Donald J.'s Story

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Donald J. Voss, 89, husband of Rose (Pinto) Voss of Rowley, Mass. and Jensen Beach, Fla., died Tuesday (July 18, 2017) in the Anna Jaques Hospital, Newburyport, Mass. following a brief illness.
In addition to his wife, Rose, of 56 years he is survived by his daughter, Jacqueline V. Lees  and her husband, Paul Lees of Rowley; three grandchildren, Olivia Rose, Rachel Anne and P.J. Lees, all of Rowley and many nephews and nieces. He was the brother of the late Robert and Edward Voss, Jennie Hunt and Mary Burgarella all formerly of West Haven, Conn.
Donald was born (April 21, 1928)  in West Haven, Conn. son of the late Jackion C. and Jennie (Triano) Voss. He was raised in West Haven.

Donald attended and graduated from high school in West Haven. He worked briefly with his father as a carpenter and then joined the United Brotherhood of Carpenters Union Local 24 in 1945 where he earned a lifetime membership after more than 50 years. He served as the Treasurer of Local 24 for many years.
Donald served in as a Seaman in the Merchant Marines in the early 1950s.
In 1960, he met Rose. Donald and Rose raised their only child, Jackie, in West Haven. While living in West Haven, Donald served as a member of the West Haven Planning and Zoning Commission and as the Volunteer Fire Chief of the West Haven Fire Department. He still carried his badge in the car if he ever “got stopped.”
After he retired, Rose and Donald spent many years at Nettles Island, Florida where they enjoyed a robust social life. Donald joined the Men’s Club and Fishing Club at Nettles Island and often helped at the infamous fish fry on the Grand Canal.

In 1996, Rose and Donald moved from Connecticut to Rowley, Mass. and built an in-law apartment annexed to Jackie and Paul’s house. In Rowley, they were an integral part of all aspects of Jackie and Paul’s life and his grandchildren were lucky enough to live with him their whole life.
Donald was passionate about hunting, history and reading. He also took pride in what his family called his corny jokes and had a very dry sense of humor. Donald could fix anything, figure out how anything worked and was generous with his skill and effort. He was gentle, compassionate, intuitive, wise and patient.
His funeral will be held 10 a.m. Monday, July 24, from the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich followed by the 11 a.m. Funeral Mass of Christian Burial in St. Mary’s Church, 202 Main St., Rowley. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Visiting hours will be Sunday 4 to 7 p.m. Memorial contributions in his name may be made to the Endicott Team at Partners HealthCare at Home; Development Office 1575 Cambridge Street, 5th Floor, Cambridge, MA 02138 (617) 952-6880. Friends and family who prefer to send flowers may consider Curran’s Flowers, 15 Park Street, Danvers, MA (978)774-1446.
For directions and or to leave a condolence please visit www.whittier-porter.com.
Published on  July 21, 2017
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