Donald E. Mears

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Donald E. Mears

AGE: 80 • Barnegat Light

Donald E. Mears, 80, of Barnegat Light, NJ passed away at home on Friday, Aug. 29, 2014 surrounded by his loving family. Born in Newark, NJ, he lived in Forked River before moving to Barnegat Light, NJ. After retiring, he spent his winters in Marathon, FL. He was a communicant of St. Francis Church in Brant Beach, NJ. Donald was a Machinest Mate Second Class in the US Navy from 1952 to 1956 and served two tours on the Mediterranean Sea. He lived his life on the water as a commercial fisherman. After retirement, he worked as a charter boat captain. He was a former member of the Blue Waters Fisherman's Association, Garden State Seafood and the Marathon Elks Club.

He was predeceased by his parents, Clara and Harold; brother, Robert and beloved son, James Mears. He is survived by his beloved wife of 57 years, Frances Mears (née Guido); son, Dan and wife June of Barnegat Light; daughter, Beth Anne Schofield and husband Jim of Barnegat, and son, Rick and wife Sheena of Eagleswood. He is also survived by brother, Harry Mears of NH; sister, Patricia Faulkner of MD, as well as grandchildren, Jessica, Dan, Justin, Stephanie, Vanessa, Amanda, Kaitlin, Julia, Matthew, and Dylan, plus many nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Mass was held on Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at 11:00am at St. Francis of Assisi R.C. Church, 4700 Long Beach Blvd., Brant Beach, NJ 08008. Viewing hours were on Tuesday, September 2 from 2 to 4pm and 7 to 9pm, and Wednesday from 9:30 to 10:30am at Maxwell Funeral Home, 573 Mill Creek Rd., Manahawkin, NJ 08050. For driving directions or to send condolences please go to In lieu of flowers please make donations to Fishermen's Story Memorial Fund, PO Box 388, Barnegat Light, NJ 08006.

Funeral Home
Maxwell Funeral Home
573 Mill Creek Rd Manahawkin, NJ 08050
(609) 597-4411
Funeral Home Details
Published in Asbury Park Press from Sept. 1 to Sept. 4, 2014
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