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Former race official Don Knapton dies at 77

November 10, 2020
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Donald A. Knapton, 77, died peacefully at the Inn at Village Square on Friday, Nov. 6.
 
He was born in Westbrook on Dec. 5, 1942 to Donald and Barbara (Paine) Knapton. He graduated from Gorham High School and Gorham State Teachers College. He then taught at Massabesic Junior High for 16 years before turning to horse racing.
 
Mr. Knapton had started following races in high school at Gorham Raceway. He went on to serve as race secretary at Windsor Raceway and then Dover Downs. He was also the assistant to race secretary Ted Leonard at Freestate Raceway until that track closed.
 
Mr. Knapton loved following sports, especially Boston teams. When his nephews played in high school he never missed a game.
 
He is survived by his brother, Kenneth and wife Kim of Westbrook; nephews, Jeffery and wife Jackie of Arlington Heights, Ill., and Gregory and wife Karen of Westbrook, Curtis, Noah and Lucas Knapton; and nieces, Alex Jauregui and Erin Knapton.
 
The family would like to thank the dedicated and loving caregivers at the Inn At Village Square.
A graveside service will take place in the spring.
 
Memorial contributions may be made to Residents Activity Fund, The Inn T Village Square, 123 School St., Gorham, Maine 04038
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