Don Francis Waddell


South Berwick - Don Francis Waddell died August 19, 2019 following a long and courageous battle with Parkinson's Disease. He was 79 years old. Devoted to his family, Don's greatest source of pride was his wife, children, and grandchildren. He will be remembered as a kind, compassionate, optimistic, and generous man whose greatest joy in life was doing for others.
Don was born May 25, 1940 in Presque Isle, Maine to Alton and Lora (Smith) Waddell. He graduated from Mapleton High School in 1958 and then Aroostook State Teachers College (University of Maine at Presque Isle) in 1962. That same year, he married Donna McCarthy, and the couple moved to Fort Kent, Maine where they launched their teaching careers. In Fort Kent, Don and Donna raised three children Kimberly, Bryce and Eric and lived and worked in the beautiful St. John Valley town for 32 years where he was an active member of the Fort Kent Rotary Club, the Masonic Lodge, and the Fort Kent Golf Club.
Don's career in education began at Fort Kent Community High School where he served as a teacher, coach, and adviser. After earning his Masters Degree in School Leadership from the University of Maine, he was named athletics director, assistant principal, and finally principal of Community High School in Fort Kent. In 1985, Don was appointed Superintendent of Schools for Maine School Administrative District #27 (Fort Kent area), a position he proudly held until his retirement in 1993. In his retirement years, Don served as an educational consultant before his appointment as Business Manager for Maine School Administrative District #1 (Presque Isle area), a position he held until his second retirement in 2001.
In their retirement, Don and Donna enjoyed their winter home in Port Charlotte, Florida where they made wonderful memories and friends. In 2012, they moved from Presque Isle to South Berwick, Maine. For six years, Don received excellent care from many kind and compassionate healthcare providers at Clipper Harbor Healthcare Facility in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and his family is deeply grateful to those talented, loving, and hardworking providers who empowered Don to fight bravely against Parkinson's Disease.
Don is survived by Donna, his loving and devoted wife of 57 years; along with his three children and their families Kimberly and Alan MacLean of Bangor and their children Audrey and Grace; Bryce and Shelly Waddell of Bangor and his children Evan and Layne (Layne's wife, Lisa, and their son, River); Eric and Jennifer of South Berwick and their children Avery, Rowan, Ethan, and Liam.
Services will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, August 24th at Tasker Funeral Home, 621 Central Avenue, Dover, NH. A graveside service will also be hosted at outhside Cemetery, West Chapman Road, Mapleton, MaineS on Saturday, August 31st at 4:00 PM. A reception will follow both services, and the Waddells welcome Don's family and friends to join them at both events. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Don's memory to the Michael J. Fox Foundation For Parkinson's Research.
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19 posts

Louis pelletier
Aug 30, 2019
sorry to here of Mr. Waddell's passing ,phys ed coach,wrestling coach. My sympiathy to the family
Gary Stevens
Aug 22, 2019
Sorry to hear of Mr Waddell’s passing. He was a great man who made a positive difference in our world.
Barry Tapley
Aug 22, 2019
Donna and family.... My sincere condolences at the passing of Don. I played H.S. sports against him when he was at Mapleton......a true gentleman and his life certainly has shown that, May the Lord grant you all peace and comfort at this difficult time .
Marvin Higgins
Aug 22, 2019
It was a joy and a privilege to have known Don from the beginning and to have had him as a lifelong friend.
Bonnie Blair Steeves
Aug 21, 2019
To Bryce, Eric and all the family, my condolences on the passing of your dad. I remember him well at FKCHS patrolling the halls to ensure we were all where we were suppoaed to be, or on our way there - and no where else! May memories of his life well lived console you.
David & Bobbie Morrow
Aug 21, 2019
Our most sincere condolences for your loss. Don was a kind, gentle and fun loving neighbor... a great and true friend. He will never be forgotten by either of us. We very much enjoyed working together for many years. He would often say, "Wish we could've worked together when we were both teaching." Don was dearly loved, appreciated and will always live in our hearts.
Marjorie Buck Seiler Oakfield, Maine
Aug 21, 2019
Don fought a long fight and will be missed. My condolence to his family and friends. I too attended Mapleton High and knew Don well. My prays for your loss. Sincerely, Marge Buck Seiler
Charles & Margaret Violette
Aug 21, 2019
Our deepest sympathy to Donna and her wonderful family! Our thoughts and prayers are with you!
Curt Culberson
Aug 21, 2019
My sincere sympathy to the entire Waddell family. The world has lost a very good man. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him. Rest In Peace Don. Curt
Dick and Cecile
Aug 21, 2019
Donna and family we send our deepest condolences,we feel we were Blessed to have Don in our life,had some great times with Don and Donna❤️ Our prayers and thoughts are with you. Love you
Doug Charette
Aug 21, 2019
It was nice to hear in the obituary what Don’s life has been like since I graduated in 1980. I’m glad to see he has had such a full and successful life. I often wondered what had become of him and Dick Pelletier the assistant principal. I remember you Kim and Bryce very well from school. Eric not so much. Your folks did an excellent job raising you guys because I’ve always remembered you guys as very nice decent kids as I was going through school. Marie I believe you were in my sister Theresa’s class. Anyway. I’m so sorry for your loss of your great dad. He was quite an interesting nice man. My Sincere condolences.
Priscilla and Jerry Gallagher
Aug 21, 2019
Farewell to a great friend. May he Rest In Peace.
Henry Carbone
Aug 21, 2019
Sad to hear of Don's passing. He will be remember as a good friend and colleague. My condolences to Donna and family.
Gary Lambert
Aug 21, 2019
The Memories and Love for Don Will Forever Be In Your Heart.Don was an Extraordinary Educator who touched the lives of thousands of students.Fort Kent Community High School was So Fortunate & Blessed to have such a Respected,Admired,Knowledgable and Caring Coach,Mentor,Teacher,Principal then Superintendent.Mr. Waddell's Legacy Will Forever Be Remembered by All.Our sincere sympathy
Gary Blais
Aug 21, 2019
Sorry to learn the passing of Mr. Waddell. He was teacher in H.S, in 1962. Great teacher.
Patricia Richard
Aug 20, 2019
My deepest condolences to Donna and the entire family. It was a pleasure to have had Don as my superintendent for a few years. He will be watching after all of you. My prayers are for with all of you.
Muriel Cote
Aug 20, 2019
My deepest condolences to you Donna and the family. Don has fought a long and good fight in his illness. May God reward him in his heavenly home. Praying for strength and courage to you, Donna as you go through this difficult time. RIP Don Waddell.
Carlene Thibeault
Aug 20, 2019
My sincere condolences to Donna and Family. He was a very special man and will be missed, take courage that He is in a better place and with no pain. My prayers are with all of you.
Paula Marquis
Aug 20, 2019
My deepest sympathies to you, Donna, and your beautiful family. Thoughts and prayers are with you all.