WALTHAM, MA – Douglas “Dougie” Jordan Usseglio, 22, of Waltham, died suddenly Sunday, March 6 as a result of head trauma sustained during a fall. He was born in Boston on March 7, 1993, the son of Gary and Michelle (Zeoli) Usseglio. He attended Waltham schools and graduated from Waltham High School in 2011, where he was a four-year Hockey and four-year Lacrosse player. He was a graduate of The Winchendon School and completing his senior year at Franklin Pierce University.
Doug grew up playing sports. Warrendale Little League owned his springs from kindergarten until sixth grade, and fall and winters he took to the ice. He was a lifelong Waltham Youth Hockey Player. Up on skates as a Waltham Tyke at the age of 4, he skated with the program for more than 12 years until high school, where his love of hockey brought him three rewarding years as a member of the Varsity team. He continued playing through his time at The Winchendon School, and skated as a freshman at Franklin Pierce, guiding them to their greatest single season accomplishment in their history, the Division Championship Game.
His passion for hockey and lacrosse where never eclipsed by his love for baseball, but the Derek Jeter years were banner ones for this proud Yankees fan born into a Red Sox family.
He adored his sister, Julia “JuJuBee.” From the time of her birth in 2002, he was her friend, companion, champion and playmate. From her kindergarten concert to her February 2016 dance competition, he never missed seeing his sister on stage. He was her reliable chauffeur, her clown-cookie conspirator, her tv hockey play-by-play commentator as well as the color commentator of her life. Two siblings have never been closer, two friends never more aligned. The rare siblings that never fought, but celebrated each other in all things. They shared an extraordinary and unbreakable bond.
Doug’s love for his sister, love for sports, and compassion for all around him stemmed from the support and affection and regard his family held for him. His grandparents adored him, his aunts, uncles, cousins and relatives enjoyed his humor, his smile, his beautiful eyes and his infectious laugh. His friends were numerous, constant and close held. His sense of humor, mischief and joy were always in the forefront. He was unfailingly kind.
He was the cherished son of Gary Usseglio and Michelle Usseglio, supported by their companions, Maureen Sullivan and James “Jimmy” Kelley, respectively; as well his sister’s father and family friend, Andrew Fournier. He was the adored brother to Julia Fournier. He was the treasured grandson of Richard and Kathleen Usseglio; Bill Zeoli and his wife Laurie; and Rosemarie Zakrzewski and her husband Walter. He was the nephew of James and Diane Usseglio; William and Kim Zeoli; Anthony and Melissa (Gluckmann) Zeoli; Deborah and Douglas Butler; Melissa (Zeoli) Dellaire and her husband, Donald; and predeceased by his aunt and godmother, Gina Usseglio. He was the best friend to his first cousins Kimberly, Meagan, and Christopher Usseglio; Nick Tanzillo; Greg, Billy, Alexa, Sabrina and Hudson Zeoli; Eleanor, Teddy and James Butler; Adam and Jenna Dellaire. Doug was predeceased by his cousin, Alyssa Usseglio. Close to him were his extended cousins Ryann, Matt and Emma Tufts and Nicole Zeoli. He is also survived by still more loving aunts, uncles, cousins and dear friends.
Family and friends will gather at the Nardone Funeral Home, 373 Main St. Watertown on Friday, March 11 at 9 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in Our Lady Comforter of the Afflicted, 920 Trapelo Road, Waltham at 10 a.m. Interment to follow at Ridgelawn Cemetary, Highland Avenue, Watertown. Visitation on Thursday from 4-8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to The Douglas Usseglio Memorial Fund, c/o Rockland Trust 1290 Main St., Waltham, MA 02451