Donald Metcalf

  • Died: November 15, 2020
  • Location: Massachusetts

Magoun-Biggins Funeral Home

135 Union Street
Rockland, MA 02370
Tel. (781) 878-1775

Tribute & Message From The Family

Donald "Donnie" W. Metcalf Age 78 died peacefully at home Nov 15, 2020.. Born in Brockton Ma in 1942. Son of the late Wilson and Mildred Metcalf. He was the devoted husband to his wife Joyce of 54 years. Also survived by son Andrew Metcalf of Avon Ma and his wife Kerin and their 2 children Cole and Jenna. His daughter Heather-Sue of Ft Lauderdale Fl. Also survived by his daughter Christina Giblin of Braintree Ma and her husband Matthew and their 2 sons Joey and Michael. Also survived by his sister June Nelson and his twin brother Ronald and his wife June, his brother in law Robert Holmgren and his late wife Janet. Also surviving are many nieces and nephews.

Donnie grew up in West Bridgewater and summers in Onset. Graduated as Valedictorian of the class of 1960 in West Bridgewater Ma. Bachelors and Master degrees in Education and Administration at Bridgewater State College. 6th Grade Teacher and vice-principal of North School (now the Dawe School) in Stoughton for over 30 years while working summers at the Stoughton Recreation Department as Assistant Director. He was also a member of the Army National Guard based in New Bedford Ma. He was Massachusetts Teacher of the year recipient.

Donnie lived with his devoted wife Joyce and raised their 3 children. They settled in Rockland Ma where they resided for 50 years.
He enjoyed teaching, traveling, gardening, holiday decorating, enjoyed all sports especially as a season ticket holder for the New England Patriots since 1992. Donnie also enjoyed spending time with his family and grandchildren.

He was a kind and generous man loved by all who knew him. He will be sorely missed.
The immediate family will have a private memorial service at 9:30am at the Mcgoun Biggins Funeral Home on Friday November 20, 2020. Everyone who wishes to pay their respects are invited to Donnie's interment which will commence at 11:30am at the Pine Hill Cemetery 483 N Main St West Bridgewater Ma.'s

In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Donnie name to the
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Condolence & Memory Journal

Joyce & Family, I'm so very sorry to hear about Donnie. He was easy to know and a fun guy. With My Sincere Sympathy and Prayers, Francine Sahlas

Posted by Francine Sahlas - Medford, MA - Friend   November 22, 2020

I am so sorry to hear about Don. He was one of my co-teachers when I first started my teaching career at the North School along with Bill Flanagan and Chris Tarpey. I could not have had a better mentor. We taught together for 10 years. I will always remember his kindness, thoughtfulness and wonderful sense of humor. He touched the lives of so many students and made a memorable and positive difference in their lives. I am so glad I got to see Don at the North School 50th anniversary celebration. RIP, Don, you will be missed. Sending thoughts, prayers and hugs to the family, who he was so proud of and spoke of often. I know heaven has gained another angel. Take care...

Posted by Susan (Moody) Zbinski - Stoughton, MA - Coworker   November 21, 2020

I had the pleasure of student teaching at the North School and although Don was not the teacher I was working with, he helped me so much! I had the pleasure of working recreation with him for many years as well and consider myself lucky to have done so. The one thing I always think of when I think of Don, was his laugh! Thank you Don for all you did for me and for all the kids in Stoughton! Rest in peace.

Posted by Dan Mark - North Easton, MA - Coworker   November 20, 2020

My prayers to Christina and all of her family. I know how very close they were and my heart breaks.

Posted by Nancy Campbell - Rockland, MA - Friend   November 20, 2020


I have known Andrew for several years and I know Donald raised a fine Son. Joyce and Family I am so sorry for your loss. My condolences to all. God Bless

Michael Potorti and Family

Posted by Michael Potorti - Eastchester, NY - Family Friend   November 19, 2020

I extend my sincere condolences to Joyce and the entire family.Don was instrumental in my development as a Recreation Director and as a person. Our years together in the Recreation department were wonderful. I could not have asked for a better mentor and friend. He was all about the kids and the staff. He will be missed.

Posted by John Denison - Coworker   November 19, 2020

So sorry for your loss. Mr. Metcalf was one of my favorite teachers. Has stuck with me since the 6th grade! RIP

Posted by Sandra Hawes - Colchester, CT - Student   November 18, 2020

So sad to learn of this. Was fortunate to have Mr. Metcalf as my teacher in 1988 at the North School. He peaked my interest in politics as he discussed the Presidential Election with me that year and I went on to work at The White House later in life. He always looked to challenge us, bring out the best and can't even count the number of kids he played a vital role in the lives of. Rest In Peace Mr. Metcalf.

Posted by Jeff Gulko - Mount Pleasant, SC - Student   November 18, 2020

Prayers of comfort and condolences are sent to the entire Metcalf family and especially to his twin brother Ronald with Warmest regards:
Clive Ensher- Class of 1960 West Bridgewater, H.S.

Posted by Clive Ensher - Havertown, PA - Classmate   November 18, 2020

So sad to hear about Don's passing, will always remember the many fun years we had teaching together, he was a great co-worker. My sincere condolences to his family , miss you ,God Bless! ❤
Susan and Ralph Hansen , Osterville,Ma.

Posted by Susan & Ralph Hansen - Osterville, MA - Coworker   November 18, 2020

Forever in our minds and hearts...a loving cousin!

Posted by Thalia & Rodney Webb - Newport, ME   November 18, 2020

Sending our sincerest condolences to you Joyce and your family. Don was great friend who made everyone feel welcome. We enjoyed our times in Aruba and listening to Don talk sports and baseball.

Posted by Nick and Margie Lobmeyer - Hampton Bays, NY - Family Friend   November 18, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss. I remember Mr. Metcalf from North Elementary! He was a wonderful gym teacher and always encouraged kids to do their best. He is fondly remembered and sadly missed.

Posted by Jennifer Doughty (Logan) - Braintree, MA - Student   November 18, 2020

Frank and I are so very sorry for your loss. We always enjoyed socializing with Joyce and him at Christina's parties, They were always a fun loving couple who always had a zest for life.
God bless all of you.
Jaye & Frank Wilson, Milton, MA

Posted by Janice Wilson - Milton, MA - Family   November 18, 2020

As a former classmate of Donnie, class of '60 WBHS, I am saddened to hear of his passing. My best wishes to his family....Sheila (Sinkevich) Johnson

Posted by Sheila (Sinkevich) Johnson - Newburyport, MA - Classmate   November 18, 2020

He was my 6th grade teacher at North School, such a great teacher and person. RIP Mr. Metcalf

Posted by Robert Florio - Student   November 18, 2020

Mr. Metcalf was the best teacher I ever had. He made a huge difference in my life. I wish I had a chance to run into him after I was grown to tell him. I am very sorry for your loss.

Posted by Wendy Sousa - Raynham, MA - Student   November 18, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss. I know it has been difficult recently and this is not how it should have ended. May you all feel the love of family and friends as you grieve this tragic loss.

Posted by Sue Somers - ROCKLAND, MA   November 18, 2020

Love you Uncle Donnie. Love too too Aunt Joyce. Sending Virtual Hugs to all my Cousins and their Kids. What a Great Guy, personable, funny, a great family man and husband. As the oldest nephew I remember their wedding, good times on seventeenth street in Onset, many family reunions, Pat's games and lot's of great times. Miss you so much.

Love Ricky

Posted by Rick Nelson - Gulford, NH - Family   November 18, 2020

Aruba won't be the same without you, Don! We will misd you so much!

Posted by Linda Hake - Armonk, NY - Friend   November 17, 2020

With deepest sympathy on the loss Donnie. I will always remember the good times we shared.

Posted by Carol McSweeney - Rockland, MA - friend   November 17, 2020

Christina and family, so sorry for your loss. Hugs to you all.

Posted by Debbie DeLong - Rockland, MA - Friend   November 17, 2020

Although I never had the pleasure of actually knowing you, I do know your family. Amazing and loving and my thought and prayers and love is extended to all ❤

Posted by Katharine Turner - West Bridgewater, MA - Family Friend   November 17, 2020

So sorry to hear of Donnie's passing. I have many fond memories of church life with all of the Metcalf's. God Bless you all. Love you, Ruth Ann Metcalf.

Posted by Ruth Ann Metcalf - Sandwich, MA - Family Friend   November 17, 2020

Such an amazing man. He taught me so much and I am so blessed to have got to work with him and be his friend. Rest in peace Don!!! YOU are so missed. Much love,
Tom and Kendra Murphy

Posted by kendra murphy - Bridgewater, MA - Coworker   November 17, 2020

So sorry to hear of Don's passing.
Bev and Bruce

Posted by Beverly Strathdee - Rockland, MA - Family Friend   November 17, 2020

We send our love and sympathy. I learned things about Donnie from reading the obituary! We wish we could join the family for the interment, but present conditions cause us to remain in place. We will try to visit the grave site when we can make a trip "home." Love,
Barbara and Bruce

Posted by Barbara Lehman - Falls Church, VA - Family   November 17, 2020

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