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GLOUCESTER, MA - Donald E Sudbay Sr., husband of the late Phyllis A. (Ruth) Sudbay, passed away on February 5, 2018. He was surrounded by his loving family.
Born in Gloucester on April 10, 1927, he was the son of the late James A. and Margaret M. (Fraser) Sudbay.
Don enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II, and after finishing his Navy tour, he returned to Gloucester to earn his high school diploma from Gloucester High School.
Don entered the automobile business in 1949, where he spent his entire career. Starting as a parts manager at Reilly Motors on Washington Street, in Gloucester, he quickly moved up the ranks to service manager. Don was promoted to salesman in 1955, and in 1960, owner Raymond O'Connell entrusted his entire business to Don by naming him General Manager. In 1965, the opportunity arose to purchase Reilly Motors. Don and Phyllis took the risk and started Sudbay Pontiac Cadillac Buick, which celebrated its 50th year in business in 2015. Nelson Bragg, the local radio morning host, called Don, "the Gentleman of the Automotive Business," and he truly was. Don always made sure that his customers, as well as his loyal employees, were treated fairly.
Don was a very active member of the Cape Ann community throughout his life. He was a 59-year member of the Gloucester Rotary Club, as well as a trustee for the Addison Gilbert Hospital for many years. In the 70s Don used his sales skills in the campaign to build the Steele Wing at the hospital. He was named a Lifetime Trustee in 1980, named a trustee of the Cape Ann Savings Bank in 1968, Don held this position for almost 50 years, thoroughly enjoying his association with Cape Ann Savings. As a longtime member of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, he was honored as the recipient of "the Small Business Person of the Year" in 1984.
Throughout their 66 years of marriage, Don and his wife Phyllis, led a very active life with their children, grandchildren and the many dear friends they met along the way. Skiing, boating and golf were among their various recreational pursuits, with Don skiing well into his seventies. His family cherishes memories of vacations skiing in New Hampshire and Colorado, and the visits to Marco Island for fun with "Nana and Pop Pop."
Next to his family, his true passion was golf. He was good at it. The true reward being the three "holes in one" that he shot in his lifetime. A member of the Bass Rocks Golf Club, he was also a past president. He was also a member of the Island Club of Marco Island, and the Mid-Ocean club in Bermuda.
Don is survived by his children, Donald E. Sudbay Jr., and his wife, Jeannie, Sally Ann Kane, and her husband, Kevin, and David J. Sudbay, and his fiancée, Sue Hayden. Don is also survived by his six grandchildren, Caroline Sudbay, Bradlee Sudbay, and his wife, Megan, Brenden Kane, Andrew Kane, Sara Sudbay, David (DJ) Sudbay; and great-granddaughter, Riley; step-grandchildren, Jacqueline Sullivan, Timothy Sullivan, and his wife, Quinn, and Christine Sullivan, and step-great grandchildren, Timothy, Lily, and Brendan Sullivan, along with many nieces and nephews.
His funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, February 12, at 10 a.m., in Our Lady of Good Voyage Church. Extended family and friends are cordially invited to attend.
Visiting hours will be held on Sunday, from 4 to 7 p.m., in the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington Street, Gloucester. The burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his name to the Addison Gilbert Hospital, 298 Washington St., Gloucester, MA 01930, or to the Friends of Seacoast at 292 Washington St., Gloucester.
For online condolences, please visit greelyfuneralhome.com.
Published on February 6, 2018
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