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Donald B. Mendell

5 January, 192718 August, 2020

Donald B. Mendell, 93, of Fairhaven, passed away on Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at home. He was the husband of the late Pauline E. (Lewis) Mendell.

Born in New Bedford, son of the late Reginald and Elizabeth (Thomas) Mendell, he had resided in New Bedford before moving to Fairhaven where he lived for many years. He was a graduate of New Bedford High School, attended Brown University on a music scholarship and received a degree in Pharmacy from New England School of Pharmacy in 1943.

Mr. Mendell was a well-known and respected pharmacist who owned Guy’s Pharmacy in Fairhaven. He also owned the consignment shop “Stuff”.

Don was a longtime member of the Fairhaven Rotary Club and recipient of the Paul Harris award. He was very active at the Fairhaven Senior Center where he played Santa Clause as well as for the town’s holiday festivities. He had a love of music and played the trumpet. He enjoyed fishing and boating with his son. Don loved spending time with his family whom he adored.

He is survived by a daughter, Valerie A. Mendell of Fairhaven; two sons, Donald B. Mendell, Jr. and his wife Susan of Palmyra, Maine and Robert L. Mendell and his wife Rita of Fairhaven; 11 grandchildren; 29 great grandchildren; 4 great-great grandchildren and 1 on the way; a son-in-law, Daniel Pallatroni of Rochester; a brother-in-law, Ed Lewis and his wife Jan of Farmington, Maine; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a daughter, Joyce Pallatroni; two sisters, Dr. Eleanor Worsley and Phyllis Wood; and two great grandchildren, Jarryd Leeks and Imani Mattos.

Private services are in the care of Waring-Sullivan Home at Fairlawn, 180 Washington St., Fairhaven. Donations in Don’s memory may be made to Smiles Foundation, 2727 Steeles Ave. West, Suite 301, Toronto, Ontario M3J 3G9.

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Mike Niemczyk

29 August 2020

He was my neighbor 12 years..grate couple . Best neighbor ever RIP..

Alyssa Marshall

27 August 2020

The last time I spoke with Mr. Mendell, he told me about his wife, and showed me some pictures of her. He was laughing and full of love. He told me about the town and what it was like so many years ago and it reminded me, much in line with current times, of the importance of family and community and good character. I wasn’t lucky enough to spend a lot of time with him, but when I did he always made me feel welcome, made me a laugh, and brought me back to center. He had an impact on my life, even though our time spent was brief. His presence will truly be missed. With love to his family and my condolences, he was a truly special man whom I was happy to have met and whose compassion and good nature will stay with me indefinitely.

Mike and Arlene Bouvier

24 August 2020

Don was one of the first people we met when we settled in Fairhaven 54 years ago.
This kind and gracious man has left a hole in the fabric of our town.

Theresa Roy

24 August 2020

Sorry for your family's loss. Always have fond memories of both places.

James McDonough

24 August 2020

Dear Bob and Family,
The Congregation of the Sacred Hearts sends their sincere condolances on the loss of your father. Although I did not know your father personally, knowing you these last few months, I am sure he was a good man with a big heart. We will offer Mass in his memory.
Fr. Jim

Robert Baptista

23 August 2020

Made the greatest Mocha Frappes . My condolences and prayers to the family RIP Mr. Mendell

ML Baron

23 August 2020

Any long-time townie around Fairhaven Center knew where Guy's Pharmacy was at 68 Main St. Don Mendell who recently passed away at his Pleasant St home was 93. With that, passes an era in time when the local pharmacy was a small town gathering place, and the pharmacist was as integral part of the community. Don Mendall fit the role so perfectly, that both young and old felt better greeting him at the counter even before they took their prescription.
The classic wooden phone booth, complete with oak folding doors and a fan inside to make a 10-cent call, was in the back of the store. Adjacent to that, was my coveted part of the Guy's Pharmacy, the incredible Matchbox toy cars. In 1970, with paper route and kool-aid stand money saved up, 58 cents got you the latest in the series.
Don probably liked serving at the soda fountain better than being behind the pharmacy counter. The store was also packed with all kinds of merchandise at the time when a Wal-Mart, Mars, or Mammoth Mart weren't even thought of in town. When the drug store finally closed, it remained idle and empty for years, until it was resurrected with Stuff - a consignment marketplace in the late 90s. It was run by Don and his wife Pauline, which also took my scrimshaw on consignment as they did when I was starting out in the early 70s.
They both loved hearing a good joke and having a laugh. These are the kind of people that made Fairhaven what it was, but also holds a place in a townie's heart that never fades away.
ML's Note: in the photo - Don with headset (right) coordinates incoming bids with the Rotary Club 1st annual Christmas auction, December 2, 1989 at the Cablevision - Cable 2 TV studio on Washington St. All the individuals in the photo are now gone except for the host Ron Hoekstra - School Superintendent at the time. Compiled by MLBaron - Fairhaven, MA

Eric Wicherski

23 August 2020

Dear Mr and Mrs Mendell
I don't know why I never called you guys mom and dad,but you most certainly were
Love Eric W

Mike Niemczyk

22 August 2020

I ment to mention..he would make blue berry icecream for the family..delicious..

Cori Fries

22 August 2020

Always a smile on his face! Blessed to have known him. ❤️


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