Donald Spinney, 74, died peacefully in his sleep on Monday July 22, 2013, at his home in Swampscott. The son of James "Cap" and Florence (Crouse) Spinney, Donald was born in Lynn. He graduated Lynn English High School, Cushing Academy, and Boston University. A life-long athlete, he hit the 1st home run in Lynn's Little League History, helped Lynn English win the State Hockey Title in 1956, and helped Boston University to win two Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) hockey titles as well as the annual Bean Pot Hockey Tournament. Don started his career overseeing Physical Education for the Beverly, Massachusetts Public School System and then spent more than 15 years as Director of Recreation for Winchester, Massachusetts. In his long and varied career, Don was also Director, American Red Cross, Winchester; Trustee, Lodge 1445 B.P.O.E. (Elks), Winchester; Director, Municipal Credit Union, Winchester; Little League Coach, Winchester & Lynn; Founder of Camp Sunshine for Special Needs Children, Winchester; Youth Hockey Coach, Lynn, Winchester & Swampscott; Member, Building Owners and Management Association (BOMA), Boston; Senior Property Manager, The Scott Companies; and "Mayor" of Summit Estates. Don was passionate about having a great time, living each day as fully as possible, and heading to Saint Maarten every winter. He was listed in Who's Who, Community Leaders of America and was a member of both the National and Massachusetts Parks & Recreation Societies. Donald was (3) time President, National Ice Hockey Officials Association. Don lists his biggest thrills as playing catch with Jim Hegan, Al Rosen & Bob Feller in 1951, and watching Gordie Howe on the ice. He leaves his life mate Gayle Ames Morrisey, their children Kate (Morrisey) & John Derwin, Carole (Morrisey) & Joe Echanis, Alison Morrisey & John Lebhar, and William Morrisey & Eduardo Graa. He also leaves his children Peter Spinney, Jonathan Spinney & Benie McGuinness, and Gay Lizbeth & Greg McCool, as well as 10 grandchildren. At Donald's express wish, there is to be no funeral or burial ceremony. Donations in his memory may be made to the
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Published in The Marblehead Reporter from July 29 to Aug. 5, 2013