HARTFORD — Friends and family will gather to remember Douglas Bruch Leach, 45, who died June 15, 2012 at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H. following a tragic accident, will be held on the shore of Kennedy Pond behind the Knight Funeral Home in Windsor today (Thursday, June 21) at 4 p.m. with a reception following until 7 p.m.
Doug was born Sept. 28, 1966 in Boston, Mass., a son of Bruce Douglas Leach and Eleanor (Pagano) Leach.
He grew up in Chelmsford, Mass., and shortly after graduating from Nashoba Valley Technical High School in Westford, Mass., he moved to Vermont and has lived in the Upper Valley for the past 25 years.
Since arriving, Doug had worked as a professional in the heating oil and propane industry in the Upper Valley, most recently as a co-owner of Patriot Fuels.
He was an avid sportsman and loved the outdoors including hunting and fishing. He also enjoyed golf and hockey, especially coaching Hartford Youth Hockey when his son was younger.
He is survived by his wife Cindy (Gradie) Leach of Hartford; his children, Jeffrey Douglas leach of Quechee and Ashley Elizabeth Leach of Hartford; parents, Bruce and Eleanor Leach of Ryegate; sisters, Lisa D. Eldridge and Alison M. Leach, both of Chelmsford, Mass., and nephews, Derek B. Eldridge and his wife, Katharine, Drew J. Eldridge, David B. Leach, Conner P. McLaughlin and Robert D. Tower.
He was predeceased by a brother-in-law, Steven T.M. Eldridge.
Inq lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to a fund for the benefit of his children. Contact the Knight Funeral Home at 802-295-2100 for more information.
This obituary first appeared in the June 21, 2012 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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