HAMPDEN - Donald Baker Driensky passed away peacefully Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, in Dallas. He was born Nov. 27, 1929, in Danbury, Conn., the son of George and Lorraine Driensky and brother of Joyce Carlisle.
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Donald graduated from high school in Danbury, Conn., and went on to serve as a staff sergeant in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War where he was stationed in Okinawa, Japan. He was a Master Mason for more than 50 years. On July 20, 1952, he married Carolyn Jane Powers at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Winn. During their 58 years of marriage they had three children, Dana, Jennifer and Janet. They were also blessed with nine grandchildren, Jonathan, Daniel, Caitlin, Meaghan, Christopher, Eric, Alex, Jackson and Justin. Known as "Grampy" to his grandchildren, Donald always checked in on them to see how they were doing. He will be fondly remembered for his catch phrases such as "t-t-t-toasty!" and "chackoo chackoo!" which made his family smile. Donald had a passion for collecting model trains and watches, all of which he enjoyed sharing with his grandchildren. Known as a social butterfly around his small town of Hampden, he was always eager to strike up conversations. In recent years Donald loved visiting family and friends in Dallas during the winter. In the summer he enjoyed spending time at the Powers family camp in Lee, and taking boat rides on Silver Lake. Donald enjoyed a good glass of red wine with dinner, watching television and films with family, and greeting military troops at Bangor International Airport.
Memorial services will be held at St. John's Episcopal Church, Dallas; and St. Thomas Anglican Church, Ellsworth. In lieu of flowers, Donald's family asks that donations be made in his honor to the
Published in BDN Maine on Feb. 9, 2013