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METHUEN - Donald G. Ganim, 83, of Methuen, passed away Monday morning, February 12, 2018, at High Pointe Hospice House, in Haverhill, after a courageous battle with prostate cancer. Born in 1934, in Brooklyn, N.Y., beloved son of the late Tofie (Tom) and Nellie (Farrah) Ganim, Don graduated from Fort Hamilton High School, in Brooklyn in 1952. He entered New York University on an Air Force ROTC scholarship, and earned a B.S. degree in 1956 in international marketing. He was commissioned in the U.S. Force as a 2nd Lt., where he served three years of active duty, followed by six years as a contracting officer in the Air Force Reserve in Rome, N.Y. He achieved the rank of captain, before being honorably discharged from the Air Force Reserve.
Hired by Raytheon Corp. based in Lexington, Mass., in 1966, Donald worked for 30 years as a contract manager in both the HAWK and PATRIOT air defense missile system programs. He retired in 1996, but quickly became bored with retired life. With a passion for investment and financial securities, he passed both the Series 6 and Series 7 broker's license exams, authorizing him to sell virtually any type of individual security. He was employed by Putnam Investments in Andover, as a certified financial advisor for seven years.
After retiring from his second "career," Don fully embraced retirement life with his soulmate and devoted wife of over 60 years, Violet. They enjoyed traveling together, both domestically and internationally, spending time exploring Boston, and the North Shore, and relaxing on the beaches of Salisbury. Don was a regular spectator at all his grandchildren's events, whether on the stage, the athletic field/court, or hockey rink. He regularly attended Red Sox games with his family at Fenway Park, where he shared season tickets for over 25 years.
An active member of Latitudes Sports Club in Methuen, St. Monica's Parish, and the Emerald Pine community in Methuen, Don served as the Treasurer and President of their homeowner's association. He was instrumental in alerting Toll Brothers Construction of the unfinished land abutting their newly built homes and spent countless hours with both town officials and with building representatives to ensure a fair and well-structured merger occurred between the two neighborhoods. He was a charter member of the Knights of Columbus at St. Monica's Parish, where he served as an officer and rose to the level of third degree knight. Committed to their principles of charity, unity and fraternity, Don fully embraced the Catholic identity and many charitable missions of the Knights organization.
Don is survived by his beloved wife of 60 years, Violet (Manassa); their three children, Doreen (Ganim) Archambault, and her husband, Robert, of Atkinson, N.H., Donald Ganim II, M.D. and his wife, Joann (Sulikowski) Ganim, M.D., of Hamilton, Mass., and Thomas M. Ganim, and his wife, Kerry (Menmuir), of Saugus, Calif. He was a proud grandfather to his five grandchildren, whom he loved dearly and was so closely involved in their lives, Gabrielle, Donny, Will, Tyler, and Paige; and his older brother, Raymond Ganim, of Brooklyn, N.Y.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visitation on Friday, February 16, 2018 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Cataudella Funeral Home, 126 Pleasant Valley Street, Methuen. A funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, February 17, at 11 a.m. at St. Monica Church, 212 Lawrence St., Methuen. For directions or to send condolences, please visit www.cataudellafh.com.
Published on February 13, 2018
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