Donald V. Rhodes

September 7th, 2017

Donald V. Rhodes, age 80, a long-time resident of Wilmington, died peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on September 4, 2017.

Donald was born on December 27, 1936 in Deepwater, West Virginia; he was the dear son of the late Vincent T. and Virginia (Dare) Rhodes. Donald was raised and educated in West Virginia and served in the U. S. Army Reserves during the Vietnam War.

Donald married his “sweetheart” Betty Bragg in 1962; they moved to Lynn, MA where they lived for 12 years before moving to Wilmington over 40 years ago.

Donald worked hard to provide for his family; for more than 45 years he was employed by American Airlines.

Donald was known to be an avid hunter and fisherman throughout his life; he enjoyed hunting with his family in West Virginia and Massachusetts. Donald kept several trophy animals that were displayed throughout his home.

Donald will be fondly remembered as a simple guy who loved his family with all his heart and he will be forever missed.

Donald was the beloved husband of the late Betty (Bragg) Rhodes, devoted father of Priscilla Nicolo, loving “Pop” of Ricky Williams and his wife Stephanie, Brianna Nicolo, and great-granddaughters Angelina and Abigail Williams all of Wilmington. Donald was pre-deceased by his nine siblings and he is survived by many nieces and nephews.

At Donald’s request, all services will be private.


6 Entries in Guest Book for “Donald V. Rhodes”

  1. Priscilla Nicolo says:

    To My Dad, My Friend, My Super Hero. Not A Day Of My Life Has Passed That We Were Not Together Or Didnt Talk To Each Other. Thank You For Your Unconditional Love And Support, All The Lessons You’ve Taught And The Strength You’ve Instilled In Me. I Love You Dad. Always My Hero.XO

  2. Randy&Gloria Keesey says:

    My Uncle Donald was a wonderful man and loved by so many. He will be missed so very much by everyone who knew him. He will be with his family who preceded him in death. I love you and will miss you

  3. Rick Williams says:

    He was the greatest man I’ve ever known. Without him I wouldn’t be who I am today. I hope I can be half as great as you were. I’m going to miss you so much! But I know you’re with Grammy now and I’m sure she couldn’t wait for you to be with her again. Thank you for always being there for me and my family, thank you for being an awesome great grandfather to my kids, if the amount of love you have for them is anywhere near the amount of ice cream you tried to give them any time we visited I know you loved them immensely.

  4. Joyce Buckland says:

    Uncle Donald you will be missed. He was a great person. I didn’t get to see him very often but he was always in my heart. I’ll love and miss you always.

  5. To the family says:

    My deepest sympathy to the family at the loss of Donald. I met him at worked at American Airlines a long time ago. Wonderful person.

    Armand LeBlanc

  6. Ernie & Carolyn Thorner says:

    Our deepest sympathy to Priscilla and family,
    Donald will be missed by all who were lucky enough to have known him.

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