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76 Prospect Street
Rockville-Vernon, CT 06066
Phone: (860) 875-5490
Fax: (860) 872-8200
Donald Berger

Donald Paul Berger

Saturday, June 23rd, 1928 - Wednesday, June 30th, 2021
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Donald Paul Berger, 93, of Rockville passed away Wednesday, June 30, 2021, surrounded by his loving family. He was born June 23, 1928 in Rockville, the son of the late Frederick and Mary (Regan) Berger. Don lived most of his years in Vernon, the town he loved. In his later years, he lived in South Windsor. At Rockville High, he played varsity soccer and basketball. He began attending the University of Connecticut in 1946 where he played on the National Winning Men’s Soccer Team. He married Jeanette Nolan in 1951 and had a family that grew to nine children. He served in the Air Force from 1950-1952. Don graduated from UConn with a degree in Marketing and a Minor in Physical Education. His first job was at Traveler’s Insurance in Hartford and then made a career change after a friend encouraged him to become a teacher after observing him with kids. He attended Eastern Connecticut State University and received an Emergency Certificate and began his teaching career in Manchester from 1954-1974. He was Director of Parks and Recreation in Vernon for close to 40 years. Some of his proudest accomplishments came through his ability to bring sports programs to the youth of Vernon. He was instrumental in bringing the Little League program to town. He helped organize and was the first President of the Rockville Little League (1950). He served as District 8 Administrator of Little League (North Central Connecticut) for 35 years and served on several national committees. He started the men’s softball program for the town and was influential in adding lights and fencing to the softball field on South Street. He initiated the Nat Schwedel Memorial Swim Meet, Leo B. Flaherty Memorial Road Race, and John Gessay Fishing Derby all of which are still on-going after 30 years. While working as the Parks and Recreation Director he also took on the role of Senior Citizen Director for the Town of Vernon. He took the seniors on many wonderful trips throughout the years. Don loved to travel. He served as president of the local Jaycees, spearheading two major projects: the refurbishment of the Talcottville School and the restoration of the Memorial Tower on Fox Hill. He was on the Board of Directors for the American Red Cross, was a member of Industrial Commission, Charter Revision Commission and organized and directed the Junior Achievement Program in Rockville/Vernon for 2 years. In addition, he served as State Vice President of the Connecticut Jaycees covering Eastern Connecticut, was awarded a position as a Jaycee International State Senator, as well as the John Wentworth Good Sport “Golden Key Award” by the Connecticut Sports Writer’s Alliance for “unselfish dedication to community sports”. He was awarded a place on the RHS Wall of Fame in 2001 and RHS Sports Hall of Fame in 2014. Don established the Berger Family Scholarship at RHS for graduating seniors pursuing a degree in education or recreation. His proudest accomplishment of all was his 9 children and their families, Patricia (Thomas) Hurley, Gregory (Jeanette) Berger, Beverly (Steven) Bixler, Dohn (Mary) Berger, Brian (BJ) Berger, Timothy (Cindy) Berger, Robert (Linda) Berger, Barbara (Steven) Rizner, and Maureen (Kevin) Miles, 21 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren. In addition, he leaves behind several nieces and nephews and many dear friends. He was predeceased by his brother, Robert Berger, sister Marylin Green and special friend Ruth Steppe. Relatives and friends are welcome to join the family from 4 to 7 PM on Wednesday, July 7, 2021 at the Burke-Fortin Funeral Home, 76 Prospect St. Rockville. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11 AM on Thursday, July 8, 2021 at St. Bernard's Church, 25 St. Bernard Terrace, Rockville. Burial will follow at St. Bernard's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Vernon Historical Society PO Box 2055, Vernon, CT 06066. For online condolences please visit: www.pietrasfuneralhome.com
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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, July 7th, 2021 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    When
    Wednesday, July 7th, 2021 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Location
    Burke-Fortin Funeral Home
    Address
    76 Prospect Street
    VERNON ROCKVILLE, CT 06066
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  • Service

    Thursday, July 8th, 2021 | 11:00am
    When
    Thursday, July 8th, 2021 11:00am
    Location
    St. Bernard's Church
    Address
    25 St. Bernard Terrace
    vernon rockville, CT 06066
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  • Interment

    Location
    St. Bernard's Cemetery
    Address
    Kingsbury Ave.
    Vernon, CT 06066
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Leonard Horvath

Posted at 10:30pm
"Mr. Berger" was my 5th Grade teacher at Verplank School in Manchester.
An unforgettable man who so positively influenced youth and adults throughout his life.
I was always happy to see him on occasion and have a conversation at Little League games or various shops in the area.
My condolences to his family.
Len Horvath
Manchester
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Dennis Murray

Posted at 02:38pm
Just found out from Tom McGeary that Don passed away . The City of Rockville and Town of Vernon was fortunate to have such a dedicated and tireless man working for them all those years . They should rename Henry Park to Berger Park in his memory .
My Condolences to the Family and Friends of Don .

Dennis Murray
Ocala FL
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P & G Pachniak

Posted at 09:19am

In appearance and actions Donald Berger was a combination of Ward Cleaver, Connery’s James Bond and George Hamilton.
He was fatherly, cunning and debonair.
Around a month ago I gave Don a call. We reminisced and swapped old tales. I was impressed by his recall and a bit disappointed by mine. I also thanked him for being such a positive influence in my life and for being my mentor…
Back in the early 1970’s I was wandering through life on a pretzel shaped path. I was looping around from college to college barely getting by and working part time- just enough to stay a little looped. Along the way I took a few wrong turns and really got myself knotted up. On more than one occasion I required the services of Leo B. Flaherty,Esquire to loosen things up for me.
Despite my youthful indiscretions, Mr. Berger took a chance on me and provided me an opportunity to work seasonally with the Vernon Recreation Department. I was a summer playground counselor. In the winter I was the timer, scorekeeper and stat-man for the Stone Age (a great label coined by Berger) basketball league.I officiated sports. He allowed me to help out with special events. I thoroughly enjoyed the work.
One day Don inquired as to what I was majoring in. I explained that I had started out in History, switched to Sociology and was thinking about flipping to Psychology (because of the film PSYCHO).
He asked, “ Have you ever considered majoring in Parks and Recreation?” I didn’t even know that the curriculum existed. But it sure sounded like it could be fun and I told him such. Donald encouraged me to take a look at it. He gave me the info about the program offered at Southern Conn State along with the name of the department head.
With that -Donald Berger had put me on a clear path to an education and a career.
I will be forever grateful to him for caring about me.
To his loving Family, I am sorry about your loss and We wish you Peace. Sincerely, Paul “PRACK’ Prachniak & Gail K.

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Paul &Gail Prachniak

Posted at 08:16am
In appearance and actions Donald Berger was a combination of Ward Cleaver, Connery’s James Bond and George Hamilton. He was fatherly, cunning and debonair. Around a month ago I gave Don a call. We reminisced and swapped old tales. I was impressed by his recall and a bit disappointed by mine. I also thanked him for being such a positive influence in my life and for being my mentor… Back in the early 1970’s I was wandering through life on a pretzel shaped path. I was looping around from college to college barely getting by and working part time- just enough to stay a little looped. Along the way I took a few wrong turns and really got myself knotted up. On more than one occasion I required the services of Leo B. Flaherty,Esquire to loosen things up for me. Despite my youthful indiscretions, Mr. Berger took a chance on me and provided me an opportunity to work seasonally with the Vernon Recreation Department. I was a summer playground counselor. In the winter I was the timer, scorekeeper and stat-man for the Stone Age (a great label coined by Berger) basketball league.I officiated sports. He allowed me to help out with special events. I thoroughly enjoyed the work. One day Don inquired as to what I was majoring in. I explained that I had started out in History, switched to Sociology and was thinking about flipping to Psychology (because of the film PSYCHO). He asked, “ Have you ever considered majoring in Parks and Recreation?” I didn’t even know that the curriculum existed. But it sure sounded like it could be fun and I told him such. Donald encouraged me to take a look at it. He gave me the info about the program offered at Southern Conn State along with the name of the department head. With that -Donald Berger had put me on a clear path to an education and a career. I will be forever grateful to him for caring about me. To his loving Family, I am sorry about your loss and I wish you Peace. Sincerely, Paul “PRACK’ Prachniak
HS

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