Donald Gerard McKillop, born February 25, 1945, in Medford, died August 15 at Sarasota Memorial Hospital, Sarasota, Fla. of complications from Covid-19.

He was the son of the late Archibald Bernard and Alice Mary McKillop and grew up in Woburn. He graduated from Boston College High School and achieved a bachelor of science degree and a master of business administration degree from Northeastern University in Boston.

After a successful career in corporate technology at State Street Bank, Boston, he retired to engage in his passion for making art. As his painting talent evolved, he showed his work in many different galleries and gathered collectors – he was the real deal. Don and Susan owned and operated the Dragonfly Art Gallery on Martha’s Vineyard for five years, representing over 30 artists.

In his art as in his life, he was open to so much experience. He sailed the oceans of New England for many years. He loved the sea, the sky and the salt air, which are reflected in many of his earlier paintings.

When he and Susan moved to Sarasota in 2016, Don found a circle of great friends to play golf with. His gleeful first hole-in-one in 2019 was followed by another in 2020.

He was honorable, kind, warm, talented and very funny, with a merry twinkle in his eye and a contagious laugh. He valued his relationships with friends and family over everything else and was the ultimate host and foodie. Don was so proud of his family and his heritage, which extended to Robert the Bruce, along with other kings and queens of Scotland.

Don is survived by his wife, Susan Griffith Davy of Sarasota; his son Matthew McKillop and wife, Lauralee Dubois, of Westwood; his son, Patrick McKillop and wife, Alicia of Pembroke; by his sisters, Kathy McKillop of Woburn and Maureen Trodden of Melbourne, Fla.; and his twin, Martha Carnes of Georgetown, Texas; by his stepchildren, Elisabeth Fritz and her husband, Jeff, of Reston, Va.; and by Christopher Davy and his wife, Cheryl, of Huntersville, N.C.; and by his grandchildren, step-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Your Traditions Funeral Home, Sarasota, Fla. A virtual memorial celebration of Don’s life will be held at a later date, to be determined. For further details visit

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be sent in honor of Don McKillop to Embracing Our Differences, P.O. Box 2559, Sarasota, Florida, 34230-2559 or to Please earmark your gift to the Art Supplies Fund. Alternatively, please make a gift to the charity of your choice in Don’s name.