Donald Hickey

Donald Hickey

Thursday, March 6th, 1947 Thursday, August 1st, 2019

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Obituary for Donald J. Hickey

Donald J. Hickey, 72, of Brielle, passed away peacefully on Thursday, August 1, 2019, surrounded by his family.
Mr. Hickey was born and raised in Plainfield, NJ. He lived in South Plainfield for 34 years before moving to Brielle 12 years ago. After graduating from Plainfield High School, he enlisted in the Navy, in which he served from 1965-1969. A highlight of his Naval service was assisting in the Apollo 9 mission when his aircraft carrier USS Guadalcanal operated as the recovery ship that picked up the Apollo 9 astronauts near the Bahamas upon their return from space. As a Dental Technician, Don was part of the medical crew aboard the USS Guadalcanal that evaluated and tended to the health of the astronauts upon completion of their mission.
Don graduated from the Naval Dental Technician’s school in San Diego, CA and later attended Middlesex County College and Old Dominion College in Norfolk, VA. He founded Hickey Dental Laboratory which he owned and operated for more than 20 years. Later, he was Director of Marketing for Delta Dental for 20 years, before retiring in 2011.
Don was active in the community throughout his life including volunteering at the Plainfield Rescue Squad for 10 years where he was also captain of the cadets, and serving as the President of the South Plainfield High School Music Boosters for 10 years.
Don enjoyed spending time at the Jersey Shore on the beaches of Lavallette, Long Beach Island and Spring Lake. He also enjoyed music, playing his guitar and traveling. Most of all, he loved being with his wife, his kids, his grandchildren and his large extended family and doing everything together. Not a day went by without his contagious smile and laughter lighting up someone’s day.
Mr. Hickey was predeceased by his parents, John J. and Dorothy (McCue) Hickey, as well as by three of his siblings, John J. Hickey III, Dorothy P. Hickey and Joan M. Mallon. He is survived by his beloved wife of 50 years, Beverly (Blackburn), and their daughters, Jennifer Serpi and her husband Joseph of Matawan, Laura Takacs and her husband Lou of Monroe, and Erin Hickey of Hoboken. Also surviving are his grandchildren, Amanda and Emma Serpi, and Ryan, Matthew and Shannon Takacs, and three sisters, Elizabeth Higgins, Patricia Kaczor and her husband Fred, and Barbara Pender as well as many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will take place at O’Brien Funeral Home, 2028 Hwy. 35, Wall, on Thursday, August 8th from 4-8:30 PM. The funeral Mass will be held at the Church of St. Denis, Manasquan, on Friday, August 9th at 10 AM. Entombment will follow in St. Anne Cemetery, Wall. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to Alzheimer’s Association ( or

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  • Visitation

    Thursday, August 8th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 8:30pm
    O'Brien Funeral Home - Wall
    2028 NJ-35
    WALL, NJ
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    Thursday, August 8th, 2019
    4:00pm - 8:30pm
  • Service

    Friday, August 9th, 2019 | 10:00am
    St. Denis Church
    90 Union Avenue
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    Friday, August 9th, 2019
  • Interment

    St. Anne's Cemetery
    1610 Allenwood Road
    WALL, NJ
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Allan Berkin

So sorry to hear the news. Everyone at Delta Dental always enjoyed working with Don. He was always very helpful and knowledgeable. Don was just a great guy he will be missed by all
Comment | Posted at 02:04pm via Condolence

So sorry for your loss. I enjoyed our chats when we lived on Aileen Rd. He always talked about his family. He was a wonderful man. God bless him. Your next door neighbor. Marianne Donnelly 🙏🌹
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Cindy & Frank Frankovsky and Family

Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.
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Bruce Levine

Sincerest condolences to Beverly, his whole family and the many people who loved him. I have very fond memories of Don from our years at PHS of being a great guy, lots of fun and a real gentleman. Don, Beverly and all who mourn him will be in my prayers. May he Rest In Peace!
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