Donald R. Brasseur
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Donald R. Brasseur
North Andover - On October 16, 2019, Donald Ralph Brasseur, 93, born on August 1, 1926, in Haverhill, Mass., son of the late Henrietta Hunt Brasseur and Ralph Baldwin Brasseur, brother of the late Eleanor Brasseur Kenny, died at High Pointe House in Haverhill, Mass., after a long illness. Don is survived by his beloved wife, Elaine Sue Dziadosz Brasseur; his two loving children, Beverly Ann Brasseur Savoy, and Don Michael Brasseur. Present at the time of his entrance into Heaven were his wife and granddaughter, Rachel Elaine. His daughter, Beverly, and Rachel had spent the overnight hours with Don at High Point. Elaine arrived at 7:04 a.m. after Beverly left for work at Lawrence General Hospital. She began praying to God to release Don from the pain which he was experiencing. At approximately 7:51 a.m. Don entered God's kingdom where his parents and loved ones met him, nevermore to part. Thank God for his mercy. Soon after, grandsons, Michael and Joseph Brasseur, Beverly; granddaughter, Victoria; and great-grandson, Jackson, arrived to spend time with Papa Don. Don is survived by his four great-grandchildren, Evelyn Rose, Jax Michael, and O'Ryan Brasseur, and Jackson Tymann; his great-granddaughters-in-law, Sidney Ryan and Meghan Brasseur; and his nephew, James Kenny and his wife, Terry. Don was a graduate of Haverhill High School, class of 1944, New England Aircraft School, and a member of the United States Air Force in the Cadet program prior to the end of World War Two. When the war ended, Donald moved to Texas to work at the Chance Vought Airplane company and then returned to Haverhill to work alongside his father, Ralph, as a surveyor in the family business, Brasseur Civil Engineers. In June of 1953, Donald took Elaine to her Johnson High School prom and on June 6, 1954, they were wed at St. Michael Church in North Andover. Grammy Dziadosz hosted their wedding reception at the Polish National Home in Lawrence. They were invited by Elaine's Grandmother, Mary Ann Micek Dziadosz, who loved Don like a son, to take up residence in her home in North Andover, Mass., in 1955, where Elaine lived since the age of one, with her Grammy as her caregiver. They have lived there ever since, with great thanks to Grammy Dziadosz. Don worked in the radiation department at Technical Operations in Burlington, Mass., for many years and retired from that company at the age of 73. In the 1940s, Donald was a stunt pilot for Howard Dutton's Sky Devils, traveling the New England circuit, performing in many air shows. In 1968, Don flew the flight sequences in the movie "The Thomas Crown Affair, starring actors Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway, at the Gliderport in Salem, N.H., where he was a glider instructor and tow pilot. He built a glider in the basement of his home and sold it. In 1963, Donald acquired a Silver Medal in the Skateland Senior Men's' Division skating competition in Syracuse, New York. In the 50s and 60s, Don was a member of two motorcycle clubs, the Road Drifters and the Bat Riders where he and Elaine enjoyed many years of traveling on his 1953 Indian Chief and his 1958 BMW motorcycles throughout the New England states, attending Gypsy Tours as well participating in other exciting motorcycle racing events. In his retirement years, Don joined the carving club at the North Andover Senior Center, creating many exquisite wooden birds of all shapes and sizes as gifts for his family. Don enjoyed flying his many radio-controlled airplanes at the Oganowski airfield in Tewksbury, Mass. One of the greatest joys in Don's long life began about 50 years ago when he and his wife decided to adopt homeless cats and other animals in need of a loving home. Well over 55 little ones have filled their home with pure love and joy. Thank you, Papa, for helping to provide for these precious animals with your loving and gentle care. At Don and his family's request there will be no calling hours. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice in Don's name. Please keep this gentleman, a beloved husband, father, Papa, uncle, and a friend in your thoughts and prayers as he soars the wild blue yonder in God's Kingdom. Amen.
Published on October 23, 2019