, Salem, MA

April 8, 2013

Donald Robert Paterson, 83

Boxford — Donald Robert Paterson, age 83, passed away on April 7, 2013. He was born to the late Robert and Gertrude (Stelin) Paterson on January 22, 1930. His brother was the late George E. Paterson.

He was raised in Melrose and graduated from Melrose High School in 1949. He was a lifelong sports enthusiast. He captained his high school football team, played baseball, and enjoyed the game of golf. After serving two years in the United States Army, stationed in Germany, he returned to Babson College in Wellesley, Mass., graduating in 1956.

He spent his entire career in the family business, Carpenter & Paterson, Inc., which was founded by his father, uncle and grandfather in 1908. In 1964, a sister company, Bergen-Paterson Pipesupport Corp., was started and with Carpenter & Paterson, they have become worldwide leaders in the manufacturing and distribution of pipe hangers and supports. He semi-retired and stepped down as CEO in the late 1990’s but remained active in both businesses until last year. Don had a passion for the pipe hanger industry and was active in the industry and well-respected and liked by employees and customers.

He spent many years summering on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire where he enjoyed relaxing with his family, boating and golfing. He was a man of great strength and character. He loved his family dearly and deeply cherished the love of his life, Fran, during their marriage of 56 years.

He is survived by his wife, Frances Paterson, of Boxford; his daughter, Leslie Lynch, and son-in-law, David Lynch; his daughter, Lauren Hewitt, and son-in-law, Desmond Hewitt; his grandchildren, Jessica and James Lynch; his nephew, Robert Paterson; nieces, Sally Flynn and Nancy Shields; his cousin, Robert Stelin; and many friends and former employees with whom he enjoyed spending time.

ARRANGEMENTS: At his request, there will be no calling hours. An observance in recognition of his passing was held by the family. Online condolences may be made at