Donald J. Sobol

Donald J. Sobol passed away peacefully Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014.

Born in Manchester on Jan. 26, 1950, he grew up in Bolton. He was the first class to graduate from Bolton High School where he designed the Bolton bulldog logo. He also left his mark in town by recently co-designing the war memorial that sits on the town green. While living in Bolton, Don was in Boy Scouts Troop 73, and proudly attained the rank of Eagle Scout. Don was also involved with the Civil Air Patrol. Don went on to study civil engineering and fine arts at the University of Connecticut. Graduation was put on hold, when he changed courses and joined the United States Army Reserves. With his time served he then discharged at the rank of SP 5. Don worked for the Joseph Merritt Co., Hartford, for 38 years. Don became well known for his creativity in the graphics design community. Retiring as vice president, he was one of the company's most respected employees. Don made his home in Willington for the past 37 years, where he enjoyed working on his home restoration and gardening. So many memories and so many friends filled his life while living there.

Donald is survived by his wife, Marilyn May Sobol; and two stepsons, David Ziff of Hartford, Christopher Ziff (and Kimberly) of Burlington. Additionally, Donald enjoyed the antics of three stepgrandchildren, Zach Rudnicki, Emma and Eric Ziff. He is also survived by his mother, Viola Sobol, of Bolton; four brothers, Anthony Sobol III, retired colonel, (and Margaret) of New Mexico, Paul Sobol of Hebron, Michael Sobol (and Lynn) of Coventry, Gary Sobol (and Jane) of Stafford Springs; and sister, Patricia McDermott (and Dermot) of Greenwich. There are numerous nieces and nephews and grandnieces that will miss Uncle Donald and his stories. Don was recently predeceased by his dad, Anthony J. Sobol. The two shall meet and watch over this family from their new home.

His love of animals was well known by all and Don requested to have memorial donations made to Our Companions Animal Rescue, P.O. Box 956, Manchester, CT 06045, in lieu of flowers.

Services for Donald will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 21, at 11 a.m. at the John F. Tierney Funeral Home, 219 W. Center St., Manchester, followed by burial with military honors at Bolton Center Cemetery, Hebron Road, Bolton.

Family and friends may call at the funeral home on Monday, Jan. 20, from 3 to 6 p.m. and Tuesday from 10 to 11 a.m. For online condolences please visit

Funeral Home

John F. Tierney Funeral Home
219 West Center Street Manchester, CT 06040-4857
(860) 643-1222

Published in Journal Inquirer from Jan. 17 to Jan. 21, 2014