Don was born on October 24, 1936 in Charlestown, MA; he was the son of the late Arthur and Gertrude (Murphy) Ahern.
Following graduation from high school, Don enlisted in the United States Marine Corps on January 5, 1954. He served during the Korean conflict for more than two years. On December 20, 1956, Don was honorably discharged and returned home to his family.
In 1969, Don joined the Wilmington, MA Fire Department and served as Firefighter and EMT for 27 years until his retirement. He was also a member of the American Legion in Wilmington.
Don had many interests and hobbies. He loved music and was an accomplished accordion player. Don loved to dance and earned the name the “Silver Fox ” on the dance floor. He enjoyed reading, stone polishing, artifact collecting & playing chess. Don was passionate about using a metal detector and enjoyed walking the beach.
In 2005, Don and his wife built a home and moved to Port St. Lucie, Florida.
Don was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather (Papa). His greatest joy was spending time with family and friends. Don always had a smile for everyone.
Don will be missed by his wife of 58 years, Maureen and their three children, Donald J. Ahern of Port St. Lucie, FL, Kerry White of Townsend, MA, Erin Ahern of Chelmsford, MA; his 5 grandchildren, Cody, Dalton, Chantal, Candace and Katrina ; his great grandchildren Christopher, Elijah and Isabella.
Don will be missed by his “in law” family, Mort McGrath (Jean), Nuala Dacey (Bob), Carolyn Laughlin and Marilyn Ahern and his many nieces and nephews.
Don was predeceased by his brother Arthur (Bud) Ahern.
Family and friends will gather for a Graveside Service with Military Honors at the Wildwood Cemetery, 233 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA on Thursday, September 10th at 1:00 p.m.
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