DONALD F. TARINELLI

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DONALD F. TARINELLI - TOWNSHEND - Donald F. Tarinelli passed away at Grace Cottage in Townshend on Dec. 4, 2012, of natural causes. Donald was born April 6, 1930, in Bridgeport, Conn. He was predeceased by his parents, Palmer Tarinelli and Loretta Assunta Roberto Tarinelli, and his only brother, John Tarinelli. He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Mary Fraser Tarinelli; four children and their spouses, Deborah Purvin and husband, Duane, Donald Tarinelli Jr. and wife, Sue, Christina Mauss and husband, Michael, and Mark Tarinelli and wife, Gillian; seven grandchildren, Marissa and Mac Purvin, Julia and Rachel Tarinelli, Alexandra Mauss, and Zoe and Jake Tarinelli; his first wife, Vivian Hathaway Crouse; good friends and brothers-in-law, Paul V. Fraser Jr., Philip Fraser and wife, Cathy, and Christopher Fraser and wife, Joanne; many nieces, nephews and cousins. Donald graduated from Fairfield Prep, Class of '48, and continued his education at M.I.T., with a degree in Civil Engineering. He was a lieutenant in the United States Army Air Corp during the Korean War, and worked on expanding runways for B-52's in Guam. He then went to work with his father in the Palmer Tarinelli Construction Company. In the early 1960's, Donald and his dear friend and partner, Bernard Gilhully, formed Fairfield Associates, building moderate-income housing all over New England. Don found himself being drawn to Vermont, and built a vacation home on Stratton Mountain in the early '60s. The family became avid skiers. In 1972, he and his friend Warren Hellman, cofounded the Stratton Mountain School, in which he took great pride in giving the Founder's Award at graduation each year. Donald was general manager and president of The Stratton Mountain Corp, 1973 to 1980. In 1984, he purchased Haystack Mountain Ski Area, and his beloved Golf Course. Don suffered a stroke in 1996 and was paralyzed on one side, up until his death. His proudest accomplishment was founding, along with his wife, Our Lady of Ephesus House of Prayer, Inc., in Jamaica, Vt. They were instrumental in building an exact replica of the Blessed Mother's last home there; the original being in Ephesus, Turkey. Calling hours will be held at Our Lady of Ephesus House of Prayer, 35 Fawn Ledge Lane, Jamaica, on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, from 2 to 5 p.m. A Funeral Mass will celebrated at Our Lady of Ephesus House of Prayer at 12 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 10, 2012. Following the burial at Our Lady of Ephesus Cemetery, friends are invited to join in a celebration of Don's life during a luncheon reception. Arrangements are in the care of Ker-Westerlund Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 57 High St., Brattleboro. Donations in Don's memory may be made to Our Lady of Ephesus House of Prayer, Inc., 35 Fawn Ledge Lane, Jamaica, VT 05343, the Stratton Mountain School, or Grace Cottage Hospital, Townshend, VT.

Published in The Burlington Free Press on Dec. 6, 2012
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