Donald B. Singleton Retired Tyngsboro Deputy Fire Chief
Donald Berthram Singleton, 69 of Tyngsboro passed away on August 22, 2017 following a hard fought battle with ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (often called Lou Gehrig’s Disease). He was born in Lowell, MA on December 21, 1947, son of the late Ruth Kinney Singleton and the late Richard Singleton.
He is survived by his wife of Audrey N. (Eaton) Singleton, with whom he would have celebrated their 48th wedding anniversary on October 4, 2017. They met during high school while working at A.G. Pollard’s Department Store in Lowell . Two very devoted daughters and sons-in-law: Laurie Ann and Curtis Smith of Dracut and Carrie Irene and Jeremy Branchi of Nashua, NH. Four grand children: Elizabeth Ann Smith of Dracut and Payton Elyse, Jase Preston and Austin Cole Branchi of Nashua, NH.
His initial elementary schooling was in the Tyngsboro school system at the Winslow and Lakeview schools. As there was no high school in town at that time, he attended and graduated from Lowell High School , class of 1966 and played football under coach Ray Riddick. He was a graduate of Massachusetts Trade in Boston.
Following graduation, he worked for the Raytheon Company as a draftsman in Burlington, Waltham, Sudbury and Wayland for 8 years. He then became the Operations Manager for the Horn Corporation, packaging division, originally based in Cambridge, and then moved to Billerica and Lancaster where he retired after 47 years. Don was well known for his expertise with shipping of hazardous materials.
Don served in the United States Army Reserves for 29 years starting his military career in the Combat Support, 3rd Battalion, 18th Infantry of the187th Infantry Brigade and retired as a Master Sergeant from the 94th Army Command. He completed military training in Iceland, Canada and Germany.
He also was a proud member of the Tyngsboro Fire Association for 49 years retiring in 2012 as Deputy Chief. Don’s father (captain) and brother (chief) were also proud members of the fire department. It was convenient that Don was assigned to Fire Station #2, located directly across the street from his residence, which was built by his father and other members of the fire association.
He was a lifetime member of the Tyngsboro Sportsmen’s Club and served as an officer of the Executive Board.
He was a member of the Tyngsboro American Legion, Post 247 and had served on the Executive Committee.
Don was committed to the town of Tyngsboro and had served as a member of several committees including the Finance Committee, Highway Commission, Conservation Committee, and the Board of Fire Engineers.
One of the most difficult decisions Don had to make as his illness progressed was to stop playing golf. He enjoyed golfing in tournaments, and golfing with friends every chance he got. He was a member of St. Therese’s golf league and played every Wednesday afternoon at the Green Meadow golf course in Hudson, NH.
He is also survived by his brother, Richard Singleton and his wife, Lisa of Tyngsboro; sister Joyce Bell of Merrimack, NH, and his twin sister, Dorothy Lowe and her husband Dennis of Nashua, NH . His sisters-in-law Barbara Singleton of Lowell; Ruth Roy of Hudson, NH, Pamela Grant of Dracut, and Christine French and her husband, Eric of Maynard. Many nieces and nephews: Richard Singleton of Tyngsboro, Beth Craig of Tyngsboro, Dawn Stryker and her husband, Don, of Tyngsboro, Brian Bell of New Ipswich, NH, Robert Roy and his wife Josie of Hudson, NH, Amy Grant of Lowell, Julie Rocker of Alton, NH , Debra Manley and her husband Rob of Chelmsford, Lynn Rocker of Worcester, MA and Jeffrey Rocker and his wife, Kim of Bon Aqua, TN and Matthew Lowe of Hudson, NH
He was pre deceased by his sister-in-law, Dorothy Clawson of Michigan, and brothers-in law David Clawson of Michigan, Richard Roy of Hudson, NH, David Grant of Dracut and Harold Bell, III of Smethport, PA.
Visiting hours Friday 4 to 8 P.M. Funeral Service Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at the DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 106 MIDDLESEX ST. CHELMSFORD, MA. Burial in the Memorial Cemetery, Tyngsboro. Memorials may be made in his name to the Tyngsboro Firefighters Association 26 Kendall Road Tyngsboro, MA 01879 or Curt and Shonda Schilling ALS Clinic Lahey Clinic Foundation, Inc. 41 Mall Rd. Burlington, MA 01805. ARRANGEMENTS BY DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 978-251-4041.