Donald O. Auger, 87: Realized dream of living in Maine

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SCARBOROUGH — Donald Oscar Auger, 87, died peacefully on Nov. 25 at Piper Shores in Scarborough.

Auger was born in Malden, Mass., on May 15, 1926, to Oscar and Diana Auger. He was raised in Malden, and entered the U.S. Navy in 1944, serving in the Pacific Theater for two years.

After returning home, he attended Northeastern University and earned a bachelor’s degree in 1952. He then worked as an engineer for many years, retiring from Verizon in 1990.

He married Ruth Cornell in August 1960, and the couple made their home in suburban Boston. In his spare time, Auger was a member of Cambridge Boat Club, serving as its president from 1968-1970. Later in his life, he served on the vestry of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Newton Lower Falls, Mass.

Auger’s lifelong dream was to live in Maine, and that dream was realized in 2007 when he and his wife moved to South Portland. The couple then moved to Scarborough in 2008. Auger enjoyed his time in Maine, especially visiting lighthouses with his wife and spending time with family and friends.

He was predeceased by his sisters, Diana J. Auger and Barbara Auger Balcom; and his brother- in-law, Manning L. Balcom.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughters, Suzanne Manory and her husband, Joseph, of Portsmouth, R.I., and Sarah Ellison and her husband, John, of Cumberland; three grandchildren, William and Andrew Manory, and Michaela Ellison; and his niece, Patricia Buttner of Amesbury, Mass.

Relatives and friends are invited to a memorial service on Saturday, Dec. 14, at 11 a.m., at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 258 Concord St., Newton, Mass. Interment will be private. Arrangements are made by Hobbs Funeral Home in South Portland.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Auger’s name may be made to St. Mary’s Episcopal Church.

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