On Thursday, Sept. 9, after a long and courageous battle with Alzheimer’s, Donald A. Porter, 79, of Wallingford, passed away peacefully at home with his loving wife of 57 years by his side. Don was born in Rumford, Maine, on Dec. 30, 1941, the son of the late Alton T. Porter and Dorothy Hitchcock Ward. A 1960 graduate of Bristol Eastern High School, he went on to become an Aeronautical Engineer. He retired from Pratt & Whitney after 31 years of dedicated service. His main passion was riding, restoring and collecting vintage British motorcycles. He was a lifetime member of the Meriden Motorcycle Club and a member of The British Iron Association of Connecticut.
He will be deeply missed by his beloved wife Antoinette, his daughters Deanna Porter and Dawn Warncke of Meriden as well as his grandson Naythan Porter and sister-in-law Ann Krampitz of Wallingford. He was predeceased by his brother Ronald Duguay and sister Barbara Orpin.
Don’s family will receive relatives and friends at The Wallingford Funeral Home, 809 North Main St. Ext., on Saturday, Sept. 18 from 2 - 4:30 p.m. immediately followed by a brief on site ceremony and celebration of life (details to follow at www.wallingfordfh.com ). He will be laid to rest at St. Joseph Cemetery, 522 Terryville Ave., Bristol, CT on Monday, Sept. 20 at noon. All are welcome. The family would like to thank Hartford Palliative Healthcare and Hospice at Home for their care and support, especially Crystal, Sally and Tom. Flowers may be sent to the funeral home and/or memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Alzheimer’s Association.