Consigli Ruggerio Funeral Home

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Donald V. Fairbanks, 73

Donald V. Fairbanks, 73, of Milford, where he has lived for 52 years, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, February 14, 2017, at the Milford Regional Medical Center. He was the devoted husband of over 52 years to Rena A. (Mussulli) Fairbanks.

            Born in Framingham, he was the son of the late Vernon and Alice (Peirce) Fairbanks. Don was raised in Hopkinton and was a 1961 graduate of Hopkinton High School.  He retired in 2010, after 34 years with the Waters Corporation in Milford, where he had worked as a systems analyst. He had also worked for Honeywell in Brighton and Framingham, and in his younger days had worked at the Draper Company in Hopedale.  

Don was an avid golfer and a member of the Waters Golf League, however, his passion was his wife and family. On any given day he and Rena would be found cheering on their grandchildren and their teams. Be it softball, lacrosse, basketball, cheering or dancing, he was their biggest and proudest fan. He was also an avid Red Sox and Patriots fan. He was the go to handyman for his family, and could fix anything. He enjoyed family trips to Hampton Beach, Sturbridge, and Cape Cod and spending their anniversaries in North Conway.  

He was the loving father of Donald V. Fairbanks Jr. and his wife Jo-Ann of Milford, Ronda M. Ciocca and her husband Bill of Dennis, MA, Debbie A. Mitchell and Wayne T. Mitchell, of Milford, Dawna R. Oliva and her husband Nicky of Milford.  He was the proud grandfather of Caroline Fairbanks, Angelina Oliva, Anthony Oliva, and Ella Mitchell.  Brother in law of Marsha and Jimmy Marcello, Janice and Chuck Martino, Joe Hayes, and the late Marie Hayes. He was also the brother of the late Raymond Fairbanks and Eleanor Briere, and is also survived by many nieces and nephews.  

His funeral will be held from the Consigli-Ruggerio Funeral Home, 46 Water St., Milford, on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 9AM, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10AM at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, on East Main Street, Milford. Burial will take place in the parish cemetery.

Visiting hours will be held on Monday evening from 4 - 7PM.


Dearest Rena and family Our hearts are just broken for your loss. Don was the kindest, sweetest man ! An Angel on earth and angel in Heaven. Our thoughts and prayers and deepest heartfelt sympathy are with all of you during this difficult time. Love, cousins Rosanne and Jim
Rosanne and Jim Feldt

So sorry to hear of your Dads passing. Thinking of your whole family and hoping his memories give you some sort of peace. God bless ❤🙏
Cindy Pritoni

Our deepest sympathies go out to Rena and the entire Fairbanks family! Let his memory be a blessing to everyone. Chris and Jacqui Spiros
Chris and Jacqui Spiros

Ronda and your entire family ~ Praying for all of you during this most difficult time. I know how close you all are and your dad is the perfect example of "the most selfless, caring and loving dad"! Feel our hugs,
Therese, JB & Rhae Barry

Our deepest sympathy to you and your family.
David and Mary Ann Bertulli

Rhonda, I'm so sorry to hear of your Dad's sudden passing. He sounds like a wonderful man who left behind a beautiful legacy. Peace be with your family at this sad time. Hugs and kisses. Heidi and Joe
Heidi and Joe Govoni

To the Fairbanks family, We are so very sorry for your loss. Please know that you are in our prayers. Debbie and Stephen Cafarelli
Debbie Cafarelli

Sending all my love and prayers to all of you during this hard time. Heaven gained another beautiful angel to watch over all of you. May you find peace in his memories. I love you all and I especially loved your dad. He will be missed but never forgotten. Xoxo
Carol Pearl

Dear Rena and family, My heart goes out to all of you, life never prepares us for great loss and I sincerely send you my deepest sympathy along with my family's Thinking of you and sending peace to help you through the days ahead. Your dad was such a calm, loving man, heaven needed an angel. Gayle A. Volpe Bufalo, The Volpe Family
Gayle A. Volpe Bufalo

Sorry l could not be there for you,I knoW you understand. I am so very shocked to hear that don ha passed away. I give you my prayers and coldolences what a wonerlful and loving man he was. Funny too!!! God have you in his arms.
Kay mobila

I am so sad for all of you and my heart aches! Your dad was the sweetest man! Alot of memories from growing up he was always there! I am sending you all love & strength to get thru this difficult time May all your memories be close to your hearts! XO
Gina Fernald

Dear Rena & entire Fairbanks family, We send you our most sincere and deepest sympathy in the loss of your husband, father, and grandfather. Please know you will be in our thoughts during this most difficult time.
Diane and George Meade

To my dear friend Rina and your family. Keeping you close in prayers during this sorrowful time. I will always remember Don, the kind gentle man who so dearly loved and cherished his beloved wife and family. Love Ronnie
Ronnie Moore

Sorry to hear of your loss .
Charlie Skaff

Ronda, I am sorry to hear of your dads passing, I always remember him smiling , never hesitated to say hello or give a little wave, Please let your mom and the family know that you all are in our thoughts and prayers.
Peter and Palma coroniti and family

Thinking of all of you at this very sad time. We know how much you loved Don, your husband, father, grandfather and friend and he adored all of you. Family was everything...We are so grateful to have met him several years ago. We are keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers.
Todd and Alice Boyle

Dear Rena and family, We are so sorry for your loss. We are thankful for knowing Don and sharing many happy times with both of you over the years. Don was a compassionate man, a true gentleman. You could always count on Don. In love and sorrow to you and your family.
Pat and Gerry Dee

To the Fairbanks family, please accept our deepest sympathy. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Most Sincerely
Ron and MillieDeLeonardis

My heart goes out to all of you... I simply can't even picture a time I did not see Mr . Fairbanks without Mrs. Fairbanks... What a truly special love, reflected in a wonderful family. Please know I will keep you all in my prayers, and know you will see him again...
Tina Stoico Saggio

Rena, Rhonda and Fairbanks family, I am so very sorry for your loss. Please know that you are in my prayers.
Kimberly (Bega) Naujoks-Leite

My Dear Rena, we are so saddened to learn of the difficult and shocking loss of your beloved, Don. Our hearts are filled with deep sympathy for you and your family. You are in our thoughts and prayers!
With love, Pat Hourihan-Worth and Douglas Worth

Thank you for being there for us during our difficult times. Please know that we are thinking of you as you mourn the loss of your husband and father.
Peter Moran

Dear Rena and family,I am so sorry to hear of Don's passing. He was such a great guy,your in my thoughts and prayers.
Judy Consigli and Family

Rena and Family, Don, a true gentleman and the best neighbor we could have had for over 38 years. Our love and sympathy to all of you - and know that he will be sorely missed but not forgotten. Love, Bobby and Nancy Lee Derderian
Nancy Lee Derderian

Dear Ronda and all the Fairbanks family, My heart goes out to you all at this very difficult and sad time. I send my sincere and heartfelt condolences to you all. ❤️ May precious memories help to ease your pain.
Jan Macchi Carson

Dear Rena and family, So sorry to hear about Don. We had such good times at work and our trips. Dee and I send our love to you and your family. It was such a shock to hear. Our thoughts are with you. Larry and Dee Bulman
Larry and Dee Bulman

My sincere condolences to the Fairbanks family on the recent passing of Don. All of his many friends at Waters Corp. were shocked to hear the news. My best to his entire Family at this very difficult time.
Dave Grillo

My deepest condolences to Mrs. Fairbanks, your wonderful children and theirs. My prayers are with each and everyone of you. May the blessings of wonderful memories console all of you, love Mal
Marilyn Phillips

Thoughts and prayers for The Whole Fairbanks family. He was a wonderful man who was greatly loved and will be greatly missed.
Michelle Webster- Vitale

Thank you so much for being there for our family during our difficult time. We are thinking of you all as you mourn the loss of your husband and father.
Peter Moran

Dear Rena and family, I worked with Don at Waters for 11 years. I still remember my first day at Waters when he greeted me with much enthusiasm. We shared many thoughts and stories over the years. I have not seen him since I left Waters but I thought of him many times. His kindness and wisdom will always be remembered.
Richard Wawrow

Our deepest sympathy to all the family. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Alfred Manguso Irene Pagnini Venice, FL
Irene Pagnini

Very Sorry to hear about your family's loss. Our deepest sympathy for you all at this time. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you during this sad time.
The Fetterman Family

To the Fairbanks family, Peter and I are so sorry for your loss, Don was one of the nicest people we knew, may he Rest In Peace .
Love ❤Claudia and Peter Scandone

Rena and family we are so sorry for your loss . our thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time.
Doris and tommy Ortla

To Ronda and the Fairbanks family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. Peace be with you all as you move forward day by day with God's love and strength.
Bruce & Kim Clark

Truly one of the kindest souls that I had the pleasure of knowing for 38 years. To all of you, our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Thalia and Jim McClay

Rena and family, we are very sorry to learn of Don's passing. He was a wonderful and kind man. Our prayers are with you and your family.
Ann and Bob Bodio

Dear Rena - so very sorry to her of your loss- the memories just flowed back when we were young- God bless you and your family-
Carole Beccia

Rena, My deepest sympathy in the loss of your beloved Don,my thoughts and prayers to you and your family. Love, Sandra & family
Sandra Fairbanks

Ronda, May memories of your father and the love of family surround you, and give you strength in the days ahead.
Heidi Kiewel-Spencer

Dear Rena & Family - Please accept our deepest sympathies and condolences on the passing of Don. Ann and I will be out-of-town the next couple of days so we will be unable to attend any services. Needless to say, Don was a great guy and he will be missed by many, but his spirit will always be with us, especially that "smile" of his. Please take care of yourself and remember the great times you had together.
Ann & Tony Chinappi

Dear aunt Rena and family I'm shocked at uncle Don passing I give you all my condolences
Tom nob8lia

To the Fairbanks family...both Sue and I offer our deepest condolences to your family for the untimely passing of your husband, dad, and granddad. Don was a wonderful man; a genuine person who enjoyed life through his family and friends. My friendship with him will always be remembered with fondness and love. May the many memories you have of this wonderful man be with you for the rest of your lives; he was truly special.
Andy and Suzanne Anderson

Rena and family , I am saddened with the passing of Don . I didn't know him well , but whenever we met , I truly enjoyed our conversations . He really was a true gentleman . May he rest in peace . Deepest condolences ,
Joe McDonough

Dawna and Nicky - sorry for the loss of your dad, Dawna. I will keep you in my prayers
Pat Basinger, York Beach Maine

Rena, Donny and the entire Fairbanks family, sincere condolences for your loss. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Paul and Monica Lemieux

My family and I would like to extend our deepest sympathy for your loss. Don was not only loved by so many but also a mentor for those of us who were lucky to work along side him and see his humor, intelligence and compassion with all that he did. Prayers and thoughts thru out these difficult times.
Steven S Zicolella & Family

Dawna and Nicky - sorry for the loss of your dad, Dawna. I will keep you in my prayers
Pat Basinger, York Beach Maine

Dear Rena and Family, So sorry to hear of Don's passing. I remember the New Year's party that we had at our house in Uxbridge and the fun that we had. I am so sorry for your loss and will keep you and your family in my prayers during this sad time.
Don and Sylvia Keach

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