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Donald (Don) J. Haney, husband, father, grandfather and longtime resident of Ashland, MA passed away peacefully on April 23, 2024 at the age of 91 at his home surrounded by his family after a brief battle with cancer.

Born on September 30, 1932, in Schenectady, NY, he was the son of the late John and Helen (Bolan) Haney.

Don was the loving husband of 65 years to Lorraine Haney (Ciaschini). Don and Lorraine were the well-known owners of Carlo’s Restaurant in Ashland for over 30 years where he could be found cooking and bartending. He also worked at Eaton Financial until his retirement.

Don served his country honorably in the United States Navy from 1952-1956 on the U.S.S. Fred T. Berry (DD/DDE-858) after graduating from Ashland High School in 1952, where he played football for the Clockers.

‘Big Don’, as he was known to many, was loved instantly by everyone that met him. He was kind and friendly and had a playful spirit. He loved his family – especially spending time with his grandchildren and they loved being with him. He was so proud of all of them, faithfully attending their birthday parties, recitals, games, competitions, and graduations through the years – he especially loved his outings to the casino with his grandsons. He spent many years at the family’s summer home on Cape Cod, where he enjoyed playing golf with friends and watching his beloved Red Sox.

In addition to his wife Lorraine, Don is survived by his three children, Donald and his life partner Karen Halzel of Hopkinton, MA, Douglas of Sherborn, MA, and David of Ashland, MA; and his six grandchildren: Taylor & Brayden (Mom – Elaine Haney), Shane & Kendyl (Mom – Kelly O’Donnell-Haney), Westley (Mom – Catherine Weafer), and Madison (Mom – Laura Haney).

Don is predeceased by his sister MaryJane Kilburn (Haney) and her husband Raymond of Shrewsbury and his brother John Haney of Ashland.

The Haney family wishes to extend their gratitude to the three caregivers who Don was fortunate to have the love and support of for the last year, Rosa, Eneida, and Michelle, who treated him like family. They would also like to thank the nurses of Metrowest Hospice, who took care of him in his final days.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his visiting hours at the Norton Funeral Home, 53 Beech St., (Corner of Union Ave.) Framingham on May 3rd, 2024, 9:00 – 10:30 AM, followed by his Funeral mass at 11 AM at Saint Cecilia Church, 54 Esty Street Ashland, MA.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.