Fitchburg- Donald J. Rix, 87 of Fitchburg died Friday, December 7, 2018 in Health Alliance Hospital, Leominster after an illness. Donald was born June 19, 1931 in Leominster son of John W. and Helen (Anderson) Rix.
Before retiring Donald had worked for the former Fitchburg Music Store. He was a well-known local musician playing guitar for the Sundowners and played for the Spotlighters at The Mohawk Club. He was an U.S Air force Korean War Veteran. He was a woodworker who enjoyed making birdhouses and bat houses.
He is survived by his daughter Cynthia Vincent of Hubbardston, two sons; Stephen D. and James W. Rix both of Florida, his sister Joan Boutilier of Ohio, three brothers; Richard Rix of Florida, Robert Rix of Winchendon and John “Jack” Rix Jr of Leominster, four grandchildren; his very close grandson Roger Valcourt III, Craig LeBlanc, Amanda Valcourt and Kristen Rix, his greatgrandchildren; Jacob Valcourt, Lea Valcourt, Kaylee “Blue eyes” Vacourt, Nathan LeBlanc, Joshua Valcourt, Ryan Valcourt Jr. and Dylan Aker, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his former wife, Theresa (Nolette) Rix, a brother David Rix and his longtime companion Janet Shea.
A Memorial service, under the direction of Stephen Moorcroft, will be held Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at 6:00pm in the Lavery, Chartrand and Alario Funeral Home, 99 Summer St Fitchburg with his brother Rev. John Rix officiating. Burial will be at a later date in St. Joseph Cemetery. There are no calling hours