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Don Osborne (1943-2013)

Donald H. Osborne, Jr., 70, of Rye, died Sunday, September 8, 2013 at his home surrounded by loving family.

He was born in Glen Ridge, NJ, March 11, 1943, the son of the late Donald Harrison and Doris (Hawkey) Osborne.

Don was raised in Verona, NJ and was a 1961 graduate of Verona High School. He went on to earn his bachelor's degree from the University of Pittsburgh. After college, Don entered the U.S. Navy, earned his Naval Aviator Wings, and flew the P-3C Orion aircraft. He left the Navy and flew for Delta Airlines for the next 28 years. He and his college sweetheart and wife of over 46 years, Sandra (Sirms) Osborne, moved to Rye from New Castle in 1975. In Rye, Don was an active member of the Rye Lions Club, a volunteer for the Rye Senior Serve organization and was a board member of the Beach Club. He also served on the board of The Housing Partnership in Portsmouth and was a past president of the North Country Region of the Porsche Club of America.

Don was also a active member of the TYP356ne Porsche Club. Don was the 31st member to join the club which was founded in 1998. He served on the Board of Directors and was a Tourmiester for over 180 members. Don was an accomplished woodworker and photographer; many of his beautiful photographs were displayed and sold at local galleries.

Always generous, loyal and giving, Don volunteered his time willingly to help those in need. He had a great sense of humor, connected easily with people and made many friends. He loved his family and spending time with them was the most important part of his life. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.

In addition to his wife Sandra of Rye, Don is survived by his sons, Jeffrey Osborne and his partner Kenneth Mayers of Boston, MA and Kevin Osborne and his wife Jennica of North Berwick, ME; his sister Sharon Lee Osborne of Union, ME; his granddaughters, Katherine and Elizabeth Osborne, and his golden retriever Elke. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.