BRISTOL BITS: McDonald's employee retires after 41 years

Published on Tuesday, 9 August 2022 13:07


Donna (Boutin) Wilson, a recent retiree, was thrown a birthday party this past Saturday at the Lions Club in Wolcott. Family and friends gathered to offer her congratulations and wish her well into the recent retirement phase of her life.

I’ll not reveal her age, but can tell you she worked for the McDonald Corporation for 41 years. She just left her job as manager of the McDonald location off North Main Street here in town with her last day being the first of this month. She’s also managed stores elsewhere, such as in Simsbury and Torrington.

Donna has been rewarded for her work in having received the corporation’s prestigious Ray Kroc Award in two separate years, the lone individual from New England to earn these laurels twice.

Asked what she liked about her job, she said it was the people.

“I miss the customers, the community and crew,” she explained. “I’m looking forward to retirement time with my grandchildren and traveling.”

Donna, a member of the class of 1976 at Bristol Eastern and her husband, Bob, who graduated from the school two years previously, are life-long Bristol residents who have been married for 44 years. They have two sons, Robert III and James, and their grandchildren are Carolyn (17 years of age), Robbie IV (10), Andrew (8) and Zachary (6).

The Ray Kroc award is named after the founder of McDonald’s fast food chain. It’s given to the top l% of the restaurant managers of this corporation. The winning managers are selected in looking at several different aspects of their work, leading to the overall success of this global operation.  

Other birthdays

Peter Dekow, class of ‘62 at Bristol Eastern, celebrates tomorrow. Ann Lucenti Munger-Chrystal, Angela Stortz and Monica Kowalski had birthdays on Tuesday.

Mike Spirito

Mike’s obituary in Tuesday’s edition of this publication outlined the many good deeds he did through his lifetime. Another one that came to mind was with his participation with the annual Bristol Tramps Reunion programs.

Mike was an interesting man with a fulfilled life, and leaves his widow, MaryAnn, who is as sweet as they come. 

Bea Cerrone - Flood of ‘55

“We lived on Laurel Street and I remember as an eight-year-old sitting on our front porch watching Laurel Street turn into a raging river. Park benches from Rockwell Park were floating by. Our basement was flooded up to the top step. We had a dirt cellar so eventually it was all absorbed back into the ground.”  

Contact Bob Montgomery at or by calling 860-583-5132.

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Tuesday, 9 August 2022 13:07. Updated: Tuesday, 9 August 2022 13:09.