Don Featherstone (1936 - 2015)

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Don Featherstone (AP Photo / Charles Krupa)
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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