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“Deepest Sympathies on your loss of Don. We had such great times down at the lake and years of friendship that I look back in with fond memories. ...Read More »
1 of 14 | Posted by: Jim Holcombe - Hudson, FL

“Don was a good friend and very good man. ”
2 of 14 | Posted by: Frank Riva - Valrico, FL, FL

“Although Don and I went to school together in South Windsor from 1st grade on, my finest memory was at the (4) duck pin lanes in the basement of the...Read More »
3 of 14 | Posted by: Bert Higgins - Classmate

“To Don's Family;Don was a terrific guy to work with. I was sent out to South Windsor after the merger of South Windsor Bank & Trust into CBT. Don's...Read More »
4 of 14 | Posted by: Noreen Cullen - GLASTONBURY, CT

“My heart is broken... Not only were you my stepfather, you were my Daddy D. I was proud to have you in my life. I will miss your bear hugs and...Read More »
5 of 14 | Posted by: Dawne Floyd - Pensacola, FL

“Don was a fair and straightforward banking competitor in Connecticut, always trustworthy. The industry needs more like his character ”
6 of 14 | Posted by: Bill McGurk - Somers, CT - Friend

“Sherri and FamilyLinda and I send our dearest condolences. Don was not only a co-worker but also a good friend. I truly enjoyed working with him at...Read More »
7 of 14 | Posted by: Ray Heter - Spring Hill, FL

“Carmela (Cammy) Bilodeau and brother's Ernie, Louie, Donald We are so very sorry to hear of the passing of our cousin Don. Love and heartfelt...Read More »
8 of 14 | Posted by: Carmela (Cammy) Shafer Bilodeau (Shafer) - CT

Don trying out a new hat...just having fun as usual...gotta love it!! “There just isn't enough time to share all of the great memories that we had with Don. He was the most caring and loving person we've ever met. His...Read More »
9 of 14 | Posted by: Mitchel & Dawne Floyd - Pensacola, FL

“My deepest condolences to the Page family. I have so many wonderful memories of your Dad from the lake and SW. you are all in my thoughts and...Read More »
10 of 14 | Posted by: Chantal Holcombe

“I have so many happy childhood memories of your Dad. We were best buddies and I looked forward to the weekends I spent with pepere and memere so I...Read More »
11 of 14 | Posted by: Joyce Evans - Valrico, FL

“Jen, I am so blessed to have to have spent time with your Dad and family in Florida. I will always remember his smile and welcome arms. He will be...Read More »
12 of 14 | Posted by: Caroline Battle (Goodrow) - CT

“I am very sorry for your loss. Don was a wonderful person. I worked for him at the South Window Bank. I was his secretary for Ten years. He...Read More »
13 of 14 | Posted by: Karen Sheridan - Vernon, CT

“Oh my "Daddy Paddy" - my best friend. I cannot believe you are gone. My heart aches and the emptiness is something I think black holes are made of....Read More »
14 of 14 | Posted by: Jennifer Thornton - South Windsor, CT

Donald Roland Page, 73, of Spring Hill, Florida passed away June 12, 2018. He is survived by his wife, Sharon Page of Spring Hill, Florida; daughter, Jennifer Thornton and her husband, Michael of Connecticut; sons, John Paul Page (J.P.) and wife, Tammy; Joseph Page and wife Michelle, all of Connecticut; and his grandchildren, Jadyn Pyrch, Vivian Pyrch, Olivia Page, Lucas Page, Haley Page, Addison Thornton, and Joseph Thornton; step-sons, Patrick Early of Ohio; Matthew Early and his wife, Hazel of Georgia; step-daughter, Dawne Floyd and her husband, Mitchel of Florida; 7 step-grandchildren, Britney Stephens, Weston Early, Wyatt Early, Jessica Early, Samantha Early, Cheyenne Early and Dakota Early; brothers, Paul Page and Roger Page both of Rhode Island; Ray Page of Connecticut; sister, Vivian Virga of Florida; brother-in-law, Tom Reau and his wife, Pam; godmother, Cecile Aubin of Massachusetts, and many family and friends who love him dearly and will miss him fiercely.

Don was Catholic by faith and served for many years as an altar boy for the St. Francis of Assisi parish in South Windsor, Connecticut. He was a war veteran and served during the Cuban Missile Crisis as a member of the U.S. Navy. He was patriotic and proud of his country.

Don was one of the hardest workers anyone would ever know. His mantras included, "Always stay one step ahead of the next guy." and "Always leave things better than you find them." This attitude helped him achieve the great success he saw in life and allowed him to share his good fortune with those he loved. Anyone that knew Don remembers that he threw the best gatherings. He provided many opportunities for his family and friends to be part of a loving environment filled with laughter and joy. Don was extremely generous and would lend an ear, a shoulder, or a buck (or many) to whoever was in need.

Don loved not just people, but his pets as well. He sincerely loved his poodle puppy, MiMi. They were attached at the hip. He also loved gardening, cooking, cruising, dancing, and partying with his family and friends. He gave his wife a new name when he met her since they were both French. He said she was his "Mon Sherri" a/k/a Sharon and she was then forth known as Sherri.

Don was an avid outdoorsman and he did it with class. He enjoyed his summers at Sna-z-Spot on Gardner Lake in Salem, Connecticut for many years, and eventually upgraded to a spot on the beach in Westerly, Rhode Island. His biggest passion was his 34' Silverton Yacht that he named Page's Pleasure. Captain Don loved the ocean and he was at home when he was on the water.

Don's love for life and people was apparent to everyone that knew him. He especially loved being a Pepere and cherished his grandchildren. He had an infectious laugh and welcoming presence that drew everyone to him. He knew no strangers and loved everyone. His one of a kind smile and could light up a room and warm a heart. Don was full of empathy and compassion and gave the kind of hugs that were powerful enough to bring peace to the most difficult moments.

Don was born in 1945 and grew up in South Windsor, Connecticut, the son of Roger Joseph Page and Jeanne Gagnon Page. He lived the majority of his life there before moving to Florida. He attended the now historic single room Pleasant Valley Schoolhouse in town and was a graduate of South Windsor High School. Like most places in his life, Don was a social butterfly blessed with a wondrous charisma and passion for others. He appreciated the good things in life, and knew they came from hard work and dedication. He began his work as a paper boy, and moved on to working for his father's plumbing company, Page and Son's. He then worked as a butcher for quite a while during high school before joining the Navy upon graduation. After proudly serving his country, Don began his longstanding career in banking at Manchester Bank and Trust and then joined South Windsor Bank and Trust Company where he was promoted to vice president. He then moved on to Connecticut Bank and Trust Company as a Vice President and eventually took a lead role in the development of Bank of South Windsor where he became the President and Chief Financial Officer. In his role as a Banker he was proud to have helped many members of the community open businesses, afford homes, and make their dreams come true.

Don loved to give back to his community. He was an esteemed member of the South Windsor Rotary Club serving as its chair and also receiving the Paul Harris Fellow Award. After relocating to Florida, Don also became a much-loved member of the Hernando County Chamber of Commerce, Home Builders Association, Fair Association, Hernando County Education Foundation, Realtors Association, and Knights of Columbus. It was not rare to see Don as the dunkee at a dunking booth or as the emcee for a local event. He knew how to bring fun everywhere he went.

Don's move to Florida in 1994 allowed him to take a lead role in creating several banking institutions in his community. He finally ended his banking career as the President and CEO of Cortez Community Bank from where he recently retired. All of his employees loved Don, and affectionately referred to him as "Boss Man".
Friends will be received on Tues., June 26thth from 4-7 p.m. at the Brooksville Chapel of Brewer & Sons Funeral Home. Mass will be celebrated at St. Frances Cabrini on Wed., June 27th at 11 a.m. He will be laid to rest with Full Honors at the Florida National Cemetery following the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Rotary Club, Cancer Society, or the Education Foundation.