Donald M. Walker was called Home peacefully on January 19, 2021.

He began his extraordinary life in Woodstown, NJ, where he grew up with his seven siblings Earl, Harry, Emerson, Paul, Ivy, Marion and Phoebe. After graduating from Woodstown High, Don attended Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science. It was there, as he was en route to classes, that he met his future wife, Therese Tulskie, from Springfield, PA.

Before graduation, Don attempted to enlist in the Air Corps, but his color blindness precluded him from joining. He then enlisted in the Navy, choosing bomb disposal as his path. This decision led him to become part of the
Navy Underwater Demolition Team – first as a member of UDT 4 and then as
Executive Officer of UDT 13. He was an original Frogman - the precursor to today’s Navy Seals. Because of his history, those in the SEAL community that he has met, have affectionately dubbed him “Papa Frog”.

Don saw action in the Pacific Theater – Saipan, Guam, Peleliu (USS Noa), in 1944, followed by Iwo Jima (USS Barr) in February 1945 and finally Okinawa in March of 1945. Don was awarded the Silver Star for his service at Iwo Jima where he witnessed the raising of the American flag. He left the Navy but remained an active UDT reservist and non-active reservist in the Naval Reserve for 15 years. He was honorably discharged in 1959 with the rank of Lieutenant Commander.

Don married his beloved Therese in 1946, and they so enjoyed raising their two sons, Don and John. They were married for 54 years before Therese’s passing. Don first worked for Eli Lilly & Company. After leaving Eli Lilly, he established a partnership in Heverly-Walker Pharmacy in Haddonfield, NJ where he worked for 20 years. He was so respected that his customers dubbed him “Doctor”.

In 1962, the family moved to Cherry Hill, NJ where the family enjoyed many happy years. Don had a lifelong allegiance for the Navy. He volunteered with the renovation of the Battleship New Jersey for 10 years, where he received a Volunteer Service Medal from the state.

Donald married Phyllis Miller in 2005. The couple moved to Plymouth, Massachusetts in 2015 and lived happily at Laurelwood at the Pinehills. There he enjoyed many activities - fishing, shooting pool, cornhole and attending Veteran gatherings, and of course, watching the Army-Navy game. With a sparkle in his eye, his numerous one liners will be remembered by many and his good humor kept everyone smiling. He was kind, never to offend.

Always humble, this gentleman truly represented those of the Greatest Generation. When praised for his heroism, he would reply, “I did what I had to do. It was an honor and a privilege to serve my country.”

Don was predeceased by his wife, Therese, and 6 brothers and sisters. He is survived by his wife, Phyllis of Plymouth, MA, his sister Phoebe of Monroeville, NJ; his son John (Susan) of Fairfield, CT, his son Donald (Sue) of Yarmouthport, MA; Pop Pop’s three granddaughters, Kristin Baker (Matthew) of Boston, Michelle Ronan (Kyle) of Medfield, MA and Elizabeth Jones (Brendan) of Fairfield, CT; his 3 great grandsons – Julian, Louis, and Wesley; numerous nieces and nephews and great nieces and great nephews. All brought him such joy.
He will be missed by all his family and friends to whom he brought even greater joy.

A private Mass for immediate family will be celebrated
at St. Bonaventure in Plymouth, MA,
on January 29. This Mass will be available for viewing
on January 30 on the Cartmell-Davis website.

A Celebration of Life is being planned
for Arlington National Cemetery
in the summer.

Memorial donations may be made to the Gary Sinise Foundation
(Please add the Walker home address in the Message To Recipient box)

Kathy Cartmell-Sirrico

Funeral Director

Kathy has been a lifelong resident of Plymouth and grew up in the funeral business. After graduating from Plymouth Carver High in 1974, she earned her Funeral Director’s license at the New England Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences. After her father’s retirement in 1985, Kathy took over his business. She was selected by the Governor of Massachusetts to serve on the State Division of Professional Licensure under the board of Funeral Directing and Embalming for several years which included a position as Chairman. Kathy also served on CURA Visiting Nurses, Cranberry Hospice, and Plymouth Public Library as a board member. Kathy also served on committees for St. Mary Parish in Plymouth. She was the first woman President for the Plymouth Kiwanis. In addition, she also was deployed to St. Charles Parish and New Orleans as a Mortuary Officer for DMORT (Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team) following the events of Hurricane Katrina. Kathy is the proud mother of twins and grandmother of two. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends, family and her dog Morticia.

Paul Santos

Funeral Director

Paul has been a Plymouth native his entire life. He graduated from Plymouth-Carver Regional High School Class of 1971. He attended Massasoit Community College and received a degree in Business Administration. Paul had an interest in the Funeral Industry and decided to attend the New England Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences. He received his funeral directing license in 1975. Paul apprenticed with a local funeral home from 1974-1976. His career took another turn where he became a Sergeant for the Massachusetts Department of Correction. Paul has been retired for the past few years and has rejoined the funeral industry here at Cartmell-Davis. He is a Communicant of St Joseph Church in Kingston as well as a Eucharist Minster. Paul served on the Plymouth Board of Health for eight years where he also served as Chairman for two of those years. Paul is active in the community and is a member of the American Legion Post 40 SAL Squadron, Past Vice President for the Unity Club and is also a member of the Seaside Club, the Hill Top Club, the Columbo Club, the Young America Club. Paul is also a 3rd Degree Knight with the Knights of Columbus Council #4480 in Kingston, MA.

Seth Silveira

Funeral Director

Seth has been working with Cartmell-Davis since 2018 and is a recent graduate of Cape Cod Community College, earning his degree in Mortuary Science. A strong sense of service to the elderly and disabled person, he has advocated for their independent living and safe homes prior to joining the funeral home. Seth is a graduate of UMass Dartmouth, Charlton School of Business. In his spare time, Seth enjoys golf, playing the guitar and volunteering as a youth baseball umpire.

Heidie L. Grant

Funeral Director, Licensed Insurance Agent, Certified Funeral Celebrant

Heidie (Lawrence) Grant has worked in the funeral service business for over twenty-five years. She enjoys working with a dedicated, caring and generous staff of people who believe that assisting families during their difficult time is top priority. She believes in meeting and exceeding all expectations throughout the entire funeral planning process and doing whatever possible to make it easier for the family.

Mary Aveni

Funeral Director, Certified Funeral Celebrant

Mary is happy to be back home in Plymouth after living and working on the North Shore of Boston in a well-known funeral home for the past 30 years. Mary attended Plymouth-Carver High School Class of 1980. Following graduation, she attended the New England Institute for Applied Arts and Sciences where she earned her degree in Funeral Service. She joined the Cartmell-Davis team in 2017 and has reacquainted with the community, family and friends. Mary knew her pathway at a young age. Her desire to help people with compassion, comfort and respect has guided her love for funeral service. Mary was asked by NFDA (National Funeral Directors Association) to offer her assistance immediately following the events of September 11th, 2001. Mary worked diligently with DNA Specialists and Families helping them through a horrific time in our nation’s history. Mary is one of four siblings and has 2 nephews. Mary is a proud member of the Plymouth Arts Center. On time off, Mary relaxes by the sand or surf but is always up for listening to music, taking in an art show or seeing a play and spending time with friends and family.

Daniel R. Holland

Care Center Manager, Funeral Director

Dan is a proud graduate of Plymouth North High School Class of 2000. His desire to work with families and the community lead him to attend the Funeral Institute of the Northeast upon his graduation. As a former Mortuary Officer with DMORT (Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team), he has helped families find closure in the worst times such as Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and the Continental Flight 3407 disaster in Buffalo, NY. Dan has been recognized as the top “40 under 40” by the Cape & Plymouth Business Magazine (2017). Always willing to learn, Dan is busy attending classes and seminars to better serve the funeral profession and families. Actively involved in the Lions Club (Past President), you can find him out with his dog Harper, or working on his home with his husband Chris.

Kenneth Dooley

Chief Financial Officer

Kenneth began his career in International Banking in New York City. After 25 years, he decided to start a new career as a business owner in Key West. After 20 years in the event business Kenneth and his husband Peter decided to sell their business. As a recent transplant to Plymouth, Kenneth has joined us in his new position as CFO. Kenneth brings to the table 40 years of accounting and business expertise to our family business focusing on the day to day financial operations.

Jeffrey D. LaForest

Funeral Assistant, After Care Coordinator, Vice President / Owner

Jeff has been part of the Cartmell-Davis family his entire life as cousin to Kathy Cartmell Sirrico. Experienced as a funeral apprentice, he lends a hand, offers an ear to listen and guides survivors to celebrating a life in his work as After Care Coordinator. Jeff believes that “each family grieves differently; no family grieves the same”. Jeff is a former Flight Attendant/Recruiter who retired after a 30 year career with American Airlines. Pairing his knowledge of both the funeral and airline industry, he compassionately cared for the crew members families that lost a loved one following the tragic events of September 11th, 2001. In addition, Jeff is a former Mortuary Officer of DMORT (Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team) and was deployed to New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina where he assisted in recovery efforts. He is a cantor/soloist for St. Bonaventure Parish in Plymouth. Jeff is a proud Uncle to several nieces and nephews, loves spending time with family, friends and his husband John and their two dogs Shelby and M’Lynn.

John J. Vincent, Jr.

Funeral Director and Insurance Agent, President / Owner

A lifelong Plymouth native, John is actively involved in the community with leadership roles with the Lions Club, St. Joseph’s Council #4480, Knights of Columbus, Old Colony Club, Young America Club and the Portuguese Continental Union Lodge #1 Plymouth. Equally, he is dedicated to serving his funeral profession as a member of the Board of Directors for the MA Funeral Directors Association and as a Mortuary Officer with DMORT (Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team) for FEMA. If asked, John would say the most rewarding part of his work is serving families during the most difficult times by listening and helping them through the healing process. He loves being part of a team that shares his compassionate manner and celebratory service. During time off, John loves living in the Pinehills Community with his husband, Jeff, and their two dogs, Shelby and M’Lynn, traveling, the sunshine and spending time with friends.