1931 – 2021
Quinebaug – Donald J. McGee, 89, of Charlene D. Quinebaug, CT., passed away peacefully at the Matulaitis Nursing Home on Tuesday, January 19, 2021. He was the loving husband of the late Claire (Guerin) McGee. Born in Putnam, he was the son of the late Thomas and Leola (Berthiume) McGee.
Donald was a United States Navy veteran serving with the Marines in Korea. He then earned a bachelor’s degree and was employed as a Clinical Laboratory Supervisor at the Memorial Hospital in Worcester and William Backus Hospital of Norwich.
Donald grew up during the hay day of the local textile mills and because of that fact he was an avid researcher of the local mills, mill towns and its citizens. He authored several books on local history, including the mill, he loved to read and was a member of the Quinebaug VFW, post 10088.
Donald is survived by his three sons; Michael McGee and his wife Bonnie of Rock Hill, SC, Thomas McGee and wife Denise of Oxford, MA, Donald C. McGee, and wife Jean of Charlton, MA; daughter Mary Ellen Menzone and husband Anthony of Agawam, MA, ten grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Valade Funeral Home and Crematory, 23 Main St., N. Grosvenordale, CT. A grave side service will be held at the St. Joseph Cemetery, Main St., N. Grosvenordale, CT. at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 26, 2021. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic family and friends are kindly asked to wear a face covering and respect social distancing guidelines.
Memorial donations may be made to Thompson Historical Society, P.O. Box 47 Thompson, CT 06277 or the Quinebaug VFW, Post 1008, Post Office Box 496, Quinebaug, CT 06262. For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.