Donald W. Dobrowolsky(1955 - 2014)

Dobrowolsky, Donald Wayne (AKA: Big D, Dandy, Mr. Don, Pimp Daddy D and Dirty Don) of Columbia, CT, passed away on April 4th, 2014 at the age of 58. Don fought right through to the end with a long battle with kidney failure and heart disease. He was the beloved husband of 36 years to Suzanne (Champe) Dobrowolsky, and is also survived by his son, Joseph Dobrowolsky along with his wife, Jessica, and their four children, and his daughter, Jennifer Dobrowolsky. Don was born on June 4th, 1955 in Bloomfield, CT., to parents, the late Harry Dobrowolsky and Maxine (Ostrout) Dobrowolsky of Farmington, CT. Don grew up with his 7 siblings - Judy and Rick Devall of O'Neill, Nebraska; Harriet and Dave Muir of Colchester, CT; Linda and Dr. John Shanley of Burlington, CT; Sandra and Steve Dobrowolsky-Perlman of Palo Alto, CA; Chuck Dobrowolsky of Laguna Beach, CA; and Lisa and Brian Caron of Enfield, CT. He also leaves behind his father-in-law, John and his wife, Helen Champe of Lebanon, CT. Don was predeceased by his mother-In-Law, Janice (Geer) Champe. Don and his siblings were all raised in a small neighborhood in Bloomfield, CT. As a teenager, Don began his life of public service with the Blue Hills Fire Department on a fearless firefighting crew at Company 2 for the next ten years of his life. Don moved his wife and kids to Columbia, CT in 1983 to follow his dream; to own and operate his own grocery store - Don's Country Market. Shortly after becoming a member of the community, Don continued his life of public service by becoming a member of the Columbia Volunteer Fire Department. He served and became a Life Member for giving 30 years of service; 20 years of which, he also held the position of Treasurer. During this time, Don achieved the position of Deputy Chief. In addition to his dedication to volunteer public service, Don also served the public in his career as a 911 Dispatcher and Supervisor for the city of Willimantic, CT. for 20 years. He touched many lives during his life and made many long and lasting friendships. Don leaves behind many nieces, nephews and cousins. He also had many dear friends and extended family. Special thanks to Fred, Michael, "Ruocco", Kathleen, Paula and Kim. Services will be held at the First Congregational Church in Lebanon, CT on Saturday, April 12th, 2014 at Noon. These services will be immediately followed by a celebration of Donald's life which will be conducted at the Columbia Volunteer Fire Department on Route 66 in Columbia, CT. Staying true to Don's life-long dedication to public service, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Columbia Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 26, Columbia, CT 06237. The Potter Funeral Home, Willimantic assisted with arrangements. Please visit for online memorial guest book.

Funeral Home

Potter Funeral Home
456 Jackson Street Willimantic, CT 06226
(860) 423-2211

Published in The Hartford Courant on Apr. 8, 2014