Charles Donald “Don” English of Trappe, Maryland, passed away on November 13, 2022, at UMSMC at Easton. He was born in Easton, Maryland, on September 25, 1941, to Eloise Hastings and Earl English. He was a 1959 graduate of Caroline High School in Denton, Maryland.
He joined the United States Marine Corps in 1960, serving active duty until 1964 and as a reservist until 1966. While on active duty, he served as part of the blockade of Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. For over forty years, he worked as a pressman at Western Publishing Company in Cambridge, Maryland.
He served more than 53 years with the Trappe Volunteer Fire Department, holding nearly every line/administrative officer position. He was inducted into the Firefighters Hall of Fame by the Eastern Shore Volunteer Firefighter’s Association in 1996, the Talbot County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association in 2006, and the State of Maryland in 2008. He served two terms on the Trappe Town Council and as a volunteer Zoning Administrator until 2010.
He married the former Margaret Milligan in 1963, and together they had three children, Donna Palmer (Jack) of Westover, Maryland, Denise Travers (Randy) of Trappe, Maryland, and Scott English (Kendra) of Bellefonte, Pennsylvania. He also leaves behind Fred and Dottie McCracken and their sons, Danny and Craig, who were part of his extended family.
He is also survived by five grandchildren, Ashlie Marshall (Micah), Jason McDermott (Mandi), Seth English, Colin English, and Tess English. Also, he leaves his cherished great-grandchildren Gracie, Gage, Gabbie Marshall, and Bryson McDermott and two step-great-grandchildren, Caleb and Brody Marshall.
Funeral services will be held at the Trappe Volunteer Fire Department on Tuesday, November 22, 2022, beginning at 1 pm. Friends and guests may visit the family an hour before at the TVFD. Following the funeral services, there will be an internment at White Marsh Cemetery in Trappe, Maryland.
Donations may be made to the Trappe Volunteer Fire Company, PO Box 86, Trappe, MD 21673, or Easton Veterans of Foreign War Post 5118, 355 Glebe Road, Easton, MD 21601.
Trappe Volunteer Fire Company
P.O. Box 86, Trappe MD 21673