G. Donald Calder

G. Donald Calder

Tuesday, November 29th, 1938 - Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020
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George Donald Calder SR, 81, a resident of Brookdale at Fillmore Pond in Bennington died peacefully on Wednesday, September 23, 2020.

Born in Islip, NY on November 29, 1938, he was the son of the late George S. and Isabelle (Cook) Calder. Donald received his early education in the Hewlett, NY schools. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering from Union College in 1960 and his Master’s Degree in Engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

He married the former Joan Miller in Liverpool, NY on June 24, 1961. Joan died July 14, 2017.

Donald was employed for 25 years at ITT in Nutley, NJ where he worked in the defense communications department.

An avid sailor, he enjoyed time spent with his family in the Finger Lakes Region of New York at his camp on Owasco Lake . After retiring to Fort Myers Beach, Florida Donald was a very active member and Past Commodore of the Boardwalk Caper Yacht Club there. He was also a member of the Boardwalk Caper Condominium Association. Over the years he was also very active supporting Joan's involvement in numerous civic organizations.

Donald was a parishioner of both the Moravia, NY Methodist Church and the Chapel By the Sea in Fort Myers Beach.

Survivors include a daughter, Jeanette Calder Burhans and her husband David of Bennington; a son, George Donald Calder Jr. and his wife Kelli of Arlington; four grandchildren, Heather Burhans Rice and her husband David, Grace Burhans, and Emily and William Calder; a brother and sister-in-law, Tom and Carol Calder of California, a brother and sister-in-law, John and Sue Miller and nieces and nephews.

Donald was predeceased by two grandchildren, Sam and Catherine Burhans.

Due to the restrictions in place for the COVID virus funeral services will be held privately at the family's convenience.

Should friends desire memorial contributions in Donald Calder's memory may be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation through the office of the Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main Street, Bennington, VT 05201.

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