Donald A. Poisson passed away on January 20, 2023, after a period of declining health in Ft. Myers, Florida, with the love of his life at his side and by the hand, as his heart took its last beat. Donald was born on June 12, 1953, in Providence, Rhode Island, to Veronica and Lionel Poisson. He was a graduate of Holy Trinity Schools in Fall River, Massachusetts; St. Andrews College in Dublin, Ireland; and Rhode Island University; and held multiple degrees in Advanced Nursing. Donald loved his career and enjoyed helping people for 20 years. He was employed at Rhode Island Medical Center in Providence and Southwest Medical Center in Ft Myers.
In February 1988, while out and about in South Beach Miami’s wildest clubs, he met a young USAF Airmen and the next 35 years is a love story built on trust, love, and family values. After his early retirement in 1994, and his husband’s second career starting, he took on the role of head of the house, raising the children, taking care of the home and yard, crafting, planning family vacations, was a whiz at interior decorating, loving every moment of it. With multiple moves around the US and lots of great cities, Alex and Don befriended hundreds of great people and appreciated all of the friendships, laughs, and good times that were had. Very proud of his Cajun/Acadian heritage, Don enjoyed his visits to Louisiana for his Cajun heritage, St. John Valley for his Acadian heritage, and all of the Great North Woods of Maine, as well as, his home in the Florida Everglades.
Donald is survived by his husband of 35 years, Alex Young of Ft. Myers; son, Michael James Kelleher-Young & wife Erline; grandchildren, Isabella, Nathaniel, and Michael II, all of Ft. Myers; lifelong friends, Thomas and Dee Wertz (Spokane, Washington); Allen Severence (Bradley, Maine); Gloria Bishop Lane (Naples, Florida); Beth Murray and June (Bradley, Maine); Ern Walsh (Rockland, Maine); Scott and Barbie Thibodeau (Portland, Maine); Karen Parady Dorr (Milford, Maine); Debra Dupuis LeGear (Dallas, Texas); Kim McCauley Brookins (Pacolet, South Carolina); the Daigle Clan (Greenbush, Maine); and of course, the huge in-law family of the Youngs, Lagasses, Richards and Wicketts. He also is survived by his beloved canine, Mr. Bentley, and his felines, Doubtfire and Archie; along with many cousins all over the United States and Canada, and of course, so many more great friends throughout the world! Donald believed life is short and to live for the day, in which he did so in life, always making everyday full of adventure.
Donald is predeceased by his parents, Veronica and Lionel Poisson; mother-in-law, Helen T Young; Isaac, aunts & uncles, nephews and cousins; and all of his besties, Steve Morrison, John Nash, Reverend Coulombe & Janine Greely.
A Celebration of Donald’s life will be held on April 20, 2023, from 11:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Baldwin Brothers Funeral and Cremation Society, 4320 Colonial Boulevard, Fort Myers, Florida with a Toast and Light Luncheon.
4320 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers FL 33966
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