Donald V. Heald
West Roxbury, Mass. — Donald Vernon Heald, born in 1958, passed on peacefully in his own home surrounded by loved ones, on Sunday morning, Jan. 27, 2013 a beautiful sunny day in West Roxbury, Mass.
He was the beloved son of Frederick O. Heald and E. Lucille (Connors) Heald of Lincolnville. He was former husband of Regina Bellavia of Brookline, Mass. and fiancee of Tracy Salazar of Stoughton, Mass.
As well as being survived by his father, he is survived by his brothers Frederick A. Heald Jr. of Columbus, Ohio and George W. Heald of Augusta and a sister Jane M. Heald of Fort Wayne, Ind. He left one nephew, Timothy Heald of Columbus, Ohio and one niece, Paula Heald of Levittown, N.Y., children of Fred Heald Jr. Aunts and uncles include: Donald R. Heald Jr. and wife, Betty Heald of Lincolnville. Nancy Heald of Lincolnville, Barbara Ruhl of Foxboro, Mass. Cousins include: Anne Connors of Waterville; Ernest Connors of Washington; Deborah Roberts of Mansfield, Mass.; Donald R. Heald IV of Lincolnville; Jennifer (Heald) Couch of Akron, Ohio; Travis A. Heald of Manchester, N.H.
Don was a devoted teacher and consummate musician. His professional schooling and music career began in Long Island, N.Y., where he was born and raised. It took him to St. Louis, Boston, and venues all over New England as well as international destinations. Don attended Hofstra University, C.W. Post College and Southern Illinois University, studying music all the way. Many of us know and love him as a brass player in the Lincolnville Band, a band which four generations of Healds have played in. This included his grandfather Donald R. Heald Sr.and his sons Frederick O. Heald Sr. and Donald R. Heald Jr.; Fred's sons Don and George Heald and their cousin Ernest Connors; and Donald R.(Duke) Heald Jr's grandsons, Avery and Aithen Heald.
Although Don lived in Boston, his true love was Maine. He lived to be out on the water, either down at cousin Anne's lake cottage on Norton Pond, swimming and boating, or out on Penobscot Bay. He played college ice hockey and played and coached adult hockey in the Boston area. He was an avid golfer and former member of Goose River Golf Club. He shared this love generously, as year after year he celebrated these natural surroundings, introducing numerous friends to this beautiful countryside during summer break from being a middleschool music teacher. As well as being a brass player to the core he enjoyed occasionally being able to play string bass with the Breezemere Bottom Boys. In his work, and as a human being, Don excelled at whatever he did; wherever he went. He was a master at cultivating strong personal relationships. Part of his allure and charm was his incredible sense of humor. Don always made the effort to find whatever made someone feel good about themselves. He would always be the life of the party. No matter how difficult times got as he gracefully dealt with his debilitating disease, he found ways to help us all and to keep us laughing. Generous to a fault, his larger than life gifts to us will leave us with beautiful memories and a sense of how very loved we all were.
Join us to celebrate his life.
Memorial services will be at the United Christian Church, Lincolnville Center; Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013 at 3 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family would welcome donations to the ALS Association Massachusetts Chapter, and the National Alliance for Mentally Ill..