Donald Hamilton Berry
January 15, 1930 - February 9, 2008
Donald H. Berry, 78, of passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 9, 2008 at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. He was born in Salem, Massachusetts in 1930, son of Charles and Irene (Skinner) Berry. Attending schools in Salem and Beverly, he graduated in 1949 from Beverly High School, where he was a member of the track team, and co-captain of BHS football team which won the 1948 state championship under Hall of Fame Coach Charlie Walsh. He also attended the Museum of Fine Art School in Boston. His career included fine arts painting, theatre and television set design, special effects for stage and film, and stage, film and television acting.
He is survived by his wife, Louisa Anderson Berry, their sons, Nicholas Donald Berry and Robin Hamilton Berry, all of NYC; his children by his first marriage to Bertha Gadbois: Jayne Katherine Berry of Searsmont, ME, Michael Hamilton Berry of Devon,UK, Heidi Anne Berry of Hove, UK, Christopher James Berry and grandson Tomi James Berry of London, UK, brothers William and Franklin Berry, and sister Eleanor Kerth.
He will be remembered for his gentle disposition, exceptional intelligence and impish wit, his multi-faceted creativity and curiosity, and a deeply spiritual nature. His ancestry included Native Penobscot from Maine, early settlers of Essex County, participants in the American Revolution, Abolitionist Movement, Civil War and World War I. During World War II, he served his country in the Merchant Marines. He was active with the Boy Scouts of America and Central Presbyterian Church of NYC, where he taught Sunday school. His presence in our lives was a gift, and he will be greatly missed. To know him was to love him.
A celebration of his life was held Saturday evening , February 16, 2008 at Central Presbyterian Church, 593 Park Avenue, New York, New York, Reverend Douglas Grandgeorge presiding.
And an on-line memorial site will be established in his name by his children. Memorial Donations in his name should go to Boy Scouts of America, Greater New York Council, 350 Avenue, 4th Floor, NY, NY 10118-0199 Phone: 212-242-1100 www.bsa-gnyc.org/ or to the Faith In Action program at Central Presbyterian Church, 593 Park Avenue, NY, NY 10021, FIA is an interfaith volunteer caregiving program of the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation www.fiavolunteers.org.
Jayne Katherine Berry
1156 Moody Mountain Road
Searsmont, Maine 04973