Donald K. “Don” Laing
HAVERHILL: Donald K. “Don” Laing, 92, passed away peacefully at Holy Family Hospital on May 29, 2016 surrounded by those he loved. Mr. Laing was the husband of the late Constance “Connie” (Holt) Laing.
Born in Haverhill on August 16, 1923, he was the son of the late George T. and Lois (Carleton) Laing.
After graduating from Haverhill High School Don joined the U.S. Navy where he faithfully served his country as a member of the 141st Bombing Squadron until his honorable discharge in 1946 attaining the rank of Aviation’s Machinist Mate 2/c. His awards include the Asiatic-Pacific ribbon and American Theater ribbon with one battle star. Don remained in the military as a reservist until his honorable discharge from the U. S. Air Force Reserve in 1977 with the rank of Major.
Don had a distinguished forty-three year career in banking. Beginning as a teller he rose, through dedicated service, to retire in 1988 as President and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Family Bank.
For years he was honored to serve the Haverhill community, and was humbled by the number of titles and honorary awards bestowed upon him by the numerous volunteer and non-profit organizations with which he was associated. Some of these include the Boy’s Club, Boy Scouts, Chamber of Commerce and Haverhill Rotary Club.
Don is survived by his children; Geoffrey C. Laing of Plaistow, G. Scott Laing and his wife Karen of Newton, NH, Nancy E. Laing of Plaistow; grandchildren, Benjamin & Alexandra, Ashley & Scott, Taylor & Kelsea. He was the father of the late Gregory H. Laing, and brother of the late Phyllis Curtis and Captain Theodore Laing.
Arrangements by Dole, Childs & Shaw Funeral Home, 148 Main Street, Haverhill were private followed by interment at Linwood Cemetery. Donations in his memory may be made to the Haverhill Boy’s Club, 55 Emerson Street, Haverhill, MA 01830, or the Laing Family Fund c/o Haverhill Public Library, 99 Main St., Haverhill, MA 01830.