Donald Queen Passes

Published: December 7, 2011 04:11 pm EST

Veteran New Jersey-based trainer Donald B. Queen, 62, who resided in Hightstown, NJ, with his longtime companion, Kim, passed away on Sunday, December 4, 2011 at Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center in Hamilton, NJ


Queen, a native of St. John, New Brunswick, had worked for a number of top stables, including for fellow Maritimer Jim Doherty and also for the Ray and Larry Remmen Stable. Most recently, Queen was overseeing the care of a handful of his own horses at Gaitway Farms and assisting the Julie and Andy Miller Stable.

“He was in the barn next to us and offered to help us do some work,” Andy Miller told “He’d come in every day and jog three or four for us; he’d do what we needed him to do. He was a very good horseman.”

It was while working for the Remmen brothers that he helped condition 1990 Horse of the Year Beach Towel.

“He worked for us years ago for about eight to 10 years,” Larry Remmen told “He was with us during the glory years we had. He was there for us for Beach Towel; it seemed he always had a couple good horses.”

According to New Brunswick sources, Queen, who was born December 31, 1948, was the son of the late C. Bertram "Bert" Queen and Mildred E. (Howe) Queen. He is survived by a brother, Gordon Douglas and his wife Ruth of Saint John, and three sisters Dorothy Stevens of Saint John (who is a Standardbred Canada Field Rep.), Jeanne (Mrs. Peter Gray) of Young's Cove, and Mary Queen of Saint John, five nieces & nephews Paul and Terri & Lori Stevens, Alyson Queen, and Belinda Gray.

Please join SC in offering condolences to the family and friends of Donald Queen.




Tracey and I would like send out our deepest sympathies to Kim and all of Donnie's family. He will be greatly missed. We will miss stoppig by his barn on our trips to New Jersey. A wonderful man and friend. The best cross handed golfer I ever played with. RIP Donnie.

Sorry to hear of Donnie's passing. We had some great times together around the track in Saint John, NB during the 60's and 70's. I followed his career enroute to the States working for Jim Doherty, the Remmen brothers and others. I will remember him as a great friend and horseman. My deepest sympathy to Kim and all of Donnie`s family members.

Paul Gilbride

I am so sorry to hear of Don Queen's passing. My deepest sympathy goes out to Kim as well as Don's family. RIP.

Don Queen was agood friend and a great horsman. He trained and drove for me back in the early 70,s. His whole family were great horse people. My deeppest sympathy to the family. Paul Cooper

verry sorry to hear about don queen was in NJ in sept and met at the miller barn was a old freind . new him when he was with the remmen barn. i guess you never know

Don was a real good horseman, but more importantly, a loyal and trusted friend. We had some great times together and I'll miss seeing him on my trips to NJ. My deepest sympathy to Kim and the rest of Don's family. You'll be missed "big guy". Gord Remmen