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Donald E. Trimmier

July 7, 1947 ~ May 5, 2022 (age 74)

Obituary

 

It is with great sadness, combined with wonderful memories, that we mourn the loss of Donald E. Trimmier, Age 74 of Weymouth MA, formerly of Charlotte, North Carolina. He passed away peacefully on May 5, 2022, after a short illness. He is survived by his loving wife of 47 years Linda F. Trimmier, and was cherished by his mother Susie S. Trimmier, niece Leigh S. Merritt and her husband Ishmail, grandniece Peyton S. Merritt, brother-in-law Brian Frank and wife Lisa and sisters’ in-law Claudia Frank and Gail Snowden. He was predeceased by his father Roscoe Trimmier, Sr. and brother Roscoe, Jr.

Donald excelled in math at West Charlotte Senior High School and considered continuing his math studies during his first year at Howard University, but his plans were interrupted when he was drafted by the army in 1966. He became a Medical Specialist in the US Army Medical Corps and served a year in Vietnam. As one of the “first responders” of the Vietnam War, he and his fellow Medics saved countless lives by providing trauma care on the battlefield. Donald was presented with the Purple Heart Medal, a distinguished military decoration awarded to those who have been wounded in the line of duty. He also received both the Bronze and Silver Stars for Valor.

As a result of his time in the Medical Corps, Donald determined he had a gift and passion for caring for others and decided to pursue a career in the medical field. He earned his Associate Degree in Nursing from St. Mary’s Hospital School of Nursing. During his time at nursing school, he met his wife and lifelong companion, Linda.

He had a long and distinguished 38-year career at Massachusetts Eye and Ear of Mass General Brigham, serving in several capacities including Clinical Co-Ordinator-Minor Surgery Department. He also was an Instructor, First Assistants Program for Cataract Surgery. His devotion to the mission of Mass Eye and Ear saw him travel to India with the surgical team to perform cataract surgery for patients who did not have access to medical care. Donald was a member of the Association of Operating Room Nurses, American Society of Ophthalmic Nurses and the Society of Otorhinolaryngology and Head and Neck Nurses, Inc.

Colleagues remember his on-the-job kindness, warmth, and humor. Donald touched the lives of those around him and will be deeply missed by all. A memorial service will be held by the family at a later date.

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