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Donald Merrill Berry

Date of Death: May 10, 2020

Date of Birth: July 3, 1929

Biography:

Donald "Don" Merrill Berry, 90, a longstanding resident of Cape Elizabeth, Maine, passed peacefully at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice
House on May 10, 2020 with his youngest daughter at his side.

Born July 3, 1929, Don was the son of Claire Vernon Berry and Genesta Johnson Berry, late of Larrabee, Maine.  Don lost his mother when he was
four years old and subsequently spent his young life with family members while his father captained cargo schooners up and down the East Coast.


Don had many interests throughout his life including making and flying radio controlled airplanes, boat building and model trains.  In his
later years, he became an avid musician ultimately recording several CD's with local bluegrass bands, playing his standup bass.  He especially enjoyed gathering with family and friends for potluck dinners and the many bluegrass festivals he attended each year.  Don's bands performed regularly for local businesses and nursing homes and was a long time member of Blue Grass Music Association of Maine.

Don was the proud owner of a painting contracting business known as Berry's Painting Service, who employed many. 

Don is predeceased by his wife of 61 years and the love of his life, Marilyn Martin Berry and his brother, Kenneth V. Berry, along with many other beloved family members and friends. 

Don is survived by his children, Pamela B. Pillsbury and her husband, Chuck, Glenn M. Berry, Genesta L. Berry, Luanna B. Desjardins and her
husband, Dale, all of Cape Elizabeth, Maine.  He is also survived by his seven grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren and  many nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the staff at Inn at Village Square in Gorham, Maine for their outstanding compassionate care while Don was a resident there.  His final days at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House were met with immeasurable kindness.


Services will be private.  Memorial donations may be made to Blue Grass Music Association of Maine, P.O. Box 9, Dexter, Maine. Arrangements are
under the care of Funeral Alternatives, 46 Bath Rd. Brunswick, ME. 

 

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