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Donald Growdon ‘Don’ Lord, 76, loved to share his passion for the arts

WILLIAMSBURG — It is with great sadness that we write to let you know that Dr. Donald Growdon “Don” Lord, 76, died Friday, Dec. 18, 2020. As you may know, Don had been diagnosed with Lewy body dementia and had recently moved into a memory care facility in Williamsburg. On Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020, Don tested positive for COVID-19.

We are devastated that he is no longer with us but take comfort in knowing that he is now at peace. Don was a wonderful person and a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle.

He was born Jan. 13, 1944, in Sheffield, England. He married the love of his life, Glenys, Aug. 21, 1965. They have two children, Sam and Matt, and six grandchildren, with whom he loved to build cardboard forts, read books, sculpt sand cars and sandcastles, and stump them with difficult riddles.

Don received a PhD in Physics from St. John Cass College, London. He lectured and researched at York University and Salford University and spoke at conferences across Europe and America. In 2007, he and Glenys moved to America to be closer to their grandchildren. Last year, they moved to Williamsburg with Sam, her husband, Mark, and their daughter, Holly.

Don had a passion for the arts that he loved to share. His beautiful watercolor paintings and drawings adorn the walls in homes of his family members and friends. His musical talents included being bandmaster of the 4th Bramhall St. Michaels Scout and Guide Band, playing the guitar and “Fly Me to the Moon” on the piano. Don was a fantastic drummer and played in several different bands and groups over the years.

We will miss him dearly and appreciate all your love and prayers. We will be holding a small memorial service with immediate family.

In lieu of flowers, we are asking anyone who is able, to please make a donation to the Lewy Body Dementia Association.

Share online condolences with the family at Nelsen Funeral Home.

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