Don Featherstone
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BOSTON (AP) - Don Featherstone who became famous for creating the pink plastic lawn flamingo died Monday at 79 after a long battle with dementia, his wife of 40 years, Nancy, told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

Featherstone was a classically trained painter, a talented sculptor and artist. The pink flamingo became the ultimate symbol of American lawn kitsch.

"He was the nicest guy in the world," Nancy Featherstone said. "He didn't have a selfish bone in his body. He was funny and had a wonderful sense of humor and he made me so happy for 40 years."

The flamingo made an appearance on the silver screen. A pink flamingo, dubbed Featherstone, was a major character in the 2011 animated movie, Gnomeo & Juliet. "Humble" is how Marc Abrahams, editor the Annals of Improbable Research magazine, remembers Featherstone.

In addition to his wife, Featherstone is survived by two children, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Featherstone created the ornamental flamingo in 1957.


MARK PRATT, Associated Press

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Published in the Miami Herald on Jun. 23, 2015.
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February 13, 2017
Great couple
Matt Hetman
November 25, 2016
Valenda Newell
November 29, 2015
I am inspired by the integrity and decency of this man, as well by his artistic creativity, gentleness, and his long devotion to his wife Nancy.
Craig Rieser
June 30, 2015
I'm sorry for the loss of your dear loved one.
June 29, 2015
I am so sorry for the loss of your loved one. Please find peace and comfort in Psalms 119:76.
June 29, 2015
June 29, 2015
God bless you and your family.
Michelle Clark
June 29, 2015
I worked at Union Products for 20 years 1982- 2004. He was always a nice man and Nancy a wonderful lady. I pray that Nancy will be conforted to know that he was loved buy many and will be missed.
I will also light a candle for him.
Michelle Clark
June 29, 2015
Fuzzy Puppy
Pink Flamingos were (and are) the best! - super cute and now ironic at the same time. (If I'd known their inventor lived two towns over from my boyfriend's parents, I would've sent flowers or a gift.) Many thanks for the art, the kitsch, and the mark you made, Mr. Featherstone. Good luck @ the big lawn in the sky!

- A fawning stranger
Victoria Stankiewicz
June 28, 2015
Mrs. Featherstone, I am so sorry for your loss.
Jen Nadeau
June 27, 2015
Aloha from Maui Nancy, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. The two of you were so inspirational. Don was so kind, loving and filled with wisdom. Don will be so missed and remember by the people in Hawaii. The two of you shared the meaning of Aloha with the world. Our thoughts are with you. Mahalo for sharing your life with us when coming to Maui.
Cheryl & Gene Zarro
June 27, 2015
Nancy, You and Donald were the perfect couple, the perfect match, suited for each other like no other couple. Don was such an interesting, fun guy to talk with. I remember his sense of humor, always a smile. My heart is with you, Nancy. You and Donald were (and always will be in my remembrance)a class act. Ray the mailman.
June 27, 2015
Dear Harry, We are very sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad. We have the fondest of memories growing up sharing the same neighborhood friends together with you. Loved your Dad's cars. He was always kind to us and a great gentleman. Our condolences go out to you, your family, and friends.
Paul & Donna Roger
June 27, 2015
To the Featherstone Family, I would like to extend my condolence to you and friends of Mr. DON. May his fond memories bring you comfort and strength along with the Holy book that the God of comfort, comfort us in time of distress.
June 27, 2015
I was so sorry to hear about the passing of Don this week. My father, lee santoro, was a good friend and business associate of his back in the days of union products with george progin. I remember visiting the factory as a little girl and meeting Don, and also the day of my wedding 44 years ago Don showed up with the antique car he and my father had bought to rebuild! I spoke to him 7 years ago to tell him of my fathers death and had a very nice conversation. Condolences from my mother Charlotte also. Tina Santoro Brinsfield
June 26, 2015
Losing a loved one is so difficult. Please accept my sincere condolences. I love the promise at Psalm 147:3, "He heals the broken hearted; He binds up their wounds." May it bring you comfort in the days ahead.
June 26, 2015
We met Don and yourself vacationing in Maine several years ago. You were such nice people and so cute in your matching outfits. I am so very sorry to hear that Don has passed away and so very happy to have met him. Sandy Webber White Bear Lake MN
June 26, 2015
Don and his pink flamingos
have put Leominster on the map. I live in Florida in the winter and pink flamingos sit on the lawns to raise money for cancer.
It brings many smiles and
money for good use. Thank You. Pace e Bene
Clara Longo
June 26, 2015
Nancy, I just met you recently at the Lunenburg Lib.I am saddened of Donalds death, but can be assured of the wonderful life you had together, will carry you thru your grief. Linda Boudreau
June 26, 2015
Nancy, So sorry to hear of Don's death yet I was also relieved as now he has no more pain or confusion or muscle weakness. But I know that you have the pain of his loss. BUT weren't you fortunate to have 40 wonderful years together? You two were such a hoot. As you know I knew Don when I was a child due to my father and Don's love of antique cars. I am SO glad that we got together last year for lunch. I enjoyed it so very much. I remember how Don's face lit up when I showed him pictures of my parents and of my Dad and brother's old cars. I could tell he remembered. I called my brother and told him. He felt bad too. He knew Don better than I did because he was a guy and they liked talking old cars and all. Anyway, please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. You have my number if you ever feeling like staying in touch. God Bless.

Marilyn (Mead) Leffler
Marilyn Leffler
June 25, 2015
Nancy, I was saddened to hear of Don's passing. In my short time knowing you both your love and generosity gave me hope that genuinely good people still exist. I pray that the peace the surpasses all understanding fills you at this difficult time.
Naomi Baldiga
June 25, 2015
Steve and I knew you for only a short time, but loved you for your humor and sweet, soft voice during our conversations about growing up in Berlin. We laughed at the pink flamingo stories and enjoyed the quiet time together until the Lord decided it was time to go home. You will be missed.
Pat Roberts
June 25, 2015
Don was definitely one of a kind. We so miss attending the Hardware Show and Toy Fair. Hanging out at Unions booth booth listing to Don and Nancy tell their story.
terry&Kathy Farmer
June 25, 2015
Nancy At a time when the Greylock Credit Union was going through some growing pains you and Don added some life and levity to our quest. Free spirits both; you added a much needed morale boost when we needed it most. Marie still has (and cherishes) her "hand made by Nancy Featherstone" tailored shirt. Thinking of you at this difficult time . . . God Bless.
Jim and Marie Lynch
(former CEO Greylock, aka
"has been" )
James Lynch
June 25, 2015
I am very sorry to learn of the loss of your dear father - may you find good memories and the comfort of friends and loved ones at this difficult time.....Leominster will never forget....
joanne damico
June 24, 2015
My thoughts go out to the Featherstone family at this time. May you find happiness and peace in the joy that your husband, father and grandfather gave you in the life he shared with all of you. I will think of Don when I look at my lawn flamingo's that grace our yard. Rest in peace Don.
Duane Jorgenson
June 24, 2015
Rest in Peace
Scott Chamberland
June 24, 2015
He was America's most famous unknown sculptor. He was the Johnny Appleseed of garden Art.
James Pelletier
June 24, 2015
Even living in Floria, I have fond memories of my first introduction to Don and Nancy. My dear friend, Ellie and I always worked Thursday Nights at Hancock Fabrics. On one of the first nights , she asked me what I thought of Pink Lawn Flamingos. Well , it wasn't a flattering response, especially after Ellie introduced me to the very "colorful" couple that was shopping nearby! No one was more embarrassed than me but it was the start of a great friendship and loyal customers because of their Guinness Book Record!
Needless to say I have told that story many times and fold both Don and Nancy in my prayers. He will be missed by all of us that could not wait to see what shirt/blouse they would be wearing next.
Love to the family and friends...
Kathy Holbrook
June 24, 2015
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
June 24, 2015
Shelby Jean Featherstone..Greenfield TN.. daughter of Bailey Featherstone
Shelby Jean Featherstone-Edwards
June 24, 2015
I worked at Union Products with Don and sprayed many Flamingos that was back in the 1960 he wS a great guy he will be missed.
Anne Cormier
June 24, 2015
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
June 24, 2015
I am so sorry for your loss, he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.
June 24, 2015
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
June 24, 2015
In God's care rest in peace
Dwayne Bickham,Sr.
June 23, 2015
What a wonderful person he was, I'm sorry for your loss and the pain you must be going through. May God almighty comfort you and give you strength. Romans15:13
June 23, 2015
God Bless --- Your Pink Flamingos will live on for years to come !
June 23, 2015
I owe this designer of the plastic pink flamingo many thanks. I have a large collection and they make me and my friends and family happy when we see them. When they quit making the "original" ones I received many notices from my friends. They were worried would have pink flamingo withdrawal. I will continue to treasure the ones I have that were created by best to you and your family as you go through the days ahead.
Debbie Reno
June 23, 2015
Harold (and family),
I was terribly sorry to hear of your father's passing. I wanted to offer my condolences and hope you will share them with your family. My thoughts are with you, my friend.
Maureen (Sullivan) Mann
June 23, 2015
Your late brother Matthew gave me early inspiration when I first started the Featherstone Society One Name study, and your work even crept over the pond, to your roots in County Durham.
I have been in touch with your sister in law, Ruth, and pass my condolences to your family.
W Paul Featherstone
The Featherstone Society
June 23, 2015
My name is Jerry Rodway, oldest son of Larry. I remember how often and well my father spoke of Nancy and Don(Mr Featherstone). Please accept my and my brothers' condolences.
June 23, 2015
I wonder if my pink flamingo earrings are inspired by his pink lawn flamingo. Nevertheless, we send our sincere condolences with this message to his family.
June 23, 2015
My deepest condolences to the family Judy and Harrord he is now at peace God speed
Irene McNamara Hart
June 23, 2015
My prayers and thoughts go out to Don's family and friends. He gave the world a tremendous amount of joy! My pink plastic flamingo is still on my deck. My neighbors love it! And a friend's church youth group "flamingoed" the lawn of my Mom's adult family home in her last days. That is a precious memory for me -- all thanks to those kids and Don!
Al Kiefer
June 23, 2015
Saying goodbye to a sweet man is hard to do. Having you for a roommate when Steve was in the nursing home brightened each day for both Steve and I. My deepest felt sympathies for all the family, especially Nancy, who has become a dear friend. Don, you will be missed.
June 23, 2015
Nancy and family, we are deeply saddened to hear of Don's passing. He was truly one of the nicest people we ever met and his legacy will live on in our hearts and in the characters he created.
Jane & Byard Libbey
June 23, 2015
Don, your work brought a lot of smiles and joy to a lot of folks. Thank you.
Dave Bonin
June 23, 2015
Love them...I was flocked for my birthday..made my day.
June 23, 2015
My sincerest condolences to the Featherstone Family. May the Hearer of Prayer be of comfort to you at this time. (Psalms 83:18)
June 23, 2015
Dear Family,we extend our sympathy to you.May our Lord
and Savior give you comfort and peace in your hearts.To-
day and the days ahead.
The Hall Family,S.C.
June 23, 2015
Still have mine. I'm from "Bawlmer" love it. May you rest in peace. Condolences to the family.
June 23, 2015
Don was one of the most delightfully eccentric people I have ever known. I was honored to call him a friend. Flamingos everywhere are weeping ....
Jay Smith
June 23, 2015
To the FEATHERSTOME FAMILY in their time of grief, soon God will swallow up death forever.
June 23, 2015
Your pink flamingoes have been a big part of my kitsch life. Thank you.
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