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Obituary: Donald G. “Don” Simonini

Published December 19, 2012

SIMONINI, Donald G. “Don”, of Winthrop, December 19, 2012.

Beloved husband of Beverley J. (Taylor) Simonini. Cherished son of Dorothy (Cataldo) Simonini and the late George Simonini. Dear brother of Paul R. Simonini and his wife Donna of Peabody.

A Funeral Service will be held in the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home 210 Winthrop St. WINTHROP, on Sat, Dec. 22, at 10am. Relatives and friends are invited. Interment will be in Winthrop Cemetery. Visiting hours will be held in the funeral home on Fri. only between 4-8pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his name can be made to Compassionate Care A.L.S. attn. Ron Hoffman, P. O. Box 1052 West Falmouth, MA. 02574.

He was a 1964 graduate of St. Dominic Savio High School in East Boston, received his Bachelor of Fine Art from the Rochester Institute of Technology/College of Graphic Arts and Photography, and received a Master’s Degree in Science from the Rochester Institute of Technology/College of Fine and Applied Arts. Don was a member of the Town of Winthrop Historical Commission and the Train Collectors Assn. He was a self employed cinematographer, and in 1981 received the Creative Excellence Award from the U. S. Industrial Film Festival for the film, Robots with Vision-URI Project. In 1988, he wrote, produced and directed a film chronicling the history of the railroad system in Winthrop, Ma. named, Recollections of Miss Elizabeth Burroughs, which is still being shown in the Winthrop School System and on WCAT Winthrop Channel 3. He arranged and organized to have historical plagues placed throughout the town to recognize historical buildings and places throughout Winthrop, including Fort Banks and the Winthrop Center Railroad Station. Don as member of, and with the assistance of, the Winthrop Historical Commission, also petitioned and succeeded to have Fort Banks in Winthrop, to be put on the National Register of Historical Places and was also instrumental with the Commission in authoring a book titled Images of America/Winthrop, which is a compellation of pictures and historical facts about the Town of Winthrop.

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