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Clyde Bradley Doolittle and Constance Ann Doolittle

March 14, 2022

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Constance “Connie” Ann Doolittle, passed 03/14/22 - 86 Years


Clyde “Bud” Bradley Doolittle, Jr., passed 11/08/2020 - 89 years

50 year residents of Hingham, MA, survived by three children (Susan Cavanaugh, Deborah Doolittle and Robert Doolittle) and five grandchildren
Connie was a strong, intelligent woman with a big heart. An avid athlete at a young age, she did everything in life with keen insight and determination. At 15 she met her husband, Bud, on the beach in Cape Cod where she spent summers with her family. A few years later they started their life together, raising their three children and a number of dogs. Connie attended Boston University; obtaining an associates degree and worked as a bookkeeper for Kiddie Products and later, the family business. Connie was active in the community: volunteering her time at the local Girl Scout council organizing cookie sales, at the Samaritans hotline, at South Shore Elders Services, and assisting the eldery with taxes at the Hingham Senior Center. Connie leveraged her crafting talents in knitting, sewing, crocheting and needlepoint to make soft goods for family and various charities over the years. Her favorite times were trips to Williamsburg, VA and to her home in Islesboro ME for family vacations and holidays - sharing with her family her love of old movies, local theater, her Dutch heritage, and chaotic family dinners. Her family will most miss… the belly laughs when they finally got her to crack a smile, her undying love of the Red Sox (c'mon Boys!) and the many knitting, crocheting and needlework projects that could be found in every nook and cranny of the household.
 
Bud was a hardworking man who was always trying to get others to giggle alongside him. From a young age, he found he had a knack for building things (his first project was a set of stairs). Early in his career he enlisted in the Marines, studied engineering at GM Institute and later UVM, and later worked for Hamilton Standard, and Sylvania. Bud eventually left corporate life to pursue his dream of building houses, founding Volunteer Realty Trust, and perfecting his building skills — a craft he taught many around him. His life of service did not stop there, he volunteered at the Samaritans Hotline alongside Connie, and was crucial support during the yearly Girl Scout cookie drives. He built a family with the love of his life, where there was always ice cream or baked goods the family could enjoy together. He was known as a tough guy who never stopped working, but his soft side emerged as he entertained the grandchildren and engaged with animals around him, or when he volunteered to bring home Dunkin Donuts. His family will most miss… his sneaking off to the kitchen for an extra cupcake or spoonful of peanut butter, his dry sense of humor that was often only perceptible in the twinkle in his eye, and his willingness to listen to those who needed to talk.

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