Donald Wayne Pinder was born on November 27, 1951 as the youngest son of the late Ardessa Pinder and John Francis Pinder in Cambridge, MD. He departed this life on February 19, 2021 at his home in Fork Neck, MD.
Donald was educated in the Dorchester County Public School system and graduated from Maces Lane High School in 1969. Following graduation, he attended Chesapeake College, Delaware Technical College and Carrier Service training school. Donald also received additional vocational training through an apprenticeship with Granville Hooper in Cambridge, MD. He worked for Granville Hooper for 10 years before he became an entrepreneur and started his own HVAC company, Pinder Service Contractors in 1980. Over the years his services were always in high demand and he earned the respect of many due to his hard work, dedication and penchant for providing quality work.
Donald still found time to work on his family’s farm growing corn, cucumbers, tomatoes and soybeans until his passing. He also served the local community in various roles including President of Dorchester County Board of Electrical Examiners, a member of Dorchester County School of Technology Advisory Board, and a member of the Pride of Cambridge Masonic Lodge #50. In 2007 he was recognized as the “Businessman of the Year” by Pi Alpha Chapter, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
Donald also had a passion for educating others about the legacy of Harriet Tubman. As one time president of the Harriet Tubman Organization and director of the Harriet Tubman Museum and Educational Center, he worked tirelessly to provide a community cultural center that continued to tell the story of her heroism and her ties to Dorchester County. Donald was a key contributor to the efforts the Harriet Tubman Organization put forth to bring the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park to the Eastern Shore.
Donald was a long-time devoted member of Waters United Methodist Church. He served as a member of the usher board and a trustee.
Donald leaves to mourn and cherish his memory, daughters, Dontrell (Rick) Murray and Donta (Darren) Kieffer; grandchildren, Evan Kieffer, Peyton Murray and Ryan Murray; aunts Jestene Boone, Vivian (Harold) Jackson, Irene (Donnie) Webb, Ella (James, Sr.) Conaway; uncles Elmer (Shirley) Jones, Jr., William (Estella) Jones, Sr. and Paul Jones; nephew William (Charlene) Downs; nieces Yashica Pinder and Maya Pinder and a host of cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father; brothers Nathaniel Jones and Robert Pinder; son Donald Pinder; aunt Betty Cooper; uncles Bailey Hull, Sylvain Jones, Thurman Chester, Cleon Jones, Awdry Jones and Josiah Weldon Pinder; niece Gilreatha Stoltzfus and beloved grandparents Areila and Elmer Jones, Sr. and Emma and Josiah Pinder.
In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to Waters United Methodist Building Fund, Fork Neck Road, and the Harriet Tubman Organization.