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August 8, 2013

Donald Warren Standley Sr., 75

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.

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