ORANGE — Donald “Waxy” Choate, 82, of Orange, died peacefully Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, in Quabbin Valley Healthcare of Athol, following a brief illness.
Born in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Nov. 21, 1934, he was the son of the late Francis and Gladys (Fairbanks) Choate.
Donald was owner/operator of C&C Cleaners for many years.
He was a United States Korean War Army veteran and earned the National Defense Service Medal.
Donald was a member of the United Methodist Church of Orange. He was also a 50-year member of the American Legion Post 172 of Orange.
Donald enjoyed camping at Wild Acres RV Resort and Campground at Old Orchard Beach, Maine, and he also enjoyed fishing. He was a devoted fan of the Boston Red Sox. Donald was a collector of Horatio Alger books, and he was an avid bowler who earned many trophies. Donald was a joyful man who had a great sense of humor. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.
Donald leaves two sons, Robert Choate of Berlin and Mark W. Choate of Brooklyn, Maine; one daughter, Robyn O’Bermyer of Hudson; one brother, Francis Choate and his wife Nancy of Auburn, Ga.; his companion of 41 years, Jeannine Savoie of Orange; and her three children, Diane Ballweg and husband Keith of Gardner, Timothy Savoie and his wife Carol of Westford and Ricky Savoie of Nashville, Tenn.; three grandchildren, Jeremiah O’Bermyer, Rebecca O’Bermyer and Ryan Rufus Choate; two great-grandchildren, Jakob and Makaylah Stead; his companion’s two grandchildren, Thomas Ventola and Olivia Savoie; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by one sister, Alex McIntyre.
Funeral Services and burial will be held Thursday, Oct. 26, at 1 p.m., in the Massachusetts Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 111 Glenallen St., Winchendon.
There are no calling hours.
Memorial contributions may be made to Montachusett Veterans Outreach Center, 268 Central St., #A, Gardner, MA 01440.
The family wishes to express a special thank you to GVNA Healthcare Inc., Heywood Hospital, Quabbin Valley Healthcare and Dr. Khanani, Dr. Mruk and Dr. Karos for the excellent care Donald received.
Boucher Funeral Home, Inc., 110 Nichols St., Gardner, is handling the arrangements.