Andersen, Donald

March 15th, 2010

andersen, donaldDonald W. Andersen, age 75, of Wilmington, died peacefully on Monday, March 15, 2010, at Woodbriar of Wilmington following a prolonged respiratory illness.

Born in Woburn, MA, on February 2, 1935, Donald was the cherished son of the late Wigo H. & Dorothy (Ross) Andersen. Donald lived in Woburn for a few years before moving to Wilmington as a young boy. Donald grew up on the “Andersen Farm”, his family’s farm, where he worked hard and developed his life-long love of animals.

Donnie, as he was fondly known by family and friends, co-owned for many years the D & D Gulf Station in North Wilmington with his cousin. Donnie was also the owner of the Lincoln Ave. Gulf Station in Haverhill that he operated with his wife and son.

Donnie will be remembered for his love of people, cars, animals, and road trips, as well as his great sense of humor. He enjoyed tending to his yard and gardens and spending time outdoors.

Donnie is survived by his beloved wife of 53 years Gwendolyn (Rice) Andersen of Wilmington, he was the devoted father of William H. Andersen & his wife Tracey of Sandwich, Charlene Andersen and her spouse Cheryl Smith of Nottingham, NH, and Pennilyn Dudley & her husband Paul of Wilmington, and loving grandfather of Derek and Karl Andersen. Donnie is also survived by several cousins, nieces, and nephews. He was a devoted family man and will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Funeral service will take place on Friday, March 26th at 11:00 a.m. at the Nichols Funeral Home**, Wilmington.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Donnie’s name may be made to the M.S.P.C.A., c/o Development Office, 350 South Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02130 or to a charity of you choice.



10 Entries in Guest Book for “Andersen, Donald”

  1. Pat and Bob Kelly says:

    Penny, Paul and family,

    So sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers

    Bob and Pat Kelly

  2. The Collins says:

    Dear Gwen, Billie, Charlene and Pennilyn,
    We were so sad to hear of Donnie’s illness and passing. He was such a good man, and a good uncle and brother in law. We hope that you find comfort in knowing that he is now with so many beloved family members, and is no longer suffering.
    We have not forgotten…Old McDonald had a farm…EIEIO!!!
    Muriel, Dan, Tom, Sharon, Cindy & Linda

  3. Ralph A. Colorusso says:


    My sincere condolences on the passing of your father. I’m certain that he was a terrific gentleman, based upon my knowledge of his very capable daughter.

  4. David & Gisela Henshaw says:

    Our warmest wishes to the whole Andersen family.

    We are with you in thoughts at this very sad time for all of you. You made us feel like we were part of your family all these years, and not knowing anybody in Wilmington, that was very comforting to us.

    So let us be with you in your heart when we remember Donnie.

  5. Susan Foley Hardimon says:

    Billy, Charlene & Pennilyn,

    I was so sad to hear of your Dad’s passing. I hope the many happy and loving memories your family and friends will share over the next few weeks will give each of you strength, comfort & peace. I have many wonderful and loving memories of him and all of you, that I hold and will always cherish in my heart forever. Please pass along my thoughts and condolences to your Mom as well. With love and sadness…

  6. Kathi Lee says:

    Dear Gwen, Billy, Charlene & Penny,
    I was very sorry to hear of Don’s passing. I wanted to come to the service on Friday but I will be with my mother-in-law who will be in the hospital having surgery that day. Know that I will be keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers. May God’s peace and Love be with you during this difficult time.

    Kathi (D’Entremont)

  7. Diane Davis says:

    Dear Gwen, Billy, Charlene & Penny,
    I was very shocked to hear of Don’s passing (my father told me) I had no idea that he was ill. We have so many memories of him and your family growing up together!! He will be very missed. I will keep him and your whole family in my prayers. I can’t make the service as I have to work and can”t get out of it.

    All my love and prayers to all of you!

    Diane (D’Entremont)

  8. Colleen, Ed, David & Molly Cain says:

    Charlene & Cheryl, Pennilyn & Paul, Mrs A, Billy:
    We are so sorry for your loss. Words are hard to come by during such a difficult time. Just know you’re in our thoughts and prayers. Lots of love, Coll et all

  9. Steve Gerhartz says:

    Some of my best childhhood memories of growing up in North wilmington are of “hanging around” at D&D and watchhing all the older guys fixing up their hot rods and pumping gas for Don. He was always very nice to all the kids and let us help whenever we wished. He will be missed by many. Our prayers are with his family.

  10. Charlene Andersen says:

    Vor Fader, du som er i himlene!
    Helliget blive dit navn,
    komme dit rige,
    ske din vilje,
    som I himlen saledes ogsa pa jorden:
    giv os I dag vort daglige brod,
    og forlad os vor skyld, som ogsa vi forlader vore skyldnere,
    og led os ikke ind I fistelse,
    men fir os fra det onde.
    For dit er Riget og magten og aeren I evighed!

RSS feed for comments on this post.