Donald H. Lyons


Donald H. Lyons, 94, of West Tisbury, died at his home on August 24, 2021. He was the husband of Joan L. Merry.

A funeral service for Donald will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 1, at 5 pm at the Grange Hall in West Tisbury.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Donald’s memory can be made to Grace Episcopal Church Mission and Outreach, P.O. Box 1197, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568.

The story of Don will be told at a later date.

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  1. I had the pleasure of appearing with Don in many plays in the 80s and 90s—such vivid memories. My condolences to Joan and his family. I like to think he is tossing script lines back and forth with Lee Fierro right now with his singular aplomb.

  2. One of my favorite sayings I heard Don repeat when we both worked at the Times: “Taking a nap is never a waste of time.” It’s good advice.

    • John, I recollect when Don and I both worked there, he sitting just behind me. We tossed around the idea of co-opting the sofas upstairs for afternoon naps after a “certain age.” As I remember, Doug Cabral didn’t object, but somehow it didn’t happen. He was right, a nap is never a waste of time. Good on you to figure that out! BTW, he was a treat to stage manage. I loved working the plays with him in them. We also had many discussions about God when work was slack at the Times. All round great guy. We were lucky to know him. Condolences, Joanie.

  3. Don Lyons was a part of my life for many of the twenty-six years that I worked at The Times. Newspapers are exciting places to work. Stuff happens. Don was utterly imperturbable.
    Once, trying to calm some waters, I remarked that it was best to take the cosmic view. “In 10,000 years, nobody will care,” I said.
    Don chimed in. “It doesn’t even take that long,” he said.
    He was a good and kind soul—my sympathies to his devoted wife, Joanie.

  4. Don and I composed many write ups of my varsity lacrosse team’s successes. He was just the best. A great friend, a terrific writer and a huge supporter of Vineyard sports. We will all hold tight to all our great memories of his many talents and all the great contributions he made to our island community.

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