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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Donald R. Vantine

Donald R. Vantine, 86, of Nashua, died Wednesday evening, April 25, 2012, at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Boston, after a brief illness.

A longtime Nashua businessman, Donald was born on October 4, 1925, a son of the late Donald E. and Vivian (McNamara) Vantine and was the widower of Celia (Burns) Vantine. Donald was predeceased by his dear son Michael, and his sisters Virginia (Makris) Smith, and Georgianna (Vantine) Whittemore, both formerly of Nashua. Survivors of his family include his companion of 44 years, Ms. June Degnan of Nashua, a grandson, Grant Vantine of Newton, MA., a daughter, Kristin Duymalzar and her family, of Hollis, NH, along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Donald was a 1943 graduate of Nashua High School and enlisted in the Marine Corps when his country called that same year. He was an extremely proud Marine and served during World War II as a Sergeant until July of 1946. After the war he graduated from the Nashua Business School and worked for the Nashua Corporation traveling in sales throughout New England. Additionally, he was an entrepreneur and local businessman and actively participated in starting the Long Hill Ski Tow, the Nashua Garden Ice Rink on Coliseum Avenue, a Nashua Dry Cleaning store and finally as the long term owner of the Outpost Variety store on South Main Street in Nashua where he was well known.

He loved all sports, but especially baseball and the Red Sox. He was an avid golfer and worked at the Souhegan Golf Course after he retired. Additionally, Donald was a long-time member of Nashua Lodge 720, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, where he still has numerous friends and associates. He was still an active participant at Club National where he formed the golf league many years ago and was its honorary president. Donald still played in the Club National cribbage league until his admittance to the VA hospital just this past month.

Donald had an infectious laugh and always looked on the bright side of life. He was truly a happy person and found joy in all his friends and family.

SERVICES: There will be a period of visitation on Friday May 4th beginning at 12pm followed by a service at 1pm at the FARWELL FUNERAL HOME, 18 Lock Street, Nashua. Committal prayers and interment will follow at St Patrick’s Cemetery in Hudson, NH. Family and friends are invited to attend. Donald also cared about those less fortunate than himself and his family has requested that donations may be made in his honor to the Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter, Inc., P.O. Box 3116, Nashua, NH 03061. Arrangements are in the care of the FARWELL FUNERAL SERVICE (603) 882-0591 (