Donald Alfred Binette, 75, of Miami died May 25, 2010 after a period of failing health.
Mr. Binette was born on Dec. 26, 1934 in Exeter, N.H. to the late Joseph and Lea Cote Binette. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Lorraine Binette. He had lived in Miami the past 12 years, moving here from New Hampshire.
In 1950, at age 17, Donald joined the United States Marine Corps Reserves and remained until 1954. He then joined the United States Marine Corps, where he served his country honorable and retired after 20 years service.
Donald loved to bake and after retiring was able to fulfill his dream of owning and operating a bakery in Rochester, N.H. for several years. In 1983 Donald joined the Military Sealift Command (MSC) and enjoyed working and traveling worldwide aboard the U.S.S. Vangaurd, retiring in 1996.
He was a member of the Franco-Americas Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion and a member of St. Leo's Catholic Church, Gonic, N.H.
Mr. Binette is survived by six children: Roger, Denise, Nola, Adele, Danny and David and several grandchildren. He is also survived by one brother, Roland Binette, two sisters, Irene Turner and Annette Gagnon, and his special friend Sara Owens.
Donald will be remembered by his generosity of spiritedness, sense of humor, patience and his willingness to help others in need. Also, his love for his animals, Bud, Lizzie, Samantha an Cosmos was known by all.
Memorial contributions may be made to Miami Alliance Pet Adoption Center, in care of Paul Thomas Funeral Home.
He was cremated and final interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery will full military rites at a later date. A funeral mass will be held at St. Mary's Church, Rochester, N.H. at a later date.