Donald Irving Manter May 22, 1923 to December 23, 2015\r\nDonald Irving Manter passed away peacefully on Wednesday December 23rd at Catholic Medical Center in Manchester, NH. Donald was loved as Dad, Grampa, Great-Grampa, Don, and husband. He and Thelma celebrated 71 years of marriage. He was blessed with four generations of family members to say goodbye. \r\n\r\nDonald was born in Sidney, ME on May 22, 1923 the son of Selden and Inez (Chase) Manter. \r\n\r\nHe graduated from Williams High School and enjoyed talking about his high school baseball days which led to his cheering for the Red Sox. (He shared his World War II stories of Ted Williams and Johnny Pesky). He graduated from the University of Maine in 1948 with a degree in mechanical engineering. Donald loved Maine. \r\n\r\nDonald is survived by his children, Gail Gomez, Roger Manter and his wife Alice, Deborah Mulcrone, Douglas Manter and his wife Jennifer, and Dawn Beaulieu and husband Alan. He is also survived by grandchildren Lisa Spalding and husband Dale, Sean Gomez and wife April, Matthew Gomez and wife Kelly, David Manter and wife Mary, Daniel Manter and wife Eliza, Lori McIntire and husband Aaron, Meghan Porter and husband Cody, Christina Manter, Joshua Manter, Stephanie Locke and husband Brian, Kimberly Clark and husband Frank, Joseph Beaulieu and wife Ashley, Nicole Beaulieu, Daniel Beaulieu, Michelle Beaulieu, and great grandchildren, Bailey, Madelyn, Emma, Carson, Greyson, Adilene, Justin, Katherine, Axel, Kaitlin, Olivia, Brendan, McKenzie, Emily, Chloe, Abigail, Aubrie, and Eliana. He is also survived by his sister Ruby Easton, and brothers Warren and Willis Manter, and predeceased by his brother George.\r\n\r\nDonald deeply loved his country and served in World War II as a pilot in the U.S. Navy. He continued his love of flying holding a commercial pilot certificate with multiple ratings, owning his aircraft through the years, plus enjoying the comradery of flying with his brothers Willis and Warren and his sons Roger and Douglas. \r\n\r\nDonald was extraordinarily talented and loved machines, whether it was an airplane, bulldozer, or backhoe. He enjoyed tinkering or jerry rigging anything mechanical. He amazed family and friends over the years with his memory and his breadth of knowledge and his ability to pull together a project. \r\n\r\nDonald and Thelma raised their children at Merrimack Street Baptist Church in Manchester. Later Donald and Thelma were active church members at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church for over 50 years. During their Maine residence they enjoyed fellowship at Oakland-Sidney United Methodist Church. Donald and Thelma also have many heartfelt memories of Tiffany Chapel in Sidney during their childhood. Donald’s interests involved building, whether a physical structure or character in his children and those around him. \r\n\r\nPerhaps the key to Donald is how he has impacted and reached the heart of his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Donald epitomized sell determination and hard work. \r\nAbove all, Donald would wish us to be saved by grace and to live by Amazing Grace. \r\n\r\nDonations can be made to: American Parkinson Disease Association- NH, PO BOX 838, Manchester NH 03101 and the Oakland –Sidney UMC Church, Oakland, ME\r\n\r\nSERVICES: An Open House and Celebration with family will be held at the family home at 95 Skyview Road, Manchester, NH on Sunday December 27th from the hours of 2 p.m. through 5 p.m. Please join us. \r\n\r\nA church service will be held at Oakland-Sidney United Methodist Church in Oakland, ME on Wednesday December 30th at 1:30 p.m. Burial following at the Sawtelle Cemetery in Sidney with a celebration of his life at Manter Haven on Primrose Lane in Sidney, ME.