As far as Don was concerned, to be sane was to be boring, and he was anything but dull. Anyone who went riding quads with him at Camp SF could attest to his daring nature. A quiet day of crabbing could easily escalate to a game of chicken anytime Don was at the wheel of the boat. He loved football and played it from the days of Pop Warner to when he graduated Delran High School in 1997. A ravenous Saints fan, he rooted for the team long before the “Who Dat Nation” existed. In fact, he started rooting for them simply because they were such underdogs.
As a long time employee of Metal Etching Technology in Lumberton Don showed his tenacity. He started as a shipper but, after teaching himself the CAD program, he was promoted to their computer department. It showed resolve, and a certain degree of irony, that although he was from a family of mechanics and couldn’t change his own oil, he was able to excel at mechanical drafting.
Donald is survived by his wife, Kelly (nee Taylor) of Riverside, and their daughter, Karlee Bea. He is also survived by his mother, Linda Lipinsky (Walter) of Delran, his father Donald, Sr. of Westampton, his aunt and “2nd mother” Susie Johnson of Delran, his cousins (who were more like brothers): Scott Shively, Chris Johnson and Paul Johnson, as well as by many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Come celebrate Donald’s 35 crazy, sometimes wild, but always wonderful years (Mar. 5, 1978 – Oct. 26, 2013) Saturday from 11 AM at the Sweeney Funeral Home, 337 Bridgeboro St., Riverside, NJ 08075, where there will be a service at 1 PM. Please make sure to dress casually; sports jerseys and rock t-shirts are preferred to a suit and tie. In lieu of flowers memorial gifts may be made to his wife, via the funeral home’s address. –