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Donald L. Rio

August 24, 1942 ~ February 18, 2018 (age 75)

Donald L. Rio, 75 of Plainville, passed away Sunday February 18, 2018 at the Hospital of Central Connecticut in New Britain surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of Marjorie (Autunno) Rio with whom he shared 52 years of marriage.

Donald was born August 24, 1942 in New Britain a son of the late Dominic and Josephine (Mortelliti) Rio and was a longtime Plainville resident. He was a 1960 graduate of Saint Thomas Aquinas High School. Upon graduation Donald joined the United States Air Force, serving in Newburgh, New York and later in Turkey. After being honorably discharged from the Air Force in 1963 he began his 35 year career at Pratt and Whitney, beginning as a crib attendant, working his way to network designer. Donald later worked as a consultant at Pratt and Whitney with CSC and then with his own consulting company Data Design Consultants.  He was a H.A.M. Radio operator since he was 15 years old with his call number being “K1IDM” and he volunteered at ARRL in Newington where he enjoyed giving tours and talking about H.A.M radio operation. Donald enjoyed marching bands and was a trumpeter in the Shriners Band. Donald was proud of the backyard pond he built named “Rio’s Oasis” and took great care of the fish he placed in it. Donald was an excellent tennis player in his younger days, enjoyed bowling and going to eat at Saint’s and Oasis. He enjoyed war movies and old westerns, but his favorite movie was “It’s A Wonderful Life” which became a family Christmas tradition. Donald was a Communicant of Our Lady of Mercy Church.

Besides his loving wife Marjorie, Donald leaves his son, Douglas Rio and Michelle of Southington, his daughter, Cheryl “Shosh” Trovato and her husband Sebastian of Southington, his grandchildren, Anthony, Matthew and Summer, his brother Jerry Rio of Florida and his sisters-in-law Anny O’Steen and Judy Bosco and her husband Jim. Donald was predeceased by his twin daughters Marjorie and Mary and his brother, Brother James Rio, CSC.

A Mass of Christian Burial in celebration of Donald’s life will be held on Thursday at 10:00 a.m. directly at Our Lady of Mercy Church 94 Broad Street in Plainville. Burial will follow in Saint Mary Cemetery in New Britain. Family and friends may gather at the Bailey Funeral Home 48 Broad Street in Plainville on Wednesday from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Cancer Center of Central Connecticut 201 North Mountain Road Plainville, CT 06062 or to Our Lady of Mercy Church 19 South Canal Street Plainville, CT 06062.

Charitable donations may be made to:

Our Lady of Mercy Church
94 Broad St, Plainville CT 06062

Cancer Center of Central Connecticut
201 North Mountain Road, Plainville CT 06062

 Service Information

February 21, 2018

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Bailey Funeral Home
48 Broad Street
Plainville, CT 06062

Mass of Christian Burial
February 22, 2018

10:00 AM
Our Lady of Mercy Church
94 Broad Street
Plainville, CT 06062

Interment following funeral service
February 22, 2018

ST. Mary Cemetery
1309 Stanley St.
New Britain, CT

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