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Donald “Don” F. Antonson

Posted By Bill On June 14, 2022 @ 9:32 am In Obituaries | 12 Comments


1934 – 2022

North Grosvenordale, CT– Donald “Don” F. Antonson, 87, died early Sunday morning, June 12, 2022, at Harrington Memorial Hospital in Southbridge, MA. He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Elaine A. (Brezniak) Antonson whom he married in Manchester CT on May 21, 1960; his daughter, Dawne Suzanne Woods of Spencer MA; his son, Scott A. and his wife Lisa (Tamborini) Antonson of North Grosvenordale; and his four grandchildren, Edward Rivard, III, Michael Rivard, Olivia Antonson, and Evan Antonson. He was predeceased by his siblings, Edith Lazarowski, Andrew Antonson, Dorothy Kelly, and Mildred Kuszewski.

He was born on the 4th of July in Webster MA, son of the late Andrew “Anders” F. and Irene M. (Guerin) Antonson.

Don was veteran of the United States Coast Guard, having served during the Korean Conflict. After being honorably discharged from his military duties, Don worked as an electrician at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft Company. Following that, he was an insurance agent for John Hancock Life Insurance Company for over 30 years, covering Thompson and Putnam. He served as the local Union president for many years retiring in 1994. During his retirement years, he drove charter bus for Peter Pan Bus Lines and later Ritchie Bus Lines, Inc. He also served on the Thompson Board of Finance for 10 years.

Don was a proud member of the Thompson Lions Club for more than 40 years, serving as Treasurer for 35 years. He was also a proud recipient of their Melvin Jones Fellowship Award. He enjoyed listening to Polka and Big Band music and was an avid reader of library books. His favorite author was Robert B. Parker, who wrote the Spenser for Hire novels.

Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Don’s family from 9:00AM to 10:00AM on Friday, June 17, 2022, in the Valade Funeral Home and Crematory, 23 Main St., N. Grosvenordale, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30AM in St. Joseph Church, 18 Main St., N. Grosvenordale, Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Dudley, MA. For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.




Condolences for the family of “Donald “Don” F. Antonson”

Condolence from Dave Babbitt on June 14th, 2022 1:43 pm

Elaine and family, Don was a great friend and fellow Lion….He served his community in so many ways for so many years…The bus trips he and Rene provided have lasting pleasant memories for so many….Our deepest sympathies…May his Soul Rest In Peace…with great sadness….Dave and Peg

Condolence from Nancy Ledoux on June 14th, 2022 2:17 pm

We are deeply saddened to hear about Uncle Donald’s passing. Please accept our sincere condolences Auntie Elaine, Dawne, Scott, Lisa and extended Family. Much love, Nancy, Earl and Brandon Ledoux

Condolence from Celeste and Christopher Nelson on June 14th, 2022 7:47 pm

We are so sorry for your loss. Mr Antonson was always a friendly and nice man. We loved to see him at church and at church events.

Celeste and Christopher Nelson and Randy Fifield.

Condolence from Marian Smat on June 15th, 2022 7:56 am

Sympathies to you all, he was our insurance guy for many years May He Rest In Peace

Condolence from Jeff Barske on June 15th, 2022 11:02 am

Don was always a gentleman; friendly; humorous
And honorable.
Love to the family..

Condolence from Maura O’Dea on June 15th, 2022 11:27 am

Elaine and Family,
Please accept my deepest condolences.
Don was a wonderful man whom most of us at the American Legion in Webster referred to as a Saint because he was so kind and patient on Friday fish nights!
He always had a quick smile and a great sense of humor.
He will be missed by many.

Condolence from Jack Bibek on June 15th, 2022 2:44 pm

Elaine,Scott, Lisa, and family: Our deepest condolences to all-we’ve known you all for many years and will always remember the good times we shared! Don was always a perfect gentleman with a great since of humor as well!!May he Rest In Peace! Jack and Jeannette Bibek

Condolence from John and Anne Woznicki on June 15th, 2022 4:11 pm

Scott. Our condolences to you and your family.

Condolence from Candy White on June 15th, 2022 5:08 pm

Dawne and family. My condolences to you abd your family. I am truly sorry for your loss.

Condolence from Marie McDonald on June 15th, 2022 8:36 pm

Elaine, Scott, and all of Don’s loved ones… I was saddened to hear of Don’s passing. I so enjoyed talking with him at the many events held by mutual friends. Christmas Eve being one of those very special times. May your hearts be filled with fond memories and may peace be with you all.

Condolence from Brian and Donna Lynch on June 16th, 2022 3:01 pm

We were so sorry to learn of Don’s passing. He gave so generously of his time and talents to those he knew, as well as to the Town of Thompson. Our sincere condolences to all of you. Brian and Donna Lynch

Condolence from Clarice and Paul Guillot on June 17th, 2022 6:39 pm

Elaine, Scott and family,

So sorry for your loss. We have known you for so many years, and worked side by side with school functions, etc.. Don was always friendly with everyone he knew and to those he met recently.
Our sympathies to you, our support, and the prayers will continue.
Paul and Clarice Guillot

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