CORKIN, Donald Alan, 71, of Quincy, formerly of Brookline, died on June 17, 2018. He leaves his three siblings, Charles (Bud) Corkin, his wife Mary of St. George, UT, Jane Corkin of Toronto, Canada, and Patricia (Sparky) Kennedy, and her husband Jake Kennedy of Salem, NH. He was the beloved Uncle to Joseph Z. (Zac) Corkin, Damon Corkin and his wife Angela Veliz, Jocelyn Corkin and her husband Peter Mortimer, John (Jake) Corkin and his wife Amber, Averill Corkin, Alyse Kennedy Maybee and her husband Ryerson, Zachary Kennedy and his wife Samantha, Dean Kennedy, and Sean (Chippy) Kennedy. He also leaves behind his adored grandnieces and nephews; Charles (Trey), Colette and Wesley Donald Corkin, Olivia and Stella Corkin, Pia and Xavier (Xavi) Mortimer, Johnny and Charlie Marie Corkin, and Amelia Frances Kennedy.
The second son of the late Joseph Z. Corkin and Frances D. Corkin, Donald grew up in Brookline. He was known for his mastery in backgammon, uncanny ability to remember birth and wedding dates, and his riddles and jokes, which can best be described as enticingly platitudinous. An avid Red Sox fan, Donald famously predicted that the Sox would win the World Series in 2004. Lost to the annals of history is the fact that he predicted their win every year they didn’t. Donald was a fixture at Tony’s Clam Shop on Wollaston Beach in Quincy where he could be seen eating clam rolls with his nieces and nephews, and at Zaftigs Delicatessen in Brookline MA, where he is still lamenting how they changed their potato latke recipe. His phone calls, endless positive energy and love will be greatly missed.
As a young man Donald survived two brain tumor surgeries. He spent his whole life raising awareness and funds for the Brain Tumor Society and could be seen every October at the Boston Brain Tumor Walk. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in his honor to the National Brain Tumor Society, braintumor.org.
Relatives and friends will gather for Donald’s funeral at the Sharon Memorial Park S. Philip Gopen Welcome Center and Chapel on Thursday, June 21, at 10am – 40 Dedham St., Sharon, MA. Shiva will be held on Thursday at 35 Lakeshore Rd., Salem, NH, from 1:00 – 8:00 pm.