Dorothy Linfield (Lin) Damon

1969 ∼ 2020

Nat Damon of Los Angeles, CA wrote:

My sister personified unconditional love. She was non-judgmental. She was deeply faithful and trusting in our better angels. That said, Lin also had a wicked wit and a keen sense of how to razz me with a twinkle in her eye and a mischievous grin. She was human, after all! Lin lived a deeply meaningful and experiential life thanks to my parents and brothers, who shaped her every day of her earthly life. I will carry my sister's benevolent spirit in me, as will everyone who had the privilege to know her.

Lisa Markham of Santa Barbara, Ca. wrote:

I think of Linny and the kind, sweet and warm person she was. I think of her smile and welcome to me when I came to visit her at the Cape. Love, Lisa

Derry Henderson of San Francisco wrote:

What a beautiful remembrance of your wonderful daughter! It captured her kindness, specialness, and love for everyone fortunate enough to know her. Thank you for sharing her again and at this time. With much love, Derry

Stephen Bartlett of New York, NY wrote:

I’m blessed to have known Lin even just so briefly. She was blessed to be a Damon. One of the kindest overall families I know. May their collective kind spirit and including Lin’s spread to help others realize what’s really important in this world. I hope Lin is living it up in the next one!” Much Love, The Bartletts

Lorraine Butler of Derry New Hampshire wrote:

I don't know you I'm so sorry to hear about your daughter passing she is now resting in peace may god be with you and your family you are all in my prays always remember the good times you had with her

Thomas R. Jackson of Westwood wrote:

What a beautiful obituary for a beautiful individual who was taken care of by loving and dedicated parents! Lin was always part of our conversations when together and talking about our children over the last 25+ years. Both of you made the most of and for your beloved daughter's life.

Macy McGinness of Santa Barbara wrote:

As one of the four ‘girl’ cousins in the family, I spent many happy times with Lin growing up and have wonderful memories of her that will stay with me forever - like the sleepovers at Granny and GranPops house and festive holiday gatherings. Lin was magical - kind, inquisitive, thoughtful and such a gift of inspiration and love. I will miss Lin dearly, and though I wish I could have another hug with her, I feel comforted knowing she’s at peace. Please know Mac, the kids and I are sending love and prayers to the Damons at this time. We are celebrating Lin’s life and legacy out here in CA and hope to do so in person with you all in the near future.

Laura Macdonald Hanna of Chatham MA wrote:

Lin was our neighbor growing up and she was always joyful and happy - full of life as her well written story describes. Sorry to hear you have lost her. I have shared this with my siblings, Marsha and David. With love and fond memories, Laura

Lisa Baragwanath of Quincy,Ma. wrote:

Dottie Rennie and Family- please accept my most sincere condolences. Lin was a true gem. I’ll treasure all of our days with the original Cross St. Gang and time spent with Lin after. Words can’t express how sorry I am for your unthinkable loss. Lin will be missed by all that knew and loved her. You all will be in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.


I was thrilled to see the sweet smile of Lin in the paper, until I realized why it was there. I am so very very sorry to appreciate your loss!! You both provided the wonderful life she is smiling about and allowed her to thrive in your love. Horrible to lose your only daughter. I send my deepest respect to your family for what you gave to her and thereby to all of us. It will be along time to heal from such a devastating loss. My heart is with you!

william taylor of Gloucester, Ma. wrote:

Dottie & Renny….Thinking of you two during this difficult time. Keep the wind at your backs and steady on. Regards, Wm.

bob Thomason wrote:

I never met Lin, but I felt that I knew her because every time I spoke with Renny, he would talk about her. My sincere condolences to the whole family. Bob Thomason Harwichport

Susan Sidel of Chestnut Hill, MA wrote:

From probably 30 years ago, I remember frequenting your print shop on Linden street and seeing smiling Lin. I very much admired you as a family, your good cheer, helpfulness and kindnesses. Sending condolences.

Richard Kelly of Braintree, MA wrote:

Dear Renny, Dottie, and Family, I am so sorry to see Lin’s obituary. I have such fond memories of Lin and you from our days together at St. Coletta’s. She was such a pleasant and kind person and I know that her joy was rooted in her family. My thoughts and prayers are with you, and may you continue life with your loving thoughts of Lin always.

Marsha Macdonald Wiktorski of Fair Haven wrote:

I'm very sorry to hear about Lin's passing. I remember her gentle spirit as a young girl in Wellesley, gleefully playing with her brothers. I am very sorry for your loss. Know she will always be with you. xo Marsha

Rachel Donaldson of Newton wrote:

I was deeply saddened to hear that Lin passed away! I knew her from Pathway 2Possible. I am a case manager at Orchard Ave for her friends there: the “three amigos”. I would see Lin at their many activities and drive her when they car pooled to them. I always enjoyed her company and was so impressed by her sweet and gentle nature! I will miss seeing her very much! I hope it brings some comfort to know how much she was liked. I never heard one complaint or negative word said about her in my four years at NWW. Best wishes, Rachel Donaldson

Mary Beth Lean of Grand Island, NY wrote:

Thinking of you with love & deepest sympathy as I read about your daughter, Lin. There seems to be such triumph amidst the tragedy of losing her.

Karen Peirce of Newton MA wrote:

To Lin's Family, On behalf of Newton Athletes Unlimited I would like to express our condolences. We were saddened to hear of Lin's passing. She participated in many of the Newton Parks and Recreation/Athletes Unlimited programs. She especially liked track, zumba & yoga as well as the parties. She was truly a gem, always smiling always wanting to join in the fun. We are so glad she became part of the AU family these past few years. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Karen Peirce

Janet Burns of Philadelphia, PA wrote:

Dottie & Renny, I don't know if you'll remember me but I was a mother helper with you when Lin was about 3 years old & Nat about 15 months old. I've never forgotten my wonderful summer (and winter vacation time) with you all. I cherish my memories of Lin and send my best wishes to you at this difficult time.

The Batchelor Family of Cohasset MA wrote:

Lin was Kristina’s friend for many years. We remember her as a beautiful human being - the kindest person, a warm smile and sparkle in her eyes, and a great sense of humor. Lin was blessed to be part of the most wonderful family. Kristina has fond memories of their dances at the ARC, as well as the Snowball Dance and Coffee House at Natick Recreation. Lin always looked most beautiful, dressed for the occasion. We will miss her very much. Dottie and Renny, we have no words other than to express our deepest sympathy.

Mark and Kathy Kelleher of W. Harwich wrote:

Ren and Dotty: So sorry to read of Lin's passing. Probably saw her many times on your Cat or Zodiac. Hope to see you soon. Mark and Kathy Cat boat owners in river.

Claudia Quinn of Weston wrote:

I met Lin through my daughter, Allison, who had just moved into Coyne Rd. House with the Pathway2Possible program just in September 2019. I was very impressed with Lin, who was very outgoing to Allison and I. She talked about her house on Cape Cod, where where Allison had just moved from and our family spends time there also. Lin was very helpful to Allison and they seemed to enjoy a lot of the same activities offered in the community. You are lucky to have Lin as a daughter. I will remember her lovely smiling face.

Victoria Barstow of Ashland wrote:

Lin was a shy and charming 7 year old when I met her through volunteering in her classroom. We became fast friends as she helped me get my degree at Wellesley! I loved working, playing and laughing with her. In the decades since then I have treasured each visit with Lin -- seeing her joy with her adult friends at a birthday celebration, hearing her happiness and sense of purpose as she described work, visiting the West Harwich home and feeling her contentment with life. (I also loved that I could still evoke giggles with a silly statement or memory.) I can only imagine how much she must have loved being an Auntie! My heart is with you all as you bear this huge loss. Lin was a very, very special being, and her spirit will live on in all of us who knew her. I feel blessed to have had her as such a special part of my life.

Susan McGee Bailey of MA wrote:

Dear Damons, I burst into tears seeing the unexpected photo of Lin in the Wellesley Townsman last night. I have so many lovely memories of her over the years that she and Amy were so often part of various activities. Amy was invariably excited to see Lin---on the street in Wellesley or in any of a number of unexpected places year after year. The last time I recall clearly was a a few years ago when they both spotted each other at about the same time and ran toward each other on Central Street. My heart breaks thinking of your loss and knowing that words are of little use in the midst of such grief---grief further complicated by these unprecedented times we are confronting. I send my deepest condolences with love and hopes that knowing how very many people knew, appreciated, and loved Lin is of some small solace. Some day I hope to be able to express my sympathies in person. In the meantime am holding you in my heart. As ever, Susan