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Donald F. Thornell

Donald F. Thornell, 87 beloved husband of Arline (Thibodeau) Thornell of Dornell Road, Ipswich, died Monday, November 20, 2017 in the Essex Park Rehabilitation Center, Beverly following his long illness.

Born in Boston  August 10, 1930 son of the late James and Blanche (Forrester) Thornell, he was raised in East Boston, a 1947 graduate of East Boston High School. After high school he entered the Navy and served his years during the Korean Conflict aboard a refueling tanker. Following his honorable discharge he returned to East Boston where he soon married Arline, made a home and started a family.  For eighteen years he was employed as a milkman for Hood Dairy and   later employed at  West Lynn Dairy. Most recently, and until his retirement, he worked for Cardinal Health in Lynnfield and Peabody.

Donald was avid pro-sports fan of baseball, football, hockey and basketball. For many years he umpired high school, college, semi-pro baseball and Babe Ruth League Baseball. He was a member of the New England Association of Umpires.

He was a “great dad” and will be very missed by his loving family.

In addition to his wife Arline of sixty-one years he is survived by a daughter, Darlene Doran of Ipswich;  two sons, Donald Thornell and his wife Diane of Groveland and  Dana Thornell and his wife Janet of Exeter, NH; seven grandchildren, Jason Doran and his wife Wendy of New Hampshire, Megan Doran of Ipswich, Donald and Allison Thornell both of Groveland, Stacey Pelletier and her husband Jason of New Hampshire, Ryan Thornell of New Hampshire and Patrick Thornell and his wife Jamie of New Hampshire; six great grandchildren and three sisters, Marlene Johnson of Florida, Annette Martone of Florida, Yvonne Leoni of Winthrop and many nephews and nieces. He was the brother of the late James Thornell formerly of East Boston, Frederick Thornell formerly of Charlestown, Walter Thornell formerly of Everett and Joan Vargus formerly of Chelsea.

His funeral will be held Saturday 8 am from the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich followed by the celebration of a Funeral Mass of Christian Burial at 9 am in Our Lady of Hope Church, Pineswamp Rd., Ipswich. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Visiting hours will be Friday 4 to 8 pm. Interment with Military Honors will be in the Cowles Memorial Cemetery, Ipswich. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in his name may be made to Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 8th Ave., Ste 800, NY,NY 10001.

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