Donald V. Little
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Donald Vaughan Little died on February 29, 2012, from injuries sustained in an accident while competing in the Masters Classic in the International Arena at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida. He was seventy-seven years old. Don was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and resided for most of his adult life at his family farm in Ipswich, Massachusetts, with Judy, his devoted wife of fifty-seven years. He attended the University of Pennsylvania, was an avid pilot and achieved the rank of Captain in the U.S. Air Force. He was the youngest aircraft commander flying B-47 bombers and was awarded the coveted designation as a "select crew" in the Strategic Air Command. His love for aviation came from his longtime stepfather Crocker Snow who was a renowned civil and military pilot and a pioneer of civil aviation. Don piloted the single engine 1947 Navion inherited from him throughout the country. In addition to their annual trips to Florida and the Caribbean, Don and Judy toured many destinations together including the National Parks in 2006 and Alaska in 2007. Professionally, he was a highly successful stock broker and institutional investor. He remained at the same desk for forty-eight years at UBS and its predecessor companies, PaineWebber and Kidder Peabody. He created his own investment team and constantly placed among the top five producers in Boston for the duration of his career. He had numerous recreational interests including shooting, fishing and traveling, yet horses were his lifelong passion. He was Captain of Polo for eighteen years at Myopia Hunt Club in South Hamilton, MA, the oldest active polo club in the country. He further promoted the sport as President of the United States Polo Association (USPA). By the mid 1980s he transferred his equestrian energies to fox hunting and show jumping. He was appointed Master of the Hounds at Myopia in 2001, a position he held until his death, and he founded and managed both of the current Boston Grand Prix Jumper Classic Horse Shows during the period 1991 to 2011. Befitting his love of horses, he pioneered the syndicated racehorse business, establishing Centennial Farms Management Company in 1982 to manage a small and select group of thoroughbred racehorses for individual investors. A highpoint came in 1993 when the Centennial horse Colonial Affair won the Belmont Stakes with Julie Krone aboard, the first female jockey ever to win the famed race. The enterprise exists today, run by Little's surviving son, Donald Jr. Don's warm and gregarious nature characterized all these activities. "Don was charismatic," said longtime family friend Mary Ann Esdaile from Hamilton, and a winter resident of Wellington. "He drew people in to his passions. He brought us all along smiling." In his active senior years, Don competed and prevailed in many jumping events throughout the North America including the Northeastern United States, Wellington, Florida and Spruce Meadows in Canada. In 2006 he competed in the Global Champions Tour, a special invitational tour where junior and amateur riders compete against each other. With his trustworthy and invincible "Mr. Nightime" and his stable mate "Soprano", he traveled to St. Tropez, Cannes and Monte Carlo, where they triumphed. "It is a huge loss for his wide circle of family, friends and associates," said longtime polo partner Summerfield Johnston of Chattanooga, TN. "Don was naturally inclusive. It was one of his wonderful traits." The only son of Douglas Little from Wales, England and Janice Vaughan Snow from Ipswich, Don is survived by his wife Judith, son Donald Jr., and daughter Andrea, all of Ipswich, sister Patricia Little Moseley of Hamilton, half brothers Crocker Snow Jr. of Ipswich, Andrew J. Little of Chipping Norton, England and grandchildren Donald III and James Little, and Tapley and Isabella Eaton. Funeral services will be held at Christ the Redeemer Anglican Church, 188 Elliott Street, (Rte 62) Danvers, on Thursday, March 8 at 12:00 noon. Arrangements by the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home of Ipswich. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to: Fisher House Boston, 111 Rockville Pike, Suite 420, Rockville, MD 20850, Dana Farber Cancer Institute & Jimmy Fund, 10 Brookline Place West, 6th Floor, Brookline, MA 02445, Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, PO Box 3387, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866, or the Life Fund FBO, Boston Park Rangers Mounted Unit, 125 The Fenway, Boston, MA 02115. To send a condolence to his family please visit

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Published in Hamilton-Wenham Chronicle from Mar. 5 to Mar. 12, 2012.
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February 24, 2019
Great memories remain along with a great picture of Don in our stable. His influence in generating support for our Mounted Unit continues!

Forever thanks!

The Boston Park Rangers Mounted Unit.
Gene Survillo
March 16, 2012
Dear Judy and Andy,
Thinking of you and sending love & comfort to you,
Katie Getchell
March 14, 2012
Don, loved life and life loved Don. He was such a wonderful, witty and a great broker...Which, I was fortunate to be able to say, "My broker is Don Little."
My thoughts and prayers are with your family. ~Maureen Sullivan Stemberg, Boston, Massachusetts
Maureen Sullivan Stemberg
March 9, 2012
To my good friend at Kidder Peabody for 35 years. Never did I ever part company from him without a smile on both our faces. A class act, always. Bill Mason Brewster, Ma.
March 8, 2012
My deepest condolences on your tragic loss. My thoughts and prayers are continually with your family at this very difficult time.
gloria gutwirth
March 7, 2012
We are deeply sorry to hear of Don's passing .Our thoughts and prayer are with you. He will be truly missed in the thoroughbred industry.
Gil & Marilyn Campbell
March 6, 2012
I think there was never a better smile than yours, Don Little.
Thank you for sharing your equestrian love and passion with so many for so long. You will be forever missed.
My deepest sympathies to Judy and the family at this time of
great sorrow.
Carolyn Lackey
March 5, 2012
Don tempered his highly competitive spirit with kindness, warmth and humor. Proud of his accomplishments which were many, but quick to console a disappointed co-competitor. He was clearly a class act in all ways. My deepest condolences to Judy and his family. The depth of their loss is unchartered. Barbara Ulrichsen Rochford
March 5, 2012
Please accept our deepest sympathies.
johns citgo
March 5, 2012
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
john gianakakis
March 5, 2012
One of the masters of the horse world, I like so many of us that new Don thought just one small piece of the Equestrian world, Don did it all, truly a great horsemen, We will miss you here at Fieldstone but you will not be forgotten,
Scott M Clawson
March 4, 2012
This is a message of great sympathy, love and prayers to Patricia Mosely and Terry Snow from Peggy Cullinane Mahoney on the death of their brother, Don Little
Peggy Mahoney
March 4, 2012
I was fortunate to ride with Don Little a few times with the Myopia Hunt. He was a gracious Master of the Hunt welcoming all and making everyone feel at home - his warm smile and tip of his head. He will be greatly missed.
Jayne Lew
March 4, 2012
I worked with Mr. Little when I was at Kidder Peabody years ago, he was a wonderful man and every Spring he would invite me to a polo match and always had time to say hello and tell his wonderful stories, I am saddened to hear of his loss, my thoughts are with his family.
Linda Centrella
March 4, 2012
One of the earliest and most generous supporters of The Boston Park Rangers Mounted Unit. Genuine and inspiring in so many ways, his influence will not soon be forgotten. Thoughts and Prayers are with The Little Family. May his Memory Be Eternal. RIP Don! Thanks and Forever Thanks!
Gene Survillo
March 2, 2012
The world of equestrian events has lost a real trooper with the passing of Don Little. He and the late Neil Ayer introduced me to polo in 1968 and I haven't been able to shake it off since. He was a tireless proponent of all equestrian-related endeavors and always helped to pull them up a notch or two. Lois and I send our condolences to Judy and Doo.
Bob Whidden
March 2, 2012
Tally Ho Don.
I had the pleasure of meeting Don only a few weeks ago when I visited the Myopia Hunt Club, Don was a true gentleman and he showed me a great time on my stay, he was also surrounded by people that respected him and he cared so much for them and what enjoyment he could provide for them. I am deeply sad that Don has passed as he was an inspiration for us all involved in the equine business, My thoughs and prayers are with him and his loved ones. I hope you find the perfect hunt horse and some good hounds in Heaven.
R.I.P. Don,

Brendan Dolan, Master of Foxhounds Ireland.
Brendan Dolan
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