Donald DeBonee

Donald DeBonee

Thursday, September 24th, 1931 Wednesday, February 5th, 2020

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Obituary for Donald T. DeBonee

Donald T. DeBonee, 88, beloved husband of Lorraine (Warne) DeBonee for 65 years, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020 at AdventHealth Fish Memorial in Orange City, FL. Born in Hartford, Donald was the son of the late Thomas and Grace (Roberto) DeBonee. He was a resident of Windsor Locks for most of his life before moving to FL in 2018. He served his country during the Korean Conflict in the U.S. Air Force as a Aircraft Mechanic and then as a Technical Instructor. In his spare time he was bartender at the Officer's Club in Amarillo, TX where he also met the one true love of his life. Additionally, Donald worked as a plumber at the Millstone Power Plant in Waterford for many summers and was a bartender at the Wampanoag Country Club in West Hartford in the 19th hole on nights and weekends for many years. He drove cars at the Southern Auto auction on lane #9 in East Windsor and worked for Air Kaman at Bradley International Airport loading and unloading baggage and cleaning planes.
His true calling was in education. He was a professor at the University of Hartford Ward Technical College teaching math, physics, and computer aided design (CAD). Donald joined the Ward School of Electronics in 1961 and retired from the S. I. Ward College of Technology at the University of Hartford in 1995. His love of learning transformed his career from trade craftsman to Professor with degrees in Engineering and Education, he helped Ward grow from a small private school to a College at the University of Hartford, and inspired his students to become successful engineers.
He was instrumental in developing the Mathematics curriculum as Ward’s Engineering Technology programs expanded to Associate and then Baccalaureate degrees. He also had a major role in building Ward College’s Computer Laboratory and developing the Mechanical CAD courses taught in it. Donald was quick to help everyone who wanted to learn, so when emigres to the Hartford community needed to learn how to use American CAD software, he tutored them at night in the Computer Lab.
Donald served the College and the University in many capacities: as member of the faculty senate, serving as chairman of the math Department, college and university committees, and was honored to be recommended by his peers to become a member of the University Emeritus Association.
In Donald's free time, he enjoyed doing puzzles, following UCONN girls basketball, and was a die-hard Boston Red Sox and NY Giants fan.
Besides his wife Lorraine, Donald is survived by a daughter Teresa DeBonee of Deltona, FL, a son, Donald J. DeBonee of Gibsonton, FL, and a sister, Rosalie Moynihan of Old Saybrook, CT and several nieces and nephews. Donald was predeceased by two sons, James and Thomas DeBonee.
Visitation hours will be held from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb.11, 2020 at Windsor Locks Funeral Home, 441 Spring St., Windsor Locks. Family and friends may gather at 9 a.m. Wed. Feb. 12, 2020 at Windsor Locks Funeral Home for a procession to St. Mary Church in Windsor Locks for a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial. Committal with military honors, will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery. Donations in Donald's memory may be made to the American Heart Association, 300 5th Avenue, Suite 6, Waltham, MA 02451. To leave online condolences, please visit

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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, February 11th, 2020 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Windsor Locks Funeral Home
    441 Spring St
    Windsor Locks, CT
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    Tuesday, February 11th, 2020
    4:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Mass

    Wednesday, February 12th, 2020 | 10:00am
    St. Mary Church
    42 Spring St.
    Windsor Locks, CT
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    Wednesday, February 12th, 2020
  • Interment

    Wednesday, February 5th, 2020 |
    St, Mary's Cemetery, Windsor Locks
    Address Not Available
    Windsor Locks
    Wednesday, February 5th, 2020

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JoAnne Lefebvre

Terri and family, my sincere condolences on the loss of a father and husband. He was such a nice man and I've got so many memories from the years gone by of him.
Comment | Posted at 12:43pm via Condolence

J> F> Farrin. gton.

We were classmates at HPHS, class of 1949. I worked at UofH from 1975 to 1988 as Security Supervisor after I retired from the ARMY. Don was an instructor for my son David. My sincere sympathy to the whole family. We will all miss
DONALD. James F Farrington (Jim).
Brookdale 229
1715 Ellington Rd
So. Windsor Ct. 06074
Comment | Posted at 11:06am via Condolence

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Lorraine, Terri & Donald, You are in our thoughts. Don was a wonderful friend to us and our children. Love, Ann & Dennis Henderson
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Erica Simmons

You were such a great man and yoade sure you touched so many lives with your kindness and generosity.
I'm sure the seeds of love you planted would blossom into a tree that can never be uprooted or fade away with time.
You'll surely be missed by everyone especially your beloved wife and children.
I'm sure you are in a better place ........ Rest on ....... You'll be a hero
Comment | Posted at 09:36pm via Condolence

Janice Romanowski

My sincere condolences to Don's family and friends.  I worked in the office of Ward when it was located in Hartford and when it moved to the University of Hartford campus.  Don was a good man, strong-willed and always a pleasure to be around.
Comment | Posted at 11:09am via Condolence

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