Donald R. Stone, Sr,
70, lifelong resident of Ipswich, and loving husband of Evelyn (Hudon) Stone, died
Wednesday afternoon, October 12, 2011 in the Lahey Clinic,
Burlington following a brief illness.
Born in Ipswich
January 31, 1941, son of the late Chester L. and Ruby M. (Earley)
Stone , he attended Ipswich public schools, completed an enlistment
in the Army and began work for the Town of Ipswich as a lineman.
He retired as Director of Utilities. For many of these years Donald
also served as a call firefighter for the town of Ipswich.
In addition to
raising their family, Donald and Evelyn enjoyed their many years
together traveling. Some of their favorite destinations were
Hawaii, Florida and visiting family in Canada. Donald coached
Ipswich little league and youth hockey, was a member of the
Ipswich Lions Club and the Over 30 softball league. He was a
fixture in the town of Ipswich. Just a few of the stops on his daily
rounds included the post office, fire station, town hall and
utilities department. Affectionately known as “Papa” to his
grandchildren over the years he could also be found toting the kids
to and from different activities.
In addition to his
wife of forty-seven years, he is survived by his daughter Cyndi
Stone of Ipswich; a son Donald R. Stone Jr. and his wife Stacey of
Ipswich; four grandchildren, Rebecca Woodburn, Jack, Margaret and
Claire Stone all of Ipswich; a brother Gardner Stone of Ipswich;
five sisters, Eleanor Peatfield, Grace Ann Cullen, Marlene Shannon
all of Ipswich, Charlotte Teshko of Hamilton and Pat Simons of North
Hampton, New Hampshire; his mother-in-law Cynthia Chapman of
Ipswich and many nephews and nieces. He was the brother of the late
Norman and Chester Stone both formerly of Ipswich and Margaret
Bailey formerly of Georgetown.
His funeral Service
will be held 10 am Monday, October 17, 2011 in the Immanuel Baptist
Church, 45 Central Street, Ipswich followed by interment in the
Highland Cemetery, Ipswich. Family and friends are respectfully
welcomed. Visiting hours are Sunday 4 to 8 pm in the Whittier-Porter
Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in his name may be made
to the C.J. Moody Fund, with checks payable to the Massachusetts Early Intervention Consortium (MEIC), C/O Alex
Chatfield, 1269 Main Street Concord, MA 01742, or to a charity of