...and his grandchildren LOVED rolling around and playing in it with their grandparents. Doug also enjoyed a wide variety of music. He loved the older groups like Santana and War, but he also kept up on all of the new music as it came out. He made numerous CDs for his grandchildren compiled of all of their favorite "pop" music. Doug had a lot of titles over his lifetime, such as Dad, husband, and mechanic...but the ones he was most proud of was "Gramps" and "Papa". He was dubbed "Gramps" by fellow co-workers, friends and family when it was first learned that he was to become a grandfather in 1995. The name stuck for a few years, until his second granddaughter was born, Michaelah, who had difficulty pronouncing "Gramps", so then "Papa" was added to the mix. Nothing made him happier than the sounds of his grandchildren's voices reverberating through the house, or when they came to him looking for help with something. He loved being needed, which he definitely was, by everyone. That's something that will just never change, along with our everlasting love for him.


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