Donald E. “Don” Drown

May 12, 2019

Donald E. “Don” Drown
U.S. Veteran

US Air Force

Korean Conflict

Donald E. Drown – in Maine, formerly of Woburn, May 12th, at the age of eighty-seven. Beloved husband of the late Dorothy L. (Reardon) Drown. Devoted father of Diann L. Drown of ME and the late David E. Drown. Don was predeceased by his brothers,sisters and spouses, James Drown his wife “Effie,” Ruth Graney, Edward Drown his wife Jean, and Edna Roland, her husband Howard. A Funeral Service will be held in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Wednesday, May 22nd at 10 a.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours, Tuesday evening 3-7 p.m. Remembrances may be made in Don’s honor to the Friends of Woburn Veteran’s, 144 School Street, Woburn, MA or to the Jimmy Fund, 10 Brookline Place West, 6th Floor, Brookline, MA 02445.

Donald E. “Don” Drown formerly of Woburn passed away at the Maine Medical Center in Portland, passed away Saturday, May 12th with his beloved daughter by his bedside.  Dear husband of the late Dorothy L. (Reardon) Drown, he was eighty seven years of age.

Born in Boston, Don was the youngest of five children born to the late Hamilton and Vera (Reid) Drown.  Don’s earlier years were spent in Jamaica Plain , later moving to Everett, where he was a graduate of Everett High School along with the Class of 1949.  Following high school Don enlisted in the United States Air Force, where he proudly served his country for three years during the Korean War.  Don had spent two years in Japan and upon his discharge in 1956, her served the Air Force as SGT.

Upon his return home, Don went to live with his brother Ed and his family.  He secured himself a position with Pratt and Whitney where he had remained for several years.  While living in Connecticut he was introduced to Dorothy Reardon.  A courtship began and they married in the mid-fifties.  

They made their home in Woburn in 1965 where the continued raising their family.  Summers in Kennybunkport, ME were thoroughly enjoyed by all the family and extended family over the decades.  Aunts, uncles, cousins and friends all enjoyed in the festivities over the summers, with long walks, swimming, cookouts and games made for many happy and cherished memories.  Don was always in his element, standing behind the grill, utensils in hand, keeping a trusted eye on the steak!  

Throughout the years Don was gainfully employed by rubber manufacturing companies, retiring from Goodyear Tire, mid eighties.

Don had a wonderful personality; he could talk to presidents and bikers alike and share some tremendous knowldge and conversation.  Don was a true gentleman.  Always thinking and doing for others without any chatter, just getting it done; from cooking meals, errands, and just spending time to listen to family and friends, his time was your time.  

For the last two years,  Don has made his home with his daughter Diann, where he has enjoyed the all the comforts and amenities of home.  This also included Don growing very fond of her Irish Wolf Hound, who often considered himself a “lap dog” bringing much joy and laughter!

Sadly, Don was predeceased by both his wife Dotty, son Dave, along with his parents Hamilton and Vera and all his siblings and their spouses; James Drown his wife “Effie,” Ruth Graney, Edward Drown his wife Jean, and Edna Roland, her husband Howard. A Funeral Service will be held in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Wednesday, May 22nd at 10 a.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours, Tuesday evening 3-7 p.m. Remembrances may be made in Don’s honor to the Friends of Woburn Veteran’s, 144 School Street, Woburn, MA or to the Jimmy Fund, 10 Brookline Place West, 6th Floor, Brookline, MA 02445.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours, Tuesday evening 3-7 p.m. Remembrances may be made in Don’s honor to the Friends of Woburn Veteran’s, 144 School Street, Woburn, MA or Jimmy Fund, 10 Brookline Place West, 6th Floor, Brookline, MA 02445.

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  1. Donald & Donna Mayo

    Diann,
    We are very sorry to hear about your dad. He was always friendly to everyone – with no exception. Talking with your dad was always easy-going, no matter the topic. Your family was always welcoming, whether it be in Woburn or Kennebunkport.

    Your friends,
    Don & Donna Mayo

  2. Diane, My sincere condolences for the loss of your dad. He was always so nice to everyone. He enabled us all to enjoy our childhood and was an intricate part of the neighborhood. Always helpful and smiling. Fine man. God bless.

  3. Karen & Michael DeBerio

    Diane, our deepest sympathies on the passing of your Dad. He was a great neighbor and a really nice guy!

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