David A. Doane
David Alfred Doane, 85, husband of Roselyn L. (Lane) Doane of Essex, died
January 6, 2023 in the Beverly Hospital following his extended illness.
2, 1937, he was the son of the late Alfred Snow Doane and Helena Way Doane
of Manchester. Dave grew up on
Pleasant St in Manchester. He
graduated from High School in 1955 on a Friday night and left by train the
next morning for Boot Camp in Bainbridge Maryland.
After Boot Camp he was sent to Norfolk, VA to a ship named the USS
Sanborn. “Away All Boats” was
filmed on this ship while he was aboard.
He later spent time on the ship The Cradwell.
One of his deployments crossed the North Pole so he received a
certificate called Realm of the Arctic. After four years of active service
and two years of reserve service he was honorably discharged in 1958. Dave
was very happy being on the ocean and loved sailing aboard The Tinker with
his friend Hermon.
returned to Manchester and worked for Andrews Plumbing before joining the
Laborers Union. Dave met
Roselyn Lane at Woodman’s Diner where she worked as a waitress.
She spilled a glass of water in his lap and he was smitten. They
married in November of 1958.
Among the many jobs he had, Dave joined the Pipefitters Union where he
worked for 15 years before opening The Millstone Restaurant in Ipswich.
For 20 years the Millstone was a classic family restaurant and
served as a gathering place for many friends and families.
It became an Ipswich landmark. The next eight years Dave worked at
the Topsfield Fairgrounds. He
was a member of the Essex Fire Department and was also elected to the
Essex Board of Selectman in 2016 and served one term.
Dave was proud to be a Mason at the Masonic Lodge of Manchester, as
well as having his Scottish Rites and being a member of the Shriners.
Dave also served on the Board for the Institution of Savings and
survived by his sister Kay Abadessa of Maine, a brother Robert “Tink”
Doane and his wife Ida of Essex and a brother Alfred “Red” Doane and his
wife Sheryl of FL. He is also
survived by his wife Roselyn and their three children, David H. Doane and
his wife Julie, Heidi Doane McKeon, and Dexter A. Doane and his wife
Callie all of Essex. He was
the proud grandfather to Erica DeWitt and her husband Scott, Travers Doane
and his wife Yi Chieh, Courtney and Colby Doane, Randall and Henry Doane,
and Molly and Nell McKeon.
Dave was also an adoring great grandfather to Trent Doane and Harper and
His funeral service with Military Honors will be held 11 am graveside
Monday, January 23, in the Spring Street Cemetery, Essex. Family and
friends are cordially welcomed. Visiting hours will be held
4 to 7 pm Sunday, January 22
in the Whittier-Porter Funeral
Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions
may be made to the Shriners Burn Hospital,
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