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Don E. Cousins

Published: Monday, April 29, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT
Don E. Cousins

BURLINGTON, Vt. – Don E. Cousins, 90, formerly of Sterling, died Monday, April 22, 2013, in Burlington, Vt. 

He was born Dec. 7, 1922, in Caribou, Maine, the son of Louis and Mildred Cousins. He was a 1940 graduate of Caribou High School. He served in the Army from 1942 to 1945. He married the former Helen Davis of Caribou in 1941. 

He attended Williams College in Williamstown, Mass., where he received a degree in banking and finance. He attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas, where he earned a diploma from the Graduate School of Banking. He was a certified financial analyst from Dunn and Bradstreet. In 1945, he joined the Northern National Bank of Presque Isle, Maine. He later went on to become president of the Central National Bank of Sterling until retirement. 

He served as president of the Kiwanis Club; president of the Chamber of Commerce; on the board of directors of the YMCA; president of Whiteside County Bankers Association; and trustee of First Congregational Church of Sterling. He also was a member of Caribou and Presque Isle, Maine’s concert bands; Presque Isle Chamber of Commerce; treasurer of the American Legion; past Exalted Ruler of the Elks; and a past president of the Northern Maine Investment Club.

He loved all things aviation and became an FAA licensed pilot and aircraft owner.  Music was a large part of Don’s life, starting in high school, when he was the state winner of Maine’s Individual Instrumentalist State Competition. He loved all kinds of music and loved to entertain guests with his keyboard renditions of his favorite jazz. He and Helen enjoyed many years of their retirement RVing and finally settled in Charlotte Harbor, Fla., for 27 years. 

He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Helen; two brothers; son, Jeff (Sue) Cousins of Surprise, Ariz.; daughter, Dianne (Larry) Breed of Wilmington, N.C.; son, Barry (Ann) of Burlington; four granddaughters, Jamie Hirota of Honolulu, Laurie Strausberger of Bolingbrook, and Jodi Phillips and Kelly Morris, both of York County, Va.; four great-granddaughters; two great-grandsons; and two great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a beloved grandson, Drew Cousins.

A memorial service was held in Burlington. He will be buried in Caribou.

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