Donald R.'s Story
Donald R. Monaghan, 79, of Ipswich, took his last checkered flag and peacefully passed away August 29, 2017, at Ledgewood Rehabilitation Center, Beverly after a long battle with kidney disease.
Don was a gentle soul, great in heart, great in generosity, great in kindness, and was soft-spoken with a lop-sided sheepish grin and eyes that would warm your soul.
He was born in New Brunswick, Canada, and adopted at an early age by Grace and Harry Monaghan of New Brunswick. In the early 1950s, the family moved from Canada to settle Essex where for many years they were caretakers of Bothways Farms.
Don’s passion in life were his cars and the thrill of the race and the racing circuit. From an early age the adventure and the rush of the race was in Don’s lifeblood.
He started racing in 1960, and raced throughout the 1970s and into the mid-1980s at the Pines, Hudson, Star and Lee Speedways. He was inducted into the Pines Speedway Hall of Fame in 2015, where he has been forever memorialized.
One of the happiest moments in Don’s life was in 1997, when he found his birth mother and his siblings in Canada.
Don is survived by three brothers, George “Ted” Skaling, Jr. and his wife, Myrna of British Columbia, John Skaling and his wife, Ann of Nova Scotia, Allen Skaling and his wife, Audrey of New Brunswick; two sisters, Shirley Whalen of New Brunswick, Beatrice Monaghan Doucette of Haverhill; as well as his many nieces and nephews in Canada; and his dear, dear friends, Jack and Joyce Kippin of Ipswich, Chris Norwood of Rockport and Carl Silva of Gloucester. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Millie (McLaughlin) with whom he traveled the country.
Don will forever be fondly remembered by his friends in the racing world.
His final ride will be in his much loved, restored 1934 Ford. Family and friends are invited to a celebration of Don’s life to be held graveside on Friday, September 29, 2017, at 1 p.m. at the Spring Street Cemetery, Essex. Arrangements are under the direction of the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home of Ipswich. To leave a condolence please visit www.whittier-porter.com.
Published on  September 5, 2017