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Douglas Fay Pederson

Douglas Fay Pederson

Monday, March 30th, 2020
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Photo credited Douglas F. Pederson, featured in National Geographic.

Douglas Fay Pederson, 70, of Westford, MA died at the Emerson Hospital in Concord, MA on March 30, 2020. He was the beloved husband of 30 ½ years to Sherry (Barton) Roege-Pederson.

He was born in Concord on April 22, 1949 to the late George and Marjorie (Reed) Pederson. He completed the three year registered nurse program at Middlesex Community College, then worked as a registered nurse for 38 years retiring in 2012 which included 18 years at Emerson Hospital in Concord, MA and 20 years at the Bedford (MA) Veterans Administration Medical Center.

Doug was an avid self-taught photographer; his favorite subjects were birds and his grandson Pax. Many of his bird photographs can be found on the National Geographic site and on display at the Westford Senior Center. He wrote poetry and many were submitted to Poetry Soup. His daughter Diane compiled a book of his photography and poems as a legacy of his talent and creativity.

He was an avid genealogy researcher and frequently assisted other researchers from around the world to find their ancestors. He also “rescued” roadside free donations and renovated them as toys, bicycles, sleds for Pax and devices to make his life easier. He was best known for his dedication to family, kindness, generosity, creativity, spirituality as well as his wicked sense of humor and playing pranks on his wife Sherry.

He is survived by his wife; stepdaughters Carol Roege and Pete Zahm of Fitchburg, MA, Diane Roege and Chris Calvert of Manchester, UK; and his grandson, Paxton Erb Zahm. He was predeceased by his parents, and brothers Barry and Randy Pederson.

Per Doug’s request there will be a graveside service and no calling hours. Sherry is planning a Celebration of Life gathering for family and friends as well as a service at the Bedford VAMC to be held at a later date.

The family requests no flowers and to make a donation to the Center for Disease Control, online at https://www.cdcfoundation.org/give/ways-to-give, or by mail to the CDC Foundation, Advancement Office, 600 Peachtree Street, Suite 1000, Atlanta, GA 30308.

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Kim Lamb

Posted at 10:16am
So saddened to hear of Doug's passing. His photography was so beautiful, I enjoyed looking at all his bird photos. I am also grateful for his extensive research into our family's roots in Norway. He will be missed. My sincere condolences to the rest of the family. May we all look forward to better times ahead.

Tamara Loring

Posted at 05:20pm
How to describe Doug? He was so unique, and continues to be so present in spirit, that it seems wrong to use the past tense.
Doug and I were classmates in third grade in the Acton schools. We knew each other by sight only, really, until the funeral of my Aunt Alice Loring (née Pederson) just a few years ago. He sat across the table from me, the spitting image of his third grade picture, and we began corresponding, as we realized we had a bunch of interests in common: writing, nature (oh his superb photos, arriving weekly to energize my days), family research, our shared Acton roots with the nostalgia that goes with it (I’ve lived in Canada since 1974), our European connections: his with Norway, mine with my Belgian “family” from my AFS year abroad, eons ago.
I’m sending that class picture from the third grade, and my snap of Doug when I rediscovered him.
I realize, on thinking back on his many poems, and on his emails to me over the years, how very positive Doug was, always. Reflecting on the past, the present and the future, whatever it might bring, with a serenity and whimsy I loved and still love.
Doug, my classmate and friend, I will miss you. I know you improved my life and surely those of all who knew you. Rest in peace. I will look at all the birds and squirrels etc in our yard and listen to their messages. I feel that some of their messages will be from you.
Tam Loring, Sainte-Adele, Quebec

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