Donald Francis Cipriano

March 18, 1949April 12, 2021

Portland- Donald F. Cipriano, 72, of Westbrook, passed away peacefully on Monday, April 12th 2021.

Donald was born in Portland, ME in March of 1949, he was the youngest son of Anthony & Gladys Cipriano. Growing up in Portland, Donald attended Portland High School and graduated in 1968. During this time, he would meet and eventually marry the love of his life, Gayle Cipriano. They were constant companions in life and work and were married for 47 wonderful years. They eventually found their forever home in Westbrook where Don would go on to own his own bakery and serve his community as a Reserve Police Officer for the Westbrook Police department, which he would retire from 25 years later. At the same time as the WPD, Don also worked for Bradlees as the Director of Loss Prevention and Security, and had many stories about catching the bad guys. Don ended his career after working 20 years at The Curtainshops of Maine, where he found his work family, and a special bond with the owners.

When he wasn’t working, Don enjoyed spending time with his family, he was always with his grandson Chance, working in his backyard. He especially loved getting together with neighbors and family for summertime BBQs. In the last few months, he’s loved spending the mornings with his big brother Tony. He will fondly be remembered by his family, friends and co workers for being a family man with a legendary sense of humor, quick wit, and an all-around great man. He was always ready to lend a helping hand to anyone who needed it. He was truly one of the best!

Don is survived by his daughter, Dawn Gagne and her husband Keith of Westbrook; his grandson Chance Gagne of Westbrook; his brother Anthony Cipriano and wife Daneen of Limerick; his sisters Shirley Cipriano, Jane Haskell, Judy Campbell and Joann Cipriano of Westbrook; and his sister Bonnie Cockrum and husband Logan of Kingwood, TX; along with many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his wife Gayle Cipriano, and parents Anthony and Gladys Cipriano.

Per Don’s request, there will be a small family graveside service at Brooklawn Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to: Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland 217 Landing Rd. Westbrook, ME 04092


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


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Vicky Cox

April 20, 2021

Donny I knew him when I worked at McDonald's I loved seeing him and his wife they were so sweet and kind .. My thoughts are with the family
Love Vicky

John French

April 19, 2021

I knew Donny from his days at Bradlee’s way back when. And went to school with his brother Tony. I saw Donny frequently over at the Curtain Shop in the past few years, and struck up our old friendship from Bradlees like it was yesterday. He was good guy, I will miss him.

John Amoroso

April 18, 2021

So sorry for yours and your families loss.
My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Traci Wilhide

April 17, 2021

Dawn, Keith , an Chance,
You are in our thoughts and prayers Uncle Donnie,
You will be missed by so many, you were an Awesome Uncle and taught me so much growing up as a young child, always put smiles on my face and many others. I loved spending time with you and Aunty Gayle and Dawn. Love you and gonna miss you, You and Aunty Gayle are together again, love you and will miss you always, Traci, Mick, Chloe, Clay, and Kyler


April 16, 2021

Karen Binder April 16, 2021 Donnie was a very important person to me. He was my favorite brother-in-law. He always had a great sense of humor & made people laugh. He will always be in my heart and will miss him. Now he's with Gayle my sister.


April 16, 2021

Karen Binder April 16, 2021

Dottie Powers

April 15, 2021

Don has been our neighbor for many years. He would always greet us with a smile and a hello or give us a wave as he drove by. He would always ask “how is Danny doing”?
Many miss both Don and Gayle.
God speed Don

Cheryl Cavanaugh

April 15, 2021

Don was our next door neighbor for over 20 years. He watched our 2 sons grow up and all our animals too. Gosh we had Buddy , Harley , Marshmallow ,Boots and now Kevin which he loved so much. Don loved animals. We were very great friends and would talk daily. We loved Don like family. He was one of the nicest people we had ever meet. We will miss him very much. He is with Gayle now..

Winston McGill

April 15, 2021

A solid salt of the earth man, a jokester extraordinaire an old friend with whom I shared a lot of laughs with back in the day. A fine man who will be greatly missed by many.

Inger Cyr

April 15, 2021

Don was a wonderful man. Very dedicated to his community and his family. He has now joined his lovely wife, Gayle.