Obituaries

Donald S. Tucker

January 22nd, 2019

Donald Stephen Tucker, age 87, a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully with his wife Marguerite at his side on January 19, 2019.

Donald was born in Worcester, MA on March 8, 1931; he was the dear son of the late Edward and Agnes Tucker. Donald was raised in Worcester; he attended Upsala Street School in Worcester, Clarke School in Northampton, and Worcester Trade High School in Worcester.

Donald was an exceptional athlete in basketball and baseball. He was inducted into the New England Athletic Association of the Deaf Basketball Hall of Fame in 1982.

In 1954, Donald married the “love of his life” Marguerite (Beauregard) Tucker; the couple moved to Worcester, Springfield, Agawam, and then Wilmington (1964) where they raised their family. Donald was a very devoted and loving husband, father and grandfather.

Donald was known to be a man of great faith and wisdom; he was a member of St. Thomas of Villanova Church in Wilmington and Sacred Heart Church in Newton for many years.

Donald was also a hard worker and a life-long wood patternmaker. Donald was creative, artistic and articulate about his work. In later years, he owned his own pattern shop in his garage.

Donald was always helping others and was pro-active in his causes; he was one of the co-founders of the Massachusetts State Association of the Deaf and was their first secretary/treasurer. He volunteered at the New England Homes for the Deaf in Danvers, the Learning Center in Framingham and in later years was a part-time DeafBlind provider.

Donald will be fondly remembered for his wonderful sense of humor, his easy-going personality and for his love of America and its principles of freedom.

Donald was a great guy who would do anything to help anyone; he loved his family and friends unconditionally and with all his heart. Donald will forever be missed by those who knew and loved him.

Donald was the beloved husband of Marguerite I. (Beauregard) Tucker of Wilmington, devoted father of Stephen G. Tucker of Wilmington, James E. Tucker of Middletown, MD and Maryjean Tucker of Swampscott. Loving grandfather of Bradford Tucker of Baltimore, MD and Claire Tucker of St. Paul, MN. Cherished son of the late Edward J. and Agnes (Mara) Tucker, dear brother of the late Agnes (Tucker) McGrath & her late husband Paul, the late Jean (Tucker) Kravsow & her late husband Irving, the late Edward Tucker, and Robert Tucker of Vernon, CT & his late wife Madeline Tucker. Donald was also survived by many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA on Friday, January 25th for Visitation from 10:00-11:45 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington, MA.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Donald’s memory may be made to Maryland School for the Deaf Foundation, P. O. Box 636, Frederick, MD 21705, msd-foundation.org or to the New England Homes for the Deaf, 154 Water St., Danvers, MA 01923, nehd.org.

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33 Entries in Guest Book for “Donald S. Tucker”

  1. Peter Hershon says:

    I send my deepest condolence to your family, friends, and loved ones.

  2. Gary and Lisa Potter says:

    Our deepest condolences to you and your family. May you cherish memories of this great man who achieved many accomplishments for the Deaf Community.

  3. Trudy Schafer says:

    Such a sweet & gentle man, he will be missed.

  4. Solange Sevigny-Skyer says:

    Donald was a honorable man and a devoted husband and father. He is with the angels. May he Rest In Peace.

    Love
    Cousin Solange “Sally” Sevigny-Skyer

  5. Mike Bello says:

    My deepest sympathy to the Tucker family. He was one of
    Don was kind and gentle man. He will be missed.

  6. Larry & Susan MacDonald of Olean, NY says:

    Sorry for your loss. We hope and pray that you and your whole family will have strength during this difficult time. May God bless and watch over you all in His Love.

  7. Suzanne Heffron says:

    My condolences go to Tucker family. He is sweet guy. R.I.P Mr Tucker.

  8. Patrick A. Graybill says:

    My deepest condolences. Every time when I met him, he had charisma. May his family find comfort knowing that he is in good hands.

  9. Donna Jancsy says:

    Donald was a kind and giving man. He had built a ramp so that my father could access the signed mass at St John’s Seminary. When the services moved to the Sacred Heart Church, he delivered it to my home where it was used for many years. He asked for nothing in return.
    He will be missed.

  10. Mary Ann Kraft says:

    Deepest sympathy for the loss of your father, James. I remember meeting him briefly several years ago in Frederick. What an interesting life he had. Hold on to your fond memories of him.

  11. Derm Keohane says:

    Donald Tucker and his wife are among the finest people I have ever known. They have been inspirational to me during our 50 year friendship. The thing I appreciated most was the warmth of his greeting. The smile which always welcomed me and others.

    There is an incredible history among the Deaf in Ma. Younger folks should know it began with a group of dedicated leaders who devoted their lives to the community’s progress. Don, Marguerite and their peers opened many doors which lead to greater opportunity for all members of the Deaf community.

    I will always remember and appreciate Donald. My condolences to his family.

  12. Sharon Campanile says:

    God speed to a gentle and kind hearted man. My condolences to Stephen and his family.

  13. Sue Hebert Ryan says:

    Steven and James,

    So sorry to hear about your Dad. Although it’s been years since I saw your Dad, I just remember he was always smiling! My thoughts are with you both, your families and your Mom.

  14. Brenda Tyler says:

    So sorry for your loss, James.
    Thinking of you and your family during this difficult time.
    Brenda Tyler (6th grade classmate).

  15. Anne Marston Goff says:

    Steve and James, Your Dad’s life was a full of vibrant on earth and shall be more vibrant in the next life.
    My heartfelt condolences …….Truly, Annie

  16. Arthur Moore says:

    Bless him, he lived a great life with a great family and friends. It was our honor knowing him and his family.

  17. Pereira says:

    We had the pleasure of living across the street from Mr.Tucker for the past few years. He and his wife were so sweet. My kids quickly grew very fond of them and loved bumping into Mr. Tucker and Ruby on their walks. We will greatly miss his cheerful, sincere smile and his all around joyful presence on Shady Lane. Happy to have had the pleasure of knowing such a wonderful person.

  18. Dianne J.Amero says:

    My deepest condolences n prayers to you n whole family n the deaf community!!!
    Keep memories alive n happy!! Dianne

  19. Nancy Murray says:

    We are saddened to hear of your loss. Don was an awesome gentleman with a sense of humor. He had always heartedly devoted his time to Margie and children. Loved his smiling face. He will be sadly missed. Please accept our deepest sympathy. RIP Don. Love you.

    Ed & Nancy Murray of GA

  20. Anna Vega says:

    I have known Don for years. He was wonderful and heartfelt for everyone. So fortunate to have him and Margie as good friendly friends. Will miss him. May he be in peace. Love you both, Anna

  21. John Monahan says:

    Tucker Family,

    It is been great opportunity to know your family well through Don and my Dad had been grown up together at Clarke. Then James was introduced to me when he needed a place to stay overnight when we played together at Revere Deaf Club. After that we know each other through basketball games between Clarke and Austine, then I met Stephen later on. Don had been great person and always talked with me about Yankees and Red Sox. Great fella to be missed around. I wish I could come to Funeral tomorrow to be represent my late Dad. However, I have to work that time. Hopefully Don and my dad can reunite in a special place. Take care yourselves and will always remember Don as well. – John Monahan

  22. Kathy (Hanlon) McNamara says:

    We were all so sorry to hear of your father’s passing. He was always ready with a big smile and an equally big heart. Being a part of your family’s life growing up is one of my greatest treasures. I miss seeing him walking the dog or meeting him at Market Basket when doing food shopping for my mom. It seemed he would always see me first and greet me with a gentle tap on my shoulder. I always seemed to know who it would be even before turning around. Please know that you are all in our thoughts, hearts and continued prayers. This also comes with a special hug from Terry. Kathy McNamara

  23. Anne Maria Folkard says:

    Dear Marge, Steven, James and MaryJean,
    I am very sorry about your loss. On the most of Sundays I sat next to Marge and Don at the same pew for many years.. He was kind, wonderful and sweet man to his family and friends. He will sorely be missed by all of us.. May he rest in peace. a special hug from Annie

  24. Donna Pyne says:

    Dear Mrs. Tucker, Steve, James, and MaryJean, My deepest sympathy for your deep loss. I had the pleasure of meeting Donald twice and I was deeply inspired by his spirit and his beautiful “smile”. His legacy of love, his devotional spirit to his deaf community, his church and his family. He will live on thru them. I am privilege to have the opportunity to have met this remarkable man! May God Bless your soul! May you rest in peace in heaven.

  25. Nancy Vinacco says:

    From the Vinacco Family, we are very sorry to hear your loss. May our prayers be comfort to you all and cherish the memories of him in your and our hearts. He was a great man with sense of humor! Hugs tightly!

  26. Diane Squires says:

    Mrs. Tucker, Steve, James, and MaryJean,

    Please accept my deepest condolences. Donald will be remembered as a great husband, grandfather, father, and friend. May Donald Rest In Peace. He is with the precious angels.

    Diane.

  27. Richard and Linda Todd says:

    What impress us of the person Donald Tucker for his way of helping anyone and other organizations also his kindness to all who come across him in the past as he is in the better place now of his faith. We pray for Mrs. tucker and the whole family.

  28. Henry and Jo-Ann Brenner says:

    What a marvelous, kind and loyal man. He was dedicated to his God, wife and children. We will miss him. Our thoughts and prayers are with Marjie and family. Gone but never forgotten.

  29. Marie McCarthy says:

    Mrs. Tucker, MJ and family,
    I had the pleasure of talking and meeting with Mr. Tucker over many years through our association at Northeast Arc. He was always upbeat, positive and just the sweetest man. I’m so sorry for your loss and am sending my thoughts and prayers to you all.
    Marie McCarthy

  30. The Flaherty Family says:

    Mrs. Tucker, James and family,

    We were very sorry to hear of your loss. Mr. Tucker will always be a part of our fond memories growing up in the neighborhood. A wonderful man! May God bless you.

  31. Matt Donnelly says:

    Dear Marge, Stephen, James, Maryann, Extended Family and Friends;
    Please accept our condolences on the passing of “Mr. Tucker”. He was admired, respected and loved by all in the neighborhood. He was always patient (when we repeatedly broke the front lamp post playing football & baseball), supportive in erecting a very professional backboard and net at the end of Sprucewood and affable with a great smile and big wave whenever he saw us and generous, good tipper for this newspaper boy. We wish him Godspeed to his final rest in the special place that God has prepared for him and wish you all the peace of Christ that is “Mr. Tucker’s” in his life and in this his final rest.
    Matt Donnelly and The Donnelly Family

  32. Donalda Ammons says:

    Jamie- I send my deepest condolences for your recent loss. I had the pleasure of meeting your parents some years ago. Your father was indeed extraordinary with special interests. May he Rest In Peace.

  33. Dick Goodwin says:

    Donald was the greatest gentleman I ever met. I worked right beside him for 10 years and he helped me every day. I was nervous on a new job and he calmed me down.
    He was by far the smartest man I have ever met; everyone went to him for help. He was never too busy to help me. He always received the toughest jobs because there was nothing he couldn’t do. I learned so much from that one man that took me through the next 20 years…from the scared new guy with no confidence…to a man who found his niche.

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