Joseph E. Doubrava, 92

May 22, 2020
Joseph E. Doubrava, 92, of Mattapoisett, died on Saturday, May 16, at Saint Luke’s Hospital following a brief period of declining health initiated by a fall and complicated by infection with Covid-19.

Joe was born in Bayside, New York and as a young man enjoyed swimming, sailing and golfing. As a 17 year-old he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served in the Pacific during the last months of World War II. He later reenlisted in the Marines, serving during the Korean War.

Following the war, Joe met and married Dora Kate Vollgraff of Lake Grove, New York. The couple shared almost 67 years of marriage, living in Bellport, Lake Grove and Mattituck, New York before moving to Mattapoisett in 2013. Together they raised four children and witnessed the birth and growth of five granchildren and two great grandchildren. As an adult Joe had many interests: he was a licensed amateur radio operator, restored wooden boats, enjoyed fishing, building wooden models, vegetable gardening, walking and visiting the ever expanding array of licensed gaming facilities. Much of his career was devoted to sales, operating his own business during the 1970s. In retirement, Joe began a second career delivering meals to the elderly and was known for his kindness throughout Southold Township.

Joe is survived by his wife Dora Kate of Mattapoisett; children Tim and his wife Christine Doubrava of Riverhead, New York, Jeff and his wife Beth Doubrava of Marion, Derrick and his wife Debbie Doubrava of Highland, New York and Tracey Doubrava of Hingham; granchildren Andrew Doubrava and fiance Tiffani Ortiz, Alex and his wife Renata Doubrava, Erin and her husband Billy Buboltz, USMC 2nd Lt. Matthew Doubrava and Emma Finnerty; and great grandchildren Isabella and Alexander.

He was predeceased by his sister, Geraldine, who died in April 2020 at age 97.

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