I am sad to report that our
friend Doug, 58, passed away on
October 28, 2007. One night in
late October, Maureen Brunetti came
to the studio in tears to tell me
her close friend Doug had fallen
seriously ill with kidney problems.
She said that Doug had just left
Houston to seek treatment in his
home state of New Hampshire at
Dartmouth. He died soon after.
After Doug passed away, Maureen had
some words she asked me to include.
Douglas was a big part of the SSQQ
Swing community for a long time.
He helped Maureen as her whip and
swing assistant for many years.
As Maureen pointed out, Doug
promoted dancing whenever and
wherever he could. He made
business cards with SSQQ's address,
website and phone number to pass out
at dance venues.
be amazed at some flashy step, or
just marvel at social, partner
dancing and ask where could they
learn to do that.
ALWAYS happy to dance with beginning
ladies and to tell the beginning
guys to hang in there, they will get
it and that it's worth it.
Douglas Peabody will be missed here
at the studio.
The Swing Kids (1999)
From: Charley Denton (pictured at
bottom in yellow shirt)
Sent: Thursday, April 23, 2009 8:30 PM
To: Rick Archer
Subject: Two Tons Picture
Hey Rick, The group picture of us at the Broken Spoke with
Two Tons is a special one for many of us. It was the last
time many of us saw Douglas Peabody. He either didn't know
he was sick or had not revealed it yet.
We all miss him. When a group of us had a memorial dinner
for him one night, we all discovered other sides to him we
didn't know. An old friend of his didn't know he danced,
some didn't know he had an amazing collection of gadgets and
zippo lighters, none of us knew his time was so short. He
gave Teresa a zippo for safekeeping when he went in the
hospital. He gave me a bunch of his NASA fans
(cardboard cuts of NASA documents we used to fan
Judith said he always made her feel a part of the group ....
sadly she doesn't come anymore. We
honor him every 2nd Tuesday of the month with a dance where
we bring lots of baby powder for the floor
(another one of his touches).
Sometimes kids or parents or friends will come to see
some of the magic that Douglas helped to start.
Doug was a nice eccentric
man who didn't need many words to touch others.
We all miss him. Charley