Donald J. Amaral

October 9, 1944December 2, 2018

Donald J. Amaral, 74, of Fall River, MA passed away at home on December 2, 2018 under the care of his family.

Don was born in Fall River, the son of the late Amelia (Pitera) and Antone Amaral of Birch Street, Fall River. Don is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Jeanne M. (Thornton) Amaral. He is also survived by his daughter, Donna Marie Monaghan of Pennsylvania, and his sons Kenneth and Jeffery Amaral of Arizona. He had nine grandchildren, and seventeen great-grandchildren. Don also leaves behind his brother, Robert Amaral, and wife (Rosemary) along with a large, loving, extensive family.

Don was a graduate of Diman Regional Vocational High School and Rhode Island School of Design. He was employed by Bechtal Engineering for 30 years, a career he enjoyed. He and his wife traveled extensively across the country and the world, they settled in South Carolina for 21 years before returning to their home town. He loved to fish, golf, and spending time with his family and friends at the King Phillip Yacht Club. He also enjoyed watching sports and was the biggest Red Sox and Patriots fan. Don had a wonderful personality and made life-long friends. He had a fantastic memory for past and facts. He was a caring and supportive role model for his family, who loved him. He was considerate, kind, and made a positive impression on everyone he met. He will be forever missed.

Funeral services will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to The Jimmy Fund at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute ( and the Sister Marie Poussepin Outreach Ministry, 3012 Elm Street, Dighton, MA 02715.


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Deb Yoch

December 9, 2018

Donnie and Jeanne were a big part of all of our lives in South Carolina. We were all a family of friends that cared deeply for one another. It was a bittersweet day for all of us when the Amarals moved back to their hometown. Don was a caring, loving, gentle, humorous, but most importantly, a very well-respected man. I learned of his passing today. My head is filled with so many fond memories spent with Don and Jeannie tonight as I sit by the fire and raise a toast to such a fine man. Jeanne, my heart aches for you, my prayers are that you may find peace in knowing that you were his everything. I can still remember the night you both danced to The Streak at the MVCC party. You both were so amazing together, so beautiful and elegant always.

Tim Yoch

December 9, 2018

Don was my mentor in all aspects of my life when I to came to South Carolina. At home, at the golf course, at work or just sitting around telling stories. We celebrated our birthdays together many, many times. So this will be how I will celebrate his life, with a bourbon on the rocks, in a short glass an a splash of coke. Here's to you Don, God's Speed....

Patti Griswold

December 9, 2018

Don was such a wonderful man. He was a dear, dear friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Jeanne, and the family. Love from South Carolina, The Griswolds.