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Charles R. Donald

Mar 11, 1940 - Oct 23, 2017

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Islesboro - Charles R. Donald, 77, died at his home on the island of Islesboro, Maine, on October 23, 2017. The son of Remsen D. Donald and Camilla Morgan Donald, Charlie was born in New York, NY, on March 11, 1940. As a young boy, Charlie lived in Syosset, L.I., New York, and spent many summers on Islesboro, Maine, with his grandmother where he learned to sail and love the ocean. He had fond memories of these summers.
Charlie joined the U. S. Navy in 1957 and was stationed aboard a destroyer escort. After his military service, he returned to New York City where he was involved in some of New York's best known restaurants and bars. He had an outgoing personality and a wonderful sense of humor which served him well in the restaurant business, and he decided to open his own restaurant/bar. In 1967, Charlie opened Gallagher's, in Waitsfield, Vermont, a popular after-ski restaurant and bar with a live band, serving Sugarbush and Mad River ski areas and the following year, he opened Gallagher's Downeast in Bar Harbor, ME, which he operated during the summer months.
Charlie and his family moved to Newport, RI, in 1976 where he continued with his passion for the restaurant business and worked at the Clarke Cook House, The White Horse Tavern, The Landing. He also worked at the Goat Island Marina and then The New York Yacht Club for a number of years.
Upon retirement, Charlie returned to his beloved Islesboro where he worked for a time for the Crate family. He was extremely happy to be back on Islesboro and continued to enjoy his life there until his death in 2017.
Charlie is survived by his children, Charles M. Donald of Brookline, MA, Paula Adams and her husband, David Adams, of Newport, RI, his sister, Nancy Donald, of San Diego, CA, two grandchildren, Maddisen Adams and Benjamin Adams of Newport, RI, and his ex-wife and dear friend, Elizabeth Gibbons Donald of Camden, ME.
In keeping with Charlie's wishes there will be no funeral or burial services. Cremation was handled by Riposta Funeral Home in Belfast, ME.
Published on  November 2, 2017
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