Donald Michael "Bud" Priest
FUNERAL HOME
Sisk Brothers Funeral Home - Hamden
3105 Whitney Ave.
Hamden, CT
PRIEST, DONALD MICHAEL “BUD” Donald Michael “Bud “ Priest, 83, of Hamden, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013 at Yale-New Haven Hospital. He is survived by his beloved wife of sixty years, Ruth Priest; his loving children, Pamela P. Irving and husband Dr. Jack, of Hamden, Donald M. Priest, Jr., of Branford, and Amy E. Paier and husband Richard, of Orange; and his cherished grandchildren Brian Irving, Alison Irving Appleby and husband Michael, Griffin Paier, and Kelsey Paier. He is also survived by his brothers Richard and Edward Priest, both of Syracuse, NY, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was predeceased by his daughter, Susan L. Priest, and his brother, John Priest. Born Dec. 10, 1929 in Syracuse, NY, he was a son of the late John G. and Catherine Downes Priest. Bud graduated from Holy Rosary High School in Syracuse and St. Bonaventure University, class of 1951. After serving with the U.S. Army, he had a distinguished career as a realtor as owner of First Woodbridge Realtors. He was a past president of the New Haven Board of Realtors, and was honored as the CT Realtor of the Year. He was a civic-minded person who was a past president of the Orange Board of Education and a past chairman of the Orange Police Commission. Bud was also a charter member of the Woodbridge Rotary Club, serving as its first president, and was a Paul Harris Fellow. He was a communicant of St. Rita Church in Hamden. Bud was a selfless giver with an abundance of compassion and kindness. He committed himself to family, friends, and those in need. He brought joy to everyone he met. An eternal optimist, he took great pleasure in life and never turned down an invitation for fun. Bud’s family deeply thanks all those who cared for Bud over the past six months, especially the staff at Whitney Center. His life will be celebrated with a mass of Christian Burial at St. Rita Church, Hamden, on Sat. morning at 10:00. Entombment will follow in Mt. St. Peters Cemetery Mausoleum, Derby. Friends may call on Fri. from 5-8 pm at Sisk Brothers Funeral Home, 3105 Whitney Ave., Hamden. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Woodbridge Rotary Club, P.O. Box 4096, Woodbridge, CT 06525, or to the Rocky Mountain MS Center, 8845 Wagner St., Westminster, CO 80031 (specify “For Research”). www.siskbrothers.com
Published by The New Haven Register from Nov. 13 to Nov. 14, 2013.
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Amy, Rich, Griffin, and Kelsey,
We were so saddened to hear of your Dad and Grandpa's passing. He was always so joyful, friendly, and kind. You are in our thoughts.
Love, Kirsten, Seth, Hunter, Ethan, and Maddie
Kirsten Mason
December 19, 2013
We were so saddened by this news. We have so many wonderful memories of the times we spent together. Our heartfelt sympathy to Ruth and family. Love, Ann & Frank
Ann & Frank Ciambriello
November 20, 2013
Pam, Jack, and family
I have such fond memories of your Dad, and his enthusiasm when Brian and Alison were in his charge at Foote school pick-ups. We enjoyed many conversations He was incredibly proud of all of you. I am sorry for your loss. What a wonderful, caring, family man. Love and comfort to all of you. Happy memories. Emily
November 18, 2013
We send our love and prayers to you all. What a wonderful loving man, full of fun and generosity!
Kurt, Karen, Gloria, Linda and Glenn Voloshin
Kurt Voloshin
November 16, 2013
Remembering an old friend. Kitty (Waterman) Brophy. North Port, FL My deepest sympathy to Ruth and family
November 16, 2013
On behalf of Council 2541 of the Knights of Columbus, I extend my sincerest condolences. Be assured of our prayers and concern.
In Christ,
John Anderson
Grand Knight
November 15, 2013
Our condolences to the family. Bud touched so many lives. He was truly a wonderful person.
Fedele & Susan Volpe
November 15, 2013
Bud was an inspirational man to many people.
He played a pivotal role in my development as a person, and explained life in a positive way they I still reflect on these many years later.
I was greatly saddened to hear of his passing.

To his family,
For some moments in life there are no words, but I wish you peace to bring comfort, and memories to forever hold in your hearts.
Eric Welker
November 15, 2013
I was very fortunate to meet the kind and warm Bud. Bud's wonderful soul and spirit touched me and will never be forgotten.

May your heart and sould find peace, and may the blessings of God be upon you.

Andrei & Shannon Tamas
Andrei Tamas
November 14, 2013
Our sincerest condolences to you Pam, Jack and all of your family. We were fortunate to have met him on a few occasions, and know how special he was to all of you. May he rest in peace.
Sheila & Michael DeChello
November 14, 2013
Bud will be greatly missed. Everyone who had exposure to Bud knows he was a wonderful father, community leader, and friend to those he loved. Ours hearts are with you, Nan Birdwhistell and David Rothberg
November 14, 2013
Our prayers are with the family during this difficult time. We never saw Bud display or complain about the pain he must have been in. His smile and witty comments just lit up the room. He will be missed.
Jim & Anne Illingworth
November 14, 2013
My condolences go out to his family. I remember Bud and my dad Bill Gilbert working together and the Rotary Club together. HE will be missed
Katherine Gilbert-Robbins
November 14, 2013
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