Friday, June 26, 2009
John B. Dowcett of Prospect Street, loving husband and devoted father, died suddenly in Burlington, Thursday, June 18, from a suspected heart attack. He was 51.
John was born on June 27, 1957 in Waltham and was a 1975 graduate of Waltham High School. He then attended the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Soon after, he joined Adelson Brothers plumbing supply company in Waltham and later worked as a sales representative for several computer companies in New England before starting his own computer resale business in Woburn, Massachusetts.
In 1986, John married Peggy Edwards. The couple lived in Belmont and eventually settled in the Concord/Carlisle area. In 1988, John founded Dowcett and Associates to pursue his passion to build quality homes. He quickly became known as a master craftsman of beautiful and finely detailed residences in Concord, Carlisle, and other areas of New England.
John was also a member of the New England Home Builders Association and was certified in Green Building technologies. “He took great pride in his workmanship and in the quality of the homes he built,” Peggy recalled. “Most recently, he was pioneering green building techniques because he felt very strongly about building energy efficient and sustainable homes for the people in his community.”
John also worked with many community organizations in Concord and Carlisle. He was an active volunteer of the Concord Carlisle Youth Baseball organization, which serves over 900 young people in Concord and Carlisle. He offered his time and heavy equipment to support annual maintenance and special projects for the playing fields in Concord and Carlisle. Rick Amodei, a long-time friend and neighbor who worked closely with John at CCYB, recalled: “John was always ready and willing to help us with anything we needed. He restored fields, built batting cages, and helped every year at spring cleaning. He was incredibly generous with his time and expertise; he had a huge impact on the community and CCYB. His energy and altruism will be greatly missed.”
John donated his time and effort for the betterment of the Foss Farm equestrian facilities, spending months building a large riding arena at Foss Farm in Carlisle. Also that year, John received the Volunteer of the Year award from the United States Pony Club. “Because of John’s work at Foss, we are able to run programs and fundraisers that will sustain open space riding for years to come,” explained Beth Platt, district commissioner of the Old North Bridge Pony Club. “His work at Foss is truly a legacy of John’s generosity and community spirit.”
Jeff Brem, a friend and neighbor who worked on the Foss project with John, recalled, “John had an incredible attention to detail and passion for excellence. He commissioned and paid for an asphalt paving machine to ensure a perfect depth of footing for the arena at Foss, because the standard options just wouldn’t do the job as well as John wanted it done.”
In April, John, daughter Sarah, and 17 Concord-Carlisle High School students joined Habitat for Humanity on a week-long trip to New Orleans to help build homes for those displaced during Hurricane Katrina.
His friends and family knew John as a caring husband and extremely devoted father. He was deeply involved in and faithfully supported his children’s interests and ambitions in sports, hobbies, and academics. He attended Sarah’s track meets and equestrian events, and built a barn on his property in Carlisle for her horse, even though he was not too thrilled at the attendant flies and manure. He was an avid fan of his son Patrick’s high school baseball team, proudly attending games to watch him pitch. John also enjoyed sport fishing in Key West with Patrick, and boating in Cape Cod and snowmobiling in New Hampshire with the family.
Peggy recalled John’s energy and love of life. “He loved telling stories and being with friends and family. He was caring about others. When we were on the boat or the snowmobiles, he wanted to make sure his friends had a good time and were safe. Whatever John was doing, whether debating politics with friends or attending a sporting event with his kids, he was intensely passionate about it.”
John will be deeply missed by his wife Peggy, his daughter Sarah (17), his son Patrick (15), his mother Julie (Kelly) Dowcett, his father Charles Dowcett, and his siblings: Christine Donovan of California, Brian, Julia, and Charles, Jr. of Waltham.
Visiting hours at the Dee Funeral Home of Concord, 27 Bedford Street, Concord center will be held on Friday, June 26, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.
The funeral service will be on Saturday, June 27, at 10 a.m. in the First Parish in Concord, 20 Lexington Road, Concord Center. Burial will follow, in Green Cemetery, Carlisle. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Concord Carlisle Youth Baseball, c/o President Ralph Verrilli, 316 Oak Hill Circle, Concord, MA 01742.
Arrangements are under the care of the Dee Funeral Home of Concord.
Carlisle athletes honored by Globe
Congratulations recent college graduates
• Katherine Brown of Cutter’s Ridge Road was awarded a bachelor of arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Hispanic Studies at the 133rd commencement of Boston College on May 18. At Boston College, Brown was active in the Liturgical Arts Group, studied overseas in Madrid, Spain, and participated in many volunteer opportunities on campus. She has accepted a position with Travelers Insurance in Braintree, where she will be an underwriter in the construction division.
• Kristin Knopf of Robbins Drive received a bachelor of science degree from Skidmore College on May 16 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center.
• Charles Dennison of Stearns Street graduated from Northeastern University on May 1 with a bachelor of science degree in Electrical Engineering, magna cum laude.
• Jenn Fantasia of East Street graduated magna cum laude from the Honors Program at America University in Washington, D.C., earning a bachelor of science degree in Biology and a minor concentration in Chinese. She spent her junior year abroad studying at Peking University. This spring Jenn was inducted as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She was also the recipient of the Anthony Schwartz Fellowship in Chemistry. Jenn plans on continuing her studies in medical school.
• Jacob Boxer of Stearns Street graduated in May from UMass Amherst summa cum laude. He will be working in computer networking at Cisco Systems in Boxboro.
• Michael Johnson of Ember Lane graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in June with a bachelor of science degree in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Music. In the fall, Michael will be teaching high school physics in Philadelphia with Teach for America.
• John Alex Brewer of Lowell Street received a bachelor of fine arts in Illustration from Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) on May 30.
• Samantha O’Keefe of Kimball Road received her bachelor of science degree in Environmental Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, with a minor in political science. This summer Samantha will be working for an environmental engineering firm in Madrid and is currently participating in an urban development conference in Thailand. She will return to MIT in the fall to continue graduate studies in technology and policy.
• Elise Ann Mostello of Kimball Road recently graduated from Stonehill College with a bachelor of arts degree.
• Joshua E. Holt of School Street received a Juris Doctor in Law degree from Boston University.
• Aaron J. Marks of Bedford Road graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He received a bachelor of science in Mechanical Engineering with an additional major in Engineering and Public Policy.
• Jennie Williams of Pheasant Hill Lane will be attending Northeastern University in the fall on a full scholarship as part of the Trustee Scholarship Program.
• Alison Mayer of River Road has completed her gap year at Dynamy Internship Year in Worcester, Massachusetts. Alison’s internship year included professional internships, an Outward Bound adventure challenge, community service, college accredited seminars, life coaching and other mentoring relationships. Since 1969, Dynamy Internship Year has provided opportunities for high school graduates to test their interests, expand self-awareness and deepen their understanding of the world before committing to a college or career choice. Alison plans to enroll at Clark University in Worcester in the fall.
• Caroline Howe of Acton Street, a member of Concord Academy’s Class of 2010, was honored for her achievement in German, scoring in the 90th percentile on the National German exam.
• Joe Carpenito of South Street, a new media student at Rochester Institute of Technology, was featured as an exhibitor at the Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity Festival. Carpenito presented Puddle: Virtual Wishing Pool. The exhibit showcased an interactive installation using water as a touch surface to navigate a virtual wishing pool. Carpenito is a 2005 graduate of CCHS.
• David Watson of North Road was presented a Gold President’s Volunteer Service Award for his work as a SHINE Health Benefits Counselor, Ombudsman and Money Manager Bill Payer.
• Amanda Li, seventh grader of Carriage Way, won the gold award for solo clarinet at the MICCA Solo and Ensemble Festival in May. Carolyn Lu of Cutter’s Ridge Road was the piano accompanist.
Private school graduates
• Jacob Dockterman of Russell Street graduated from Concord Academy at the end of May. Dockterman will be a freshman at Harvard in the fall.
• Bonnie Cao of Hutchins Road graduated from Concord Academy and will be a freshman at Bowdoin in the fall.
• Sam Petrie of Baldwin Road was among the 88 seniors who graduated from Middlesex School on May 31. Receiving his diploma with highest credit – a rare distinction – he also earned three school awards: the Trustees’ Prize in Mathematics, the Charles W. and Caroline S. Farnsworth Prize for Best Performance in a Supporting Role and an honorable mention in dance in the Thoreau Medal competition. Petrie will attend Yale in September.
• Tyler W. Smith of Hartwell Road graduated from St. Sebastian’s School in Needham as valedictorian of his class and will attend the University of Notre Dame in the fall.
• Connor Spotts of Hartwell Road graduated from Fay School in Southborough, Massachusetts. Spotts will attend Buckingham Browne & Nichols School in Cambridge starting in the fall. Connor was on the varsity hockey and baseball teams, and earned two awards in biology and received public service recognition for his volunteer work at Concord’s Open Table Food Pantry.
The Fenn School of Concord announces its Honor Roll for the third term
Academic High Honors and Sua Sponte High Honors
Sua Sponte High Honors
Academic High Honors
• Performing in Alexander Children’s Theater School’s “Les Miserables” musical were Carlisle students John Mayer (as Thénardier), Jacqui Malis (Madame Thénardier), Cameron Reid (Courfeyrac),Stephanie Malis (Lesgles) and Erika Hedden(Young Eponine). Performances were held June 19 through June 21 at Turtlelane Playhouse in Newton.
• Audrey Cooney of Concord Street, a 2009 CCHS graduate, will attend Sewanee: The University of the South.
• Ariel Chin of Judy Farm Road, a 2009 CCHS graduate, will attend the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
• The photo of the Hopping Huskies was taken by Andrea Seddon. ∆
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