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Donald T. Dunleavy

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Donald T. Dunleavy Obituary
Dunleavy, Donald T.
Donald T. Dunleavy of Putter Drive, Wallingford, died of a broken heart at his home on Thursday, September 13, 2018. He was the husband of the late Shirley O'Meara Dunleavy who passed away seven weeks ago. Donald was born in New Haven, February 17, 1929, a son of the late John J. Dunleavy Sr. and Delia (Athy) Dunleavy. He is survived by his children and their spouses, Kevin (Meg) Dunleavy, Mara Dunleavy, Erin (Richard) Benham, and Johnna (James) Schlosser; his six grandchildren, Thomas Benham, Elizabeth Benham, Jack Dunleavy, Kyle (Karen) Dunleavy, Jena Schlosser and James Schlosser; and his great grandson, Korbyn Benham. He was predeceased by his siblings and their spouses, Mary and John O'Connell, John and Mary Dunleavy Jr., Noreen and James DeBowes, and James and Frances Dunleavy, all of New Haven. Don attended school in New Haven, and spent many years in the retail field before entering into interior design and sales for office equipment with Remington Rand Corp., Lubin Interiors. In 1971 he became the second Purchasing Agent for the Town of Wallingford, a position he held until 1991 when he and his wife retired. Don embraced his new career, and joined the National Purchasing Institute, a national association of state and municipal agents and served on its Board of Directors for two terms and was certified as a C.P.P.O., Certified Public Purchasing Officer, He also belonged to the CT Association of Purchasing Managers, and during his career held every state office in that association. In 1982 he became the Director of National Affairs for the 2nd district of the National Association of Purchasing Managers, that district included all of the New England States. Certified as a Certified Purchasing Manager C.P.M., Don became the National Director of Professional Development, and served in that position for eight years, working with a team of College and University members to develop a curriculum of study for the C.P.M. exams. Active in public and religious affairs, Don was a Past President of the Holy Name Society of Most Holy Trinity Church, The Rotary Club of Wallingford, the Consolidation Study Committee, Serra International, the Knights of St. Patrick, and the Wallingford Public Library Building Committee '73-'75. He was also a member of the Board of Directors - Wallingford Symphony Orchestra, the Meriden Wallingford Catchment Area Council #9 Chairman '75-'77, and the Meriden Wallingford United Fund Chairman '75. Don was a founding parishioner of the Church of the Resurrection where he was asked to find Ushers and Altar Servers for the new parish and in 1964 was asked to serve as a Lector, a ministry he held until his death. He was commissioned as a Minister of the Eucharist and served as a member of the Eucharistic Ministry Team of Meriden Wallingford Hospital and later MidState Medical Center for several years. He also brought the Eucharist to many homebound parishioners. Don and Shirley were awarded the St. Joseph Medal of Honors by Archbishop Mansell in 2010. Don served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was stationed in Germany. When the Special Olympics World Games were held in New Haven in 1995, Don was asked to serve as their Purchasing Officer. Don always joked that he had worked with every Mayor the town had ever had, starting with Bill Bertini when they worked together on the Consolidation Committee that brought together the Town and Borough. Don was a founding member of the Pilgrim Harbor Country Club. He continued to play golf well into his 80's. His family will receive relatives and friends in The Wallingford Funeral Home, 809 N. Main St. Ext., on Sunday, September 16, from 2 to 5 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday at 12 p.m. directly at Church of the Resurrection. Interment in Center Street Cemetery will be private. In lieu of flowers, gifts in his memory may be sent to the Sisters' Project, P.O. Box 1643, Wallingford, CT 06492, or the Church of the Resurrection, 115 Pond Hill Rd., Wallingford, CT 06492. www.wallingfordfh.com
Published in The New Haven Register on Sept. 14, 2018
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