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“I just heard and wanted to let you know how sorry I am to hear of your loss. I still remember going to games in Toronto when you and Gary were...Read More »
1 of 71 | Posted by: LINDA STOWELL (COOPER) - Denver, CO

“Judy and Family:Our sympathy to you at this sad time. Our thoughts are with you. ”
2 of 71 | Posted by: Don and Joan Gower - Friend

“Judy, Ryan , Jen and families...I was so sorry to hear of Gary's passing.We will always remember his days at MDC (Car 25) and the joy he brought to...Read More »
3 of 71 | Posted by: Angelo Tilas - Peabody, MA

“Sorry for your loss. God bless the Doak family.Matt DeBonisDelray Beach, FL ”
4 of 71 | Posted by: A friend

“So sorry for your loss. May youfind comfort from our loving Creator,"He hears their cry for help, and he rescues them."~ Psalms 145:19 ”
5 of 71 | Posted by: A friend

“My condolences to the whole family. I remember well the good times we had as teenagers. Gary was a great guy and a great friend when we were growing...Read More »
6 of 71 | Posted by: Wayne Rumig

“I remember the years watching you play for the B's. Such memorable times. And I'll never forget how good you were blocking shots. Unbelievable!!...Read More »
7 of 71 | Posted by: Richard Merrigan - Pompano Beach, FL

“I would like to pass my condolences and those of all his Florida friends, the guys and gals from both The Ocean Breeze Golf Club and south Florida to...Read More »
8 of 71 | Posted by: GEORGE C'MIEL - WEST SPRINGFIELD, MA

“Dear Doak family,So very sorry to hear of Gary's passing. Growing up in Goderich as childhood friends, there are so many fun and fond memories of...Read More »
9 of 71 | Posted by: Wayne Bissett - Ottawa, ON

“Dear Judy and Family you are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time with the passing of Gary ”
10 of 71 | Posted by: Don and Jane Stokes - Cambridge, ON

“Judy, Ryan, Jennifer and family,We were very saddened to hear of Gary's passing! From a very young age Gary was a legend in our family!! A small town...Read More »
11 of 71 | Posted by: Jamie Skeoch - Guelph, ON

“Got to know Gary when he worked for the MDC Recreation Dept.He hired me as a skating instructor to visit local MDC hockey rinks around the Boston...Read More »
12 of 71 | Posted by: Phil Wallace - Saugus, MA

“To the Doak family we are so sorry for your loss. We are unable to come pay our respects. Paul is away and I unfortunately have a family service to...Read More »
13 of 71 | Posted by: Paul & Cindy Giansiracusa - MA

“Judy and familyWe send our deepest condolences to you. We were very saddened to hear of Gary's passing. Our thoughts are with you in this sad time....Read More »
14 of 71 | Posted by: Chris and Sharon Graham - Friend

Eastern Hockey School- Worchester, MA-  1967  Danny Grant, Charlie Hodge, Don Awrey, Gary Doak “I was a Long Island, NY kid who went to the Eastern Hockey School in Worchester ,MA with a couple of my teammates when we about 12 years old. In...Read More »
15 of 71 | Posted by: Ray Seeback - Ronkonkoma, NY

“To Judy and family, so sorry to hear of Gary's passing. God Bless to your beautiful children and grandchildren. ”
16 of 71 | Posted by: Maria Palladino Piccolo - CT

“Judy and family, Our deepest sympathy to you all. He was a great friend and will be truly missed. Nick feels like he lost his brother. He and my son...Read More »
17 of 71 | Posted by: Donna Vergados - Lowell, MA

“Judy, Jennifer and Ryan, our hearts broke when we read about Gary. We have the fondest memories of him when Ryan, Todd Bailey and our son, Chris...Read More »
18 of 71 | Posted by: Mary Riley - Lynnfield, MA

“I was so blessed to get a round of golf in with Gary as a guest of his good friend Leo last summer! - Thanks Gary for your friendship and such a fun...Read More »
19 of 71 | Posted by: Brad Small - Haverhill, MA

“My deepest sympathy to the Doak family. Praying that our Lord will bless you with His love, comfort and strength during this difficult and sad time....Read More »
20 of 71 | Posted by: Cindy Kelly - Tucson, AZ

“Judy, Jen, Ryan and Family,I am so sorry to hear about Gary's passing. I have such fond memories of us spending time together. Especially with you...Read More »
21 of 71 | Posted by: Nicole Marcotte-Acres - Salem, NH

“My sympathy to Gary's family. He was an all around nice guy. It was always a pleasure to have a chat with him when he was in Goderich. He was...Read More »
22 of 71 | Posted by: Deb Shewfelt - Goderich Ontario, ON

“Judy and family. Doug speaks very fondly of Gary and their fun times in Goderich. Doug thoroughly enjoyed their golfing excursions and playing ball....Read More »
23 of 71 | Posted by: Cris and Doug Spitzig - Waterloo

“Back in the late 70's I met Gary at the Clinton race track and I pointed out my son sitting in the grandstand with my father and asked Gary to go and...Read More »
24 of 71 | Posted by: Klaas Degroot - Markham - Friend

“Prayers to all. He will never be forgotten. He was part of the New England sports scene and was mentioned every time the Bruins were written or...Read More »
25 of 71 | Posted by: Bob Kitchen - Cranston, RI

“So sorry to hear this news ..even though Gary lives on my street here in Lynnfield I never had the privledge of meeting him..my condolences to his...Read More »
26 of 71 | Posted by: Steve Ciambelli - Lynnfield, MA

“Dear Judy, Jennifer, Ryan and Steve, Sue.Our deepest sympathy in the loss of Gary. Although it is a long time since I have seen him we have some...Read More »
27 of 71 | Posted by: Bob & Shirley Dinsmore - Family

“We were sorry to hear about Gary's passing. He was a wonderful person and will be greatly missed by so many people. Our deepest sympathy to Judy and...Read More »
28 of 71 | Posted by: Wayne & Gwen Doak - Goderich

“Gary and Judy were great neighbour's in Goderich.Gary was a great supporter of Lion Young Canada week in Goderich.Rest in peace Gary ”
29 of 71 | Posted by: Bill and Marlene Black

“Gary lived 2 doors down when I was I kid. I could always tell when is near training camp because he would jog to the race track and do a few laps and...Read More »
30 of 71 | Posted by: Larry Daer - G|oderich - Neighbor

“RIP Doakie! ”
31 of 71 | Posted by: Domenic Pontarelli - RI

“I truly liked and respected Gary. I worked under his supervision for several years at the DCR golf courses. He was a good man I'll miss him ”
32 of 71 | Posted by: Jim Lovett - Quincy, MA

“Dear Judy - we are saddened to know of Gary's passing - a gentle and genuine man - and always a very special part of our Goderich community.You and...Read More »
33 of 71 | Posted by: Cecelia Denomme - Goderich, ON

“Dear Gary,You enriched so many lives while you were here. You were also on one of the greatest teams in NHL history. A solid man and a solid player....Read More »
34 of 71 | Posted by: Ken Murray - Beverly, MA

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you all ”
35 of 71 | Posted by: Keith Bottema - Ottawa, Ontario

“Ryan Doak and Family,While I only had the opportunity to meet Gary once, I know what a great man he was by the children that he helped raise. Gary's...Read More »
36 of 71 | Posted by: Brian and Nicole Kish - LA

“We send our deepest sympathies to the family of Gary Doak. Such a caring person. He did great things for Goderich through his career in hockey and...Read More »
37 of 71 | Posted by: Becky and Dave McIvor McIvor

“Judy, Jennifer and Ryan,I was saddened to hear of Gary's passing. He was a wonderful boss and friend during the four years I worked at the Epicurean...Read More »
38 of 71 | Posted by: Christine Golden - Barrington, NH

“Mrs.Doak & family,Please accept my deepest, sincerest condolences in the passing of Gary. As you know, he assisted us in raising almost $400,000 for...Read More »
39 of 71 | Posted by: Brian Goodleaf - Friend

“So sorry for loss my Gary Rest In Peace my prayers and thoughts go to the family in this tough team ”
40 of 71 | Posted by: James Celona - Fitchburg, MA

“Judy, Jennifer & RyanOur deepest condolences to you and your family during this dark time. Please know that our family is keeping you and yours in...Read More »
41 of 71 | Posted by: Ricky, Debbie, Donna & Denise Testa - NH

“RIP Doakie #25 ”
42 of 71 | Posted by: Tony Grossi - Malden, MA

“Dear Jen and Family, We are so very sorry for the loss of your dad. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, your mom, children, and the entire...Read More »
43 of 71 | Posted by: Denise & Anthony Iacoviello - MA

“Dear Judy and family: We were so saddened to hear of Gary's (Baldy's) passing. Please know that our thoughts are with you at this very sad and...Read More »
44 of 71 | Posted by: Bill and Donna Fritzley Goderich

“You will be missed Gary.Dr Ashby C Moncure and family ”
45 of 71 | Posted by: Ashby Moncure - Boston, MA

“I am so sorry for the loss of your loved one. Please find peace and comfort in Psalms 119:76. ”
46 of 71 | Posted by: A friend

“A nice man a great family..be proud of all you accomplished.. ”
47 of 71 | Posted by: Victor Gnozzo - Highland. Beach, FL

Great day last September at the Abernaki Golf Course with Gary and Brad (pictured) Leo and Paul “Judy, Jen, Ryan and familiesSo sad about Doakies passing. He was one of our truly great friends. Our time together enjoying golf outings, evenings...Read More »
48 of 71 | Posted by: Leo and Pam Kiley - Marblehead, MA

“Debbie and I are truly saddened at Gary's passing. Although over the past couple of years during our many golf outings and several get-togethers we...Read More »
49 of 71 | Posted by: Bob Fredo - delray beach, FL

“Gary, you are going to be greatly missed at the Dunkin Donuts each morning.The coffee boys wish Judy and the family nothing but the best during this...Read More »
50 of 71 | Posted by: Chris Johnston - Delray Beach, FL

“Thanks for all you gave to every Bruins fan. While you lent us your life on the ice, it seems as if you gave a lot to those around the rest of your...Read More »
51 of 71 | Posted by: Mark Bell - WESTFIELD, MA

“One of the better defensemen in the NFL, always enjoyed seeing you play. ”
52 of 71 | Posted by: Bill Steeves - Holbrook, MA

“Our thoughts today are with Doakie and his family. We have a lost a true Huron County Hockey Hero. God Bless ”
53 of 71 | Posted by: Doug Chamney - Goderich, ON

“When people would ask me what Gary was like the word gentleman always came to mind. When my son played youth hockey I would always see Gary at the...Read More »
54 of 71 | Posted by: Frank DeAngelo - Revere, MA

“Our deepest sympathies Judy and family thinking of you Mike and Barb O'Brien ”
55 of 71 | Posted by: Barb O'Brien - Goderich - Friend

“Dear Judy, Jennifer, Ryan, Sue, Steve and Jeff.I am sadden to hear the passing of Gary. Gary will be surely missed. I did not know he was ill. Our...Read More »
56 of 71 | Posted by: Cheryl Doak-McCarty - Goderich, ON

“My condolences to the Doak family and Gary's professional family,I had the honor of serving Mr.Doak hot dogs at the old snack bar In the old Boston...Read More »
57 of 71 | Posted by: Kenny Manzi - Methuen, MA

“RIP DoakieFrom a life-long Bruins fan ”
58 of 71 | Posted by: Scott Levison - Pinellas Park, FL

“Gary, you were a part of my childhood. Like a lot of kids in my generation, I'd get out there on the ice or on the playground and pretend that I was...Read More »
59 of 71 | Posted by: Bob Martel - Bolton, MA

“I am sorry to hearing of your passing Mr. Doak. I was a lifeguard for the MDC as a teen and my manager used to work the Simoni rink in the winter and...Read More »
60 of 71 | Posted by: Fred Plett

“Judy, Jennifer & Ryan,I am so sad to hear that Gary has passed away. It's been a long time but so many wonderful memories managing the Epicurean and...Read More »
61 of 71 | Posted by: Kitty Malloy - Exeter, NH

“Rest In Peace Gary. The B's have lost another great one both on and off the ice. So glad you decided to reside in the Boston area after retiring A...Read More »
62 of 71 | Posted by: - Melrose, MA

“Rest In Piece, Gary. Deepest condolences to Doak family. Sincerely,Former Epicurean employee. ”
63 of 71 | Posted by: A friend

“Dear Judy and Family, Please accept our sincerest condolences during this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Wish we could be...Read More »
64 of 71 | Posted by: Don & Helen Marcotte - Amesbury, MA

“Judy, Jennifer, Ryan and family. So sorry to hear about the loss of Gary or as my dad fondly referred to him as "Doakie". He was a wonderful man. ...Read More »
65 of 71 | Posted by: Lisa Gillespie - Woodstock

“Judy, Jen, Ryan and Family: I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My deepest condolences to all of you. My prayers to all of you! He was a great...Read More »
66 of 71 | Posted by: Barbara Coburn - Saugus, MA

“Our thoughts are with you Judy, and your family.Gary has been a tremendous friend. ”
67 of 71 | Posted by: Rod & Ruth Reid - Chatham Ontario

“Dear Judy and family,We are so sorry to hear of Gary's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.Doris & Ron and...Read More »
68 of 71 | Posted by: Ron & Doris Daer - Goderich

“Dear Judy, Jen, Ryan, Mike, Liz and the grandsons-please accept our deepest sympathy. Tom & Sandra McGrail ”
69 of 71 | Posted by: Sandra McGrail - Naples, FL

“To Judy and Family ,Also, Steve and Sue , we would like to send or sympathies , and sorry to hear of Gary's Passing. From John & Barbara White in...Read More »
70 of 71 | Posted by: John and Barbara White - Friend

“The Gately Family and Staff wish to express our sincere sympathy to you. It is our hope that we may be able to make a difficult time more bearable....Read More »
71 of 71 | Posted by: John W. Gately, John H. Gately & Fred Sprague - MA


Gary Walter Doak (February 25, 1946 – March 25, 2017) passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his family after a courageous battle with cancer.

Gary was a National Hockey League defenseman who played for the Boston Bruins, Detroit Red Wings, Vancouver Canucks and New York Rangers. Best known for his 14 seasons with the Bruins, over 789 NHL regular season games the stay at home defenseman amassed a plus 140 plus/minus rating. He was also a member of the 1970 Boston Bruins' Stanley Cup championship team. Following his playing career, Gary was the Boston Bruins' assistant coach from 1981- 1985. He also served as the head coach at the University of Massachusetts Boston for two years.

Following his hockey career, Gary owned the Epicurean restaurant in Exeter, N.H, and then went on to lead the recreation department of the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation. He was also well known for his charitable efforts, which included his coordination of, and participation in, youth hockey clinics, his participation in the Dana-Farber Pan Mass Challenge for cancer research, and his wide-ranging efforts associated with the Boston Bruins Alumni.

In recent years, Gary split his time between his homes in Lynnfield, MA and Boca Raton, F.L. During this time, in addition to spending time with friends and family, he enjoyed many rounds of golf and walks on the beach with his faithful dog, Buddy.

Gary was the beloved husband of Judith (Shore) Doak. Loving father of Jennifer Doak-Deraps & her husband Michael, and Ryan G. Doak & his wife Elizabeth of Tuscon AZ. Proud grandfather of Benjamin, Lucas, Elijah, Nathan & Sam. Caring brother of Sue Hanson & her late husband Bob and Steve Doak & his late wife Fran all of Canada. Also survived by many wonderful nieces, nephews and friends. Visitation will be held at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St. Melrose, on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 from 3:00-8:00PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Our Lady of Assumption Church, 758 Salem St. Lynnfield on Thursday at 10:00AM. Relatives & friends are respectfully invited to attend. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Gary's name to Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan St., Suite B-102 Danvers, MA 01923 or to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.