Condolence & Memory Journal

I was recruited in 1974 to serve on the Fire Department, the year after Doug became Chief, and I worked closely with him until his retirement in 1993, when I was chosen to be his successor. During those years, serving in many different capacities under Doug's leadership, I gained a tremendous amount of respect for him, and even more so after I tried to fill his shoes. Because Doug was quiet and unassuming, never seeking the limelight, I suspect that most people didn't realize what a brilliant strategist he was. He completely transformed the Department into an incredibly efficient operation that reflected his no-nonsense, get the job done, attitude, always with respect for the tax dollar in mind. He took his role as Chief seriously and worked hard at it, without the usual pomp and circumstance that's prevalent throughout the industry. He was tolerant and forgiving of the idiosyncrasies of his subordinates if it served the greater good. The number of significant milestones attained by the Department under his leadership are too numerous to mention here.
Doug also taught me a lot when I served under him when he was Tree Warden. I later followed in his footsteps in that role as well. I owe him a lot.
My condolences to all the Trefrys. Doug was a good man.

~ Bruce Fletcher, Stow, MA

Posted by Bruce Fletcher - Stow, MA - Family Friend   May 23, 2018

I worked with Doug out of the state service bldg. on state rd in stow for many years, He was a great and Kind man, He really knew his stuff , I learned so much from Doug it's unbelievable ,We had many many laughs together,be it about Trees Or firefighting, He was always right, A great leader and friend, He will be truly missed by all that knew him, my condolences go out to the Trefry"s

Posted by George( skip) Hubley - Southborough, MA - Friend   May 23, 2018

My sincere condolences to the Trefry family. I was a Maynard Firefighter in the years that Doug was chief of the Stow Fire Department, and had many dealings on mutual aid calls to the town. He was always a straight forward leader that I respected in our interactions.
Capt R"Smokey" Bernard(ret)

Posted by Robert Bernard - Acton, MA - Coworker   May 23, 2018