Donald Counsellor Obituary

Donald Wayne Counsellor
Donald Wayne Counsellor

December 6, 1936 - October 28, 2020
Born in Salem, New Jersey
Resided in Niantic, Connecticut


On October 28th, 2020, Donald Wayne Counsellor, devoted husband and loving father, passed away at age 83. Don was born on December 8, 1936 in Salem, NJ to the late Donald and Dorothy (Nixon) Counsellor. Growing up in a small town in South Jersey, Don spent his time fishing, hunting and getting into trouble. Luckily, it was here he also met the love of his life, his wife, June. They were married in August 1960 and then left for New Brunswick, so Don could pursue his bachelor’s degree in Mathematics at Rutgers University. Upon graduation, they moved to New London, CT for a job at the Naval Underwater Systems Center, where Don was employed his entire career working in surface ship sonar research and development. Along the way, Don also received his master’s degree from Trinity College, spent countless hours doing many home improvement projects, and was the best father a girl could ask for.
Don was always known for his quick, dry wit and his good heart. In retirement, he continued to hunt and fish, and took up a longtime passion for model trains as part of the Mohegan Pequot Model Train club. He also spent many hours entertaining his grandchildren, taking them to Mystic Aquarium and the Seaport whenever they wanted as well as granting his wife whatever she wished.
Don is preceded in death by his wife, June (Whitzell) Counsellor and is survived by his daughter Jacqueline Grady, her husband David Grady, and his two grandchildren Jack and Katie, all of Avon, CT. Don is also survived by his sister-in-law and brother-in-law Janet and Robert Carr of Salem, NJ, his brother-in-law David Whitzell of Penns Grove, NJ and his nieces and a nephew. The family requests any donations in his memory be made to a charity of the donor's choice.



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