PEMBROKE – Donald Eugene Cushing, 83, passed away Friday, Feb. 19, 2010, at his home. Donald was born April 16, 1926, in Pembroke, son of the late Clarence and Hazel (Gove) Cushing. After attending Pembroke High School, Donald entered the U.S. Army, serving in World War II with the 182nd Infantry, Americal Division. While in the Philippines, he earned the Purple Heart. After serving his country, Donald returned home and worked for Merle Corp., Eastport, until beginning his career with Bangor Hydro in 1950, where he retired after 29 years of service. He married Dora H. Redding, Aug. 2, 1947, in Pembroke. Donald was never idle. He enjoyed his retirement fishing, hunting, gardening, doing carpentry work, and spending time with his family and friends. He was a lifetime member of American Legion Cobscook Post No. 59, Veterans of Foreign Wars Passamaquoddy Memorial Post No. 11299 and Dennys River Sportsman Club. In addition to his parents, Donald was predeceased by a son, Kenneth Cushing; two sisters, Laura Daggett and Norma Sears; and three brothers, Stanley, Merrill and Clayton Cushing. Surviving are his loving wife of 62 years, Dora Cushing; five children, Donna Preston and her husband, Calvin, of Dennysville, Darlene Preston of Pembroke, Frank Cushing and his wife, Lynn, of Orrington, Wayne Cushing of Pembroke and his companion, Muriel Randall, who was Donald’s special loving caregiver for the last several months – to her his family is grateful – and Helene Blanchard and her husband, John, of Pembroke; two sisters, Carolyn Clement of Pembroke and Sandra Rodgers and her companion, Wayne Caldwell, of Leesburg, Fla.; two brothers, Vernon Cushing and his wife, Faye, of Pembroke and Ralph Cushing and his wife, Brenda, of Pembroke; 17 grand-children, Dean Preston of Pembroke, Wendy McKim and her husband, Tony, of Trenton, Chad Preston and his wife, Kim, of Dedham, Michelle Orr of New Hampshire, Stacie Hunter and her husband, Joey, of Pembroke, Leslie Cushing and her companion, Albert Wallace, of Pembroke, Kenneth Cushing of Pembroke, Donald Preston and his companion, Traci Sheldon, of Levant, Bobbie Ritchie and her husband, Tony, of Pembroke, Travis Cushing and his wife, Darlene, of Eddington, Tabitha Griffin and her husband, Corey, of Cutler, Laurie Cates and her husband, Josh, of Cutler, Nicholas Cushing and his wife, Leigh, of Cypress, Texas, Zackery Cushing of Orrington, Megan Cushing of Orrington, Michael Cushing of Oklahoma and Mark Cushing of Vermont; 31 great-grandchildren, Cody and Holly Preston, Tyler, Kyle, Keegan and Chase McKim, Allison, Macayla and Jacob Preston, Mariah, Trevor and Tyler Orr, Taylor Cushing, Tori and Dylan Cushing, Mason and Landon Ritchie, Joshua Kelsey, Christopher and Matthew Cushing, Emma and Ben Griffin, Lucas, Avery and Max Cates, Jakob Cushing, Cole Cushing, Matthew and Liam Cushing, and Samara and Sawyer Cushing; many nieces and nephews. He will also be greatly missed by the many “adoptive” children he has welcomed into the family throughout the many years, both from here and across the border, including the Sinnicks family, Kelly Goulet, Linda and Barb, just to name a few. He is truly loved and will be missed by us all. A celebration of Donald’s life will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, at Iron Works Methodist Church, Little Falls Road, Pembroke. Arrangements by Mays Funeral Homes, Calais and Eastport. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.maysfuneralhome.com.