Donald E.'s Story
Donald E. Finegold, 87, of Salem, Mass., passed away on January 18, 2017 after a brief illness.
Don was born in Peabody, Mass., on May 18, 1929, the son of the late John and Rhoda Finegold.
Don grew up in Peabody, graduating from Peabody High School in 1946. He then attended Lowell Tech, now UMass-Lowell, graduating with a degree in Leather Engineering, the first person to receive such a degree. After a year at Oxford School of Business in Cambridge, Don entered the armed forces, serving in the Army and stationed at Fort Gordon in Georgia during the Korean Conflict.
After his discharge from the Army, Don worked for Kirstein Leather Co. in Peabody, moving with his young family to Portland, Maine, in 1960 after the tannery relocated to Saco, Maine, to become Saco Tanning Corp. He managed the tannery until it closed in the 1980s, moving back to the Peabody area to work for Salem Suede as well as a private consultant until he retired from the leather industry in the mid-1990s.
Don then had the opportunity to pursue his lifelong dream of becoming an author, penning 10 murder mysteries set in the Peabody area he knew so well. A lifelong skier, Don greatly enjoyed this pastime with his family and friends, even returning from his winter condo in Florida each year in his later years to ski a few days. He skied until he was 85 years old. He also enjoyed tennis, and was an avid Boston sports fan. Don had a warm personality and a great sense of humor. He will be very much missed.
Don was predeceased by his parents, his beloved wife, Marlene (Lanes) Finegold, and his sister, Betty Berkal. He is survived by his loving wife, Elaine (Zolot) Jaffe Finegold of Salem; his children, Dr. Jeffrey Finegold and his wife, Paula of Portland, Maine, Dr. Robert Finegold and his wife, Ruth of Yarmouth, Maine, Ellen Winschel and her husband, Dan of Peabody, Robert Jaffe of Lynnfield, Ken Jaffe of Marblehead, Sharon Tripolsky and her husband, Howie, and Jimmy Jaffe and his wife, Kathy, all of Swampscott; as well as 17 beloved grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, January 20, at Stanetsky-Hymanson Memorial Chapel, 10 Vinnin St., Salem at 11 a.m. followed by burial at Pride of Lynn Cemetery, Lake Shore Road, Lynn. Relatives and friends are invited to gather following the interment at the Village At Vinnin Square Clubhouse, Loring Hills Avenue, Salem, until 7 p.m. Additionally, on Sunday, January 22, visiting hours and shiva will be held at the home of Jeff and Paula Finegold, 3 Woodfield Road, Portland, Maine, from 1 to 6 p.m.
The family wishes to thank all those who helped care for Don during his illness over the last few months. Donations in Don's name can be made to Etz Chaim Synagogue, 267 Congress St., Portland, ME 04101, or Donald E. Finegold Memorial Scholarship Fund at Peabody High School, c/o Salem Five, 450 Paradise Road, Swampscott, MA 01907. For online guestbook, please visit www.stanetskyhymansonsalem.com.
Published on January 19, 2017