- COMSAT Alumni & Retirees Association - Jun 23, 2018
Donald Fifield Services June 30, 2018
RUMFORD, ME - Donald Fifield, 87, of Rumford, passed away Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at the Rumford Hospital.
He was born September 14, 1930 in Stonington, Maine and raised by his grandparents Lillian and Harry Colby. Don started work as a young boy digging clams (25 cents for a quart jar of shucked clams) and packing sardines during high school (Crosby High School, Belfast, Maine Class of 1948).
A U. S. Air Force veteran, he graduated from the University of Maine at Orono with a degree in Electrical Engineering (Class of 1954) and soon went to work for Hughes Aircraft in California. That led to a 20 year career with COMSAT at the Andover Earth Station. He was a witness to, and participated in, the birth and growth of satellite communications.
He was fascinated with the cosmos and had a meticulous attention to detail. After retirement, Don had more time to spend winding his way through ME and NH on his Gold Wing motorcycle looking for the best fried clams!
Don leaves behind his wife Shirley (Bachelder) of 56 years, and his daughter Lisa and her husband John Roberts. He is survived by his sister Pauline Foster, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his grandparents and his sister Patricia Clements.
Friends are invited to sign the family guest book and share their thoughts, condolences and fond memories online at MEADER & SON FUNERAL HOME
FIFIELD - Donald Fifield, 87, of Rumford, passed away Wednesday, June 20, 2018 in Rumford, Maine. A Memorial service will be held 1 PM Saturday, June 30, 2018 at the MEADER & SON FUNERAL HOME, CREMATION AND MONUMENT SERVICES, 3 Franklin Street, P. O. Box 537, Rumford, Maine 04276. Interment will be in Stonington at a later date.
To honor Don, please consider a donation to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), 424 E. 92nd ST., New York, NY 10128-6804 (1-800-628-0028)(https://aspca.org) in his memory.
Note from Lisa Fifield:
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