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Donald Dow

Donald A. "Don" Dow Jr.

Tuesday, September 29th, 1942 - Monday, May 27th, 2019
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Millinocket - Donald A. Dow, Jr. died at his home May 27, 2019. He was born in Fort Fairfield, ME in 1942, the son of Avis (Nichols) Dow and Donald A. Dow, Sr. He graduated from Fort Fairfield High School in 1960 and from St. Anselm College in 1964. He has been married for 55 years to his wife, Joyce, and leaves behind, Stephanie, Donald III and his wife Jennifer and Damian Dow and his wife Sandra. He has seven grandchildren, Holly Nisbett of Rollingsford NH, Caden, Carter and Carson Dow of Westbrook, ME and Lilly, Sophie and Danielle Dow of Pittsfield, ME. He also leaves a sister, Lena Estes and her husband George. Don started teaching at Harmony High School, teaching English and Latin and coaching three sports: baseball, girls’ basketball and cross country. He moved to Millinocket and Stearns High School in 1967 starting a cross country team. He was a volunteer in the Millinocket Fire Department for many years. In 1978 he became the Athletic Director at Stearns and over the years taught English, Latin, Civics, Algebra, Drivers’ Education, Motorcycle Education and served in various capacities on the Maine Principals’ Association gymnastics, indoor and outdoor track committees, and part of the MPA Executive Committee. He was awarded a MTCCA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003, was awarded Athletic Director of the Year in 1990 and served as President of the MIAAA. He served in various capacities in the Penquis League and was Secretary/Treasurer of the Little Ten Conference for 23 years. He was entered into the Maine Sports Legends Hall of Fame in 2010 and received the Marty Ryan Award of Excellence in 2015. He received a Lifetime Achievement Award for Track and Cross Country and a Big East Service Award. He was awarded the MPA Hall of Excellence in 2017. He was a past Exalted Ruler of Lodge 1521 and a past State President of the Maine Elks Association. He also served as chairman of the local Lodge’s Elks Scholarship Committee for 48 years. Don retired as Assistant Principal/AD from Stearns in 2003 due to health reasons. His educational philosophy and personal moral standard was to always do what was in the best interest of the student. A celebration of Don’s life will be held 2 PM Sunday, June 2 at the Stearns High School Gymnasium. Private interment will be at the Millinocket Cemetery. Gifts in memory of Don may be sent to the Stearns Athletic Boosters,C/O Stearns High School, 199 State Street, Millinocket, ME 04462. Arrangements are by Lamson Funeral Home, Millinocket.
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    Sunday, June 2nd, 2019 | 2:00pm
    When
    Sunday, June 2nd, 2019 2:00pm
    Location
    Stearns High School Gymnasium
    Address
    199 State Street
    MILLINOCKET, ME 04462
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Joh

Posted at 07:12am
A real shock and great loss to the Town Millinocket. I am so sorry to his family. Nothing can be said about "Dow" without laughing and remembering a lot of fun times. He is now organizing something with our Lord. See you again dear friend.
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Carrie Shaw

Posted at 09:39pm
Who didn’t love Mr. Dow...he was a wonderful man and always had a smile on his face and a kind word for everyone. I remember he and Mr. Goss would always stroll by Home Ec to see what we were cooking and whisper...”save us some”. He was a great example for us both in educational endeavors and in life. We pray your memories of time spent with him will bring you comfort in the days to come. Lovingly, David and Carrie Shaw

Ramona Boldsen

Posted at 12:55am
To the Dow family, I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. I graduated from Harmony H.S. in 1967. I enjoyed his classes and the smile he brought to class. You will be in my prayers, praying that God will bring you comfort and peace in the midst of your sorrow and grief. Most sincerely, Ramona (Herrick) Boldsen
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Linda Albert

Posted at 07:44pm
Joyce and family, My Heartfelt sympathy on Don's passing. He was a very nice man. When he talked about situations that some of his students were going through he showed real compassion and concern, you could tell he wanted the best for them, and in that way he made a real difference. Linda Albert

Gina Ryder

Posted at 07:12pm
RIP Mr. Dow-You were such a kind man that always had a smile on your face. You were fan favorite by many students that were so graciously touched by your presence through school, sports and the people of Millinocket in general. You will be sadly missed by all that knew you. My deepest sympathy goes out to all of the family, students and people in general that knew him. -Gina Burleigh Ryder
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