Budde, Donald R.
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Donald R. Budde, 94 years young, died on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at Bridgeport Hospital.
Don was born in Bridgeport to the late Richard and Helen Budde. He graduated from Harding High School where he excelled in baseball, basketball and golf. Don received his engineering degree from the Pratt Institute in New York.
He was known as a fisherman extraordinaire and was the founder of the Stratford Boat Owners Association. Don was also a longtime member of the Pootatuck Yacht Club. He was a huge basketball and baseball fan and he absolutely loved the UCONN Ladies Basketball Team.
Don was a man of great faith and wisdom. He treated everyone with respect. Don was well loved by his many friends. He never let his age slow him down. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Survivors include his son, David Budde of McKinleyville, CA; one grandson, David Budde of CA; one granddaughter, Leihla Joan Budde of CA; two great-grandchildren, Devin Liles and Dylan McKee Liles; his former wife, Phyllis Kilpatrick of FL; his "adopted" daughter, Mary Grant and Alison Amato, both of Bridgeport; and his "adopted" granddaughter, Sarah Branco, along with her husband, Bert and their daughter, Emily, who adored her "PopPop". He is also survived by his beloved cat, Buffy. He was predeceased by his beloved daughter, Wendy Budde and his sister, Marion Dirgo.
Friends are invited to attend the funeral on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 8:15 am at the Pistey Funeral Home, 2155 Main Street, Stratford and at 9:00 am at St. James Church with a Mass of Christian Burial officiated by Rev. Bruce Roby. Interment will follow at St. Michael Cemetery. Friends may call on Friday from 4 to 8 pm.
Published in Connecticut Post from Feb. 12 to Feb. 13, 2014