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Arthur Barry Doten
April 3, 1953 ~ January 30, 2024 (age 70) 70 Years Old
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Arthur Barry Doten, 70, a lifelong resident of Brockton, passed away peacefully on January 30, 2024. Born in Brockton at Phaneuf Hospital on Good Friday 1953, he was the son of the late Raymond Curtis and Marie Elise (Doucette) Doten. Barry spent a wonderful 1950s style computerless boyhood with his parents, brother, and sister in their first home on Wilbur Street in Abington, where he attended Woodsdale School. Growing up he enjoyed fun times with all of his cousins on Howard Street and Oak Street and memorable summers on Common Fence Point with his late cousin, Paul.
In 1966 his family returned to Brockton where Barry attended East Junior High and later South Junior High and graduated from Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical High School in 1971. He later attended Wentworth Institute of Technology. Gifted with his hands, Barry worked as a tool maker for companies including Fairfield Optical, Arkles Corporation and Truex Machine. A skilled carpenter, he later worked for Distinctive Property Services in Falmouth and then with AB construction where he partnered with his lifelong friend, Ron Boucher, as a home builder, and home improvement contractor.
His greatest joy in life was raising his three beloved children, and introducing them to the important things in life like family, cousins, visiting grandparents for hugs and baked goodies, summer vacations on the Cape, family gatherings, and laughter. For many years Barry enjoyed playing softball and helped develop two successful teams: Urban Painting, and later Core Studios both which enjoyed much success in the Brockton City Softball League. Along with his dear friend Mary, Barry enjoyed many years of fun social engagements and traveling to Maine, Canada, and Bermuda.
In 1995 he purchased a home in the Brookfield section of Brockton, where after his retirement, he enjoyed his morning Dunkin run to N. Quincy St., and his daily, rain or shine, multi mile walks through Brookfield, Abington, “The Village”, and Holbrook. Barry had a kind spirit and a generous heart and was always available to assist friends, family, neighbors, and strangers with a helping hand.
Barry was the beloved father of Brian M. Doten of Raynham, Arthur Barry Doten Jr. of Bridgewater, and the late Angelle Elise Doten; loving grandfather of Aaron Michael Doten, Connor Joseph-Barry Doten, and Anna Elise Doten, and Logan Lee Allen, and Kyle (Elana Josephine) Allen; dear brother of Nancy Elise Doten of West Bridgewater and Raymond Curtis Doten Jr. of S. Dartmouth; and an uncle of many nieces and nephews. Besides his beloved family, and treasured friends, Barry leaves behind his wonderful neighbors, Charlotte, Charles, Jack, Mike, Kathy, and Clint. Barry was loved by many and will be deeply missed.
All are welcome to memorial calling hours Wed., Feb. 7th from 4-7 p.m. with a 6:30 p.m. closing prayer at Waitt Funeral Home, 850 N. Main St., Brockton. Private spring burial. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 (https://www.stjude.org/donate).