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Staff members of Douglass, Edgerley, & Bessom Funeral Home are caring and experienced professionals who understand that each family is unique and has personal requests and traditions. These requests and traditions are of utmost importance to our staff of licensed funeral directors.

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John Douglass, Jr.

Owner/ Vice President

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 781 944-0284

John Douglass, Jr., a sixth generation funeral director, was raised in Reading. He graduated Reading Memorial High School class of 1984 and then went on to attend and graduate from Maine Maritime Academy in Castine, Maine class of 1988. John then went on to attend and graduate from New England Institute in Boston class of 1989. He currently lives in Reading with his wife, Dr. Laurie Douglass and their two chidren, Lacey (9) and Sean (6). John is very active in the Reading Community belonging to the Reading Rotary Club, Chamber of Commerce, Good Samritan Lodge. John mostly likes to spend his time with family and friends.

John Douglass, Sr.


Email: [email protected]
Phone: 781 944-0284
Cell Phone: 617 650-0167

John Douglass (senior), a fifth generation funeral director, was born and raised in Everett, Massachusetts and then moved to Lexington, Massachusetts where he graduated Lexington High School in 1954. He went on to attend and graduate Denison University in Ohio in 1958. He then attended and graduated New Engalnd Institute in Boston in 1960. He than began working with his older brother, Arthur Douglass, at their funeral home in Lexington. That same year he opened the Douglass Funeral in Reading, Massachusettes which he still owns and operates with his son, John. He currently resides in Reading.

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