Donald H. Ramsbottom, Community Leader Obituaries

Donald Hunt “Don” Ramsbottom, longtime community leader, died Saturday, July 23 at his home. He is survived by his wife Rohlat (Zaza) Ramsbottom to whom he was married for over 22 years, and his daughter Rojin Ayoubi; his son Scott and his children Nathaniel and Melissa of Little Compton, RI; his son Hunt and his wife Linda and their children Alex and Nicholas of Brentwood, California; his daughter Sara Day Peckham and her husband Geoffrey and their children Lyndsey, Chas and Rigby of North Palm Beach, FL.

He was predeceased by his brothers Bill, Dana and Bob and his sisters, Elaine and Joan.

Born in Fall River on July 31, 1929, son of J. Dana and Barbara (Rooney) Ramsbottom. He was one of six children. He was raised in Fall River Public Schools and spent his summers in Barrington, RI, where he was an active member of the Barrington Yacht Club. An avid sailor, he sailed and raced his Beetle-Cat boat “Flying Fish” for many years.

He graduated from Tabor Academy in Marion, MA, Class of 1947, where he captained the wrestling team, played football and baseball, served on the student council, and participated in many campus activities, including the Robat Club, the Glee Club, the Octet and was Business Manager for the school newspapers.

He graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science in Textile Engineering in 1952. While there, he served as president of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity and was involved in many campus activities, including student council, the ANAK society, Ramblin’ Reck Club, Scabbard & Blade, Koseme Society, Bulldog Society and Phi Si Fraternity.

After graduation, he spent two years in the United States Navy as a contracting officer purchasing evening wear for the Navy and Marine Corps. After being honorably discharged from the Navy, he was hired by RE Smith Printing Co (RESCO) in Fall River where he served as President and CEO for over 25 years. When the company was sold, he was hired as Vice President of BankBoston. At age 62, he was hired to lead the development office at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. He was their primary philanthropic officer for over 20 years. He took full retirement in 2007 at the age of 78.

Donald served as a Hospital Trustee for 43 consecutive years for Truesdale Hospital and was Chairman of the Board of Charlton Memorial Hospital and Southcoast Hospital Group.

He has served as president or chairman of the board of directors of the Fall River Development Corporation, the Fall River Chamber of Commerce, the United Way of Greater Fall River, the Fall River Kiwanis Club, the Fall River Salvation Army Advisory Board, the Quequechan Club, Fall River Regional Task Force, Poppasquash Association and Oakland Farms II Condominium Association in Portsmouth, RI.

He was also a trustee of the Fall River Trust Company, BankBoston, Bristol County, Eastern Edison Company and a trustee of Johnson & Wales University.

He was a member of Rhode Island Country Club, Acoaxet Club, Elephant Rock Beach Club, Ida Lewis Yacht Club, Barrington Yacht Club, UMass Club and Tennis, Rhode Island.

Donald was the recipient of the Fall River Chamber of Commerce’s Outstanding Citizen Award and was named Entrepreneur of the Year by the Charlton College of Business at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth.

He enjoyed skiing, swimming, paddle tennis, golf, sailing and tennis, which he played until he was 90 years old. He sailed his boat MARS from Newport to Florida for several years and was a crew member aboard the sailboat Brigadoon III when they won the Newport to Bermuda Race in 1982. He also sailed America’s Cup American Eagle at 84 with all his children and grandchildren on board.

Don loved his family, attended Patriots football games, played many sports and was an active member of his community.

His funeral will be Thursday, August 4, 2022 at 11 a.m. at Waring-Sullivan Home at Cherry Place, 178 Winter St., Fall River, MA. Parents and friends will be received by his family and one hour before his office from 10 to 11 a.m. The burial will be private. A reception will be held at the Lobster Pot, 119 Hope St., Bristol, RI following the private interment. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Donald H. Ramsbottom Endowment for Students, University of Massachusetts Foundation, 285 Old Westport Road, Dartmouth, MA 02747 or Funeral Service to be streamed live via Facebook For more information

Posted July 31, 2022

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