Donald W. Friday, age 90, died Feb. 22. Don was born in Wahpeton, N.D., on Feb. 17, 1929, the son of Alice Kurtz Friday and Mr. Irwin Friday. He served in the U.S. Air Force after which he graduated from the University of Maine. Advanced degrees from the University of Hartford were also earned. He began a long career in New Britain public education as a business teacher at Washington Junior High, where he met and married his wife of 60 years, Kathleen MacElroy.
Following years on staff at New Britain High School, he served as principal of Slade Junior High School, followed by a business manager, and assistant superintendent of schools. Don was a former president of the New Britain Teachers' Union and the New Britain Evening Lions. He and his family were congregants at South Church where Don was a former deacon. His favorite pastime activities included volleyball and fishing. Retiring to Old Lyme, Don was a board member of the Shoreline Literacy Volunteers and the financial secretary of the First Baptist Church in Essex. Before dementia robbed him of his final years, Don enjoyed his grandchildren, traveling, and sunny days of fishing in the Sound. He is survived by his wife, Kay, and daughter, Allison and husband, Michael Fagan of Old Saybrook; son Charles, wife, Deborah Senk, and children, Nathan and Jared of Rocky Hill; daughter, Marilyn, husband, Jesse Myers, and children, Lucas and Tamisha of Stafford Springs; and daughter, Jennifer, husband, Christopher Mansfield, and children Devon, and twins, Kathleen, and Seth Donald of East Hampton.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at the First Baptist Church in Essex, 10 Prospect St., at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 2. Family and friends are invited to share memories at a gathering on Friday, March 1, at the home of Allison Friday and Michael Fagan, 502 Main St., Old Saybrook, from 4 to 7 p.m. Donations to honor his memory are welcomed at the Memorial Fund of First Baptist Church in Essex, 06426, and the Alzheimer's Association of Connecticut, 200 Executive Blvd., Suite #4B, Southington, CT 06489.