FREDERICKSBURG—Douglas S. Brogden died peacefully in the company of his family on Thursday, February 3, 2022. He was born on November 26,1939, in Providence, Rhode Island.
Doug grew up in West Warwick, R.I., eventually attending the University of Rhode Island and majoring in mechanical engineering. While at URI he met the love of his life, Roberta (Bobby) Maxcy. Doug and Bobby married in 1962.
Doug started a career with the Department of the Navy as an engineer at the Philadelphia Naval Ship Yard. In 1973, Doug and Bobby moved to Virginia Beach, where they raised their two daughters, Rebecca and Elizabeth, while he worked at NAVSEC NORDIV. When Doug retired in 1994, he and Bobby moved to the Northern Neck settling in Wicomico Church.
Doug spent his retirement years pursuing his passions. Whether in his woodworking shop, fishing, traveling, playing with his dogs, or engaging in his lifelong hobby of photography, Doug lived each day with joy. He volunteered for the Smith Point Sea Rescue and was a member of the Reedville Fishermen’s Museum as well as a contributor to photography exhibitions sponsored by the museum.
Throughout his life Doug was a great friend, giving freely of his time and many talents. He was a true companion to all and equally at ease in situations from large parties to hours of silence on the back of a fishing boat waiting for a strike. He was at his best with his family and grandchildren. To his grandchildren, he was their loving “Papa” who golfed, fished, built go-carts, gave tractor rides, or took them out for ice cream. In his last years he moved to Fredericksburg to be closer to his family. A decision for which they are forever grateful.
Douglas Brogden was preceded in death by his parents, Mary and Ronald Brogden; and his brother, William Brogden.
He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Bobby; and their daughters, Rebecca Whitford (Michael) and Elizabeth Adams (Mike). Left to cherish his memory are his grandchildren, Jacob, Rachael, Emma, Noah, Olivia and Iain.
A celebration of Doug’s life will be scheduled in the near future. Donations in his memory should be directed to the Smith Point Sea Rescue, P.O. Box 662, Burgess, VA 22432.