Donald E. Ayer


Donald E. Ayer

Death 18 Jan 2009 (aged 60)
Cornish City, Sullivan County, New Hampshire, USA
Burial Cornish City, Sullivan County, New Hampshire, USA
Memorial ID 101902678 View Source

Donald E. "Donnie" Ayer of Cornish, NH died peacefully at his home on January 18, 2009 surrounded by his loving family and dogs Mickey and Smoke. Donnie was born on April 3, 1948 in Claremont, the son of Percy "Elmer" and Louise "Dolly" (Simms) Ayer.

He is survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Jennifer (Jones), who he married on January 21, 1967, children Philip Ayer and daughter-in-law Georgiana of Radcliff, Kentucky and Michelle Lavigne and son-in-law Jeff of Claremont; grandchildren include Craig and Cassandra Lavigne and Zachary and Joshua Ayer. He is also survived by his brother, Larry Ayer of Ascutney, VT and his sister, Jane Companion of Claremont.

He was employed by Gray Brothers Builders of Windsor, VT, working as a carpenter until June 2008. He also held numerous other jobs throughout his life, including the State of New Hampshire Highway Department, Sturm-Ruger, LeBlanc Drywall and owned a small drywall business, Ayer drywall for many years.

Donnie was predeceased by his mother, Dolly on November 23, 1990, his father, Elmer on February 7, 2006, and a brother, Thomas Goyette, on September 6, 2005.

Donnie was a member of the John P. Larkin Country Club in Windsor, VT and a former long-standing member of the Loyal Order of Moose, Club 1203 in Claremont.

He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, and was an avid fan of NASCAR. He spent 20 years racing stock cars at tracks throughout New England, winning three track championships at Claremont Speedway. Donnie was known as "Dynamite Donnie Ayer" and for being one of the local "groundpounders" of modified racing. Donnie had his weekly race rituals and would always give the peace sign to his kids and fans as he drove onto the track for each race. He ended his racing career in 1988 to spend more time with family and friends and in turn became an avid golf player.

A graveside committal service will be held May 23rd in the Comings Cemetery in Cornish, NH.

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  • Created by: Ginny Gage
  • Added: 8 Dec 2012
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 101902678
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Donald E. Ayer (13 Apr 1948–18 Jan 2009), Find a Grave Memorial ID 101902678, citing Comings Cemetery, Cornish City, Sullivan County, New Hampshire, USA ; Maintained by Ginny Gage (contributor 47155589) .