Salem — Douglas Finlay Allen, of Salem, formerly of Swampscott, passed away after a short illness on May 22, 2013. He was born in Boston on May 7, 1926, son of Clarence E. Allen and Elizabeth L. Allen. He was also the son of Katherine B. Allen. He attended Camp Chewonki of which his father was the founder, Rivers School and graduated from, Deerfield Academy ’43, Harvard, AB ’47, Harvard Business School ’49, and received an ALM Degree ’89, also from Harvard. He served as a lieutenant (jg) in the Navy in the Pacific.
Doug was for many years a partner of Farquhar & Black in Lynn and a Director of the Eastern Bank. He served as President of the Board of Trustees of Lynn Hospital, as well as President of the Board of Trustees of Tower School in Marblehead. He received the Silver Beaver Award, the highest Boy Scout Council Award. His greatest public service commitment was to the Town of Swampscott, which he served in several capacities, as head of the Finance Committee, Town Moderator, and Chairman of the Board of Selectmen, serving all together for 47 years. As a Justice of the Peace, he performed many marriage ceremonies. He was an avid fly fisherman and accomplished gardener.
He was a long standing member of the Whiting Club of Swampscott and a member of Rotary Club with a perfect 50 year attendance record. He was also a member of the R.O.M.E.O.S.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Louise Breed Allen; by their children, Doug Jr., Pitch (Richardson) and Tapley Sheresky; daughter-in-law, Lisa Fulweiler Allen; and son-in-law, Steven Sheresky; and his grandchildren, Douglas F. Allen III, Spencer P. Allen, Kenneth T. Sheresky, and Lucy B. Sheresky. His brother, John L. Allen, predeceased him.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services under the direction of the Solimine Landergan and Richardson Funeral Home, 67 Ocean St., Route 1A, Lynn, are private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Chewonki Foundation, 485 Chewonki Neck Road, Wiscasset, ME 04578. Guest book at www.solimine.com.