Donald R. Stone
Donald R. Stone of Citrus Hills, FL and Sunapee, NH and formerly of Hudson, NH died on November 27th at Hospice House of Citrus County, FL. He faced over 2 years of a debilitating disease with courage, dignity, and his wonderful sense of humor.
He was born in Chelsea MA, the son of Lucy and Grover Stone, he graduated from Chelsea High School and served during the Korean War as a corporal in the US Marine Corps. He attended classes in Boston and became a watch maker and jeweler owning Parke Jewelers in Whitman, MA and DR Stone Jewelry in Hudson, NH. While in Boston, he helped repair the Old North Church clock.
He spent his life in service to his family and fellow man. He was a member and officer of the Kiwanis Club of Whitman-Hanson, MA serving a term as President and establishing the high school Key Club. He was a 32nd degree Mason and a Deacon and board member for the Whitman Congregational Church. In Sunapee he was on committees for the Lion’s Club.
He lived a full life engaging in many interesting pursuits including growing vegetables, oil painting, woodworking, playing the organ, driving his R-V, captaining his boat on Lake Sunapee, and traveling throughout the U.S. and Europe.
He leaves his wife of 47 years, Barbara Stone, and children Fred Stone of Bangor, ME, Ken Stone of Derry, NH, Joseph Stone and wife Leigh Ann of Sutton, Margaret Bentley, husband Chris of Londonderry, and Pamela Colonero, husband Steve of Sunapee, 13 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren, a sister Marjorie Ekstrom and husband Earl of Lynn Ma, cousin Norris Stone and wife Peg of Canterbury Estates, FL, and best friend Mel Zeoli and wife Janice of Citrus Hills, FL.
He was a beloved Papa to Shelly, Nancy, Joyce, Derek and Kaden (Stone), Sean and Gina (Carr), Delaney and Logan (Stone), Julianne and Amanda (Bentley), Caleb and Joshua (Stiller). He regaled them all with his jokes, such as, “What do you call a boomerang that doesn’t come back?” He will be greatly missed and long remembered!
Services will be held in Sunapee in the Spring with interment at the military cemetery in NH.