Dana J.'s Story
After a long and courageous battle, early Thursday morning Dana went to Heaven while holding the hands of the ones he loved.
He was born and raised in Lawrence, where he met the woman he would marry and start a family with. He spent three years in the U.S. Army where he got to travel the country and was stationed in the beautiful Washington state.
Dana made many wonderful memories with his family while boating on the Merrimack River, camping and fishing at Salisbury state beach, and taking trips to the White Mountains. One of his joys was gardening with his children, and the pride he got from watching his vegetables grow.
He was an employee at Analog Devices for 29 years where he was loved by his co-workers. He had a strong work ethic and worked until the very end.
Dana will be sadly missed and leaves behind the love of his life, his wife of 31 years, Laurie (Despres) Hoyt; his children, Amanda Hoyt (who carries on his adventurous spirit and love of meeting new people), Dereck Hoyt (who has his sense of humor and storytelling abilities), Ashlenn Hoyt (who has his strong will and intelligence), and Mathew Hoyt (who carries on his thoughtfulness and Mr. fix-it skills). He also leaves behind his mother, Jacquelyn Donoghue; father, James Hoyt and wife, Roberta; sister, Deborah McCaffery and her husband, Mike; sister, Deirdre Hoyt and her partner, Gary Hansis; and brother, Davin Hoyt; his aunt, Maureen Boudreau; his goddaughter, Corinne Campiola, and Joshua and Erin Salvas and their two children. He also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, sisters-in-law, and brothers-in-law whom he loved dearly. He was predeceased by his grandparents, Raymond and Marie Bergeron, and his mother-in-law whom he lovingly called “Gussy,” who we know was there to embrace him and take him home.
We will forever hold you in our hearts until we meet again.
Family and friends are invited to calling hours on Tuesday, July 11, 2017, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the chapel at the Charles F. Dewhirst Funeral Home, 80 Broadway, Methuen. A Funeral Mass will be held following the calling hours at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick Church, 118 S. Broadway, Lawrence, MA 01843. To send an online condolence, please visit www.dewhirstfuneral.com.
Published on  July 9, 2017