Donald R Monaghan, 79, of Ipswich, took his last checkered flag
and peacefully passed away August 29, 2017, at Ledgewood
Rehabilitation Center, Beverly after a long battle with kidney
Don was a gentle soul, great in heart, great in generosity,
great in kindness and was soft-spoken with a lop-sided sheepish
grin and eyes that would warm your soul.
He was born in New Brunswick, Canada and adopted at an early age
by Grace and Harry Monaghan of New Brunswick. In the early
fifties the family moved from Canada to settle Essex where for
many years they were caretakers of Bothways Farms.
Donís passion in life were his cars and the thrill of the race
and the racing circuit. From an early age the adventure and the
rush of the race was in Donís lifeblood.
He started racing in 1960 and raced throughout the 70ís and into
the mid1980ís at the Pines, Hudson, Star and Lee Speedways. He
was inducted into the Pines Speedway Hall of Fame in 2015 where
he has been forever memorialized.
One of the happiest moments in Donís life was in 1997 when he
found his birth mother and his siblings in Canada.
Don is survived by three brothers, George ďTedĒ Skaling, Jr.
and his wife Myrna of British Columbia, John Skaling and his
wife Ann of Nova Scotia, Allen Skaling and his wife Audrey of
New Brunswick; two sisters, Shirley Whalen of New Brunswick,
Beatrice Monaghan Doucette of Haverhill as well as his many
nieces and nephews in Canada and his dear, dear friends, Jack
and Joyce Kippin of Ipswich, Chris Norwood of Rockport and Carl
Silva of Gloucester. In addition to his parents he was
predeceased by his wife Millie (McLaughlin) with whom he
traveled the country.
Don will forever be fondly remembered by his friends in the
His final ride will be in his much loved, restored 1934 Ford.
Family and friends are invited to a celebration of Donís life to
be held graveside on Friday, September 29, 2017, at 1: 00P.M at
the Spring Street. Cemetery, Essex. Arrangements are under the
direction of the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home of Ipswich.