Douglas J. Antoniazzi ’77

Douglas J. Antoniazzi ’77 died on January 4, 2018, in Hyde Park, Massachusetts.

(The following appeared online at hydepark.thomasfuneralhomes.com, January 2018:)

Douglas J. Antoniazzi, 63, died suddenly at home the morning of January 4, 2018. He was loved by his family: Mike and Cheryl Antoniazzi, Tom and Pam Antoniazzi, Jean Antoniazzi, Greg and Karen Antoniazzi, Brad and Susan Antoniazzi, Mark and Sharri Antoniazzi, and Tina and Jeff Neal as well as his nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, cousins, his many friends and work colleagues. He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Eleanor [MacNeil] Antoniazzi, and his brother, Malcolm Antoniazzi. Doug was a Boston Latin School graduate, Class of 1973; he went on to Bowdoin College in Maine and graduated Class of 1977 with a BS majoring in government and legal studies. His college activities included working at WBOR radio station, Orient student paper, and Glee Club, and choir. After college he continued to follow politics, but chose to work in banking at State Street Bank and Citibank, transferring those skills to pursue his interest in tax accounting and finance at Coopers & Lybrand [PricewaterhouseCoopers]. Most recently he worked for the largest U.S. financial services provider, Ascensus, and as a senior tax advisor at H&R Block. His college music activity turned into participation in choir at Most Precious Blood Church, and as a passionate audience for classical and Irish music performances. He discovered cross-country skiing at Bowdoin, which made snowy New England winters a weekend joy. He was a voracious reader and weekly patron of local libraries. Summers, he hiked across the urban forest of Stony Brook Reservation. Winter weekend evenings he enjoyed a dram of Scotch and chatting with friends and family, especially cousins. Cousin conversations yielded more genealogy info that added to the family tree and history which he had recorded since his teenage years. Doug was proud of his family’s immigrant roots and donated to the Ellis Island American Museum of Immigration Wall of Honor, which lists over 700,000 names, including his grandfather, John Paul Antoniazzi from Costageminiana, Italy. He was exceptionally thoughtful, calling family and friends every birthday and anniversary. His sense of humor covered every genre from The Three Stooges to the classic Marx Brothers and the zany Monty Python. Doug was fascinated by the Jeopardy quiz show and got the family to play at home regularly. He auditioned in 1997 for Season 13 and became a contestant; he went on to be a three-day champion. He loved meeting and chatting with the host, Alex Trebek, who continued to talk about Doug for the next three shows. Doug’s favorite activity, though, was traveling the world. From his first trip to Germany with a Boston Latin School group organized by his German language and culture teacher, during his life he went to sixty-five countries. He brought back wonderful stories, photos, coins, and banknotes hoping to inspire a legacy of travel and desire for adventure in his nieces and nephews. Doug’s last journey goes forward, reunited in eternity with family and friends who went before. Slainte, cin cin, and prost.

2 Comments Douglas J. Antoniazzi ’77

  1. Christopher Keenan

    Doug was a true gentleman and friend. He would have scoffed at the gentleman,but I know of none better. A great storyteller, always looking out for someone else. I will miss you Doug.

    -Chris Keena

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