Donald Lee Bessette, II

January 2, 1971 - October 5, 2019

Donald Lee Bessette, II, 48, a resident of Cape Coral, FL, formerly of Essex Junction, VT,passed away unexpectedly Saturday, October 5, 2019 in Fort Myers. He was born January 2, 1971 in Huntsville, AL to Donald Bessette Sr., and Gail (Ravelin) Bessette, now deceased.

Donald “Dozer” Bessette was a free spirit. He was fun-loving and his children and grandchildren were extremely important to him. He was a hardworking man who would do anything to bring laughter and joy to whomever surrounded him. He touched many people in ways very few people get to experience. His most precious time was spent with family, friends and riding his motorcycle.

He is survived by three loving children, Kyle Bessette (Jessica) of Liverpool, NY, Donald E. Bessette (Alexandra) of Fort Myers, FL, and Tia Purinton (Kyle) of East Fairfield, VT; girlfriend, Renee Waters of Cape Coral, FL; two siblings, Dawn Clark (Israel) of Bristol, VT, and Chris Bessette of Essex Junction, VT; six grandchildren, Kayden, Layla, Harper, Lily, Laki, and Crew; as well as his very special friend, Dawn “Douglas” Grummel of Cape Coral, FL.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 6:00 PM Thursday, October 10, 2019 at Rusty’s Raw Bar, 4631 SE 10th Place, Cape Coral, FL 33904.

Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Fort Myers is entrusted with final care.


  1. Sue Baldwin Oct 10, 2019 at 10:45 am

    My most sincere condolences to the family and friends…. He touched every person he knew with his giant heart <3

  2. Kris Eifert Oct 10, 2019 at 11:00 am

    Dozer, you left us too soon. I will miss you my friend. Love Momma K

  3. Connie James Hoyt Oct 10, 2019 at 11:02 am

    (BIG GUY) you will be Missed Rest in peace until we meet again Fly High…love ya Bud..Your children will be supported by Many..Thoughts and Prayers πŸ™πŸΌπŸ™πŸΌπŸ™πŸΌ

  4. Kristin Tynski Oct 10, 2019 at 11:06 am

    Thoughts and prayers to family and friends. Only met him 1 time but he seemed like a giant teddy bear and I know he kept Renee very happy! Fly high!

  5. Jeannie Oct 10, 2019 at 12:14 pm

    We grew so close over the last couple of months….. You me and Renee meeting up for drinks…. You always made me laugh, you always had my back, and I always felt so protected around you because that’s the way you made me feel. I’m gonna miss you big Teddy bear more than you can ever know…..

  6. Tondra/Big T Oct 10, 2019 at 3:45 pm

    We only knew him a short time but he made us feel like we were family. He will be missed. Our thoughts are with his family and Renee

  7. Ervin and Dianne Bessette Oct 10, 2019 at 4:51 pm

    To our nephew who is an angel in heaven. We love you very much. Our prayers πŸ™ and love to your family. Love Uncle Ervin and Aunt Dianne

  8. Dana Sanderson Oct 10, 2019 at 7:43 pm

    My heartfelt and sincere condolences go out to you all. Dozer and I did a lot of miles together over the years and became very good friends. Brothers. I will miss his presence in my life forever. The good times will never be forgotten. πŸ’”

  9. Sheila Oct 10, 2019 at 7:50 pm

    R.I.P. DOZER……Fly high up there. You are missed by me and SOOOO many more. You left a memory with everybody who knew you. Say Hi to the BIG DAWG up there. I will see you when you come home to Vermont.
    My condolences to Renee and all your family and friends in Florida.
    Dozer (Dad) is with you always. ❀❀❀

  10. Tammy Carpenter Oct 10, 2019 at 9:03 pm

    RIP u will be missed by all who knew you

  11. Ronda Oct 10, 2019 at 9:06 pm

    We have known each other for over ten years. Met him and his children in Vermont and later reconnected here in Florida. He had a heart of gold and as everyone has said was a great protector. I fell in love with his spirit and kindness but mostly because he LOVED his children, grandchildren and parents. He was a giant of love. He will be missed by everyone and there is a lot that he touched. Proud we all have a big guardian angel to protect us! ❀️❀️ Love and prayers to Donnie, Kyle and tia 😘

  12. Karla Oct 10, 2019 at 10:30 pm

    Dozer, Joe and I loved seeing you almost everyday. I know we were working but we always made time to talk. I will miss all my hugs from you!
    Love ❀️ you always my friend.

  13. Susan Burhans Oct 11, 2019 at 4:40 am

    You Will be Deeply Miss Dozer, You Gave Great Bear Hugs!! Remember We were Same height! Me short 4 feet and You Tall!! I said I was 6’2 inch tall like You!! You are a Angel now.. Keep your Angel Wings wrapped around Your Children and Grand Children, As I know your Holding therm tight and wiping all their Tears.. My Condolences to Your Children and Family. The World is a Sadder Place without Your Dad. Your in my Thoughts and Heart.. Til we Met again.

  14. Sherri Cassady Oct 14, 2019 at 10:13 am

    I’m at a loss. What a great guy.. RIP Dozer.

  15. Cory ellis Oct 17, 2019 at 10:03 pm

    God bless you and prayers are out there for you prayers to your family too

  16. Dominic Romagano Oct 26, 2019 at 5:49 pm

    I just heard about Donnies passing from Chris from PMG Mechanical. Donnie serviced the a/c units at Swift Sunguide center and I got to know Donnie very well over the past year and a half. He was a big teddy bear of a guy, very soft spoken and just a great all around guy. Will miss my friend Donnie Rip my good friend . My condolences to his family I know he will be sorely missed by all who loved this big guy with an even bigger heart.

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