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
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Published by The New Haven Register from Nov. 13 to Nov. 14, 2013.