Donald W. Feather - Cumberland

Donald W. Feather - Cumberland

Donald W. Feather, 89, passed away at Miriam Hospital on Jan. 15. He was the beloved husband of the late Frances “Frankie” Feather, whom he met when they were students at Central Falls High School. Last June, prior to her death, Donald and Frankie celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary.

Born in Central Falls, he was the son of the late William Benjamin Feather and Mildred (Handy) Feather. He is survived by his eight children: Steven Feather and his wife Susan of Belgrade, Maine; Michael Feather and his wife Renee of Cumberland; Susan Feather of Cumberland; Diane Feather of Riverside; Lynn Feather of Dallas, Texas; John Feather and his wife Angela of Cumberland; Sandra Feather Woolley of Winslow Maine; and Thomas Feather and his wife Kerry of Cumberland. He will also be greatly missed by his grandchildren: Christopher Feather, Amanda Smith, Abby Nelsen, Keith Feather, Zachary Gaboriault, Corina Gaboriault, Matthew Fricker, Benjamin Feather, Campbell Feather, and Flannery Feather. He also leaves seven great-grandchildren and his sister-in-law Gail Trapp.

Upon graduation from Central Falls High School, Donald enlisted in the Air Force, serving during the Korean War. After Donald’s military service ended, he joined Texas Instruments in Attleboro, Mass., where he worked for 34 years until his retirement in 1990.

Donald enjoyed watching all the local sports teams, feeding and watching birds, especially hummingbirds, discussing current events and politics, and playing cribbage with his late wife Frankie. He also enjoyed cooking for his family because that led to spending quality time talking and laughing with us, which is what he truly cherished.

Most importantly, Donald taught us what an amazing gift that family truly is, the joys and responsibilities we each have to care for and love one another. The one solace our family will take away from this time of sadness is that Don will now be reunited with the love of his life Frankie, and they can be at peace together. Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, the funeral and burial will be restricted to immediate family only. We plan to celebrate Donald and Frankie’s life with their friends and extended family at a later date once it is safe to do so. In lieu of flowers, please feel free to donate to Hope Health Hospice Center, 1085 North Main St., Providence, RI 02904 as Donald was very grateful for the care they gave Frankie throughout her time there; or to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, in Donald's memory, would be greatly appreciated. Arrangements by O’Neill Funeral Home, www.oneillfuneralhomes.com .