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Donald A. Vitale
April 2, 1957 ~ December 28, 2023 (age 66) 66 Years Old
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Donald A. Vitale, a lifelong resident of Orange, entered into eternal rest on December 28, 2023. Born April 2, 1957, Don was a son of Mary Jane Vitagliano Vitale and the late Dr. Anthony A. Vitale. As a single father Don lived his life taking care of his children Kathryn, Bryan and Jennifer. He was predeceased by son Andrew Vitale. In addition to his mother and children, he is survived by his brother Dr. Glenn C. Vitale (Betsy Dyer), sister Laurie Vitale Daddio (Dr. Mark Daddio), nephews Matthew, Christopher, Adam and Benjamin Daddio, his uncles Dominic Vitagliano, and Anthony Vitagliano, his aunt Marie Burr, many cousins, and very dear friends.
Don was educated in the Amity School system, the Valley Forge Military Academy, Rumsey Hall and graduated from Quinnipiac University with an AS degree. In 1982, Don’s career began at Helicopter Support. He retired in 2022 from Sikorsky Aircraft, owned by Lockheed Martin, as a Senior Materials Analysis Rep.
Sport fishing and boating, photography, camping, golfing, music, and playing guitar were some of Don’s favorite hobbies. In addition, he enjoyed football as an avid Dolphins fan. Don loved to cook, whether it be a family recipe or an idea from The Food Network. It provided countless hours of relaxation and acted as an escape from daily responsibilities.
Warm hearted, social, and charismatic, Don made friends wherever he went. He always will be remembered as a man of great faith. His faith helped him immensely throughout his life’s journey and through trying times.
The family warmly thanks the medical professionals and all others involved in Don’s care.
The hours for visitation will take place on Friday January 5, 2024 from 3 to 7 pm at the West Haven Funeral Home. On Saturday morning family and friends are asked to meet directly at Holy Infant Church. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Prostate Cancer Foundation, Animal Haven, or to DAV (Disabled American Veterans).