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Donald James Floyde

October 13, 1954 ~ September 27, 2017 (age 62)

 

Donald James Floyde, 62, passed away on September 27, 2017 at his home in Framingham.  Born in Hudson, he was the 4th of 5 children to Eunice Lillian (Sanborn) Floyde of Oswego, NY and the late William Coffin Floyde. 

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his younger sister, Beverly Ann Petrie and her husband, Tunis Randall of Oswego, NY; half-sister, Lisa Ann Piermattei and her husband, David of Charlestown, RI; half-brother, Arthur William Floyde and his wife, Maureen (Dwyer) of Barre; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his father, he is predeceased by his three elder siblings, Juanita Marie Harned and husband, David Harned (St. Louis, MO), Marilyn Jane and husband Randall Blake (Springhill, FL), and William Randall Floyde (Auburn, ME).

Descending from old New England Floyde and Sanborn families, Don was proud of his rich heritage, strong work ethic, and moral character they shared. During his retirement, Don spent years collecting documents and photographs citing the origin of his relationship to the Sanborn family, which will be treasured gifts to his remaining sister, nieces and nephews.

As a young man, he enlisted in the Army and proudly served  a three year tour of duty in Germany from 3/73 - 3/76.  Upon returning home, he became a licensed electrical contractor (Journeyman) and had his own business for years.  Don was extremely knowledgeable, well-versed, well-respected and took great pride in his abilities and learnedness as an electrician and handyman. As a skilled carpenter, in past years, he enjoyed building furniture and wooden toys, and was a true perfectionist, and staunchly dedicated to his vocation.  In truth, there wasn’t much that didn’t fascinate him.  From skydiving to scuba diving; astronomy to  photography; helicopter piloting to religion, camping to cooking, politics (sometimes having 4 computers and multiple tabs going at once on a single subject) and so much more. He had an insatiable curiosity and thirst for knowledge.  There really wasn’t much he didn’t study or know something about. His love (and problem-solving ability) for any and all kinds of puzzles since childhood was what, at least in part, made him so very good at his work.

For several years, Don also lived in both Arizona and Colorado. While living in Colorado in the 90s, he volunteered his services and free time to many worthwhile activities/events such as lighting for theater productions, causes and fundraisers, but he was most proud of his service as a hospice volunteer, as well as a youth minister. He even wrote and gave several sermons.  In the early 90’s, Don was an Americans with Disabilities Act Committee chairman in Southborough, and spent countless hours in this position fighting passionately for the disabled when he went up against the Southborough Town Hall to make it accessible to the disabled.  It took time and persistence, something Don had in spades, to make them aware of the laws they were casually dismissing and the repercussions thereof.  However, because Don was such a fierce, staunch supporter (most likely due, in part, to his own personal understanding and experience with being disabled), a tireless advocate, and tenacious researcher, he won the fight, and the Southborough Town Hall finally acquiesced and made all the necessary changes. This is just one example of his dedication to any cause for which he took up arms, whether it was on a personal level for a friend or acquaintance where only one needed help, or on a public level where an entire community was affected.

Don’s love for animals was well known. He was an animal foster parent, taking in and caring for many animals while they waited for their ‘forever home’.  Always finding room to take in one more, usually beyond the limit allowed most families, and, not surprisingly, ended up keeping several of them.  With typical Don humor, he enjoyed giving them names like ‘Biscuits and Gravy’ or ‘Buttons and Bows’ for two or twins.  Without question, however, his favorite pet, with whom he enjoyed years of mutual and love and loyalty, was his dog, Stanley, who he found one day, all alone as a puppy, under a bush, by the side of the road in Berlin. They remained forever inseparable. A hand-painted oil portrait of Stanley, which he received as a Christmas gift years ago, was proudly on display in his home and, given the opportunity, he would happily regale you with hours of Stanley stories.

Don loved blues music, old westerns,  fixing things and when not helping out friends, he could be found either at a blues concert, watching VHS tapes of his favorite childhood westerns, or deeply engaged in research on yet another topic of interest or avocation.

He was generous, caring, and always went out of his way to help and make others happy and make sure any job with his name on it was done correctly.  Don liked nothing better than using his unique and wicked sense of humor to make people laugh and smile.  He would never leave – or let someone leave - without telling them a joke.  Suffering from chronic pain for over 29 years, it was this very humor that gave him the strength to get up every day and face the world with a smile, and still have plenty left over to share.  He will be, and, in fact, already is, sorely missed by all who truly knew him.

Don chose cremation and to be buried in the family plot in Southborough, MA alongside his beloved grandfather.  As was his wish and humor to the end, his epitaph reads: “Don’t just stand there, tell me a joke!”

Graveside services will be held on Saturday, October 28, at 11 AM at Southborough Rural Cemetery, 11 Cordaville Road, Rte 85. A reception will follow. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Don's name to the Wounded Warrior Project, Box 758516, topeka, KS 66675; woundedwarriorproject.org.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Morris Funeral Home, 40 Main Street, Southborough. To leave words of condolence please visit Morrisfuneralparlor.com.

 


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