Douglas ‘Dougie’ James Connor, 59
Douglas James Connor, age 59, of Waikoloa, Hawaii, passed away at his home on Jan. 17, 2019, leaving behind more surfboards than anyone would ever need, except for Doug.
Doug was born on April 27, 1959 and is survived by his mother Lorraine Connor, of Easton, Mass. He is preceded in death by his father, Harold Connor, a veteran of World War II. Doug is also survived by his brother, Kevin Connor, sister-in-law Elizabeth, and nephew, Tim, of Block Island, R.I.; his sister, Kerry Connor King and brother-in-law Brad King, of Bridgewater, Mass.; niece Meghan McClay and her husband, James McClay, of Steep Falls, Maine, and niece Erin King, of Portland, Maine.
Doug was raised in Bethpage, N.Y., and graduated from The Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, N.Y. in 1981. His career in the culinary arts began shortly after in Boston, Mass., where he discovered a knack for pastries and all things dessert. From Boston, he went to San Francisco, Calif., before ultimately moving to Hawaii to work as a pastry chef for various hotels on both Maui and the Big Island until his passing.
He learned to surf as a teenager on ToBay Beach, his skills perfected down at Black Rock, which set the roots for his love affair with the ocean that continued throughout his life. He was able to travel the world surfing, becoming fond of Indonesia, particularly Bali, and even spent some time working on the island of Palau.
When he wasn’t in the ocean, Doug would be found working on motorbikes or his prized possession — a 1952 Dodge M37, which he would operate barefoot over the lava rock on the shores of Hawaii.
For all those who knew and loved him, the sound of his laugh will be what is remembered most. Not quite a chuckle, but louder than any giggle, completely and truly Dougie — with his big heart. He will be missed.
A service will be held on Saturday, June 22, 2019, 1 p.m., at the Block Island Cemetery followed by a farewell at Black Rock. Aloha.