It is with heavy hearts the family of Donald G. Fish, 84, announce his peaceful passing Friday, July 24, 2020, at the Sussman House in Rockport after a short battle with cancer.

Born Dec. 3, 1935, in Appleton to Guy K. and Glenys (Drake) Fish, Donald grew up raking blueberries, picking apples and working on the family farm.

He loved to hunt and fish and at the age of 12 he shot his first deer, a nine-point buck. At 17, he joined the U.S. Air Force and traveled extensively, living in Tripoli, Libya, Tokyo, Japan, Galena, Alaska and many states in the U.S.

Donald Served in both the Korean and Vietnam Wars and after 20 years of service he retired from the U.S. Air Force Sept. 23, 1973.

Shortly thereafter, he began his second career as a correctional officer and assistant showroom manager for the Maine State Prison, from which he retired in 1993.

Donald was a past member of the Rockland Elk’s and the American Legion. He never had a shortage of jokes to tell. He enjoyed family gatherings, camping, playing darts, chasing the ladies and spending time with his grandsons.

A voracious reader, self-taught Civil War historian and trivia buff, there weren’t many topics he didn’t know something about.

He is predeceased by his parents and his beloved wife, Shirley Demmons Fish, whom he married Sept. 11, 1954; two sisters Dot Fish McPheters and Beverly Fish and three brothers Stanley Fish, Erkie Fish and Kenneth Fish.

He is survived by his loving daughter, Debra Fish Barter; brother Byron Fish; sister Katie Fish Drinwater; brother in-law Richard Pease; sister-in-laws Mary McCluskey and Sylvia Fowles; loving companion Sylvia Smith; two grandsons he was especially proud of, Christopher Clough and Don Clough; five great-grandchildren, Julia, Ethan, Rylee, Ian and Emily, and several nieces and nephews.

Donald was dearly loved and will be sadly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.

Debra wishes to express a sincere thank you to the Pen Bay Cancer Center, the Sussman House, and especially his nurse Val for their companionship during his final days.

A graveside service for Donald will be announced on a later date.

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