Donald D. Crimmins abruptly departed this life on February 3, 2021, losing his battle with Covid-19 at age 71. He is survived by his loving wife Meg of 39 years; his brother Bill Crimmins of Katy, TX; his in-laws Stana and Jack Kinkaid of Arlington, VA; and many relatives and friends in Seaford, DE. He was predeceased by his beloved nephew Andrew Crimmins of Houston, TX in 2010. 

Born in Chestertown, MD in 1950, he was raised in Seaford, DE. He attended Pennington Preparatory School and graduated from Tusculum University in 1973. He married Meg Federighi in April of 1981, and they settled in Greenbelt, MD for the next thirty years. 

Don’s curiosity and entrepreneurial drive led to a varied, successful career. He sold commercial security systems for ADT in Baltimore; he started a computer repair business in Gaithersburg (MicroCare, Inc); he managed beach real estate in Ocean City (CARE, Inc); and he sold and repaired mobility equipment in Laurel (Advanced Mobility, Inc).  

Retired in 2012, Don devoted himself to designing his dream house. His vision became a reality in 2017 when he and Meg moved to Whispering Pines. The slower pace of living, the beauty and tranquility of the lake, and the warm embrace of neighbors and new friends exceeded all expectations. A proud owner of two Pontiac muscle cars, he quickly joined the Sandhills Classic Street Rod Association where he found others who shared his passion for classic vehicles.

Always planning for the next outing (a cruise to take, a meal to share, a car show to attend), Don’s enthusiasm drew you into his orbit. His exuberance for life was contagious, and he was great fun to be around. A generous and loyal friend with an infectious laugh, he will be grieved by many. 

Anxious to contribute to his new community, Don volunteered to assist with food distribution at the Carthage Food Pantry. Contributions in his memory may be made at P.O. Box 1481, Carthage, NC 28327.

Meg wishes to express her profound gratitude to the staff at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital for their professionalism, compassion, and tireless efforts to save his life.

The family hopes that a celebration of Don’s life can be held safely at a future date.

Online condolences may be offered at www.PinesFunerals.com.

Fry & Prickett Funeral Home is honored to serve the Crimmins family.

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  1. Don was a great guy and good friend. I will miss him very much. Guys night out will not be the same without my buddy Don. Gone way too soon.

  2. I ll never forget Don ! Great cousen to grow up with!
    Never forget racing through the Delaware s countryside, as teenagers, with Don and Bill ,a case a beer in the backseat, and no tomorrow. It was extremely rare, if ever, to hear a negative word coming from his mouth. He couldn t have have picked a better life s mate than Meg.
    Our heartfelt sorrow for your loss Meg. The world has lost a very special and kind person.
    May he rest in eternal peace.

  3. Don was really a great man and I enjoyed being around him. We have a great loss in our car club, he was so good at getting things done for us.
    My heart felt sympathy goes out to you Meg and all the family. May God bless you and give you comfort in this sad time.

  4. I am very blessed to have known Don these short few years. He was a great contributor and participant in SCSRA and a really good friend. He will be greatly missed

  5. We feel so blessed to have met Don and been able to spend time with him in the last few years. The time spent with Don and Meg was always enjoyable and we looked forward to the next adventure. We’re deeply saddened by his loss and will certainly miss him. We send our love, prayers, and hope for comfort to Meg.

  6. Don was such a happy and loving person. I don’t think we ever saw Don that he wasn’t filling the room with his big spirit and his big laugh. I’ve know Don and Meg for the entirety of my adult life, and both Bill and I were so very fortunate to call him our dear friend. Meg we know this is a huge hole in your life, and we keep you in our prayers. Don’s love will always be with you. Goodbye dear friend, may you Rest In Peace.

    • Don really did fill a room with his personality, exuberance and sense of mischievousness.

      Meg, I’m deeply sorry for your sudden loss.

      Know that you are surrounded by love and prayers and sympathy.

  7. Having learned of Don’s illness brought tears to my eyes, having heard of his death brought pain to my heart.
    Know that I will continue to keep you both in my thoughts and prayers.
    Warmest hugs.

  8. Hearing of Don’s illness brought tears to my eyes, hearing of his passing brought pain to my heart. Know that I will continue to keep you in my thoughts and prayers.
    Warmest hugs.

  9. Don was a dear friend and all around good person. He was an essential member of our classic car club and a born leader. He and Meg helped organize our charity fundraising efforts with their organizational skills. Recently, he joined the volunteer team of the Carthage Food Pantry and immediately you see a fire in his heart for helping people in need. We will miss him dearly and ours hearts and prayers go out to Meg.

    Andy and Angie Scherer

  10. Blessed to have known Don. Many great memories from high school and reunions. Departed this life way too soon. Prayers to Meg and family. Gone but not forgotten.

  11. Don was a great cousin…he was always so happy and full of fun and laughter. He would always greet me with a big smile and hug! There were many years between our ages but that did not matter. The family connection has always been there. Our family (Aunt Marion, Uncle John, David and Katy, CarolSue, myself as well as all our kids) will truly miss Don but we all know that we will meet again someday and his smile will greet us once more. Meg we are so sorry for your loss! What a wonderful couple you made…complimenting each other through many years! I know your loss is huge but please try to remember such wonderful times you shared. We are sending love and prayers your way!

  12. Thanks for the 69 years we’ve been brothers. I was lucky to have you for an older bro. I know you weren’t ready to go. You and Meg should have had more time together. You are and have always been my hero! God’s speed. Love you, man!

  13. Don you lived life to the fullest and left us way to soon. Thanks for the memories. Say hi to everyone up there. Love ya. Meg so so sorry.

  14. This is a beautiful depiction of a life well lived but taken way too soon. Cousin Meg, you and Don’s family are in our thoughts. Praying that your cherished memories and the love of friends and family help you through this trying time.

  15. Don was such a positive force to be around. He was the first boy that I ever slow danced with at Canteen. Boy, did he have the steps! He was also a neighbor and a good friend. Meg, Bill and I send our deepest condolences to you and your family. He will be missed.

    Bill and Pat Hamstead

  16. Meg, you have my deepest sympathies for your sudden loss of your husband. I am a friend of Stana’s and know how important you and Don are to her. She always shared stories with affection, I cannot imagine your feelings faced with this horrible event. May you gain strenth from the love and support around you.

  17. Meg,

    We were stunned and deeply saddened by this news. We offer you much love and prayers during this time.
    We will always remember Don as fun loving and happy and will miss the occasional get togethers we had.

    Mary & Frank Tadle

  18. When we met Don and Meg a few years ago, we had an instant connection. As former Marylanders, we had a lot to share. We frequently reminisced about people and places in our former home state. Our discussions were often about our beloved “Ledo’s Pizza.” The car club will miss Don’s perseverance and enthusiasm. We had many fun times together and grieve the loss of our dear friend and neighbor. Meg will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.

  19. Meg,
    I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. There just are no words. You guys were so easy to meet & be around. I’m just so sorry that the virus came & kept me from getting to know Ken better.

    Please if there’s anything you need, don’t hesitate to ask… even if it’s just someone to talk to or share a meal. I’d be happy to be available any time.

    You’ll be in my thoughts and prayers.

  20. I had the privilege to build their home in Whispering Pines and quickly became friends with Meg & Don. Don was such a happy person. He made you feel good just to be around him. I will deeply miss him. If I needed a boost all I had to do was email or call. Don and Meg were like their classic cars: He was the GTO of her life and she was the Beautiful Firebird of his heart. Meg–We are here for you if you need anything. Our thoughts and prayers are with Meg and family.

  21. Meg
    God bless 🙏 you and your family in this hour of sadness.
    I pray for strength and peace in the days ahead. Don will be missed by us all.

  22. I was so sorry to hear of Don’s passing. Stana told us about Don’s hospitalization and our whole family has been praying for him and Meg. We will continue to do so, sending prayers for peace in this time.

  23. Toi, Aimy, and myself are so sad to hear about Don’s passing. We so much enjoyed having you here at Whispering Woods Cafe’. Our thoughts and prayers are with you dear.

  24. Meg, I am so very sorry for your loss. Many will miss him but when you lose your soulmate, it creates such a void in your life. Prayers for strength in the days to come. I always enjoyed going to the cruise ins & shows and appreciate all the hard work both you & Don put into the car club when you joined. The world will miss his laughter but everyone in heaven will now get to enjoy it. If I can help in any way, please let me know. Everyone is different, but I’ve been trying to maneuver the same path and it helped me when I spoke to others that have dealt with losing their spouse. God bless……Barbara Richardson

  25. Talk about a life well lived. Don certainly brought joy to so many people and to me in particular I always got to experience second hand his love for classic automobiles. Those times we had the opportunity to interact he was always so engaging and welcoming. I know he will be greatly missed.

    Meg, You are in my thoughts and prayers. I will reach out to you soon.

  26. Four years ago the lot next to our home began to come alive and a new house was being built. We couldn’t help but wonder what our new neighbors would be like…we hoped and prayed for good, friendly neighbors. Our prayers were more than answered. Don and Meg were our new neighbors. Not only did we end up with awesome neighbors, they became friends. Don, your contagious laughter and sense of humor are truly missed. Your laughter always made me laugh. Dave will greatly miss your friendship, the happy hours, belly laughs and conversations you shared in a huge way. Meg, we are so saddened by Don’s sudden passing and for the loss of your Don…we are here for you always. Much love and prayers.

  27. Don was truly larger than life, his joy and decency were evident in everything he did. Meg you and Don complemented each other so well, and your love for each other shined. We cannot imagine how much you will miss him, as the Irish say: “If tears could build a stairway and memories make a lane, we would walk right up to heaven and bring you back again”.

  28. We were so saddened by Don’s passing. Meg…please know that you are both in our thoughts and prayers, and we wish you comfort during this time of sorrow.

  29. I am deeply sorry to learn of Don’s passing. Meg, I wish I knew just the right words to help take away some of your sadness. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  30. Meg I am so very sorry for your loss. Prayers to you through this difficult time. I hope the memories of these years you were together are a comfort to you.

  31. Meg,
    We are so sorry to hear of Don’s passing. We can only imagine what you are going through and the incredible sadness you feel in your heart. You are in our thoughts and prayers. God bless you!

  32. I am so very sorry for your loss Ms. Meg…Mr Crimmins was a very nice upbeat gentleman and will be missed by all who have had the pleasure of encountering him. Condolences to you and your family from my family and myself…your in our prayers and positive healing thoughts.

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