Dr. Donald Joseph Nicoletti

March 21, 1943September 4, 2020

Dr. Donald Joseph Nicoletti of Westfield passed away September 4, 2020 surrounded by his loving family.

Dr. Nicoletti was born in Glen Cove, NY on March 21, 1943, the son of the late Joseph and Rose (Guadagno) Nicoletti.

He is a graduate of Locust Valley High School then went on to graduate from Hofstra University and ultimately Syracuse University where he received his Doctorate in Education.

Dr. Nicoletti began his career as Assistant Superintendent in Coventry, CT School District, later working in the following School Districts as Superintendent: Putnam, CT, Mansfield, MA and Gateway Regional School System. Donald met his wife, Madeline (Ionata) Nicoletti while serving as Assistant Superintendent of Schools in Coventry, CT and they shared 42 years of marriage before his passing.

In his retired years, Donald was a leader in the volunteer based Western Mass Wright Flight Program at the Barnes Airport in Westfield, MA. He took pride in introducing students to the history of aviation and STEM curriculum. He helped author the current manual used by the program and spent many hours advocating for the program in the local school systems.

Donald was an avid reader of history and fiction. He loved sailing and downhill skiing and spent his later years traveling abroad with his wife. A favorite memory of his was scuba diving the Great Barrier Reef. He and Madeline frequently traveled to Kauai, HI and Newport, RI. He served on the Westfield Conservation Commission and the Barnes Airport Commission for many years.

Besides his wife, Donald leaves behind his son Robert Nicoletti and his wife Kate of Mansfield; as well as his 4 beloved grandchildren, Kayla, Violet, Brooke and Theo.

Due to the current pandemic, a Memorial Service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Dr. Nicoletti’s memory may be made to Barnes Airport Support Group, Att: Wright Flight, 110 Airport Road, Westfield, MA 01085 or Alzheimer's Research, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


Dr. Donald Joseph Nicoletti

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Pati Zecher

September 15, 2020

Rob and family... so sorry to hear if your dad’s passing. I was lucky to work with him when he was superintendent in Mansfield... many years ago. My step mother was his assistant for many years. He was a kind gentle man with a heart of gold. Prayers are with you all.

Joel Lund

September 15, 2020

Fond memories of my neighbor, Don, and our time together. When in between jobs, Don would go out of his way to take me out for coffee and breakfast. God’s blessing to your family.

Ronald Coderre

September 15, 2020

I served on the Putnam Board of Education when Don was Superintendent of Schools in Putnam, Connecticut.
My sincere sympathy goes out to Madeleine and Robert. I have many fond memories of the family but especially of Don. He was a man of character and integrity. I truly enjoyed working with him.
He will be missed by all who new him.
My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family.
Ronald P. Coderre

Mike Masciadrelli

September 10, 2020

I got to know Don and his amazingly strong wife, Madeline Over the last couple of years as the manager of the Westfield CVSS where the two would shop while waiting for prescriptions. He was always full of personality, and always took the time to give me the business. One time even bringing me a coffee for “putting up with him and his wife”. Godspeed my paisan - you will be missed.

Christopher Willenborg

September 9, 2020

Dear Nicoletti Family,

On behalf of the Westfield-Barnes Regional Airport Management Team and Westfield Airport Commission, we would like to pass along our sincere condolences to your family. We were fortunate to work closely with Don over the years as a leader in Western Mass Wright Flight as well as a Westfield Airport Commissioner.

You will be in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Thank you Don for your support, leadership, and passion towards introducing our youth to aviation over the years!


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