Lin Damon, of Wellesley and West Harwich, MA, passed away unexpectedly, in her sleep, at her family home at Cape Cod on April 29, 2020. She was the beloved daughter of Renny and Dottie Damon and sister to Nat Damon (and Ric) of Los Angeles, CA, Jamie Damon (and Jenny) of Lafayette, CA and Waitsfield, VT, and Tim Damon (and Amy) of Milwaukee, WI. Lin adored her five nieces, Elizabeth, Darcy, Macy, Janie and Katie. She loved her Uncles and Aunts and was the eldest of 18 first cousins.
Lin’s life was happy and full. She was blessed by loving special educators who helped her mature to her highest level of independence. Her parents believed in the value of a learning environment with peers of varied abilities, so that she could help and be helped in her friendships. Lin graduated from the Braintree - St. Coletta Day School in 1991; that day was a proud moment for her family. Upon turning 22, she then moved to the Charles River Center’s Day Program in Needham, MA, where she participated, for nearly 30 years, in life skills learning and community volunteerism in staff-supported groups. Among her favorite volunteer jobs were Newton-Wellesley Hospital, Shopping for Seniors, and working with Buddy Dogs.
Lin loved to travel; her favorite trips were those which involved seeing her brothers.
The family home on Herring River in West Harwich was a happy place where she enjoyed time with her brothers and watching her nieces play. Her 50th birthday was celebrated on August 10, 2019, with family and dear friends. Lin loved church and was a member of Wellesley (Village) Congregational Church. She had a strong attachment to the peaceful environment and familiar hymns. For over 25 years, Lin enjoyed inclusion with a special group which practiced monthly “Faith and Light” meetings based on candlelight, prayer and a shared meal.
Lin lived with her parents during most her life until the opportunity for group home living arose. She happily transitioned to her new life away from home under the superb management of Pathway to Possible and its dedicated, loving staff who cared for housemates of varied abilities and ages. Lin was a born helper. Despite her own lifetime need for assistance in the activities of daily living, she possessed a true understanding of the feelings of others. Because of her kindness, she always had friends who wanted to be in her company.
A memorial celebration of Lin’s life will be held at a time when family and friends can once again safely attend church.
In lieu of flowers, in this time of great need, kindly send donations in Lin’s memory to a charity of your own choosing.