Donald R. Cuss Channing
Donald R. Cuss Channing died peacefully on Thanksgiving Day, 2015 at 6:30 AM attended by me (his wife), our son, Frederick, and a very helpful friend. During the many hours preceding his death, we sang British songs to him, read from the Bible, and looked at old family pictures. He refused to accept that he was dying.
He was born in Rushall, West Midlands, UK on August 19, 1937, the 8th of 10 children.
After coming to the United States to attend MIT in 1961, he stayed in the US, but visited his beloved England and extended family regularly.
After attaining a Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from MIT, he worked for WR Grace Co, as a chemical engineer. Later, after an MBA from Northeastern University, he worked in management, managing chemical engineers. He was called Grace’s bright star for many years; to me he had a glow about him, and I always called him God’s Sunday child.
After retirement, he took up bicycling all around Hillsborough County, NH, belonged to a weekly old movie club, had lunch monthly with his Grace colleagues and lunch weekly with the ROMEO Club (Retired Old Men Eating Out).
Don did not have a mean bone in his body, responding with kindness always. Until the very end, he tried to be helpful; he was always there for me and his son when we needed him and would do almost anything when needed, without being asked, from washing dishes to stacking wood to fairly complex handyman jobs – you name it. Could there possibly be another like him out there?
He became quite spiritually oriented in later life, reading all of Dr. Wayne Dyer’s books, saying he felt very peaceful reading them. He read the same ones repeatedly up to an hour in bed every night. Wayne also died recently in August, 2015, Don’s birthday month. My fantasy is that Don has found Wayne out there and is sitting at the feet of his teacher.
Don leaves behind his wife, Dr. Lynda J. Wells, a natural health counselor, our son Frederick, a former computer analyst, and his 4 remaining siblings, Marian Ryan in Toronto, Nora Wright in Sydney Australia, Arthur Cuss in Upwell England, and Michael Cuss in Brisbane Australia.
A memorial service will be held for him on Feb. 6 at 11 AM at the UnitarianUniversalist Church of South County at Lily Pads in Wakefield, RI. Betty Kornitzer, its former beloved minister, and Father Rob of the Ascension Chruch in Wakefield will preside. Lunch served afterwards in the church lobby.
I may organize another service up here in NH in a couple of months if time and energy allow.