, Salem, MA

February 25, 2013

Douglas Milligan, 94

Marblehead — Arthur Douglas Milligan, 94, of Marblehead, MA, died on February 21, 2013. Born in Marblehead to Clara (Stacey) and Arthur W. Milligan on August 5, 1918, he was a lifelong resident of the town except when he served in the Army and the Army Air Corps from March 1941 to September 1944. Doug was a graduate of Marblehead High School and worked for the GTE Sylvania Lighting Products Division for more than 41 years.

In December 1941 he married his childhood sweetheart, Lellah Turner. Together they raised their son, Stephen, and their daughter, Pamela, and shared more than 71 years of marriage.

Doug attributed his longevity to the many miles that he and Lellah bicycled around the North Shore. They started this activity more than a decade before adults were commonly seen on bicycles, so this gave them a bit of notoriety around town, especially when accompanied by the entire extended family.

He had a love of the ocean and was a talented sailor. He was interested in aviation, model railroading and model trolleys, initially having a large HO layout that was later replaced by an O gauge layout that filled half the basement.

Nothing could compare to his pride in his five grandchildren. All of them, along with their parents, will miss his dry wit and Yankee sensibilities.

Doug and Lellah enjoyed their trips up and down the East Coast. They made many visits to Florida, especially to Disney World and Deerfield Beach.

Aside from his wife, Lellah, Doug is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Stephen and Carol Milligan of Stow, MA, and by his daughter and son-in-law, Pamela Milligan and Richard Henige of Marblehead, MA. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Heather Milligan of Hamburg, Germany, Nathan Milligan of Natick, MA, Drew Milligan of Stow, MA, and Stuart and Rachel Henige of Marblehead, MA. He is also survived by his sister, Louise Carey, of Marblehead, MA, and by her three sons and their children.

ARRANGEMENTS: A celebration of Doug’s life is being planned for March 10; contact the family for details. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. Arrangements are by the Eustis and Cornell Funeral Home, Marblehead. Please visit the online guest book at