Funeral Mass for Douglas Francis Hurteau, age 63, of Ogdensburg will be held on Monday, September 9th, at 11:00 a.m. at the Roman Catholic Church of St. Mary in Canton with Father Douglas J. Lucia as celebrant. Burial will follow the Mass at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Canton. Calling Hours will be held on Sunday, September 8th from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Fox & Murray Funeral Home in Ogdensburg. Mr. Hurteau passed away at his home on September 4th, while under the care of his family and Northern Lights Home Care.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret; two daughters, Casey Speck and husband Charles Phillip of Roanoke, VA., and Jennifer Rice of Lexington, KY; a stepson, Matthew Garman of Canton; a grandson, Charles Douglas Speck of Roanoke, VA; his mother, Doris R. Hurteau of Ogdensburg; two sisters, Marta Fitzpatrick and husband John of Franklinton, North Carolina, and Mallory Hurteau and husband Jeffrey Maury of Massena; three brothers, Marc Hurteau and wife Kathy of Medina, Ohio, Matthew Hurteau of Wake Forest, North Carolina, and Andrew Hurteau and wife Lana of Oakland, California; and twelve nieces and nephews and five grand nephews.
He was predeceased by his father, Douglas G. Hurteau; and a sister, Mary Kimberly Anyango.
Douglas was born in Ogdensburg on August 27, 1950, the son of the late Douglas G. Hurteau and Doris Monnet Hurteau. He attended Bishop Conroy Memorial School and graduated from St. Mary’s Catholic High School in Ogdensburg in 1968. From 1968 to 1971 he attended Wadhams Hall Seminary College. At the end of his junior year he joined the Christian Appalachian Project (CAP) in Kentucky, an interdenominational organization founded by a Roman Catholic priest in 1964 to aid the poor of Appalachia. As a CAP volunteer Doug engaged in many building projects, including a summer camp for underprivileged children that operates to this day. Mr. Hurteau remained in Berea, Kentucky, for more than 25 years, where he raised his children and owned and operated the Doug Hurteau Construction company.
Doug returned to the North Country more than a decade ago and married the former Margaret Ritchie Garman on October 10, 2009. He carried a passion for building design and construction throughout his adult life, and for the past nine years was Facilities Manager for St. Lawrence NYSARC.
Doug loved life along the banks of the St. Lawrence River. One of his favorite pastimes was bicycling along country roads in the Town of Oswegatchie, past the farm where his late grandmother, Mary Mallory Monnet of Ogdensburg, had lived as a child. He was an avid cross-country skier, hiker, and kayaker, and always welcomed a racket ball match. And although he did not follow many spectator sports, Doug enjoyed accompanying his wife on garage sale hunting expeditions.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge in Burlington, Vermont. Condolences can also be shared online at www.foxandmurrayfuneralhome.com.