Donald H. Slaven, 89, of Mashpee, formerly of Needham and Beverly, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family at Brigham and Women Hospital on September 2, 2019. He was the beloved husband of Clare Slaven and son of the late John and Agnes Slaven.
Donald graduated from St. John's Preparatory School in Danvers. He served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. Following his military service he graduated from St. Michaels College in Vermont and ultimately received his Master's Degree from St. John's University on Long Island. He worked as an English Teacher and enjoyed his time as a basketball coach at Brookline High School for over 40 years. He was a former trustee of the Leukemia Society and had an active role in the Special Olympics of Cape Cod. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus and former President of the Mass. Basketball Assoc. Donald was a tremendously avid sports fan, especially basketball and baseball. He was inducted into both the Mass. Basketball H.S. Coaches Hall of Fame and the Brookline H.S. Coaches Hall of Fame.
In addition to his loving wife Clare of 62 years, Donald is survived by four children, Michael Slaven of Berwyn, PA, Diane Bond of Scituate, MA, Kathleen Vesely and husband David of Tyngsboro, MA, Julie Simpson and husband Wayne of Las Vegas, Nevada, 5 grandchildren, Matthew, Jacqueline & Kimberly Bond, Cassandra Smith, Kate Crawford, 2 great grandchildren Michael Reno and Seras Crawford and a great grandchild who is on the way to this world. He was predeceased by his brother and wife Jack and Joanne Slaven. He was a proud and loving uncle to Paul and Richard Slaven, Jane Eddy and Janet Slaven. Donald will be missed by many other extended family members!
A visitation will be held at the Chapman Cole and Gleason Funeral Home, 74 Algonquin Ave. (Rte 151) Mashpee, MA on Sunday, September 8, 2019 from 2:00pm to 5:00pm. A funeral mass will be celebrated at Christ the King Church, 3 Job's Fishing Rd. Mashpee on Monday, September 9, 2019 at 10:00am. Burial will follow in the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne, MA at 11:15am. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude's Place, Memphis, TN 38105.