Donald R. Foerster Sr.

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PORTLAND - Donald R. Foerster, Sr., 85, of Portland passed away peacefully with his family at his side on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018, at the Maine Veterans' Home in Scarborough after complications of dementia.

He was born in Huntington Station, Long Island, N.Y. on July 12, 1933, the son of Arthur R. and Catherine (Fischer) Foerster. The family moved to Riverside, Calif. when he was 11 years old. He attended schools in Huntington Station and California, graduating from William S. Hart High School in 1951. He joined the Air Force, serving as an aircraft mechanic for the 384th Air Refueling Squadron at Westover AFB in Massachusetts. He was honored with the National Defense Service Medal and was honorably discharged in 1956. He then attended National Electronics School in Los Angeles under the G.I. Bill, and worked for Bournes, Inc. in Riverside in Electronics.

In 1960 he married Carolyn Davis and started a family in Riverside, Calif. The family moved to Portland, Maine in 1963. In Portland, Don graduated from the University of Southern Maine with a B.S. Degree in Business and taught Graphic Arts for ten years at technical schools in the Greater Portland and Lewiston/Auburn areas.

He spent most of his career at S.D. Warren's Research Lab in Westbrook, ME, as a Research Specialist and Chemist. He had numerous patents and inventions for the company during his 31 years of service that improved the paper making and printing processes. His creativity and love of inventions led him to co-found the Inventor's Forum of Maine which he was an active member of for many years.

Don was a very talented artist and musician and excelled at anything he touched. He painted with oils, watercolors and acrylics. He was an expert photographer who shot and developed his works in the basement of his home. He later took up woodcarving, where he carved many pieces from hummingbirds to loons, and rocking horses for his grandchildren.

In retirement Don took up the hobby of stained glass, creating lamps, decorations, and stained-glass windows. One of his works can be seen above the altar of the North Deering Congregational Church in Portland. He was an active member at NDCC for 55 years, serving on many boards and committees.

Don had a great sense of humor and found fun in everything that he did. He especially enjoyed attending any activity that involved his grandchildren. He loved animals and owned and raised dachshunds throughout his life.

He leaves his beloved wife and best friend, Carolyn, of 58 years; son Donald, Jr. and his wife Sharon of Freeport, son Douglas and his wife Darcy of Scarborough; and his cherished grandchildren, Lucas and Kacey of Scarborough and Dylan of Freeport.

He was predeceased by his parents and brothers Arthur and William.

Visiting hours will be at the Hobbs Funeral Home in So. Portland on Dec. 2, 2018, from 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. The Funeral Service will be held at the North Deering Congregational Church in Portland on Monday, Dec. 3 at 11 a.m. with Rev. Mark Rustin officiating.

The family is so grateful for the tremendous care and compassion provided by the whole staff at the Maine Veterans' Home, Unit A. They are very special people and will always have a place in our hearts.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.hobbsfuneralhome.com.

In lieu of flowers,

donations in Don's memory

may be sent to:

North Deering

Congregational Church

1364 Washington Ave.

Portland, ME 04103 or:

Unit A of the

Maine Veterans' Home

290 US Route One

Scarborough, ME 04074

Funeral Home
Hobbs Funeral Home - Scarborough - Scarborough
671 U.S. Route 1
Scarborough, ME 04074
207-883-5599
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Nov. 30, 2018
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