FRAMINGHAM – Donald (Don) Briggs, age 82, passed away on Sunday, December 4, 2022, after several years of declining health.
Don was the son of William Briggs and Helen Briggs, and a long-time resident of Framingham, and a member of The Park Street Baptist Church.
Don is survived by his wife, Sandy, of Framingham, his younger brother and best friend, Edwin Briggs, of Cape Porpoise (Kennebunkport), Maine, two daughters, Karen and her companion Mark Finnegan of Medway, MA., and Lauren, and her 3 children, Jaiden, Maia, Makaila, of Easton. Also honoring Don, is nephew Matthew Briggs and Stacey, their children, Patrick, Katie, and Rachel, of Maynard, Massachusetts.
Earlier this year, Don was predeceased by his caring younger brother, Kenneth Briggs, of Surfside Beach, South Carolina.
In his early life, Don was a paper boy in the Waushakum / Hollis Street neighborhood of South Framingham and loved swimming, ice- fishing, and boating on Lake Waushakum.
Later, Don worked at the Dietz Bakery, in Downtown Framingham, and later, in the Framingham Centre area, at The Edgell Grove Cemetery, and Sullivan’s Service, along Route 9
Don was always a big Boston sports fan, having been a season ticket holder for both the Celtics and Patriots. Don and his brothers would often attend Celtics games together at The Boston Garden, and Patriots games at Fenway Park (sitting in the temporary stands against the Green Monster), Harvard Stadium, and Schaeffer Stadium. Don prided himself in having met with both K.C. Jones, and Bill Russell.
Don loved his cars, the type that you now see on the TV auctions: his favorite was his “baby”, a classic1956 Ford two-tone Fairlane, later a 1958 Thunderbird, then a sharp-looking 1965 Corvette.
The Briggs family would take car trips to Canada, and years later, Don would drive up in his own vehicle (the Corvette) to visit the many family members there. Several cousins have sent along their remembrances of Don, and mentioned how much they loved his visits, and what a great guy he was.
After serving proudly in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve, Don worked for many years at the main Post Office on Cochituate Road., retiring several years ago.
He spent the last few years of his life tending to his garden and doing yard work around his home in Saxonville.
The entire Briggs, Stevens, and Bouris families send their best wishes and prayers to Don, as he continues his spiritual journey.