TUPPER LAKE -Brian E. Dukett, 53, of Tupper Lake, died unexpectedly Monday, Feb. 1, 2010 at the Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake.
Born on Feb. 22, 1956 in Tupper Lake, he was the son of Earl and Shirley (Desmarais) Dukett. Brian was a graduate of Tupper Lake High School and a veteran of the U.S. Navy. On July 11, 1981, he married Therese Keniston.
Brian was employed by the Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake for more than 25 years as a respiratory therapy technician. He worked for North Country Medical at the same time, providing home oxygen to patients, eventually leaving the hospital to become a clinical specialist/sales representative for North Country Medical.
Brian was a dedicated member of the Tupper Lake Rescue Squad, serving at different times as chief, team captain and night supervisor. He was proud to serve as a member of the Tupper Lake Honor Guard.
Throughout his life, Brian was involved with sports, from his CYO days to the summers of the big softball league to men's league bowling and, most recently, men's hockey. He played, coached or was a referee and umpire for hockey, basketball, soccer and softball.
He loved watching his daughters, nieces and the rest of his Lady Jack girls succeed and progress throughout each soccer, basketball and softball season. Although the girls were his first love, he was not above watching his nephews play football and basketball. He also enjoyed hunting, bowling and golfing with his son.
Brian is survived by his wife Therese; his children: Brian J. Dukett of Watertown and Olivia and Paige Dukett of Tupper Lake; his mother Shirley Dukett of Tupper Lake; his brother Scott and his wife Cynthia of Tupper Lake; and 22 beloved nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his father Earl in 1995.
Brian connected with people, whether they were his teammates, colleagues, fellow volunteers or thousands of patients whose lives he touched in his career and volunteer work with the rescue squad.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4 at the Stuart-Fortune-Keough Funeral Home in Tupper Lake. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 5 at Holy Name Church in Tupper Lake.
Memorial contributions in Brian's memory can be made to the Tupper Lake Girls Hoopboosters in care of the funeral home. Online condolences may be made at www.stuartfortunekeoughfuneralhome.com.