EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

August 26, 2013

Donald J. Kramer, 80


Naples, Fl — In the early morning hours of August 22, 2013, Donald “Don” J. Kramer, 80, of Naples, Fla., passed away peacefully at his home.

Don was born on September 11, 1932, in Boston. His passing was preceded by that of his three older siblings, Barbara Ryan, Bill Kramer and Bud Kramer.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy E. Kramer; his sons, Robert and wife, Sharon, of Andover, Mass., John and wife, Lisa, of North Andover, and Michael and wife, Tracy, of Yarmouth, Mass.; his daughters, Suzanne Kramer of North Andover, and Ann Reilly and husband, Joe, of Andover: and 11 grandchildren, Thomas Kramer, Alexander Kramer, Lauren Kramer, Victoria Reilly, Lindsay Reilly, Allison Kramer, Steven Kramer, Joseph Kramer, Nicole Kramer, Michelle Kramer, and Charles Kramer; and also by a number of nieces and nephews.

Don leaves behind a tremendous, admirable legacy. He graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor's in accounting from Northeastern University in 1959, and subsequently went on to receive his master's in business administration, with highest honors, from Boston University. He was the director of three successful technology companies, a longtime angel investor, as well as a partner and principal at T.A. Associates. He served as a loyal director of over 50 company boards, and recently retired as chairman of the board at Insignia Systems, Inc., and as vice chairman of the Northeastern University Board of Trustees. His selflessness was marked notably by his generous philanthropic efforts — in particular those at Lahey Clinic, The Naples Philharmonic and Northeastern University.

Always striving for intellectual stimulation, Don reveled in the opportunity to maintain close relationships and entertain meaningful conversation with those around him. He devoted himself to spending quality time with his wife, children and grandchildren. In his retirement, Don maintained an active, fulfilling lifestyle as an avid golfer, playing often with both family and friends. Though he allowed himself ample time to spend with his family, he never lost sight of his intense work ethic and passion for investing. Don continued to serve on several company boards, as well as being a valued investment advisor, well into his retirement years.

Don Kramer was a loving husband, father and grandfather, as well as a fierce friend and mentor. He will be dearly missed.

ARRANGEMENTS: Family and friends called on Tuesday, August 27, from 4 to 8 p.m., at the Conte Funeral Home, 28 Florence Street, Andover. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Wednesday, August 28, at 10 a.m., at St. Augustine’s Church in Andover.

For directions, or to offer condolences, please visit www.contefuneralhomes.com.