Hyde, 66, husband of Anne D. (Sproul) Hyde, passed away in his
Rockport home on Thursday, August 29, 2013, peacefully and
surrounded by his loving family.
Salem, son of the late Alister N. D. and Elaine A. (Bennett) Hyde of
Ipswich, he graduated from Ipswich High School in 1965, Dean Junior
College in 1967, and Emerson College in 1969.
for the Mutual Life Insurance Company of New York in Syracuse, NY
for thirty-two years. He enjoyed working with his colleagues in the
investigation of life insurance claims involving disappearance,
fraud, and homicide, and retired in 2001 as Director of Claims. He
had forensic medicine training at St. Louis University Medical
School and the Miami-Dade County Medical Examiners Office, was a
guest lecturer at many insurance claim conferences, and earned the
designation of Fellow in the American Academy of Forensic
He was a
member of the National Ski Patrol for twenty years at Labrador
Mountain in Truxton, NY. He held a variety of officer positions
including Patrol Director, and received a National Appointment, the
highest honor bestowed upon a ski patroller. Don often said that
these were some of the happiest times of his life.
retirement from MONY he moved to Rockport and studied the art of
classical American and English furniture making at the North Bennet
Street School in Boston, then operated a custom furniture business
from his home.
He very much
enjoyed his association with a group of friends each morning at the
local coffee shop in Rockport. They were a tremendous source of
support and friendship. He was also especially appreciative of his
oncology team at Massachusetts General Hospital. He will be missed
by his family and wonderful friends.
to his wife Anne, he is survived by his daughters, Elizabeth Falise
and her husband Ron of Syracuse, NY and Rebecca von Barta and her
husband Rence of Swampscott; his grandchildren, Jessica Peterson,
John and Keir von Barta; his brothers, Jeffrey Hyde and his wife
Marlene of Essex, and Robert Hyde and his wife Jean of Ipswich, and
many nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Marsha Hyde.
service will be held at 1:00 pm Saturday, September 21 in the
Ascension Memorial Episcopal Church, 31 County Street, Ipswich.
Family and friends are cordially invited to attend. A reception will
be held immediately following in the parish hall. In lieu of flowers
memorial contributions in his name may be made to Hospice of the
North Shore, 75 Sylvan Street, Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 0192; MGH
Cancer Center, 55 Fruit Street, Boston, MA 02114; or to the Labrador
Mountain Ski Patrol, 6935 Route 91, Truxton, NY 13158.
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