Donald E. Arey, 78, died suddenly but peacefully Dec. 10, 2009, while wintering in Port Richey, Fla.

Don was born in Winterport  April 12, 1931. He moved to Colorado where he raised his family and lived for many years before returning home to Maine.

Don loved spending his Sunday afternoons watching football or NASCAR. He also loved a good debate with family and friends and taking his dog, Chelsea, for rides in the car.

Donald was predeceased by his parents, Everett and Doris Arey of Winterport.

He is survived by a sister, Marion Lary, and her husband, Dick, of Warwick, R.I., along with their children, Kevin, Michael and Suzanne; his daughters, Beverly Doherty and her husband, Rick, of Camden and Beverly’s son Denis of Seattle, and Cathy Arey and her husband, Tom Wilson, of Boothbay Harbor and their son, Morgen; and Don’s partner of many years, Deborah Davis, of Lincolnville, and her family, of whom he was very fond.

There will be a small memorial service with family and close friends in the spring. Memorial donations may be made to a fund or charity of choice. Online condolences may be placed at crabielripostafuneralhome.com.