Hamilton — Mr. Donald Warren Standley Sr., 75, of Hamilton, and son of the late Asa and Hellena (Mitchell) (Tobin) Standley, passed away on Saturday, August 3, 2013, at his home, with his wife, Jayne (Wright) Standley at his side as he had requested. Donald fought a three-and-a-half-year battle with metastatic lung cancer. He grew up in Danvers, where he had a paper route of over 100 customers, delivering to them six days per week. He worked on the farm across the street from his home on Elliot Street. He was always trying to make money to help his family. He got his letter in football his sophomore year at Danvers High School. He loved the Boston Red Sox, the New England Patriots, Boston Celtics, and Boston Bruins, traveling with Jayne to Montreal three times to watch the Bruins play.
In 1955, he joined the U.S. Air Force, spending a year in Reno, Nev., a year in Germany, and two years in France on 7486 Phalsbourg-Bourscheid Air Base. He was an aircraft mechanic, taught truck driving to other airmen, being honorably discharged in 1959.
On June 10, 1960, his niece, Judy McGeogheghan, introduced her uncle to fellow nursing student Jayne Wright of Haverhill. They were married December 17, 1960, and were married for 52 years.
They resided for 47 years in Asbury Grove in Hamilton, where they raised three children and two grandchildren. He was active in sports, earning trophies in candlepin and 10 pin bowling, golf, pool, and horseshoes. He was a Little League coach for 10 years, bringing his son, Donald’s, Major League Angles to the Championship in 1975. He was an active member of the Franco American Club in Beverly, where he played “Pitch.”
He loved being out on the ocean. He and his wife often slept on their boat “JDKDM.” When his son, Mark, got a junior lobsterman’s license, they lobstered for four years while Mark was in high school. He loved fishing, especially with his late nephew, Charlie Tobin, and grandson, Drew.
He would tell everyone that one of his proudest moments was when his grandson, Drew Schimmel, pinned the father’s pin on his shirt when Drew became an Eagle Scout, Troop 35, on March 17, 2012.
He and his family are members of the Ipswich Fish and Game Club, where they watched Drew shoot trap. He took pride in his family, with four generations living together; his son Mark, daughter, Karren Schimmel, and her son, Drew, her daughter, Christina and her husband, Jason Dalton, and Don’s great-granddaughter, Gretchen, and he looked forward to every other weekend when his great-granddaughters, Sarah and Elizabeth Dalton, came for the weekend.
In addition to his home family, he leaves his son, Danald W. Standley Jr.; Mark’s children, Nichole Landers, Phyllis Rose and Asa Landers-Standley; four generations of nieces and nephews, any of whom he was very close to, including Debbie Standley Sheldon, Cheryl Tobin Carr, Sandy Tobin Foley, Billy Standley, Sue Marshall, and Bobbie Parks; and sister-in-law, Youngja Standley, and foster grandchild, AndyMay Sims. He was predeceased by his brothers, William and Linwood Standley, Everett and Charles Tobin, and sisters, Pheobe McCarthy and Margarie Tobin McGeogheghan.
ARRANGEMENTS: Relatives and friends were invited to visiting hours in the O’Donnell Funeral Home, 46 Washington Sq., Salem Common, Salem, on Wednesday, August 7, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Immediately following visiting hours, a funeral service was held at 12:15 p.m. Burial in North Beverly Cemetery, Beverly. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Donald’s memory to the Boy Scouts, Troop 35 Eagle Scout Projects, 27 Asbury Ave., South Hamilton, MA 01982. To share a memory, or offer a condolence, please visit www.odonnellfuneralservice.com.