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Obituary for Donald Chester Mitchell

Donald Chester Mitchell, 88, a longtime resident of Chelmsford, passed away peacefully on Monday, April 22, 2024, at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of Beverly Marie (Dale) Mitchell with whom he shared many wonderful years of marriage.

He was born in Worcester on September 30, 1935, and was the son of the late George and Freda (Charter) Mitchell.

He lived in Worcester until moving to Central Falls, Rhode Island in1946. He entered the Air Force in July 1953 following graduation from St. Raphael’s Academy. In the service, Don taught radar skills while stationed in Biloxi, MS. He remained in the Air Force reserves while completing his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1961 from the University of Rhode Island.

He worked in technical sales for Varian, Jeol Co, Bruker Instruments, and IBM. While at IBM, he lived and worked in Munich, Germany for a few exciting years with Beverly. He loved to travel; exploring museums, appreciating the food and partaking in many cultural activities. After retirement from IBM, he went on to write children’s books, worked part time at the IRS and at Mrs. Mitchell’s Gift Shop at Hampton Beach, NH.

He received great joy from his family and friends. He always had a smile on his face, contagious booming laugh with a charming twinkle in his eyes and optimism. He would be like a big teddy bear and the best person to elevate anyone’s mood. He could be found when out of sight with his whistling and humming to songs no matter if he knew them or not. His quick wit and smart quips revealed that he was a kind-hearted soul. His generosity extended to all he met but was exemplified by his kidney donation to his brother, Robert. He loved to cook and paint. He attended the Veteran’s Breakfast monthly with his local veteran friends. He belonged to the URI Alumni Association.

In addition to his loving wife, Donald leaves his children, David and Brandy Mitchell of Hillsboro, Oregon, Greg and Karen Mitchell of Chelmsford, MA, Leslie Mitchell of Chelmsford, MA, and Tracy Mitchell and Sean Riccio of Bristol, Rhode Island. He is survived by six grandchildren, Jennifer and Brian Mitchell, Julia and Alison Bates, and Maeve and Finn Riccio. He also has many loving nieces and nephews, cousins, and extended family.

He is predeceased by his loving parents, brothers Robert and Francis, and son-in-law Clifford Bates.

Funeral services and interment will be held privately. Memorial donations may be made in Donald’s name to the National Kidney Foundation at