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Obituary of Donald Southworth Brodeur Sr.
Donald Southworth Brodeur Sr. of Old Saybrook was granted eternal rest on August 2, 2021. He died peacefully in his home surrounded by his loving wife, children, and grandchildren. Donald was born at home on March 9, 1931, to Victor and Elizabeth (Southworth) Brodeur in West Hartford, Connecticut. He attended Old Lyme Elementary and High Schools and graduated from the University of Connecticut in 1957 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. Don met the one and only love of his life, Elizabeth “Nancy” Hartung when each of their families was watching a parade in Hartford; Don was 6 years old and Nancy 5. He recounted the first time he saw Nancy and said, “I have to meet that girl”. Fate would eventually bring them together again when both of their families relocated to Old Lyme. They started dating in high school, graduated together, and married in 1954. Their deep love and loyal commitment to one another blessed them with ten healthy children and a love story that spanned over 80 years. When asked what the most important ingredient for a happy and successful marriage was, Don always answered, “Respect.” Donald enlisted in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War and was honorably discharged as an Airman First Class in February 1955. Don started his career in New York City at EY (formerly Ernst & Ernst). Following his employment there, he co-founded the firm known as Brodeur & Kenney CPAs in 1963 with an office in Niantic. Over the years, his firm flourished and expanded with offices in Old Saybrook and Waterford and came to be known as Brodeur & Company CPAs. When Don retired in 1995, his two sons, Donald Jr. and Stephan, both CPAs, assumed ownership. In his retirement, Don was a fixture at the Black Hall Golf Club and also enjoyed spending as much time as he could with his children and grandchildren. He believed in a life dedicated to service. Among the many ways he served his community was as co-founder of the Old Saybrook Racquet Club. He served on both the Board of Education and Board of Finance as Chairmans of the Town of Old Lyme and later the Board of Trustees at St. Bernard High School in Uncasville. He also served on the University of Connecticut School of Business Advisory Council. He was the Connecticut Society of CPAs President in 1987 and later received the Governor’s appointment to the State Board of Accountancy. In 1999, he received the Connecticut Society of CPAs Meritorious Service Award. The Haitian Health Foundation and the Diocese of Norwich were among the many charities and organizations that he supported. He was a dedicated member of Christ the King Church in Old Lyme and in recent years St. John’s Church in Old Saybrook. His Catholic faith was central to his life and the foundation of his family and professional career. Donald was the sixth of seven siblings. He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Elizabeth "Nancy" Hartung Brodeur and children, Donald Jr. and wife Karen (Agres), Elizabeth and partner Rich Kay, Jonathan and wife Susan (Andrews), Christopher and wife Meg (Randall), Rosemary and fiance Michael Cairns, Eric and wife Stacie (Skinner), Stephan, Stephanie and partner Thomas Felicetti, Marc and wife Jennifer (O’Connell). He was predeceased by his son Timothy and wife Terri (Sottile). He will be deeply missed by his twenty-five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Donald is also survived by his sister Marjorie Brodeur of Massachusetts and was predeceased by his parents, brothers Victor Brodeur, William Brodeur, John Brodeur, and sisters Jean Kennedy and Barbara Brodeur. The family wishes to extend their sincere gratitude to his highly skilled, compassionate caregivers Eha and Tasha over recent years. Visitation will be held Friday, August 6th from 4-7 PM at Robinson, Wright & Weymer Funeral Home, 34 Main Street, Centerbrook, CT. A Funeral Mass will be held Saturday, August 7th at 11 AM at Christ the King Church, 1 McCurdy Road, Old Lyme followed by burial with military honors in the Duck River Cemetery, Old Lyme. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Terri Brodeur Breast Cancer Foundation, P.O. Box 785, New London, CT. 06320 www.tbbcf.org or The Michael J. Fox Foundation, P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741 www.michaeljfox.org. The Brodeur family requests that all guests attending the visitation would kindly wear a mask.
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Friday, August 6, 2021
Robinson, Wright & Weymer Funeral Home
34 Main Street
Centerbrook, Connecticut, United States
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Saturday, August 7, 2021
Christ the King Church
1 McCurdy Road
Old Lyme, Connecticut, United States