Korean War veteran; known for his sense of humor

Published November 14, 2019

ANDOVER — Donald G. Moreira, 87, of Andover, formerly of South Carolina and North Reading, died Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at Wingate of Andover. He was the beloved husband of 55 years to the late Marie “Judy” (Dee) Moreira.

Born in Cambridge on June 16, 1932, he was the son of the late Edmund and Mary (Rego) Moreira. He was raised in Stoneham and was a graduate of Stoneham High School. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean War. He enlisted at age 18 and he served from 1950 to 1953.

Don was a truck driver for many years and was a member of the Teamsters Union. He worked for Jeffrey Chemical in Wilmington and also drove cement trucks in South Carolina. Don was a former member of St. Theresa’s Church in North Reading.

He was known for his sense of humor and coined the phrase “Dad Joke.” Don always had a one-liner; he was quick-witted and had a sunny disposition. He loved working in the yard and planting annuals in the garden in North Reading and South Carolina. Don enjoyed entertaining by the pool and cookouts. He liked cooking on the grill and playing “scat” with his friends.

Family members include his son, Daniel LaMore and his wife Melody of New Market, N.H.; his daughters, Donna Baxter and her husband Gary of North Reading, Darlene Moreira of Ridge, N.Y., Terri Ball and her husband Walter of Manchester, N.H., Kelly Fletcher and her husband Steven of Wilmington, and Dawn Robinson and husband her David “Chuck” Robinson of Methuen; his brother, Robert Moreira and his wife Elizabeth “Betsy” Moreira of Stoneham; his sisters, Jacqueline Pando and her husband Charlie of Ladylake, Florida, and Louise Tarr of Tewksbury as well as 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

His funeral will be held at the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street, North Reading on Thursday, November 14 at 10:30 a.m. Calling hours were held on Wednesday, November 13. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in his memory to the charity of one’s choice. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.croswellfuneralhome.com.