The doucet gallery
Richard R Doucet
* Taken from the Suncook Valley Sun , May 6th 2015
Northwood Veteran Starts a New Career…at 70!
By Shannan Brown, Joseph J. Jeffrey VFW Post 7217
I had a chance to turn the tables on one of our members recently when I found out that Richard Doucet, who writes occasional “Veteran’s Corner” articles for the Sun, has started a new career…at the age of 70! It was his turn to be interviewed.
Richard served in the US Army from 1963 through 1985. Some of his tours included Vietnam, two tours in Germany, teaching in a private military academy and being “lent”, as he put it, to the French Army by the American Army for four years.
After he retired in 1985 he spend 13 years working and training in the armored car industry, then 10 years as the Director of Security for the State Transportation Building in Boston and lastly two years as a per diem instructor for a Lowell MA based security company.
“When I retired for the last time”, he told me, “my wife said if I got another job she would kill me. Three months later she said if I didn’t find something to do she would kill me. So I took up a hobby I hadn’t worked with in 30 years; wood burning and water color art. Then it wasn’t long before she told me I simply could not keep all the stuff I made.”
He started selling in craft fairs but was also juried by, and accepted into, the Valley Artisans Guild in Epsom where he now sells his work.
“One fun thing I got to do“, he said, “ was to put on a demonstration of wood burning in the Arts Building at the Deerfield Fair last September. My wife, Tanya, and I also did the Christmas in Strafford fair last December and loved it. We’re going to do it again this December.”
Richard was able to put his love of teaching and his enjoyment of wood burning art together when he met with Jesika and Robert, owners of Hunky Dunk Farm on Route 4 in Northwood. Hunky Dunk will now be hosting the Northwood Farmers Market on Tuesdays from three to six pm in there store and Richard will be there most Tuesdays, starting May 5 th, to demonstrate his work as well as sell.
“I love the idea most of all because Jesika’s and Robert’s philosophy of “Keeping it Local”.
Richard is just another example of how veterans keep being an active part of the community…even at 70 years old!