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Donald William Malloy, 91, of Fredericksburg passed away Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012, at home.
He was born Jan. 25, 1921, in Burlington, Vt., the fourth of six children to the late William and Helen Coffey Malloy. Mr. Malloy grew up in Burlington and after graduating from Cathedral High, worked as a reporter for the Burlington Daily News and a salesman for Vermont Fruit and Beverage.
A veteran of World War II, Don was a B-17 bomber pilot, flying out of England with the U.S. Army Air Corps as a 2nd lieutenant. He was awarded the Distinguished Unit Citation for his heroic actions in a bombing raid against Poznan, Poland, in April 1944, marking the longest mission of the war for the 8th Air Force. On another mission, his plane was shot down and he served in a Swiss POW camp for seven months before escaping into France.
After the war, he earned his bachelor's degree in business from the University of Vermont, graduating in 1949. In 1950, he settled with his family in New Providence, N.J., where he built a lifelong and highly successful career in the printing, advertising and product promotion field, helping with the design of many consumer products familiar to people the world over.
While in New Providence, he was active in numerous community associations and, in 1956, was co-founder and president of the Crestview Swim and Tennis Club. Don later moved to Flemington, N.J., where he lived until he retired and moved to Fredericksburg in 2001. Don lived in Summer Lake for nine years, and in Chancellor's Village for the past two years.
Don is survived by his beloved wife of 70 years, Barbara of Fredericksburg; daughter Marjorie Berry and husband James of Fredericksburg; son Gregory and wife Barbara of Andover, Mass.; son William and Melissa Carmichael of New York, N.Y.; Debra Wadley Malloy of New York, N.Y.; Roy Olan and wife Rita of Falling Waters, W.Va.; and sister Mary DeForge of Burlington. He also leaves eight grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by sister Helen Malloy; and three brothers, Paul, Robert and George.
Don was an active member of St. Matthew Catholic Church in Spotsylvania County.
The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg. A rosary service will begin at 6 p.m.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 4, at St. Matthew Catholic Church. Interment will follow at 2 p.m. in Quantico National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Carmelite Sisters, 26 Harmony School Road, Flemington, N.J. 08822.
Online guest book is at covenantfuneralservice.com.