Another decade has come and gone, and with it we said goodbye to our adored husband, father and Pop-Pop, Donald Foster.
Don, 68, quietly ended his battle with cancer on December 31. He spent his final moments on earth just the way he’d want—surrounded by his wife, Janet, and two daughters, Lindsay and Jillian. They reminisced about memories old and new that underscored the type of man he was. A man who forever marched to the beat of his own drum, and whose selfless nature touched both those he knew and those he didn’t. A man who could somehow turn a 30 second story into a 30 minute tale. A practical jokester who brought humor and levity to any situation. Someone who could correctly answer every trivia question about any of the world wars, Milford, PA, ghost hunting or extreme weather. A competitive spirit who took just a little too long to commit to a Scrabble word. A man who loved a hot cup of coffee, a trip to the flea market and a cheeseburger and milkshake from Harry’s Place.
Don always understood what was truly important—the simplicity of living life with those you love most. He loved his family endlessly, and showed it in every possible way. He was a husband who regularly bought his wife flowers from the local flower stand. A father who did absolutely everything to make sure his girls were taken care of, yet still knew how to take care of themselves. A Pop-Pop who lit up when he saw his grandsons Nathan, Calvin and Theo. Don was a loving son and brother to five siblings. Their lifelong memories were often central to his very long stories, which most often ended in the type of laughter that leaves you breathless.
While Don was never much for parties, we like to think his journey on earth ended just in time to welcome a new decade reunited with family and dear friends in heaven.
A funeral service will be held Saturday, January 18th at 11:00am at the Parish of Saint Teresa of Calcutta - Saint Bartholomew Church on 736 Middle Turnpike E in Manchester, CT. As an expression of sympathy, donations can be made to St. Lucian’s Residence (address below). St. Lucian’s is a non-profit home for the elderly that was near and dear to Don’s heart.
St. Lucian’s Residence
532 Burritt Street
New Britain, CT 06053