Donald Ryder Calvin, 82

Lifelong resident of West Caldwell, member of West Essex First Aid Squad for 64 years.

Donald Ryder Calvin, 82, a lifelong West Caldwell, NJ resident, died on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012 surrounded by his family, after a battle with cancer.

Visiting will be at the , 9 Smull Ave., Caldwell, NJ on Tue., Feb. 28, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A funeral service will be held in the , Academy Road, Caldwell, NJ on Wed., Feb. 29 at 9:30 a.m. Interment to follow at , Caldwell, NJ. 

Calvin was born in Glen Ridge, NJ and was a lifelong resident of West Caldwell.  He was a veteran of the Korean War, serving in the U.S. Air Force from 1951 to 1953, and was honorably discharged as a sergeant.

He was the owner/manager of Kennel Products “Caldwell Pet Store” from 1963 to 1988. After, he worked at the Home Depot in East Hanover, NJ for 15 years, before retiring in 2005. In his retirement, he enjoyed traveling the world with his wife, Ann.

Calvin believed in service above self and was passionate about serving his family and community as a volunteer with the West Essex First Aid Squad for 64 years; a member of the Caldwell/West Essex Kiwanis since 1951; an active member of the Caldwell Methodist Church; and a leader with B.S.A. Troop 4, Caldwell. 

He is survived by his beloved wife of 41years, Ann (Laramy); devoted children Bruce Calvin, Douglas Calvin, Joseph Mascuch, with wife Jennifer, Deborah Schulman, with husband Rick and Karen Ravitz, with husband Stewart; and loving grandchildren, Elizabeth and Richard Calvin, Sarah and Samantha Schulman, Dana and Scott Ravitz and Katherine Mascuch.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to the West Essex First Aid Squad, Caldwell Methodist Church or to the Caldwell/West Essex Kiwanis.

Loretta Boronat February 27, 2012 at 01:32 AM
What a great man. Don Calvin was a generous and thoughtful person who contributed so much to my autism awareness work. I originally met him through the Kiwanis Club, and the Builders Club at GCMS when I was a teacher there. He made "jigs," as he called them, to help make the production of my hand-made products easier. Years later, when I worked with students at West Orange HIgh School on this project, he made a couple more for them, too. He and his wife Ann were an inspirational couple! I will miss him very much, and pray for his family.
Rev. Jim Thyren February 27, 2012 at 07:13 PM
A great loss for the Caldwells! It was my privilege to have been one of the teenage boys who worked for Don at "The Pet Shop" in the late 60's/early 70's. I learned a lot working beside him as we packed Kennel Product orders, unloaded freight cars of dog chow and cleaned fish tanks and hamster cages, etc.. Fondest memory was the day I called him away from his desk to explain to an elderly woman why she could not hear her silent dog whistle! He calmly explained it; she still didn't under-stand, so he refunded her money and gave me a big smile and a wink on the way back to his desk. Rev. Jim Thyren, West Pittston, PA.


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