Donald W. Stone, 91: Loved educating and golf

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FALMOUTH — Donald W. Stone, 91, died at home in Falmouth on April 18, after a long illness.

Stone was born Aug. 14, 1921, in Milo, to Anna Wilbur and Carroll Stone. He spent his summers growing up at his mother’s family farm in West Pembroke, where he developed his lifelong love of the outdoors. Somehow he always managed to find time for hunting, fishing and golf.

He graduated from the University of Maine at Orono, Husson College, Harvard University and Bridgeport University. He continued his education the rest of his life, never hesitating to learn and master a new skill. He served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II, rising to the rank of master sergeant.

After the war, while working on Ripogenus Dam, he made a trip to Bangor where he met and later married Nathalie Smart. They moved to Connecticut where he worked as an educator in the Fairfield School System until he retired in 1977. While there he held many positions, including vice principal, athletic director and adult education director. His most beloved position was golf coach, and he was named 1972-73 Coach of the Year.

After they retired, Stone and his wife returned to Maine, where he sold real estate and managed property for several years before retiring again. Around this time they began spending their winters in Florida, where he could pursue what his wife called his “other love”- the love of the links. He managed a few holes-in-one during his retirement and played all over Maine as a member of the Maine State Golf Association.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Nathalie; his children, Jerry and Helen, Gary, Roseanna and Carol; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Family and friends are invited to remember Stone at Lindquist Funeral Home, 1 Mayberry Lane, Yarmouth from 12-2 p.m. on Friday, followed immediately by a burial service at Pine Grove Cemetery in Falmouth at 2:30 p.m.