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Gill, Donald F., D.D.S.

March 26, 2013 by Ellen Jarus Hanley

Donald F. Gill, D.D.S., 78, of Lowell, Mass., formerly of Cheshire, died on Sunday evening, March 24, at the Woburn Nursing Center in Woburn, Mass. He was the beloved husband of Deborah A. (Weimar) Gill, with whom he would have celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary on June 15th of this year.

Born in New Haven, Conn. on November 18, 1934, the son of the late Henry and the late Marie (Stanford) Gill, he was a graduate of Notre Dame High School in West Haven, Conn. in the Class of 1952. He then went on to graduate from Georgetown University in 1956 and Georgetown University School of Dentistry in 1960.

Don proudly served his country as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy during both the Korean and Vietnam Conflicts. Before retiring, Don operated a practice of General Dentistry in Cheshire for 43 years, from 1963 to 2006. Active in his community, Don was a member of the VFW in Cheshire, the Knights of Columbus in New Haven and the Cheshire Academy Parents Association.

Among his professional affiliations, he was a member of the Meriden-Wallingford-Cheshire Dental Association, the Connecticut Dental Association and the Georgetown University Alumni Admissions Board.

Besides his wife Deborah, Don is survived by two daughters, Caroline G. Kennedy and her husband John of Lowell, Mass. and Kathleen G. O’Leary and her husband Michael of Reading, Mass.; a son, James P. Gill and his wife Jacqueline of Brooklyn, N.Y.; five grandchildren, Paul A. Kennedy, James M. Kennedy, Jessica M. Kennedy, Jack R. Gill and Ryan J. O’Leary; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

His Funeral Mass took place on Wednesday afternoon at the Immaculate Conception Church (Lower Church) at 12:30 p.m. Burial was in St. Mary Cemetery. E-condolences at www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Contributions in his memory may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 10 Speen St., Second Floor, Framingham, MA 01701. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane, (978) or (866) 458-8768.

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