Donald Paul Exley

January 6, 1938September 17, 2021

Norwich-Donald P. Exley, 83, of Norwich, passed away with his family by his side Friday, Sept. 17, 2021 after a long courageous battle with an illness. He was born in Occum on January 6, 1938 to Matthew and Flora Exley. He was the loving and devoted husband of Patricia Exley for 61 years.

He is survived by his wife Patricia, his daughter Geraldine Grossomanides and her husband George, daughter-in-law Betty Exley, grandchildren Jessica Boada, Chloe Exley, and Jaxon Exley as well as brother-in-laws, sister-in-laws, and many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his son Jeffrey Exley, his parents, and his siblings Ernest, George, Gerard, Matthew Jr., Alice, Claire, Doreen, Dorothy, Patricia and Rita.

He was a devoted husband, father and friend. He worked for Pfizer for 33 years. He was a member and past president of Trout Unlimited, a NASCAR and racing fan, and a fan of the Green Bay Packers. The family would like to thank his caregivers that provided loving care to him at home. The family would also like to thank friends Dave Taylor and Jerry Pearl.

Calling hours will be held at Church and Allen Funeral Home, 136 Sachem St., Norwich on Saturday October 2nd from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the memorial service at 1:00 p.m. As per the family’s request, everyone is required to wear a mask, and will be denied entry without one. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Autism Speaks, the American Diabetes Association of a charity of one’s choice. Please visit to leave an online condolence for Donald’s family.


  • Callilng Hours

    Saturday, October 2, 2021

  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, October 2, 2021


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Daniel Tamborra

October 2, 2021

It was always a pleasure to see Don and speak to him. My condolences to Pat and Geraldine .God bless you !

Charles McCaughtry

October 1, 2021

It was an honor to know Don and work with him for Trout Unlimited. He gave many hours and years selflessly to the Thames Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited. His friendship and good nature will be missed.

Carolyn HORTON

September 30, 2021

Dear Gerry and Family,
Sorry to hear of your Dads passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
We send our love and prayers and thoughts always.

lance Magnuson

September 28, 2021

It was always nice to spend time with Don, whether it was stocking many of the streams and rivers of eastern Ct. , attending Trout Unlimited meetings with him, or just simply enjoying his companionship on the waters. He was the quiet gentleman who was always willing to lend a hand wherever and whenever needed. You will be very much missed my friend.....a pleasure knowing you.
Lance Magnuson

Chloe' Exley

September 25, 2021

I know you are at peace now. You were and are such an amazing person and always made sure to put a smile on everyone’s face. I’m sure that dad and max along with the rest of your brothers and sisters were waiting for you. I love and miss you bunches. Give dad a big hug and kiss for Jaxon, mom , and I!
Love you endlessly,

Jessica Boada

September 25, 2021

Grandpa, you have always been more than that word to me. You have always been that piece that was missing. I could never express how much you mean to me and how much I love you. Thank you for being you. The world is a bit dimmer without you but now you are at rest. Love you forever Fred.
Love Jessica

Elaine Grossomanides

September 24, 2021

Mr. Exley was a kind, loving, Husband, Father, and Grandfather .
May he rest in Peace with Eternal Memory.

Mark Kalinowski

September 24, 2021

I'm so sorry this time has come. Your dad was a fighter to be sure. My condolences to you, your mom and entire family during this difficult time. You're in my prayers.
May his memory be eternal.

Betty Exley

September 23, 2021

Don. My heart breaks for all the loved ones left behind. I’m eternally grateful for the beautiful son you raised. He was so much like you, kind, gracious and loving. I’m saddened by all the life moments you and the kids will miss but my mind is at ease knowing your with Jeff. Please give Jeff a kiss for us and let him know our love is never ending. Rest easy Don it’s been a long hard race go grab your checkered flag!!
Love always