1929 - 2015
Brewitt Funeral Home
14 Pine Street
Exeter, NH
STONE, Don, N.A. 85, formerly of Rockport, MA, internationally known modern impressionist painter Don Stone died peacefully at Exeter Hospital on Thursday, March 12, 2015, after a brief illness. He was surrounded by his family, and maintained his humor and wit to the very end. He was born March 27, 1929, in Council Bluffs, IA, to Hester Bell and Arthur Dimick Stone. After graduating from Gloucester High School and Vesper George School Of Art, he was drafted into the Navy, where he served as a Gunnery Yeoman on a destroyer. While there, he painted portraits of the ship's officers. His painting of the ship in battle hung in the officer's quarters. After the Navy, he returned to teach at Vesper George and the New England School of Art, and he was a commercial artist and cartoonist at the Boston Post and the Lowell Sun. In the early 1950s, he realized that he wanted to be a fine artist. In 1954, he was invited by fellow artist Paul Strisik to go on a painting trip to Monhegan Island, ME. He fell in love with the island and spent the rest of his life painting this beautiful place and the people who lived there. For 40 years he conducted painting workshops on Monhegan, which were enormously popular because of his remarkable knowledge of painting and his unique sense of humor. He considered Monhegan his true home. Don was elected to full membership in the National Academy of Design, American Watercolor Society (Dolphin Fellow), American Society of Marine Artists (Fellow), Salmagundi Club (Honorary Member), and New England Watercolor Society (Lifetime Honorary Member). In addition, he was a member of the Guild of Boston Artists, Allied Artists of America, Hudson Valley Art Association, Rockport Art Association (Lifetime Member), North Shore Art Association and others. His work was exhibited in various public museums, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Portland (Maine) Museum of Art and Cape Ann Museum. In addition to his love of art, Don had a lifelong love of music. He was a well-known banjo player and performed with the Gloucester group Loblolly Five. He also played fiddle and especially mandolin. He was an avid sports fan who played hockey and golf in his earlier years and later in life enjoyed watching the Bruins and professional golf. Don is survived by his beloved wife Sarah; children Sandra Akers, Pamela Stone and her husband Steve Congdon, Phil Stone and wife Annie, and Caleb Stone and his partner Lis Costa; step-daughters Elizabeth Guffey and Katherine Guffey and her husband Jim Sauve; grandchildren Michael & Marabah Akers, Trevor, Natalie and Carter Stone, Nicholas and Devin Congdon, Jacob and Isaac Stone, and Bethany Sauve; and his cat, Norton. Memorial gatherings will be held later this year at locations and on dates to be determined. Brewitt Funeral Home, 14 Pine St., Exeter, NH is assisting the family with the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Cape Ann Animal Aid, 4 Paws Lane, Gloucester, MA 01930 or to The Monhegan Museum, 1 Lighthouse Hill, Monhegan, ME 04852. For more information, please visit:
Published by Boston Globe from Mar. 14 to Mar. 15, 2015.
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Knew Don briefly as a student at the Vesper George School of Art in the early '60's, where he was teaching. - An extremely interesting individual & a truly great artist.
J. H.
August 29, 2019
Janice Gates
July 7, 2017
Janice Gates
July 7, 2017
Janice Gates
July 7, 2017
Sarah..just read about Dons passing ..visited w him and you last summer on Monhegancherised my visit with him and touring his studio and your house.i am very sorry to get the word about him..our prayers are with you.Don Dillard dallas texas
Don Dillard
August 9, 2015
This very distinct memory,, how to describe?
It was 1970 or close to it, I had met the love of my life in collage.
He was a native, I was a foreigner .. he took me to a party at Don Stones . The people, the art, I was mesmerized.
I will never forget that night.
I am grateful to have been a part of this incredible time.
July 28, 2015
I am a dermtologist in bangor and took care of Al Stanley .,one of Don;s favorite subjects......,I once sailed to Monhegan and Al took me up to Don's studio,, I knew nothing about DOn and we simply walked in unannounced ,,there was a HUGE painting on the wall of Al on his boat .. i was overwhelmed a by the painting and deeply impressed with the obvious bond between the two men ...peace bill gallagher
May 11, 2015
Sarah, I just opened my favorite American Art Review that arrived today and as always immediately look for Don's entry. I was so saddened to hear of his passing. I came to visit you and Don about 3 years ago on MI and I was deeply touched by both of you, your creative lives together, your wonderful house there which I often think of with the tremendous oil lamps lit on a cold foggy day. I am grateful to have met, and had a bit of time with both of you. My deepest condolences. I will miss his monthly paintings that were always an inspiration.
Wendy Armstrong
May 8, 2015
Sarah: Deeply saddened to learn of Don's passing. He was truly a friend and mentor for all those years on Monhegan. We were quite the crew! My condolences to you and family always...
Nels Ziegler
May 7, 2015
Sarah I am very sad to hear this. The years I studied under Don in the Catskill's and on Monhegan Island I will always remember. I will always be Don's Student.
Richard Lisle
April 11, 2015
You have lit many a light in the souls of friends, family, and artists...thank you for sharing your passion and allowing us to see through your eyes..
Joan E Hitchcock Stewart
April 9, 2015
Don was a great friend to my Aunt Polly(Elanore) and Uncle Scotty(Ludwig) Skotnes. I have the great honor, to have inherited 2 of their beloved pieces created by Don. I would love to hear more information on Don's memorial, so I can attend on their honor. Peace be to you all.... Joan Hitchcock Stewart
Joan E Stewart
April 9, 2015
We will all miss Don and his wonderful teaching and his friendship. He will always be remembered for his talent and his sense of humor. I send my deepest sympathy to his wife and family.
Linda Leonard Hughes
March 21, 2015
Sarah, I'm very sad for your loss. You had a wonderful life together. Thinking of you and your family through all of this. Love, Jackie
Jackie Curley
March 21, 2015
To the Stone Family:

I am shocked and saddened to hear of Don's passing. I'm so glad that I had the opportunity to know Don and experience his warmth, painting knowledge and ultra dry wit. Please accept my heartfelt condolences at this difficult time.

With great sympathy,
David Kasman
David Kasman
March 21, 2015
My deepest condolences to the Stone Family... He was a beautiful artist...May he rest in the peace of the Lord. mmerli..
March 20, 2015
I feel so fortunate to have experienced Don's teaching. I learned so much from him. It is still part of my painting experience each day. He has touched so many lives. A really great man. My sincere condolences to his family.
Corinne McIntyre
March 20, 2015
So enjoyed our time spent chatting with Don in his studio on Monhegan. Rest assured we will glance over with fondness as we pass by on our way to Burnt Head.

Kathie and Jim Harper
March 19, 2015
Don was the greatest teacher I have ever had, and the Monhegan workshops are my fondest memories. I still hear his voice when I paint. My love to Sarah and family.
Barbara Tlush
March 18, 2015
Bob always spoke so highly of Don and his work. The world is a less joyful and beautiful place without him.
Elizabeth Hunter
March 18, 2015
Loved that man taught me how to paint "bazumin" bushes...Still remember he and I spending time at the Boston Museum....An all around great human being .
Pic is demo 1965 @ NESA
March 18, 2015
The art community has lost a giant. I will always remember Don. My condolences to his Family.
With Sadness, Sergio Roffo, ASMA and The Guild.
Sergio Roffo
March 18, 2015
My condolences on the loss of your beloved father. He will always live on through his beautiful paintings and with his children and grandchildren. What a fulfilling life he led.
Linda Neal Hurley
March 17, 2015
Saddened to read about the passing of don stone. I have fond memories as a student of his at The NewEngland school of art in the 1960's the art community has lost a treasure. Sincerely , susan Hanson Laffin
Susan Hanson Laffin
March 16, 2015
My condolences to the family and the art community at large. He will be remembered for his contributions to the artist community all over New England and beyond. I never met him personally, but know him through his art.
Barbara Rossitto
March 16, 2015
Pam and Sandy and family's ;Sorry for the loss of your father (grandfather. )
Paula Ouellette
March 16, 2015
Sarah, I am so sorry for your loss. Those years, mid 90's when I was in Don's painting group on Monhegan are full of special memories. I remember you being on the side smiling. I remember being concerned that he would skim my painting into the ocean....He was a special man. Monhegan will not be the same without him.
Judy Edwards
March 16, 2015
My condolences to the entire Stone family. It was a wonderful gift to have Mr. Stone be part of my fiftieth birthday celebration. I will cherish that weekend and remember his beautiful gift of artistry.
Donna M. Pierce
Donna Pierce
March 16, 2015
Sincerest condolences to Sarah, Caleb and the rest of the Stone family. It seems impossible that we will no longer see Don tearing around Monhegan on that golf cart of his. He was always so generous, welcoming us in to see his work, to be inspired by it...the world has lost an amazing artist and a great human being. Diane Scott...from the group of artists who rent Field house every june.
Diane Scott
March 15, 2015
Bill and I are so sorry. We keep all of you in our thoughts and prayers.
Bill and Marjie Johnson
Marjie Johnson
March 15, 2015
The light of your wonderful spirit will shine forever through your beautiful paintings.
Elaine Miller
March 15, 2015
Elaine Miller
March 15, 2015
To the Stone family my deepest sympathies. You all know how much he meant to me through the years. He was a class mate of my mother at Gloucester High. She told me when I was young to seek him for art instruction as he "was the best artist she knew". She was right. His influence will live on in all of us.
Dennis Poirier
March 15, 2015
Thank you for your service.
March 15, 2015
To the Stone family my deepest sympathies. You all know what he meant to me from my teen years on up to the present day. Don was a class mate of my mother and she told me to study with him because he was the best artist she knew. She was right. Cape Ann has lost a great artist and one of the best people I have ever known. His influence lives on in all of us who knew him.
Dennis Poirier
March 15, 2015
Don, I miss you already. Monhegan won't be the same.
So long for now .
George Cabot
March 15, 2015
My sincerest condolences to the Sarah and the Stone Family. It's very sad to think of Monhegan without Don. He was a kind person and someone I admired. Through his art and through the many lives he touched, he leaves a rich legacy.
Shauna Lawrence
March 15, 2015
Our prayers go out to Don's family. Don was a good friend and inspiration to my father, Allan F. Avery, a fellow artist, and to the rest of my family, who enjoyed visiting his studio year after year on Monhegan. We have been enriched by Don and will miss him dearly.
Hal Avery
March 15, 2015
Like a thousand others Don shared much with us all. His generosity will continue to be shared thought the art and humor of us all.
William "Skip" Lawrence
March 15, 2015
Rest in Peace Don.Sorry I never got out to Monhegan Island to see you,lots of fond memories in Rockport. R.I.P.
Peter Sepich
March 15, 2015
Phil, my thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of sorrow.
- Janet Bowes
March 15, 2015
To The Stone family, I extend my heartfelt sympathy. Don will be truly missed by many.
Ruthie Tredwell
March 15, 2015
He was a very caring and talented man.
Eileen and Ollie Bolman
March 14, 2015
So much love and compassion for this talented artist I have two of his paintings. Sue Bolman
March 14, 2015
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