1959 – 2013

Donald K. Schrock

1959 – 2013

LEWISTON — Donald K. Schrock, Jr., 53, formerly of Jay, passed away at Central Maine Medical Center following complications from life-long hypogammaglobulinemia.

Don was born on July 27, 1959, in N. Tonawanda, N.Y., son of Don and Jan Schrock of Winthrop. He moved to Jay in July of 1976, when his father was transferred from International Paper Mill in Tonawanda, N.Y. to the Jay mill. He received his associate’s degree in architectural engineering from Central Maine Community College in June, 1981. He was employed by Rae Associates until 1984, at which time he accepted an entry-level position at International Paper Androscoggin Mill in Jay. Over the next 28 years, Don learned the papermaking process inside and out, often being sought out by management to troubleshoot problems with a downed piece of equipment or to perfect the paper quality.

Don was a member of Bronzeback Maniac Fishing Club until his disability prevented him from participating in club tournaments and activities. He was an avid hunter, as well. A die-hard fan of the Buffalo Bills, Buffalo Sabres and Boston Red Sox, he often discussed stats and plays with his father, sister and step-son, Thomas. His two shelties, Shasta and Kori, provided never-ending entertainment and companionship.

He married the former Sylvia Janelle on August 11, 1997. Until recently, they made their home in Jay.

He embraced the role of step-dad and was always willing to give encouragement, support and love unconditionally. He was a positive role model, who taught through his actions, rather than words.

He is survived by his wife of 15 years; his parents; sister, Teri Schrock, of Topsham; step-children, Angel Bonin Lovett, and husband, Bruce, of Lewiston, Matthew Bonin, and fiancée, Erin McManus, of Mustang, Okla. and Thomas Bonin, of Bangor; grandchildren, Christian Cottle, Sebastian Cottle, Ariel Lovett, Dennis Fligg, Lucas Bonin and Jacoby Bonin; special aunt, Garnet McConnaughey, of Ransomville, N.Y.; cousins, affectionately referred to as “The Girls,” Shawn, Debbie, Dawn and Kelly; special niece, Stephanie Hanson, of Poland; and family friend, Ariel Thomas, of Turner.

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