David Arthur Doremus, born June 7, 1941, passed away peacefully on July 8, 2022, surrounded by his loving family.
Born in Manchester, he was the son of Milton Doremus and Catherine Norris Doremus of Manchester. Graduated from Manchester High School, Boston University and Williams College School of Banking.
David began his career in lending and finance at Hartford National Bank. After many years in the banking sector, he made the courageous decision to follow his passion, start his own business and go into real estate and construction. He would eventually become a successful real estate broker and custom home builder. His distinguished career in construction has earned him many friendships with contractors and colleagues. In his later years he went to work as a consultant with Windham Sand & Stone and Builder’s Concrete.
As a lifelong resident of Manchester, he had many lasting friendships too numerous to count. Throughout his long and busy life he was a member of the Elks Club, British American Club, Manchester Country Club and served on various boards and committees. He enjoyed golfing, playing cards in the afternoons with his buddies at the Manchester Country Club, playing pool, riding his Harley Davidson, driving his many Corvettes over the years, including his highly prized 64′ Stingray. He had a passion and respect for the ocean and owned several boats, including a Hatteras Sport Fisherman, which he moored at a slipway at Mystic River Marina on Mason’s Island. He enjoyed weekends on the water across New England with his family and friends. In his later years, he traded in his boat to build a house on Martha’s Vineyard to create a place for his wife, daughters, sons-in-law and grandchildren to enjoy their summers. He was the epitome of “cool” and one of the most poised, measured, and stylish people on the planet.
He married the love of his life, Anne Carey Doremus, on February 8, 1964, being immediately welcomed into Anne’s clan of 12 Irish aunts and uncles and their many children, who were so present in his life. He and Anne traveled the world together, often returning to their favorite city of Paris.
David and Anne raised two daughters, Trace and Susan, in Manchester. Thanks to his gentle advice, he always believed that they were capable of anything. He taught them to drive lawn tractors, play basketball in the driveway, pilot, tie up, and secure the lines of his boats. He was always front row at their dance and piano recitals, and his daughters never doubted that they were his number one priority in life. His daughters love him more than anything.
As his daughters met and married, he welcomed, as his own, two incredible sons-in-law, Matthew Maulucci and Steven D’Amico, who became his fishing buddies, his golfing partners, his NASCAR racing, his personal mechanics, his handymen and his best buddies.
His pride and joy was to be involved, on a daily basis, in the lives of his five grandchildren from the day each of them was born, until the day he died, Jason David Maulucci, Jonathan V. Maulucci , Joseph M. Maulucci, Jordan A. D’Amico and Andrew David D’Amico. He was a role model and always there for them, traveling with them around the country, attending their games, school concerts, and talking with them every day.
David is predeceased by his beloved parents and grandparents. He is survived by his brother, Milton; sister Janet; wife Anne; daughters Trace and Susan; sons-in-law Matt and Steve; and grandchildren Jason, Jonathan, Jordan, Joseph and Andrew.
Somewhere, somewhere not so far away, his beloved parents and grandparents take him and his siblings to the beach; he drives his Harley to the club to play pool with his friends; he sets sail from the Mystic River to Block Island with his wife and daughters; he pulls up in the park in his Corvette to watch his grandkids play a game; he is on a plane to Europe with Anne; he’s on Martha’s Vineyard with his whole family. He’s in a better place.
Calling hours will be Tuesday, July 12, 2022, at Watkins/Manchester Funeral Home, 142 East Center St., Manchester, between 5 and 8 p.m. A private family memorial will be held at a later date.
Published by Journal Inquirer from July 11 to July 15, 2022.