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Donald Day



Friday, January 20, 2023 at 1:00 pm

St. Mary's Catholic Church


Donald Day passed away on January 17, 2023 at his home with his family in attendance, he was 92.  Don was born in Hagerstown on September 14, 1930, to Harry Day and Mabel Day née Magaha, attended Saint Mary’s Catholic grade school before graduating from Hagerstown High School in 1948.  He was affectionately called Dopey and played on the varsity baseball team.  
After high school, Mr. Day worked a number of odd jobs around town.  One of those jobs was taking the 1950 US Census where he would meet his future wife Shirley Stahl.  They married in 1954.  Don and Shirley would have 3 sons.  John 1955, Paul 1957 (died 2011), and Tim 1960 (died 2011).
He was a US Marine and served in the Korean War (1951-1953).  When he returned to the States he took advantage of the GI Bill and graduated from the University of Maryland in 1957 with a Bachelor of Science.
Don began working at the General Accountancy Office in 1957 where he would spend his entire professional career.  During his tour at GAO, he attended the National Defense University, The War College (1977-1978) where he met many wonderful colleagues.
Mr. Day retired from GAO after 29 years of service to open Beaver Creek House Bed and Breakfast in Beaver Creek with Shirley.   Don was an active member of Kiwanis International.
Don had a great love of baseball, was an avid Washington Nationals fan, and was thrilled to have coached his 3 sons in youth baseball.
Don and Shirley enjoyed travelling to Europe, Iceland, Australia, and especially to Greensboro, NC (that was a foreign country at the time) to cheer on their beloved Maryland Terps Basketball team.  The Days were also proprietors of the fabulous Dewey Hilton in Dewey Beach, DE where he entertained many family and friends.  Donald is survived by two nephews and many cousins.  
A Funeral Mass with be held at Saint Mary’s Catholic Church, 224 W. Washington St, Hagerstown, MD, on Friday, January 20th.  
In lieu of flowers, consider a donation to Hospice of Washington County, 1710 Underpass Way, Suite 300, Hagerstown, MD 21740. 
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown, MD.
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Guest Book

Oh, Shirley, I am so sorry to hear of Don's passing; unfortunately, it wasn't until after his funeral. I remember how he enjoyed making pies and serving tea to us ladies, at your tea party. Peace be with you.

Carol Alphin
Hagerstown, Maryland

Thank you Shirley for the wonderful memories of great times and friendship at the Dewey Hilton and your beautiful home. Don and you were perfect hosts and laughter prevailed. Also, University of MD. football & basketball games kept us cheering - what happy times they were! Please know you and the family are in my prayers. My love, Arlene Mose

Arlene Mose
Hagerstown , Maryland

Shirley and John, My heartfelt condolences on Don's passing. I always enjoyed when our families got together with wonderful memories of those times all the way back to Greenbelt. May you find peace and smiles in the many memories you hold in your heart. With love, Jeff

Jeff Mose
Pikesville, MD

Don would enthralled us at Kiwanis with stories of his life, I particularly enjoyed the one about the wringer washer he bought for Shirley.

Fred Nugent
Hagerstown, Maryland

The entire office will miss Don! Shirley, our thoughts are with you!

Allan Seidman
Hagerstown , MD

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