Douglas V. Trefry

  • Born: February 22, 1928
  • Died: May 18, 2018
  • Location: Stow, Massachusetts

Fowler-Kennedy Funeral Home

42 Concord Street
Maynard, MA 01754

Tel. (978) 897-7343

Tribute & Message From The Family

Loving Father, Grandfather, Great Grandfather and Brother

Douglas V. Trefry, age 90, of Stow, passed away peacefully on Friday, May 18, 2018 at Umass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester. He was the husband of the late Elizabeth "Betty" (Stokes) Trefry.

Born in Lynn on February 22, 1928, he was the son of the late Arthur and Esther (Hart) Trefry. Doug was a lifelong Stow resident. He graduated from Hale High School, class of 1946. Doug enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and proudly served his country during WWII.

Doug loved everything about the outdoors, from chopping wood to blueberry picking, hunting, and fishing. He really enjoyed beautiful surroundings. He was a district supervisor for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Natural Resources and was active in the town, serving at various times as Fire Chief, tree warden, Police Officer and on the Conservation Commission.

Doug leaves behind his children; Donna Trefry of Stow, Karen Collins of Glenville, NY and Bruce Trefry of Stow as well as four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother Harvey of Barre and three nephews.

There will be no calling hours. Family and friends are invited to attend a graveside service at Brookside Cemetery in Stow Friday May 25, 2018 at 1:00PM.

Those who wish may make a contribution in his memory to the Stow Firemen's Association 511 Great Road, Stow MA 01775.


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

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