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Donald R. Felker
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    Waltham, MA 02452

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“So sorry for your loss i remember don and Catherine when wed see each other in shaws or walking around thoughts and prayers are with the family god...Read More »
1 of 6 | Posted by: Kathryn Graham - Melrose, MA

“Dear Ann, I am so sorry for your loss of your Dad. I just looked through all these wonderful pictures and memories. What a wonderful life he had.,...Read More »
2 of 6 | Posted by: Michelle Gorman - Friend

“Dear Donnie and AnnMarie, So sorry to hear of the loss of your father. He was a great guy and wonderful neighbor. Ed, Alice and Michael Mahon lived...Read More »
3 of 6 | Posted by: Tricia Mahon - Boston, MA

“Don,Candace & Family We are all so sorry to hear...Read More »
4 of 6 | Posted by: Leslie Maguire - Woburn, MA

“Sending our condolences, Don was such a kind man, may our Lord and Savior rest his soul. ”
5 of 6 | Posted by: Fran Perciful - Eastlake, OH

“Ann and Don your were very lucky to have such a awesome dad. I will always remember him coming to dinner, nancy assisted to always sit next to him,...Read More »
6 of 6 | Posted by: Elizabeth Higgins - Melrose, MA


Donald R. Felker, 79

Enjoyed spending time with his family and volunteering with the Melrose Lions Club
Don Felker, 79, a longtime resident of Melrose, passed away on Saturday May 16, 2020 while residing at The Atrium at Veronica Drive, in Danvers.

Don was born to George Lewis Felker and Gladys Rosalie Goodrich in Wenatchee, Washington. He grew up on an apple orchard at the edge of Lake Chelan, in Washington State. Fond childhood memories included working in the apple orchard during the day and spending the afternoon swimming in the lake. Don attended Chelan High School and after graduation he enlisted in the United States Navy and served aboard the USS Wasp.
After the Navy, Don was in the Reserves and was stationed at the Charlestown Navy Yard. He spent time at the Charlestown YMCA dances where he met his future wife Kay Higgins. Kay's family invited Don for dinner as part of the YMCA organized "bring a military man home for Thanksgiving." Don was welcomed into the family. They were married a few years later and spent 48 wonderful years together. The family joke was that Don was the Navy man who came for dinner and never left!

Don worked for the Verizon telephone company in Boston as an Installation Technician for his entire career. He installed commercial phone wires in office buildings in Boston. Every summer he loved taking his family up to Lake Winnipesaukee where they made many friends, since they would go for the same two weeks every year.  Even after the kids grew up, Don and Kay enjoyed weekend getaways to NH and Maine where they would go sightseeing.
Throughout his life, Don was incredibly involved in the Melrose community. He coached his kids Incarnation ... READ MORE →