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Donald A. Seccombe, Jr., 68, husband of Marilyn Feitelberg Seccombe of Gloucester, passed away on Wednesday evening, November 23, 2016, at the Massachusetts General Hospital surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Ansonia on January 26, 1948, son of Donald A. Seccombe, Sr. and Fern (Miller) Seccombe of Ansonia, Conn.
Donald earned an associates degree from Waterbury State Technical College, graduated from University of Bridgeport with Bachelors and Masters degrees in Mechanical Engineering. He completed post graduate work at Lehigh University.
He held many engineering positions throughout Pennslyvania, Connecticut and Massachusetts. His most current role for many years was at BTU International as the Director of Research and Development. Donald was a member of the Gloucester Lodge of Elks #892 and Kiwanis Club in Emmaus, Pa. and Cheshire, Conn.
He enjoyed sailing, boating, going to the beach, reading books with his special coffee mug on his patio, and if you met him on the street he wouldn't hesitate to strike up a conversation. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, especially dressing up with them for Halloween and taking them to the beach. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
He is survived by his wife of 14 years, Marilyn Feitelberg Seccombe of Gloucester; his parents, Donald and Fern of Ansonia, Conn.; his children, Sarah E. Pettitt and her husband, Devon of Ridgefield, Conn., Brendan D. Feitelberg of Boston and Jason H. Feitelberg and his wife, Jenna of Weymouth; his grandchildren, Reese and Graeme Pettitt; his three sisters, Alta Glover and her husband, Gerry, Lynn Kieley and her husband, Michael, and Linda Heil, all of Shelton, Conn.; his brother, Arthur of Ansonia, Conn.; sister-in-law, Pamela Ras of Westport, Mass.; his wife of past marriage, Virginia Seccombe of Branford, Conn.; his furry “Yorkie” companion, Cooper; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
His funeral service will be held in the First Congregational Church, 12 School Street, Rockport on Friday, December 2, at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend.
The burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery, Gloucester.
Visiting hours in the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington Street, Gloucester will be held on Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his name to the Gloucester Elks Veterans Committee, c/o Jayne Morse, 101 Atlantic Road, Gloucester, MA 01930.
For online condolences, please visit www.greelyfuneralhome.com.
Published on  November 28, 2016
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