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Donald Lee.

Donald J. Lee, 65Worcester - Donald J. Lee passed away serenely on January 15, 2015 at home and surrounded by his family, after waging a two-year, well-fought battle against melanoma.Don was born in Worcester, son of the late Donald E. and Ruth B. (Juris) Lee. He attended Our Lady of the Angels grammar school, St. Peter's High School, and South High. He worked for many years as an Ironworker for the J.F. Lee Steel Erecting Company. He feared no height in erecting buildings throughout Massachusetts, and was also a certified welder. He proudly served in the US Army, including one tour of duty in Vietnam. He never asked for thanks or praise for this service; he did what was expected. He later received his BS degree from Nichols College, and spent over 30 years with the Internal Revenue Service, first as a revenue agent and later involved at the national level with data integrity and analysis. He was known throughout the country as a superb analyst with a keen knowledge of tax law. He traveled extensively training others and trouble-shooting problems.Don leaves his wife of 40 years, Janet (Staruk) Lee, who was his high school sweetheart and life companion, and their two daughters, Victoria Staruk Lee and her fiance Robert Auger and Georgeanne Lee-Yarwood and her husband, Christopher. He also leaves his one grandchild, Cecilia Lee Auger, who made him smile like no one else could. Don leaves his siblings Kathy Anderson and her husband, John of San Diego, Jacqueline Lee, John Lee and his wife, Jody, all of Worcester, and Michael Lee and wife Patty of Sturbridge. His sister, Frances E. Warman, predeceased him, and he leaves her husband, Ricky. And finally, but not least, he leaves his loving mother-in-law, Mary Staruk, and all his Staruk brothers-in-law who were his true brothers and friends. He also leaves many nieces and nephews. Don was a good man. This is a statement not made lightly. He was solid, honest, hard-working, and loyal, and he pulled no punches. His intelligence led to his successful career where he was looked upon as the person to go to for getting questions answered and problems solved. He was known for his sharp, quick, sarcastic humor, and he could make you laugh at just about anything. Once you became Don's friend, he kept you in his heart. He loved his family. He loved his home in Sutton, and maintained an impeccably beautiful yard in which he hosted frequent and phenomenal parties. He could fix anything and loved his tools. After his family, his greatest love was sports. It didn't matter too much what kind. He could watch sports 24 hours a day. When "Sports Reporters" was on, it was best to not interrupt. He loved to golf and so enjoyed his annual Linkster weekends, the IRS Golf League, and outings with his friends. He loved his balcony on the Intracoastal in southeast Florida, watching the boats glide by while he sipped on a scotch and smoked his cigars. Happy Hours always began at 5:00 p.m., and it was always 5:00 somewhere!Services for Don will be held on Thursday, January 22. Please meet at 2:00 p.m. at the Gazebo in All Faiths Cemetery in Worcester for a military ceremony and internment. A celebration of his life will follow at Maironis Park on South Quinsigamond Ave in Shrewsbury. Come prepared to share your stories, aloud or in writing u we will say "Goodbye for now" to Don with the kind of party he liked.In lieu of flowers, please honor Don by making a donation to Why Me, 1152 Pleasant St, Worcester, MA 01602 or the UMass Medicine Cancer Walk, 333 South St, Shrewsbury, MA 01545. HENRY-DIRSA FUNERAL HOME is assisting the family with arrangements. Please refer to their website, www.worcesterfuneral.com to leave condolences.Please remember Don by uttering a really sarcastic remark every now and then.
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Publication:Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, MA)
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Date:Jan 18, 2015
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