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Cuffe-McGinn Funeral Home

157 Maple Street, Lynn, MA

OBITUARY

Donald J. Cameron Jr.

June 26, 1940November 20, 2019
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Donald J. Cameron Jr. of Saugus, formerly of Lynn and Salem, died November 20, 2019 at the age of 79, after an illness of several months. He was the loving husband of Nina (Fiumara) Cameron and the late Judith (Williams) Cameron. He was born in Lynn in 1940, the son of the late Donald J. Cameron Sr. and Elinor (Dodge). He was a 1958 graduate of Lynn Trade High School, and also studied at Northeastern University. He was employed for many years as a mechanical engineer at Osram-Sylvania in Danvers and Ipswich, where he developed several patented processes. He was also a veteran of the U.S. Army reserves.

He is survived by his son Donald and partner Wendy Suzuki of Kapolei, Hawaii; three daughters, Sharon Cameron and husband Robert Curtin of Peabody; Cindy Cameron and partner Scott Scholtes of Danvers; and Dawn Marie DeVaux and husband Larry DeVaux of Burlington; and grandchildren Hayley and Theodore Curtin; Jack Malionek; and Hope and Mitchell DeVaux. Donnie is also survived by five brothers, Henry “Hank” Cameron and wife Joanna, Ralph Cameron and wife Rita, Carl Cameron and wife Janelle, David Cameron, and Wes Miller; and three sisters, Muriel Sakellson and husband Bill, Elinor “Sis” Holmes, and Doris Copponi: his brothers- and sisters-in laws, Donna Bruner and husband Thomas, Richard Williams and wife Emily, Dolores Galvin and husband Robert, the late Peter J. Fiumara, Honey and late husband Dr. Lawrence DiBona, Rosemarie Fiumara, and Joseph Fiumara and late wife Angela. His many beloved nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, also survive him. Family was the most important facet of Donnie’s life, and he made everyone feel like they were secretly his favorite person. A quiet presence in the company of strangers and acquaintances, he came alive in the company of his family and close friends, when his love of life and lively wit shone.

Donnie was a lifelong athlete, a high school baseball player and a fixture along with his brothers on the fastpitch softball fields of the North Shore well into his fifties. He was also a longtime member of the Wednesday GE Golf League at Gannon Golf Course in Lynn, and he spent many winter weekends with family and friends skiing his favorite hills, Wildcat, Attitash, and Cranmore. He was a passionate fan of Boston sports teams and most especially his childhood hero, Ted Williams, as well as quarterback Doug Flutie. Donnie was a man of many interests. He was a voracious reader who regularly completed multiple books in a single week; he was especially interested in history and in imparting what he learned to others. He also enjoyed traveling, especially to Aruba and Scotland. He loved “oldies,” Irish music, and Scottish bagpipes, and above all he enjoyed spending time at the beach with Nina and with his devoted Bichon Frisě, Winnie. Visiting hours will be held in the Cuffe-McGinn Funeral Home 157 Maple Street, Lynn on Tuesday, November 26 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM. His funeral will be held from the funeral home on Wednesday, November 27, at 10:00 AM followed by a Funeral Mass celebrated at 11:00 AM in St. Pius V Church, 215 Maple St., Lynn. Burial will be at Pine Grove Cemetery followed by another burial at St. Joseph's Cemetery in Lynn.

The Cameron family is grateful to the team at Dana Farber Cancer Institute for the wonderful care that gave them the gift of these past 10 months. Donations in lieu of flowers may be sent to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, 450 Brookline Avenue, Boston, MA 02215.

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  • Visiting Hours Tuesday, November 26, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Wednesday, November 27, 2019

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Wendy Suzuki

November 28, 2019

Dear Cameron family,

Sending our condolences for your loss. Donnie was an amazing family man. I am truly blessed to have known such a great man and be a part of his life. He will be missed tremendously. I will miss his witty humor, stories, watching and talking about sports, and his genuine thoughtfulness of others. He always made me feel like part of the family from the very beginning.

May God bless your family and provide you strength during this difficult time. With deepest sympathy and love,

Wendy (and the rest of the Suzuki family)

John D'Arcangelo

November 25, 2019

Ralph, Carl, Dave, & the Cameron family,
I am sorry for the loss of Donnie. I will pray that God will bless you all & keep you strong during this difficult time.

Diane Sheppard Gulla

November 25, 2019

To the Cameron family,
I never got a chance to meet this amazing man but reading his obituary & seeing all the family photos tells me exactly who he was!
Please accept my condolences for you loss. You are all in my prayers.
Diane

Bali Aujla

November 24, 2019

So very sorry for your loss. RIP 🙏

Rachel Grigway

November 23, 2019

Uncle Donnie: It breaks our hearts that you are gone. You were the BEST! An amazing Uncle, amazing family man.
You were quiet when you first entered a room but give it a little time and you could light that room up! Life of the party!
If you put your leg up on a chair and rested your arm on it, the room was ready to hear one hell of a story. One that would leave everyone in tears of laughter.
You were the best storyteller, your laugh made others laugh, you gave the best cards (I'm so thankful to have saved so many), you always rubbed the shoulders of the people you loved , made everyone feel special, you were a leader, a kind man with a gentle heart.
I have so many fond memories of you that I will hold close to my heart forever!!
Mark loved you and even though he married into this family you were his "Uncle Donnie" that he loved so much. And Cameron, Ava and Mark just adored you so very much!
We will miss you forever but hopefully all the amazing memories can fill out hearts.
Rest in Peace in the arms of God and with all those who have gone before!!

Love you, Uncle!
Love, Rachel, Mark, Cameron, Ava + Markie

Debbi Lafata

November 23, 2019

Although we can’t be there for your final send off—know that you were loved and will be forever missed. My favorite Hunter Thompson quote came from you “Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming "Wow! What a Ride.” Ride on uncle. We love you so much. Debbi and Tom.

Elinor Holmes

November 23, 2019

Donnie, it is so hard to write this knowing we will never see you again. You were so special in every way. Our family and so many others are devastated. You will always be in our minds and in our hearts. It is so heartbreaking to see someone who was such a huge part of my life for all of my life is no longer here. Rest in peace my wonderful brother. I know that you are in Heaven and we will be together again. Love you Donnie. Sis.

Laura Quarato

November 23, 2019

I’m sorry for loss. RIP 😎🦋

Ann Legere-Bright

November 23, 2019

To the Cameron Family:
I am so very sorry for your loss, I met Donnie while working at Sylvania in Ipswich. He was such a wonderful man, very kind and super smart. May the love and memories you shared carry you through this difficult time.
With my deepest sympathies
Ann Legere-Bright.

Tanya Aujla

November 22, 2019

To the Cameron family, I extend my heartfelt sympathy, love, and my deepest condolences. I have so many fond memories of Mr. Cameron, the many jokes and the constant laughter. The memories...I'll never forget the humor in everything he saw and his graciousness...he was very kind and his smile and laugh, contagious! As his son, Donald would say, “why are you being so proper? His name is Donald, and it means handsome, which I am...not so sure about him!”
In 2003 , the ALCS game 7, Red Sox at Yankees, we were all watching the game...Grady didn’t take Pedro out of the game....then Boone hits that HR and I hear “what the $&@! was that?!!!!”
I loved the breakfast sandwiches he always made at noon! Donald, his son, just couldn’t stand eating them! Mr. Cameron vividly says “this is all you’re going to get!” Donald says “I’m not going to eat it!”
“Well then I guess you’ll starve!”

There are no goodbyes for me, just beautiful memories.
Wherever you are, you will always be in my heart.

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