Donald V. Kangas, Jr.


Claim this Obituary
Kittery Point, Maine - Donald V. Kangas, 78 formerly of Gloucester, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, March 29th at York Hospital in Maine. He was the beloved husband of Emily (Oliver) Kangas of whom he shared 54 years of marriage.
Born in Gloucester,he was the son of the late Donald and Helen (Critchett) Kangas. He graduated from Gloucester High School, class of 1959.
After graduating high school he joined the pipefitters and welding union, Local 138 in Salem, and later local 537 out of Boston. He worked on various construction projects through out New England region, including the Salem power plant and International paper in Maine.
Proud to be from America's oldest fishing port, Donnie's true passion was being on the ocean. He bought his first boat and named it "The Salty Two" referring to he and his wife. He loved tuna fishing doing both harpooning as well as rod & reel, and would seize any opportunity to go. Whoever showed up on the boat to be a deckhand was always welcomed and he was willing to teach them the techniques of the trade. When he was not on his boat, he could be found at his some of his favorite haunts including, Beacon Marine, Bickfords, Browns yacht yard and Stone Pier.
After 25 years, Donnie left the union and bought a lobster boat and did lobstering until his retirement. Soon after, he and his wife Emmy bought an RV and enjoyed traveling. They traveled to every state within the continental U.S. making long lasting friendships along the way. For the last 10 years they vacationed at RV camp -grounds based in Florida.
In addition to his wife Emmy, he is survived by his daughter, Lisa (Kangas) Sanfilippo and son in law Dominic, two grandchildren, Josiah Bertolino and Vanessa Lubonski. He is also survived by his brother, Dana Kangas and wife Sue Ellen; nephew, Chris Rich and his wife, Kelly and their son, Kai, as well as nephew, Craig Rich. He was predeceased by his sister, Geraldine (Kangas) Rich and her husband, Billy. He was also predeceased by his grandaughter Victoria Lubonski. Donnie was a free spirit and lived life to the fullest. He will be missed.
In honoring Donnie's wishes, there will be no visiting hours or services.
Published on April 4, 2019
Send flowers
in memory of Donald
See more

Obituary published in

Arrangements by


Print Guestbook

A place to share condolences and memories.

Share your condolences and special memories.
The guestbook expires on July 02, 2019.

Select an emblem

12 posts

Cathy & Marty Coney
Apr 05, 2019
We are better people for knowing "Two Beer". His optimism and tremendous sense of humor brought joy to every occasion. We knew Donnie was on the pontoon boat Wednesday. fishing with us. He will always be fondly remembered. Rest in Peace our pal. We love you.
Eddie Allen
Apr 04, 2019
I will miss my best friends I had known I will missyou Donnie.
Stan & Pam Richards
Apr 04, 2019
We were so lucky to have known a guy like Donnie. He was truly a wonderful person. A smile comes on all our faces as we remember him. My all your cherished memories be a comfort to you now, Emmy. He will never be forgotten. We love you!!
Laura Sisson
Apr 04, 2019
Will miss you....loved the times in the boat and all the lobster we could eat. Will miss the visits when you and Emmy came to see me before going home. Heaven is a
real home and that is where I will see you again
Rene & Margit Lambert
Apr 04, 2019
Emmy,we were so sorry too hear of Donnie's passing.
You have our deepest sympathy,we loved you and Don
and still do.
Margo Merchant
Apr 04, 2019
Emmy and Donnie were indeed a match made in heaven. What I loved about him the most was his devotion to Emmy. I love you Sis and I'm sending all my love, hugs and prayers.
Margo Merchant
Apr 04, 2019
Emmy and Donnie took me tuna fishing once. I will never forget that experience. Donnie was full of laughter and fun. He was devoted to Emmy and that always endeared him to me. My heart aches for my sister Emmy. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Cherish your memories. I love you Em.
Tedd&Lynda; Bochert
Apr 04, 2019
will miss you a lot,brother
Apr 04, 2019
You and he we're a match made in heaven. Now from there he watches over you
Sandra Muise Town
Apr 04, 2019
Emily and family,
My deepest condolences for your loss. I am so sorry. GHS1959
Apr 04, 2019
Donnie always had a smile and warm greeting for his friends., that fished on the Salty Two each morning to chase the elusive Blue Finn Tuna.. Don and Emmy always welcomed you aboard . The first stop before starting out was at Jake Oliver's market in East Gloucesters Square for a loaf of bread and Jake's baloney. affectionaly named by Donnie and his brother Dana. Those where the days we all still hold in our minds. Your hospitality was enjoyed by many of us, that shared the day with Donnie and Emmy . Rest in peace my friend.,Surely all will miss those days.
Vicki lane
Apr 04, 2019
So very sorry for your loss . Sending love to you Lisa and family 💜