Donald Vasile, 83, of Bristol went to be with his loved ones and our heavenly father on January 29, 2023. He was born July 5, 1939 and resided in Bristol all his life. He was predeceased by his father and mother, Salvatore Vasile and Agnes (Moylan) Vasile and his late siblings, Angela Bayne, Josephine DeFelippi, Joseph Vasile, Robert Vasile and Mary Peters, predeceased him. He was so proud of his family. He leaves his wife Carol (Buzanoski) Vasile of 63 years, two daughters, Cathy Mafale Bailey and her husband Steve, Lynn McCall and her fiancée Andy Tierpack, former son-in-law Arthur McCall who will always be a son within the family and his girlfriend Carole Lockwood. He leaves four grandchildren, who he was so proud of, Jenna Lynn Mafale Valle and her husband William, Anthony Thomas Mafale and his fiancée Hannah Grenier, Joseph and Nikki Bailey along with Joseph’s wife Brianna, great granddaughter Natalie Bailey and Nikki’s boyfriend Eric Piskorski. He leaves his godchildren, Jeffrey Vasile, David Peters, April Gagnon Gallager, Pamala Blaisdell, and Louie Vasile. He also leaves many nieces and nephews and grand nieces and nephews, Diane Bayne, James and Carol Bayne, William and Lisa Bayne, the late Joseph Bayne, the late Thomas Bayne, Alan Peters, Jr., David Peters, Jeffrey Vasile, Robert Vasile and Fred Vasile, Karen Buzanoski, Matt Buzanoski, Michael and Debbie Barber. He leaves his grand nephews and nieces, Cody and Jason Bayne, Jimmy Bayne, Shannan Bayne, Jeremy Bayne and Amber Higgins. He leaves his long-time friend, Richard Blaisdell and his wife Barbara. Richard was like his brother having a friendship that expanded over 63 years. Barbara and Dick were always there to give family support. Richard’s daughters Pamala Blaisdell and her son Frankie, Kim Granger with her husband Michael and Roberta Cote with her late husband Bryan Cote were a close part of his life. He also leaves his other hunting buddy, Bob Sekorski and his wife Joanne along with close friends Donald Fiorillo who visited every Saturday night to share suppers with him, his mother Barbara Fiorillo, his brother Gary Fiorillo. Donald graduated from Bristol High School in 1957. He went to work at Petit’s Supermarkets when they first opened as Packer #1 and eventually became the grocery store manager. When Petit’s closed, he went to work for Waz’ Supermarket and then to Staples in Southington as a shipping and receiving clerk. His first love everyone will tell you is that hunting was his enjoyment. He and his friends and nephews would go to the White Birch Lodge in Maine every year. Along with hunting in Maine, he enjoyed hunting deer on his own property with several large buck trophies. He just loved being with the guys who either called him Jed or Uncle Donnie. He loved to make a garden every year. He always helped and showed people what family really meant. He wanted us to thank all who cared and helped him on his journey, especially Doreen, a most caring and wonderful caregiver who stayed with him nights and Gladys his caregiver during the day. He had a close and loving relationship with his wife and often could be heard singing “Their Song” Willie Nelson’s Always on my Mind. We will miss him so much but we know he is in good hands where there is no pain or further suffering and God’s hands on his shoulders.
The visiting hours will be this Wednesday, February 1, 2023 from 4 to 7 PM at Funk Funeral Home, 35 Bellevue Avenue, Bristol has the honor of serving the Vasile Family. Funeral services will begin at 8:45AM, on Thursday February 2, 2023 at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10:00AM at St. Stanislaus Church, 510 West St., Bristol. Burial to follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, Bristol. Because of Don’s love for the great outdoors, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation in his name www.NFWF.org/what-we-do/donate. To leave an online condolence or to view a remembrance video please visit Don’s memorial page at www.FunkFuneralHome.com
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