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Douglas P. Raineault

August 3, 1948 ~ December 26, 2021 (age 73)


Douglas Raineault 73, passed away on the evening of December 26th after a brief illness. 

He was born in El Paso, Texas to the late Charley G. Raineault and Gilberte C. (Mailloux) Raineault. Douglas also lived in Anchorage, Alaska and New Britain, Connecticut as a child of an Army officer, and as an adult, was a longtime resident of Middletown, CT.

A graduate of New Britain High School, he earned degrees in applied science and electrical engineering from the University of Hartford while working at Middlesex Hospital. He worked at New Britain General Hospital for over a decade, including overseeing the hospital’s largest growth and renovation program as the Vice President of Facilities Management. He finished his career as a development and facility upgrade manager with CB Richard Ellis.

Douglas will be remembered as a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He was a hardworking provider for his family, who had many talents. Aside from carefully restoring and maintaining an 18th century colonial and fixing everything from broken furnaces to broken toys, Doug built furniture, bird houses, and stringed instruments, carved duck decoys, and painted New England landscapes. His children will remember him for unwavering support, helping cultivate their interests, and entertaining story-telling. 

He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Donna M. Raineault of nearly 50 years. He is survived by his son, Douglas E. Raineault, his wife Kelli and their children Nathaniel, William, and Charles; his daughters, Nicole A. Raineault and husband Gregg Diffendale; and Jennifer J. Smith and her husband Cory. He is also survived by his brothers Paul Raineault; and Claude Raineault; and sister Anita (Raineault) Gay.

The family held a private memorial and burial. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the USO (

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