Donald L Townsend

May 15, 1925March 12, 2014

Donald Louis Townsend, Jr. died peacefully in his sleep on March 12th at the age of 88. He was born in Rochester, New York on May 15, 1925, the middle son of Noel and Donald L. Townsend, Sr. He graduated from New Trier High School and Northwestern University, both of the Chicago, Illinois area. Upon graduation from Northwestern he entered the U.S. Army and was assigned to the Headquarters of the 88th Infantry Division in Northern Italy where he supervised G.I.s and Italian civilians who were responsible for maintaining peace with Tito's Yugoslavia after WWII.

Don met the love of his life, Marjorie Lowry, before leaving for the Army. Upon return they were married, a marriage that lasted 66 years. Together they raised four children, eleven grandchildren and three great grandchildren. His family was a source of great joy and pride. This love was given and received with very much happiness to and from his in-law children and grandchildren. He is greatly missed.

Following his commitment to the Army, Don spent 22 years in the Consumer Products Industry with Union Carbide Corporation and The Borden Company. He spent the rest of his career in the Telecommunications/Computer Products and Services Industry with GTE Corporation and Quotron Systems Incorporated. After 45 years as a Sales and Marketing Executive, Don retired and joined Greenwich Research Associates.

Don was a committed member of his community. He was an active congregant of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Riverside where he served as Vestryman, co-chaired the Fair For All fundraiser, headed up the ushers group and served as chairman of the Stewardship Committee for several years. As a resident of Edgehill in Stamford, CT, don was elected President of the Resident Council. Many may not know this about Don but he had a beautiful singing voice and sang as a young boy in the choir at his church in Rochester, NY and later sang with the Greenwich Choral Society.

Don has been a member of Innis Arden Golf Club for more than 50 years where he loved competing in the games of tennis and paddle tennis and enjoyed the camaraderie he shared with other members.

Don is survived by his loving wife, Marjorie Lowry Townsend, and four children: Donald L. Townsend, III, Elizabeth Bennett Townsend, Madeleine Townsend Mandelbaum, Stephen Randolph Townsend, his eleven grandchildren and three great grand children. He will be greatly missed by all of us who have loved him.

A celebration of his life is planned for Friday, March 21 at 1:00 PM at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Riverside, CT. A gathering following the service will take place at Innis Arden Golf Club in Old Greenwich, CT. In lieu of flowers, charitable donations may be made to St. Paul's Church of Riverside, CT or to the charity of your choice.


  • Memorial Service Friday, March 21, 2014

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Karina Dundurs

April 14, 2014

To the whole family,

My sincere condolences on your loss. Prayers be with you.

Roger Fox

March 21, 2014

I hope you got the card from Bryan and I.We have to be in New York City on Friday and won't be able to make the service.
We really enjoyed working with Mr.Townsend over the years.
Let us know if we can help in any way.

Michael Caravella

March 19, 2014

Steve and the whole family, I am sorry for your loss. May you find peace in all the good memories he has given your family.

March 19, 2014

Papa, You were always there by my side, and I'm certain you will continue to be there in spirit. I love you.

March 19, 2014

Steve, Tracy and family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time. You are in our prayers.
Seamus and Lynn O'Malley

Ken O'Brien

March 19, 2014

Steve and family,

My sincere condolences on the loss of your father.

March 19, 2014

Thank you for your service to our country.
A grateful American

Lynn Gray

March 19, 2014

To all the Townsends, I am so sorry for your loss. Grandpa Townsend was a great man and will be remembered for it. Carry on and keep his love in your hearts! OX Lynn

Donald Louis Townsend

March 19, 2014

Scott Tagliarino

March 18, 2014

Don, you and Marge were great neighbors and so kind and giving to our children, Nick and Leah. You will always be "the Ace" to me, and you taught me how to be a better father. All my love.