Donald Faulkingham, 74, died April 5, 2010, after a long, courageous battle with cancer, surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Exeter, N.H., on April 20, 1935, he was the son of the late Charles and Alice Norton Faulkingham.

He grew up in Jonesport, Friendship and Waldoboro and attended local school there. He left school to join the workforce where he was employed for the railroad as a tamper, worked at the woolen mill as a spinner, drove a coal truck, and for 37 years was a mechanic for GTE Sylvania.

He loved to play music, including the accordion and harmonica, and played with his twin brother, David, in a band called the Wingnuts.

He enjoyed playing beano with Stephanie, his granddaughter. He enjoyed playing music and singing at nursing homes, soup kitchens and anywhere he could find an audience. He loved to sing karaoke, especially performing a duet with his wife, Janet, singing “Send Me The Pillow You Dream On.”

He belonged to the Belfast and Rockland square dancing clubs, enjoying all his time there dancing.

He was generous to a fault and would give the shirt off his back to help someone else. He loved telling jokes and spending time with his family. His motto was “family, music, friends” and he was known for always putting his family before all else.

He was predeceased by his brother, Ernest Faulkingham.

He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Janet Faulkingham of Friendship; his son, Lyle Faulkingham and his wife, Catina, of Friendship; his daughters, Dale Orne and her husband, Michael, of Friendship, Dawn Benner and her husband, Norman, of Friendship and Teresa Gamage of Friendship; his brother, David Faulkingham of Cushing; his sisters, Louise Hawkins and her husband, Alvin, of Tenants Harbor and Gloria Luce and her husband, Wayne, of Warren; his grandchildren, Marie Turner and her husband, Matt, of Friendship, Norman Benner Jr., Mark Millay, Melissa Orne, Kimberly Benner, Stephanie Millay and Jared Faulkingham of Friendship; six great-grandchildren; his uncle, Nonie Faulkingham of Jonesport-Beals; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Visiting hours will be held Thursday, April 8 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Hall Funeral Home, 949 Main St. in Waldoboro. A celebration of his life will be held Friday, April 9 at 1 p.m. at the Hall Funeral Home followed by burial in the Brookland Cemetery on Route 220 in Waldoboro. The Rev. Robert Dorr will officiate.

Arrangements are with the Hall Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Waldoboro.