Donald D. 'Don' Dooley
Loving husband, father, and grandfather
LOWELL -- Donald D. "Don" Dooley, a lifelong resident of Lowell, died December 4th, 2013, at Wingate of Belvidere, after a lengthy illness, aged 84 years.
He was the beloved husband of Prudence A. (Smith) Dooley, with whom he celebrated 53 years of marriage on November 12.
Born in Lowell, January 20, 1929, a son of the late Edward and Edith (Chadwick) Dooley. He received his early education in the Lowell school system and graduated from Lowell High School with the Class of 1946. He furthered his education at Lowell Textile College, earning a Bachelor Degree in Chemistry. Don was a star player on the college basketball team, where he was known as "The Kangaroo" for his exceptional rebounding skills, and he also played football.
Mr. Dooley enlisted in the U. S. Army on January 23, 1953. As a Specialist Third Class, he was stationed in Germany where he served as an Interpreter. He received the Army of Occupation Medal - Germany, the Good Conduct Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal, and was honorably discharged on December 31, 1960.
After proudly serving his country, he became employed as a chemist, working for Borden Chemical Company, UPACO Adhesives and the Velcro Corporation until his retirement.
Don was actively involved in the Habitat for Humanity organization and the Lowell YMCA. Most of all, he loved to spend time with his cherished grandchildren, and especially enjoyed watching their sporting events where he cheered from the sidelines as their number one fan.
He was an active member of the First United Baptist Church of Lowell, and served on many church boards.
Don was a devoted husband, dedicated father, and loving grandfather who will always be remembered for his love of sports and keen sense of humor.
Besides his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Susan (Dooley) Hogan and her husband Michael of Tewksbury, and two sons, Donald Dooley, Jr. and his wife, Carolyn, of Tewksbury, and Richard Dooley and his wife, Caroline of Portsmouth, RI; 10 grandchildren, Caitlyn, Emily, and Sarah Hogan, Rebecca, Laura and Nathan Dooley, all of Tewksbury, and Liam, Grace, Fiona and Colm Dooley, all of Portsmouth, RI.
He was the brother of the late Robert Dooley, Virginia Garmon and Edward William Dooley Jr.
DOOLEY -- In Lowell, December 4, 2013. Donald D. "Don" Dooley, of Lowell, beloved husband of Prudence A. (Smith) Dooley. In honor of his wishes, there will be no calling hours. Mr. Dooley's Memorial Service will be held on Saturday at the First United Baptist Church, Lowell, at 11:00 AM. Relatives and friends respectfully invited. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, friends who wish may make memorial donations in his name to First United Baptist Church, 99 Church St, Lowell, MA 01852, or to Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowell, c/o Hicks Farm, 124 Main St., Westford, MA 01886. Arrangements entrusted to MORSE-BAYLISS FUNERAL HOME, 122 Princeton Blvd., Lowell. Funeral Directors, Frederick W. Healy and Walter F. Bayliss Jr. Please visit Don's memorial tribute at www.morsebaylissfuneralhome.com.
Morse-Bayliss Funeral Home - Lowell
122 Princeton Boulevard Lowell, MA 01851
Published in Lowell Sun from Dec. 5 to Dec. 6, 2013