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Donald R. Stone, Sr

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 your choice. 

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