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Died: Thu., Jul. 14, 2016


9:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Tue., Jul. 19, 2016
Location: St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Tue., Jul. 19, 2016
Location: St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church

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Donald C. Feliciano passed away on July 14, 2016, surrounded in the loving care of his family, at the St. Raphael Campus of Yale New Haven Hospital, following a battle of spinal stenosis and Parkinson’s disease.He leaves behind his wife of 48 years, Larisa Gromyko, his high school sweetheart to whom he referred as “the love of my life.”  He also leaves behind his cherished children and grandchildren, daughter: Tanya Feliciano DeMattia (and spouse John DeMattia) and grandchild, thereto, Alexia; his son, Donald T. Feliciano (and spouse Britta), and his grandchildren, thereto, Andrew, Dylan, and Jillian; his sister-in-law Lily Gallagher (spouse Robert); two brothers (Michael and Robert Feliciano and respective spouses), three sisters (Dorothy Harmon, Carol Bennett, and Theresa Crawford.) as well as several nieces and nephews.Prior to his retirement, Donald was a chemical engineer and cosmetic chemist and worked for Chesebrough-Pond’s/Unilever. Some of Donald's many achievements include holding patents for certain chemical compositions, and earning a Lifetime Merit Award from the Connecticut Chapter of Cosmetic Chemists, which he founded in Connecticut.Donald was active in the Parkinson’s community. He held officer posts for “PAN,” a Parkinson’s Action Network for political promotion for the disease. He was also active in “CAP,” the Connecticut Advocates for Parkinson’s network.  He and his wife were involved with the Michael J. Fox Foundation, and attended and presented at many Parkinson’s-related seminars.Donald also loved his Orthodox Christian religion, and was an active member of New Haven Chapter 98, Order of AHEPA, a Greek Orthodox fraternal organization, which serves community interests.Donald will be remembered for his devotion to his family and his faith, his sense of humor, and his love for animals, as well as his determination that his Parkinson's diagnosis would not prevent him from living life to its fullest.

Friends and family may pay their respects to Donald at St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, 480 Racebrook Road, Orange on Tuesday (July 19th) from 9:00 to 11:00 am. followed by funeral services at 11:00  according to the Orthodox faith.  Interment will be at Cedar Grove Cemetery in New London. Donations in his name may be made to: St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church; Connecticut Advocates for Parkinson’s (CAP); The Michael J. Fox Foundation; ASPCA or The Humane Society.

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John Mahon
   Posted Mon July 18, 2016

CONTINUUM WREATH ON EASEL was sent by Connecticut Chapter of the SCC..

Don was an inspiration to all of us. Not only was Don the founder of the Connecticut Chapter of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists', he was loved by all members. Our Chapter is now at a loss without Don. He will be missed.

Ellen and 'Bud' Leon Powers and Randy
   Posted Mon July 18, 2016
Our thoughts and our prayers are with you, Larisa and family. We are so very sorry for your loss and extend our deepest sympathy. (Call me or email me when you are up to it, Larisa...I no longer have your address. I remember attending your and Don's wedding. P.S. We live in East Lyme now)

Ellen, 'Bud' Leon and Randy Powers
   Posted Mon July 18, 2016
Our thoughts and our prayers are with you, Larisa and family. We are so very sorry for your loss and extend our deepest sympathy...Hugs, Ellen

John Miller
   Posted Tue July 19, 2016
Glad to have known Donald over the years. He will be missed.
I'm sure he and Mark are smiling and toasting together again!

Bonnie Mosher
   Posted Tue July 19, 2016
I was saddened to hear of your loss. Don and I worked together for many years.
My sympathy to you and your family.

Pat and Rudy Miller
   Posted Wed July 20, 2016
We are so sorry to hear of Donald's death. We would have been at the service, but Rudy was in the hospital. Our thoughts were (and are) with you. We were happy to have known Donald. He was a boon companion! Our sympathy goes out to you and your family. He will be mossed.

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