Donald George Dean
Published 9:50 am, Thursday, August 18, 2011
Born and raised in Nichols, N.Y., he was predeceased by his parents, the late Daniel and Anna Dean. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1941 and was stationed at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii during World War II, surviving the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. He attained the rank of sergeant before being honorably discharged in 1945. He was married in 1955.
He attended Cornell University, then Ithaca College, and became a physical education teacher. He earned a graduate degree from NYU, and after teaching in several New York State schools, became a teacher in Fairfield at Stratfield School in 1952, later taught at McKinley Elementary School and then Fairfield Woods Middle School until he retired in 1979.
After he retired, he had a small business repairing golf clubs, and he and his wife moved to Bennington, Vt., but later moved back to Connecticut to be closer to their sons.
Survivors include two sons, Jefferson Walton Dean, his wife, Heather, and their children, Maggie Dean, Christopher Heun and Cullen Heun, all of Fairfield, and Gordon L. Dean and his children, Ashley and Devin Dean, all of Middletown, N.Y.; two nieces, Dr. Lois Crane Williams and her husband, Dr. Peter Williams, their six children, and Barbara Moser and her two children; a nephew, Donald Dean Crane and his wife, Roberta Crane.
A celebration of his life will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, at Greenfield Hill Congregational Church, 1045 Old Academy Road. Burial will military honors will be private. The Shaughnessey Banks Funeral Home, 50 Reef Road, is handling arrangements. To place an online condolence, visit www.shaughnesseybanks.com.