Donald Frank Larkin

July 18, 1928April 30, 2019

LARKIN, Donald. Aged 90, of Scituate passed away on April 30, 2019. He celebrated more than 62 years of marriage with Victoria Castro Larkin, who survives him. He is also survived by his three children, Celine Larkin of Doha, Qatar, David Larkin of Manila, Philippines and Corina Larkin of New York, NY. He was the cherished grandfather of Ian and Victoria Tenney, Sophia, Anna and Grace Dawn and Victoria Larkin.

Born on July 18, 1928 at the South Shore Hospital in Weymouth, he was the son of Frank and Mildred Larkin. He graduated from Rockland High School and Massachusetts College of Art before completing a Masters of Fine Arts in Ceramics at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, MI. He also served in the U.S. Naval Reserve from 1947-1951 and in the U.S. Marine Corps from October 1951-53. After a brief stint as an advertising art director with J. Walter Thompson in Manila, Philippines, he worked as an art instructor in Owego, NY and then in the Weymouth Public Schools, from where he retired. He was active in the South Shore Arts Center and the Monoprinting Guild. He was a gifted artist and craftsman, actively exhibited across the South Shore and is known for his monoprints and delightful ceramic sculptures of fish and birds. He shared his passions generously, not only with his students but with his friends, children and grandchildren. He passed away at the South Shore Hospital, peacefully completing a full and joyous life.

A visitation will take place on Saturday May 4, 2019 from 11am-1pm at Richardson-Gaffey Funeral Home, 382 First Parish Road, Scituate. A funeral service will follow in the funeral home chapel at 1pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to an arts education charity of their choice. Words of comfort can be left at


  • Visitation Saturday, May 4, 2019
  • Memorial Service Saturday, May 4, 2019


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Celine Larkin

May 6, 2019

A special thank you to everyone who has shared your memories of our father and grandfather. It is a wonderful reminder of the best of his life. We are grateful for your thoughts and words.
The Larkin Family

Frank and Cathy Larkin

May 4, 2019

We are so sorry to hear about Uncle Don. We had such a great time visiting you both and remembering our times on the Cape with our family.

We would have reached out sooner but just heard a few minutes ago. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.

Frank and Cathy Larkin

Andy & Jack Mills

May 3, 2019

To sum up a unique character like Don Larkin in just a short blub is impossible! Don and Vicky have been loyal clients, friendly neighbors and true friends for countless years. Don always had a big smile and chuckle to greet guests. His love for his art was a distant second to his love for Vicky and their children and grandchildren. Don's art work hangs in my home and will always remind me of how this special person touched our lives.

marilyn wilburn

May 2, 2019

I was privileged to take a class with Don during my senior year of high school. He welcomed this non artist with the same open friendliness that marked his being. I also enjoyed knowing him as a fellow faculty member later on and wanted to state what a special gentleman he was in the eyes of so many. A well-lived life!