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Don MacNeill, 61, veterans advocate

by | Apr 18, 2023 | Obituaries

Don MacNeill

Don MacNeill

Seldon “Don” MacNeill, 61, formerly of Hudson and Hopkinton, died April 9 after being transported to Milford Regional Medical Center following an accidental house fire.

Don was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend. He was survived by his wife of 20 years, Judy, who has since passed. He is survived by his two sons, Brandon MacNeill of Clinton and Corey MacNeill of Charlton; stepdaughters Kristen Piper of Framingham and Kathryn Piper of Plainville; grandchildren Allegra and Travis; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Don was a pillar of his community, leading with his heart in servitude to others. He was president of Old Guard New England, a local organization that works to ensure the remains of the nation’s veterans are located, identified and honorably interred. He also worked with local community organizations such as the police and fire departments to support them in all of their needs. Don organized and participated in honor guard services for Memorial Day ceremonies, the Wreaths Across America ceremonies at Bourne National Cemetery and many other local events.

Don was an avid motorcycle enthusiast, and he participated in many charity rides throughout his years. He was a kind and reliable neighbor, always willing to help those in need. He also greatly enjoyed music, working with his hands and caring for animals. He had many dogs over the years, and adored his German shepherd, Jack, who passed alongside his owners.

Don’s devotion and servitude to others will live on in those he helped and inspired. His memory and legacy exist not only with those who loved him but with all those he honored and supported along the way. Family and friends will gather to remember Don’s life at Tighe Hamilton Funeral Home, 50 Central Street, Hudson, on Tuesday, April 25, from 4-7 p.m. Interment services will be private. The family wishes that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Project New Hope, projectnewhopema.org.

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