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Donald B. Lamons, 68 of Hopewell, NJ passed away peacefully on Monday, November 13, 2023, at Capital Health Hopewell in Pennington, NJ.
Donald known to some as “Don, Donnie, or Dank” was born on December 2, 1954, in Trenton, NJ to the late Mae Louise Lamons and the late Pomp Lamons.
Donnie grew up in East Trenton, NJ (Tyrell Avenue), where he attended Trenton Central High School. He later worked for Fairless Steel, Trenton Board of Education, and the State of NJ Department of Labor. Donnie's latest, and greatest job was being one of Trenton's greatest musicians and keyboard players.
Throughout his musical career, he shared music with many singers and was part of a host of show-stopping bands to name a few, Instant Funk, Radiation, Black Truth, Boyz Next Door, Family, and his most recent band Mid Night Sun. He traveled to many places up and down the East Coast and Mid-West, all for the love of music. He even went to Greenland when he was a member of Radiation. He also got the chance to be on the music show The Soul Train with Instant Funk.
Although on Dialysis for over 25 years Donnie never stopped doing what he loved. Music was his life, his lifeline and he continued to play with Mid Night Sun throughout the Trenton, Morrisville, Levittown, and Bristol areas in a host of bars, taverns, and pubs, where he played along with his son up until his untimely departure.
All loved Donnie and Donnie gave much love to all in return. He was a musical teacher to some, a leader to others, a husband, father, grandfather, and brother. He treated everyone like family and always had a great conversation. He loved reminiscing about his days on Tyrell Ave and about his Tyrell Avenue block family. He could go on forever about the great times he had in music, all the wonderful people he met and the great places he’d been.
He loved and adored his wife Bernice “Boop” and there were not many times that you would find them apart. He loved spoiling her and they enjoyed going to dinner and quiet park lunches together. His cheerleader that’s has rooted him on through sickness and in health.
Donnie loved his kids and grandkids. He loved visiting and laughing with them all. Somehow, he made every one of them feel special in their way. He made sure to keep in touch with all of them and would be quick to do a drive-by if he didn’t hear from one of them. He would say move the car over to give Dad some room in the driveway: Dad's stopping by.
He enjoyed dinners and long conversations about music, family, and old times with his brothers and sisters. Always a good time.
In addition to his parents, Donnie was predeceased by his stepfather, Ernest Johnson. Donnie was survived by his wife, Bernice Lamons of Hopewell, NJ; his children: Troy Cain Lamons of Willingboro, NJ, Cheri’ Allen of Willingboro, NJ, Donald Allen of Trenton, NJ, Markese Lee of
Trenton, NJ, and Bernard Coppage of Trenton, NJ; 15 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren; five siblings: Kenneth Lamons (Sandy) of Ewing, NJ, Linda Bland of Upper Darby, PA, Bryant Smith (Darlene) of Trenton, NJ, Vanessa Smith Green (Derry) of Levittown, PA, Lakesha Lamons of Charlotte, NC; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Funeral service will be 11am Saturday, November 25, 2023 at Hughes Funeral Home, 324 Bellevue Ave., Trenton NJ 08618. Calling hours will be 9am until time of service. Interment will be private.