Donald P. Ingraham Sr., 76, of East Hampton passed away peacefully with his Fiancé Deborah Foell by his side. Donald was born Dec. 20, 1936, son of the late Elmer and Emily Kate (McKinney) Ingraham. Donald was a lifelong resident of East Hampton, attended East Hampton Schools and retired from Standard Knapp after 28 years as a lathe operator and set up man. He was a member of the IAM. Donald was a 55 year member of the East Hampton Volunteer Fire Department Company 1, where he held the offices of Lieutenant, Captain, and Deputy Chief and for many years was Captain of the Fire Police. He was a member of the Middlesex County Fire Police Assoc. and the Middlesex County Fire Chiefs Assoc. He was a life member of the East Hampton Fireman's Recreation Association. While serving as a Captain he was placed in charge of overseeing the East Hampton Ambulance Assoc. when they were under the East Hampton Fire Department. He would later serve on the Board of Director's for many years. He was very devoted to his town and community. Donald was voted Citizen of the Year in 2009 by the East Hampton Village Lions and the following year, 2010 was voted Volunteer of the Year by the East Hampton VFW. He was a member of the St. Joseph Society of Colchester. Donald was an avid golfer and bowler winning many trophies in both. He loved to play setback and played for many years in the firehouse setback league. He loved camping in his RV with traveling up north as his favorite. He also enjoyed trips to Florida in February. He was a fan of country music, NASCAR, UConn football and men's and women's basketball teams, the New England Patriots and Boston Celtics.
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Donald is survived by his fiancé Deborah Foell and his best friend Bowie of home. He is also survived by his daughter Elaine Ingraham and her partner Anthony Perri of East Hampton, his son Donald Ingraham Jr. and his wife Heidi of East Hampton, four grandsons Nicholas, Dorian and Logan Tanasi all of Granby and Jacob Ingraham of East Hampton, his mother-in-law Dorothy Flood of Flagler Beach FL, three sisters Claire Swenson of Norwich, Nancy Andrews of Uncasville, and carol Herzig (Warren) of Durham and several nieces, nephews, an uncle and many cousins. He also leaves his extended family and his many friends. He was predeceased by his wife Elizabeth (Flood) Ingraham. The family would like to thank the many doctors, nurses and staff at Middlesex Hospital and DAVITA who cared for Donald for the eight and a half years. He never gave up and lived every day to the fullest. He will be greatly missed by everyone he touched. Funeral services will be held Saturday Dec. 29th at 12 noon at the Spencer Funeral Home 112 Main St. East Hampton. Burial will follow in Lakeview Cemetery. Friends may call at the Spencer Funeral Home on Friday evening from 4PM until 8PM. Memorial contributions may be made to East Hampton Volunteer Fire Dept. 5 Barton Hill Rd. East Hampton, CT 06424, the East Hampton Ambulance Assoc. PO Box 144 East Hampton, CT 06424 or to Weiss Hospice Center of Middlesex Hospital c/o Middlesex Hospital Department of Philanthropy 55 Crescent St. Middletown, CT 06457. To leave online condolences please visit www.spencerfuneralhomeinc.com.
Published in The Middletown Press on Dec. 27, 2012