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Don Sugarman (#47400624)
 member for 4 years, 3 months, 11 days
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My son and I got into family genealogy research in early December 2010. He found my dad's memorial and headstone on the FindAGrave site. I joined Find A Grave to add a memorial for my mom and to upload a new double headstone photo with both names for both memorials.

Being recently retired [July 2010], I decided be a volunteer photographer. The timing was awful, with the first requests popping up as our first nor'easter of the season was approaching.

My wife and I went out to take pictures at the Dalton/Main Street cemetery, Dalton MA, right after the storm. We had some success and were hooked.

I enjoy connecting with other contributors and helping with their photo requests and family research.

To those who are requesting a photo in a large cemetery, please take the time to get section and plot number from the cemetery office, if there is one. This may make the difference between a volunteer's trying to fulfill your request or going elsewhere.

You may use my photos for your personal use, such as family tree sites, e-mails to family, etc.; anything else - please contact me for permission. With the current file size limit (8MB), the uploaded photos are pretty hi res. I keep some of the original, raw files, so contact me by e-mail, if you need one.

Kelly Patenaude Townsend provided me with a DVD with thousands of photos from numerous Massachusetts cemeteries, which I will use to fulfill requests. Kelly is a registered nurse who contracts at facilities around the country, and she uses her free time to photograph cemeteries, wherever she is assigned. Before she moves on to her next assignment, she donates a CD with her photos to the local library and historical society.

When I use Kelly's photos, I give attribution in a caption to the photo. Note that her photos are generally low res, at less than 100kB. If you must have a higher res file, I recommend your creating a new request with a note that a hi-res photo is needed.
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Todd Lerner
Ida and Jacob Badanes
Thank you so much for the photo of the grave of Ida and Jacob Badanes. Last we went there to take a photo the cemetery was closed. You have saved me another trip up to Massachusetts. Especially with the snow. Thank you again.
Added by Todd Lerner on Jan 27, 2015 11:03 AM
Nancy Canfield tombstone picture
Dear Don,

Thank you very much for taking time to get a picture of Nancy Canfield's tombstone. They fit the bill helping to tie her to the rest of the family.

Don Canfield
Added by Canfield on Nov 05, 2014 8:42 PM
Michelle Shreve
RE: Rachel Ford tombstone photo
Thank you!
Added by Michelle Shreve on Oct 21, 2014 8:47 PM
Michelle Shreve
tombstone photo

You have posted a tombstone photo on the memorial for James Ford, #104115511. The tombstone is shared by his wife Rachel, so I would appreciate it if you could add the photo to her memorial as well, memorial #104115920. Thanks!
Added by Michelle Shreve on Oct 21, 2014 8:58 AM
Thomas Fielding
Thank you also for the Thomas, Annie and Effie Fielding photo. I very much appreciate all your efforts on my behalf.

Yours truly,
Added by Susan on Oct 05, 2014 12:17 PM
Grace Fielding

Thank you very much for taking a photo of Grace Fielding's headstone for me. I am sorry it took so long for me to send my thanks - the findagrave notification was lost in my inbox and I was not aware until today that you had taken this photo for me.

It has been added to my tree!

Thank you.

Added by Susan on Oct 05, 2014 12:14 PM
Lieutenant Lloyd Hamilton memorial
Don, great memorial. I tried to also add a full show of the memorial, but the memorial is at its five photo limit. Bernie
Added by BScapin on Sep 09, 2014 2:04 PM
Thank You!
Added by Peter on Jul 21, 2014 8:01 AM
Samuel Fenn Parsons
Thank you cor photographing Samuel Fenn Parsons' grave!
Added by Sunset on May 06, 2014 9:18 PM
Thank you
Can't thank you enough for going to the trouble to get the pic. Alevia
Added by Alevia on Apr 29, 2014 3:45 PM
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