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Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Donald M. Denke, 51

Donald Michael Denke, a longtime Town of Westport Public Works Department employee, died Sept. 1 at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Bridgeport. He was 51. Image
Donald M. Denke, longtime town employee. Contributed photo

He was born in Norwalk on Nov. 22, 1961, the son of late Frank and Marjorie (Miller) Denke. He was a graduate of Staples High School in Westport and Denver Automotive and Diesel College in Colorado.

He has been employed by the Town of Westport for the past 30 years with his most recent position as head mechanic. 

He was best known and will be remembered as the guy who won’t say no to anyone asking for help and having a big heart, his family said.

He is survived by his two daughters Robyn and Amanda of Wilton, his girlfriend Kimberly Romano of Bridgeport, his brother Frank Denke of Westport, sister Mary Lee Rotella and her husband Angelo of Westport, and sister Pam Fortner and her husband Mark of New Hampshire as well as many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brothers John Denke and Merritt Denke.

The family will receive friends Thursday, Sept. 5 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Harding Funeral Home, 210 Post Road East. Funeral services will be held Friday, Sept. 6 at 11 a.m. at Assumption Church, 98 Riverside Ave.

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Posted 09/03/13 at 02:22 PM


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Donald, the cute little boy nextdoor. I was a teenager when Donald was born.  In later years, when we were both “grown-ups” I would run into him occasionally around town and it was always a pleasure to see him. He was interesting and fun to talk to; so sweet, a little flirty, a little cocky and he always made me smile and laugh.
In my mind, Donald will always be the cute little boy nextdoor with the beautiful smile.
Rest in peace my young friend, I will miss you.

Posted by Lynda Valiante on September 03, 2013 at 06:59 PM | #

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