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Donald Racette

Donald James Racette

Tuesday, August 2nd, 1932 - Saturday, January 11th, 2020
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Donald James Racette, 87 of North Adams, MA died Saturday January 11, 2020 at Berkshire Medical Center.
He was born in North Adams, MA on August 2, 1932 son of Joseph Arthur and Mildred Helen (Carsno) Racette. He attended local schools.
Donald was a veteran of the Korean War and served in the US Army.
He was last employed at Mt. Greylock Regional High School for about ten years until his retirement in 1994. Donald was a licensed plumber and had worked at Sprague Electric Co., Wall-Streeter Shoe Co. and the North Adams Wastewater Treatment Plant. He was a communicant of St. Francis of Assisi Church. Donald was a member of the VFW Post #996 and American Legion Post #125. He enjoyed hunting and taking care of his beagles.
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Lorraine (Moreau) Racette and two daughters- Debra DeGray and her husband, Thomas and Beverly Racette, both of North Adams; and one son- Daniel J. Racette of North Adams. He also leaves four grandchildren- Kristen Racette, Michael Racette, Nicholas Modena and Christopher Modena; seven great grandchildren- Devon, Kolby, Julianna, Eli, Matt, Hannah, and Leandra; two brothers- John C. Racette and Robert "Skip" Racette; and nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. He was predeceased by four sisters and two brothers including Shirley Clukey, Pat Goman, Jean Bessette, Sandra Racette Arthur "Flash" Racette and Richard Racette.

FUNERAL NOTICE: A Graveside Service for Donald Racette will be held on Wednesday January 15, 2020 at 12 Noon in Southview cemetery in North Adams. There are no calling hours. Memorial donations may be made to the North Adams Ambulance Service in care of FLYNN & DAGNOLI-MONTAGNA HOME FOR FUNERALS, CENTRAL CHAPEL, 74 Marshall St. North Adams, MA 01247. To add to the Book of Memories, please visit
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    Wednesday, January 15th, 2020 | 12:00pm
    Wednesday, January 15th, 2020 12:00pm
    Southview Cemetery
    1075 South Church St.
    NORTH ADAMS, MA 01247
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    Southview Cemetery
    1075 South Church St.
    NORTH ADAMS, MA 01247
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Linda Hoglund

Posted at 11:13am
Dear Dot, Danny, Deb and Bev,
I am so very sorry to learn of Don's passing, and I wish I could be there on Wednesday. Please know that you are all in my prayers. I have such special memories over the years as Dot and Don are my Godparents and, of course, he and my Dad were close like brothers. Our families will always share a special bond. May the peace of our Lord surround and strengthen each of you at this difficult time.
Linda (LeClair) Hoglund

Carmen Simonelli

Posted at 07:34am
Deb, Tom and family,

My deepest sympathy for the loss of your a Father

May he Rest In Peace

Carmen Simonelli

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