I had the honor and pleasure to work with Don at the plant for 8 years! He was one of the nicest guys that I have ever meet.He will be missed by all. My thoughts and prayers are with you my friend and your family. May you rest in peace. God bless!
Grandpa Don you were a great man and friend we will truly miss you. Rest in peace Don
To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.
Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."
It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man.
God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to you....in the middle of the night.
When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.
I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.
There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.
If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.
So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.
And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not going.....you're coming here to me.
Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
My condolences to the Gadle family. Your father was one of the greatest man I will ever know .. He was so special to so many people. Don, or grandpa don as I called him was a big part of mine and my husband Paul's life.. He would stop by to visit me often just to chat and see how things were going.. I always loved our little chats and he always had a smile on his face... I miss seeing that smile or hearing him knocking at my door.. Rip grandpa don. You will b missed more than u know.
Rest in peace Don you were a good friend
My condolences to Don's family and friends. Don felt like he was part of my family. I looked forward to seeing him at all the CT Sun games and always loved his calls to talk about how big my children were getting and all about my family. He even had saved my wedding announcement from the paper from years ago and surprised me with it a laminated copy. I am comforted now knowing he will be watching over my family.
I had the pleasure of meeting Don while working in his neighborhood. I later saw him regularly when working at Norwich Navigator games. It was always good to see and talk with him. I will miss him immensely. He was a great friend and a wonderful man!
Dear Bob and Carol please accept my condolences and prayers on the passing of your dad. I will celebrate a Mass in his honor this Wednesday here in West Palm Beach. Much love to you both.
My condolence to the family and my thoughts to all who knew Don. His old truck seemed to have a smile button on the seat that worked everytime he was behind the wheel.To hear how many Firehouse friends and their children who commonly refer to Grampa Don shows the level of closeness and respect this great guy enjoyed and deserved..A sad loss for everyone.
Don used to come visit at the plant after he retired. I loved hearing his stories about the "good ol' days"! You are all in my thoughts and prayers.....may you rest peacefully Don.
Don will always be remembered in our hearts. You were always giving of yourself and have been there for us on numerous occasions. Rest in peace my friend.
Carol and Robert,
So sorry to hear about your dad. My sincere condolences to you.
Amy (Rondeau) McKinney
Rest in peace, Don. You will be missed by many. Our condolences to his family, many friends and comrades.
Good friend of my sister's, Margaret Gaudreau. Thanks for the blessings you brought her and give her my love.
Over the last several years Don became part of our family. He was a kind and generous man and was full of love for those around him. He was quick to help others and always ready for an adventure. He was a wonderful friend to my parents in their final years and provided comfort and support to me and my family when first my father, then my mother passed away. Though we miss him greatly, we will carry his memory forever in our hearts.
I met Don a few years ago at my Mother and Father in law's home in Hunter's Park. They told us that he looked just like their deceased father Albert Gaudreau, and sure enough, he was the spitting image of him. Don helped Al and Peg almost every day, and was rock solid as a friend and someone you could count on. We all became used to him being there, and he joined our large family many times for holiday dinners, and special events. My brother in law Tommy had lunch with often after Mom and Dad passed, and he loved Don too. Don Gadle loved his children, and his dear friend Lisa Casey. Don was kind, warm, and polite, and was much loved by all of the members of the family. I freely admit, that I wept hard when I heard he had passed, as I had come to love this man. I had hoped to have him as a guest this upcoming summer, and regret that we didn't have that opportunity. Rest In Peace Don. You were loved by many, and you will be missed a great deal. You made a difference in our lives, and we all cared a great deal.