DONALD ALLEN MOSHER


1945 - 2014 

MOSHER, Donald Allen The art world has lost a master painter and New England treasure. The world in general has lost a generous, kind and gentle man with the passing of Donald Allen Mosher, on Wednesday, August 6, 2014, following a long and brave fight with a rare form of blood cancer. By his side throughout was his beloved wife Christine, his wife of 45 years, his daughter Heather, his son in-law Frank Militello and his"Angel" his grand-daughter Cosima. Donald was born October 11, 1945 in Everett, MA. The son of the late Allen and Florence Post Mosher, the second child in a family of three girls and two boys. Donald is survived by his three sisters Joan Knapp, Barbara Melanson and Sue Farraina and predeceased by his brother, Bob Mosher. They lived in Malden for 9 years before moving to Topsfield and later Saugus where Donald graduated with the Saugus High School class of 1963. Donald went on to study at Vesper George School of Art in Boston where he met and fell in love with his wife Christine. They married in 1969 and two years later they had their baby girl whom they named Heather who grew up to be an artist just like her parents. They settled in Cape Ann in 1974 in the Rocky Neck Art Colony and in 1980 they bought the Gallery in Rockport that is home to their artwork today. Donald won his first art prize when he was nine, and since has accumulated over 200 painting awards, including many Gold and Silver. He has been featured in several national publications such as Yankee Magazine and American Artist Magazine. His work hangs in the Peabody Essex Museum, the State House and is featured in the Rockefeller collection. He was a member of many Art Associations and was President of the Rockport Art Association. Donald often talked with joy about his blessed life of family, friends, travel and golf. It seems everywhere he went he knew someone, and if he didn't he soon would and they would be fast friends. He always knew what he wanted to do and that was to be an artist and paint this beautiful world the way he saw it. And he did. He always wanted to be a wonderful Husband, Father, Grandfather, Son, Brother and Friend. And he was. He will paint a beautiful sky for Cosima every day now. He will be forever sorrowfully missed. "Being an artist is something that you have to do, or you can't do it" -Donald Allen Mosher. A Celebration of Life was held on Monday, August 11, starting at 6:00 p.m. in the Rockport Art Association, 12 Main Street, Rockport, MA. Family and friends are cordially invited to attend. Visiting hours  were in the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington Street, Gloucester, MA was held on Sunday from 4 - 8 p.m. The burial was held privately. Online condolences may be given at

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