LEVANT - Donald Lee Giddings' journey here on earth ended peacefully and his new journey in heaven began Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, at his daughter and son-in law's home. He was born Feb. 23, 1935, in Brewer, to Harvey Lee Giddings Sr. and Hilda Janet (Dickinson) Giddings.
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Donald attended Bangor High School. He started working for Bangor Commercial first, then went on to work for Bangor Daily News for 44 years, retiring in 1996. Donald liked to cook, and was known for his "special meatloaf" and hot dog pizza. He also enjoyed spending time at the family camp on Pushaw Lake. Donald had a very big heart for animals and it showed when he went to pickup a golden retriever puppy he had decided on getting. He got to the home of the puppy and there were two puppies to choose from and he said he could not break up a brother and sister so he came home with both puppies!! He also was known for his willingness to help others no questions asked be brought the true meaning to "give the shirt off his back," and making short visits to family and friends never wanting to wear out his welcome. He was a true "Bangorian," knowing and describing all of it's history and changes that had happened throughout his life. He always had a story to tell about someone or something that made you listen with suspense!
He is having a family reunion in heaven with his parents; brothers, Rodney and Harvey Giddings Jr.; and great-nephews, Jacob and Brady Butler. He leaves behind broken hearts that will be mended by the memories by his daughter, Dawn and husband, Steve Call; sons, Gary and wife, Kathy, and Ryne and wife, Theresa; niece, Karen Davis and her children, Rachel and husband, Scott Straub and children, Maxwell and Colby, and Robert, Marrisa and Nolan Davis; nephew, Harvey Giddings III and wife, Lauren, and their son, Harvey IV and a new addition due this year; niece, Kelly Butler and husband, Ben, and their daughter, Grace and a new addition due this year; aunt, Millie Lord; and sisters-in-law, Rita and Doris Giddings. The family thanks former co-worker and friend, Daniel Byorak, whom he enjoyed his weekly phone calls with; and neighbors, Amy and Roger for all their help in the past. The family also extends a true heartfelt thanks to St. Joseph Healthcare Hospice, especially Debbie, Shelley, Renee and Beatrice, and all the staff of the pharmacy for making Dad's decision to be cared for at home a reality.
It was Donald's wishes not to have any funeral or memorial service. Donald also made the decision to donate his body to New England School of Medicine, again showing his willingness to help others. Gifts in his memory made be sent to St. Joseph Healthcare Hospice, 900 Broadway, Building II, Bangor, ME 04401.
Published in BDN Maine on Feb. 20, 2013