ASHBURNHAM – Donald A. Bisbee Sr, 97, of Ashburnham, died peacefully Thursday afternoon, August 11, 2022 in Gardner Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, with his family at his side.
He was born in St. Johnsbury, VT the son of the late William and Geneva (Harris) Bisbee and lived in Ashburnham for the majority of his life.
Donald had worked as a finish carpenter for 30 years and prior to that had worked as maintenance foreman for 23 years at the former Parts Rebuilders of Fitchburg. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Navy, stationed on the USS Leary, during World War Two.
Donald was a member of the former Ashburnham Grange as well as Ashburnham Lions Club. Spending time with his family was Donald’s greatest joy in life. Whether it be playing games or vacationing with them, hosting family gatherings or lending a helping hand (to family and countless others), Donald was always there. He greatly enjoyed working with wood, making furniture, bird houses, lawn ornaments, etc, for his family and many others.
His wife of 60 years, Ruth M. Bisbee, died in 2009. He leaves three sons, Donald Bisbee Jr of Cottonwood AZ, Thomas Bisbee and his wife Pam of Leominster and Mark Bisbee and his partner Tim of Framingham; a daughter, Judith Simmons and her husband George of Ashburnham; ten grandchildren; twelve great grandchildren, three great great grandchildren; two sisters, Lillian Whitney of Ashby and Mary Capman of Gardner; two brothers, Paul Bisbee of Baldwinville and David Bisbee of Quinton, VA and several nieces and nephews. A daughter, Anne Eaton; a grandson, Brian D. Simmons; siblings, Kenneth Bisbee, Richard Bisbee, William Bisbee, Pauline Wagner, Priscilla Gariepy, Nancy Bisbee and Dorothy Munroe preceded him in death.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, August 25, 2022 at 11 A.M. in People’s Church, 56 So. Main Street, Ashburnham. There are no calling hours.
Burial, with military honors, will follow in Meetinghouse Hill Cemetery, Ashburnham.
Memorial donations may be made to People’s Church (Note Food Pantry in the memo section), 56 South Main Street, Ashburnham, MA 01430.
Stone-Ladeau Funeral Home, 343 Central Street, Winchendon is directing arrangements.
To leave an on line condolence, please visit www.stone-ladeau.com
Kevin J. Mack, Douglas M. Stone and Walter C. Taylor, directors