Donald W. Christensen, Sr., born August 22, 1932, passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 6, 2014 with his family, at the home of his daughter Nancy-ann, after a two-year long battle with cancer. He was born in Hartford where he grew up. Donald served in the United States Army during the Korean War
, B Company, 9th Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division. He was a full time fire fighter
with the Hartford Fire Department. After moving to Simsbury, he continued as a volunteer fire fighter with the Simsbury Volunteer Fire Department. He also worked for the Town of Simsbury, owned his own construction business, and retired from the United States Postal Service. Donald and his beloved wife Rosalie moved to their dream home in Beverly Hills, FL and later returned to Connecticut in 2009, due to Rosalie's illness. He resided at Metacomet Village in East Granby, before moving in with his daughter in Windsor. He was predeceased by his wife Rosalie G. Christensen, daughter Cheryl Christensen and his brothers, Richard Christensen and his wife Annette and John E. Christensen and his wife Lois. He is survived by his brother Robert Christensen; his children, Donald W. Christensen, Jr. and his wife Donna, Debra Sigman, John W. Christensen, George D. Christensen and his wife Fay, Nancy-ann Romanelli and her husband Michael, and Anthony J. Christensen and his wife Donna; his grandchildren, Nicole, Lauren, Brooks, Paige, Abby, Nina, Cheyenne, Raymond, Josh, Sean, Jordan, and Leah and his great-grandchildren Giovanni and Rosalia. He loved coaching football at Simsbury High School along with playing golf and participating in several leagues. He especially enjoyed a round of nine holes at Copperhill with his son Anthony. He also loved spending time outdoors hunting and fishing with his sons while on the other hand, he enjoyed being pampered at the spa with his daughter. Recently he took pride in teaching his granddaughter Nina to play his favorite card game, Cribbage. He never missed a season of the UCONN Huskies Girls Basketball. Some of Donald's famous sayings, 'that's cool man',' I'd appreciate it', 'the goodies', and 'it was when I went to school', will be missed. Calling hours will be at the Vincent Funeral Home, 880 Hopmeadow Street in Simsbury on Thursday, July 10th from 10am-12noon closing with a funeral service at 12noon. Burial with military honors will follow at Simsbury Cemetery. Any donations would be appreciated to the St. Francis Cancer Center, 95 Woodland Street, Hartford, Connecticut 06105. Please visit Donald's "Book of Memories" at www.vincentfuneralhome.com
for online condolences.