Donald Sears

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SOMERSWORTH — Donald Sears, 74, of 19 Buffumsville Road, died Sunday, April 11, 2010, at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital after a brief illness.

Donald was born in Medford, Mass., on Sept. 8, 1935, and was the son of Harold Otis and Jane Marie (Diehl) Sears. He was raised in the Dover-Somersworth area and graduated from Somersworth High School. Active in sports he played baseball, basketball and football while attending high school.

Don settled in Somersworth, buying his home in 1959 and made Somersworth his home until his death.

After high school, Don enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was stationed in Guam, Okinawa and at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, where he served as a military police officer at the naval prison.

Before his retirement, he had over 40 years of service with General Electric in Somersworth as a purchasing agent.

Mr. Sears was very active in the community. For the past 11 years, he served with the Somersworth Meals on Wheels Program. Don was also a member of the American Legion Post 69 of Somersworth.

Don followed all sports and kept up with the daily sports scene by reading the Boston Globe, usually from cover to cover. His great love though, was the Boston Red Sox, and was thrilled to see them win the World Series twice in his lifetime. Though his son-in-law is an avid New York Yankees fan, Don embraced him lovingly as a family member. As a younger adult he was an official baseball umpire for Little League through College Ball.

He was the rock of his family. The family "Hero." Donald will always be remembered for his commitment to his wife and children, for the love and sacrifices he made for his family. The core value of family was Donald's life. Don's value for life was placed on the importance of sports. Many parallels of Donald's life were centered on the value of teamwork and commitment.

Family members include his wife of 50 years, Theresa (Kittridge) Sears of Somersworth; his sons, Greg Sears of Dover and Eric Sears and his wife, Wendy, both of Milton. Don also leaves his daughters, Karen Burrill and her husband, Scott, both of Somersworth and Jill Sears and her husband, Ron Uyeno, both of New Durham. He leaves his grandchildren, Matthew Sears, Kelsey Burrill, Stephanie Burrill, Hannah Sears, Wyatt Sears and Ben Sears.

His brother, Robert Sears, who died this past March, predeceased Don.

Friends may meet with Don's family in the Bernier Gelinas Funeral Home, 49 South St., Somersworth, on Thursday evening from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and on Friday from 11 a.m. to 12 noon. Funeral services will follow at 12 noon in the funeral home with the Rev. Mark Rideout, presiding. Burial will follow in Pine Hill Cemetery, Dover.

The family respectfully declines flowers and request that memorial contributions be made to the Strafford County Nutrition Program (Meals on Wheels), 9 Bartlett Ave., Somersworth, NH 03878.

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Published in Fosters from Apr. 14 to Apr. 15, 2010