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Donald Wilfred Thorpe

DONALD WILFRED THORPE J.D., of Gates Mills, husband of Susan; father of J. Morris, Rachel Thomas, John (Teresa) Heffernan, Dr. Phoebe (Steven Adams), Peter (Jackie), and Janet (Jack) Sanders; grandfather of Jack and Claire; Tyler and Grace; Emily, Eleanor, Clara and Rebecca; Oliver and Remington; and Donald; uncle and great-uncle of many. WWII U.S. Marine Corps Veteran; UCONN (SAE Fraternity) and Cleveland State Law School Graduate; executive at GE, Nela Park, for 35 years; member of EAST GATE Masonic lodge, 796, F.&A.M., Gates Mills Players, Lyndhurst VFW Post #7536.

Funeral service Sunday October 7, at 3 PM, at St. Christopher’s by-the-River, 7601 Old Mill Road, Gates Mills, OH 44040. Burial following with Military Honors at Gates Mills Cemetery (North). Family will receive friends to celebrate the life of Donald at THE DeJOHN-FLYNN-MYLOTT FUNERAL HOME OF SOUTH EUCLID, 4600 MAYFIELD RD. (just East of Green Rd.) SATURDAY 2-5 PM. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Christopher’s by-the-River.

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  1. It always started with the words “You Know” and then the shy smile as he recounted an event either mundane or profound. You were left to choose whether to concentrate on the twinkling eyes, the smile or the oft humorous presentation of one of lifes happenings.

    Don and I – we are Marines. We are not former Marines or ex-Marines from the day they pinned an EGA upon us we were and are Marines. I say that because that’s the only thing that might level the playing field between the two of us.

    I shot rifles with Don and Dear Lord could he shoot! Woe be it unto the youngster who might look upon an older gent with a still older rifle and think – hmfp, I got this.

    And his Love of His Life – Susie or Suzie or Susan – as skilled as Don was with a rifle she bested him with her ability to make you smile. I admit I never quite knew what to expect when she began to talk but I never wished for her to stop.

    In the last years I visited less than I should have but never left their home with out feeling welcomed and not feeling better for having been there. I supposse this is the place where some may say – “I will miss him”. But, I am not sure that’s true for he was the kind of person who comes alive with a memory and thankfully I have many to recall.

    Semper Fidelis Sgt. Thorpe – put a good word in for me up there – I think I’m gonna need it.

  2. Pete,

    I am truly sorry for your loss. My prayers as always are with you and your family. May the beauty of family ease your pains at this time. Lean on each other and remember the good times and the honor it was for him to be a part of your life.

  3. One of the nicest, kindest and most interesting people I’ve ever known. I always enjoyed our conversations. Don had a way of listening that made you feel heard. God rest his soul and bless his remembrance.

  4. Dear Susie and Pete,
    You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I am grateful for the opportunity to have met Don. He was so kind and interesting to talk with and truly loved his family. May he be at peace and may you find comfort in your fond memories.
    Warm regards,

  5. What a wonderful friend he was. So kind and gentle never quick to judge. He was a great Christian and showed it in everything he did. The world is a better place because of you.

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