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Obituary... Donald F. Innis



Donald F. Innis of Danvers, Mass., owner and president of Donald F. Innis Inc. Contractors and I & I Realty Trust of Danvers died Friday, October 19 at his home following a lengthy illness. He was 67.

Born in North Andover, Mass., Innis was raised and educated in Danvers and was a longtime resident. He graduated from Holten High School and served in the Army National Guard in the 1950s. He was the owner and president of Donald F. Innis Contractors of Danvers, a contracting and sand and gravel business. He was a member of the Danvers Jaycees, the Danvers Touchdown Club, the Danvers Rotary Club and past president of the former Danvers Chamber of Commerce. Innis was also an honorary member of the Danvers Kiwanis Club for his donation of equipment and materials for the MedFlight Helipad at the Hunt Memorial Hospital.

With his daughter Cheryl Innis, they established an American Saddlebred show facility what is now known as Somersdream in Somers, Conn. The Innis family enjoyed great success with such horses as All-American Boy, Linda French, Knolland’s Rock Creek, and Tangled Up In Blue, among others.

Mr. Innis is survived by his wife, Virginia (Wendell); a son, Donald F. III; a daughter, Cheryl Innis; his mother, Elizabeth; two aunts; two grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

A funeral Mass was celebrated Monday, October 22, at St. Mary of the Annunciation Church in Danvers. Burial followed in Wadsworth Cemetery.

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