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“leeann iam really sorry i didnt get to talk to him more before thisn i always liked him i should have came over i moved to colorado he left too soon...Read More »
1 of 21 | Posted by: mark douros

“Lee and Family,My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I practically lived at your home growing up, my mother was constantly reminding me you...Read More »
2 of 21 | Posted by: Joan Goodrick - New London

“LeeAnn,Bob & family, So sorry for your loss. I know how much he will be missed by the whole family. Mary Ellen Leone ”
3 of 21 | Posted by: A friend

“Lee & Family, Tom & I are so sorry to hear about Don's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. We have happy memories of times at...Read More »
4 of 21 | Posted by: A friend

“I forgot to give my email.bhwade40@sbcglobal.netPlease keep in touch,this to any old friends.Cell: 860-235-1072 ”
5 of 21 | Posted by: Bob Wade Sr. - Waterford, CT

“Lee Ann and children, I want to say how so sorry I am hear of Don's passing. I remember all the good times we had as teenagers down at the beach.It...Read More »
6 of 21 | Posted by: Robert (Bob) Wade Sr. - Waterford, CT

“Dear Lee and family,I remember coming over the house with Jeanne and Frank many years ago when the kids were young. Don was always such a great...Read More »
7 of 21 | Posted by: Dorothy Bruce - Waterford, CT

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Fond memories will always remembered during Donny's years at the power company.Kirby and John...Read More »
8 of 21 | Posted by: A friend

“Sending love and prayers to the entire Grills family, memories bring strength. Much love, Tim & Mel Burridge ”
9 of 21 | Posted by: Melinda Burridge - Waterford, CT

“My condolences to Lee Ann and to the family: I am so very sorry for your loss. John ”
10 of 21 | Posted by: John Tapia

“Dear Lee, my sincere sympathy, you are in my prayers. ”
11 of 21 | Posted by: Jana Minar - New London

“Dear Lee and the Grills family:I first met Don when he ushered me into St. Joseph's Cub Scout Pack in 1970. That alone has always been a kindness,...Read More »
12 of 21 | Posted by: richard ruth - los angeles, CA

“Sandy and I are so sorry, and we extend our condolences and prayers to you all. ”
13 of 21 | Posted by: Bill and Sandy RaVell - Oakdale, CT

“In memory of our fellow graduate.NLHS class of 1959 ”
14 of 21 | Posted by: A friend

“Sorry to hear the news you are all in our thoughts and prayers joe and cristey ”
15 of 21 | Posted by: A friend

“My heart goes out to the entire Grills family. Mr. Grills was always so very kind to me, especially in my youth when I needed it the most. I will...Read More »
16 of 21 | Posted by: Holly Pierce - Waterford, CT

“We remember him as a fun loving happy guy. We send our heartfelt sympathy to Leann and all his kids, grand kids and greats. Our prayers go out to you...Read More »
17 of 21 | Posted by: Gene & Linda Kohout - Silverlake, WA

“Lee Ann, all of my Cousins and Uncle Bob...I am so very saddened at Don's loss, and yet, I can't begin to imagine your sadness. Please know that...Read More »
18 of 21 | Posted by: Dawn & Rick Favreau - Snow Hill, NC

“What a great guy my friend Donnie was to all of us. He will missed by all that knew him.R.I.P. ”
19 of 21 | Posted by: All the Besade's - Waterford, CT

“my sympathy to the Grills family. I remember Don from the times that he came into our shop to visit with my Don. He was a true gentleman and one we...Read More »
20 of 21 | Posted by: A friend

“Bob,I'm so sorry for your loss.may don r.I.p. ”
21 of 21 | Posted by: gina debona/carter - new london, CT


Donald Grills New London – Donald K. Grills, January 29th 1941 - March 30th 2015. He has many titles: Son, brother, nephew, uncle, cousin, husband, dad, daddy, papa, and friend. He lived for and loved his wife, children, friends and especially grandchildren. Don is in our hearts and memories forever. He was born in New London, the son of the late Harry and Mary Aguiar Grills. He was united in marriage for 54 years to the former Lee Ann Wilkie on February 4 1961 at Saint Joseph Church in New London. Don spent his entire career in the service industry, initially working with his father at NL TV and Appliance, then with HELCO / CLandP and finally with the Yankee Gas Co. He was also in the Coast Guard Reserves for 8 years. In 2004 he retired to enjoy his garden, family, grandchildren and friends. Don was an avid sports fan. He coached and followed his kids, as well as his grandchildren, in all their efforts on the ball fields and on the mats. The NY Yankees were at the top of his pro team list to be followed by Patriot's, and UCONN boys and girls basketball teams. Besides his beloved wife, he is survived by his 6 children, 13 grandchildren, and 7 great grandchildren. His children include: Daughter Donnette (William) Cullen from Montville; Sons Keith (Lynn) from Waterford, Dennis (Rebecca) from Mystic, Jeffery from Newport RI, Curtis (Tiffany) from Virginia Beach VA, and Gerald from New London. He will also be missed by his pet dog Babe. He was predeceased by a son Brian Grills. Don also leaves a brother Robert Grills of New London, and two brother-in-laws Skip and Glenn (Sharon) Wilkie of Waterford. The family will receive relatives and friends from 5 to 7 pm on Monday April 6 at the funeral home. The funeral will assemble at 12:45 pm on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 from the Thomas L. Neilan and Sons Funeral Home, 12 Ocean Ave New London at 2:00 PM Mass of Christian Burial at Saint Joseph, Squire Street, New London. Interment will follow in St. Mary Cemetery, New London. Donations in his name can be made to Saint Joseph's School in New London, and/or St Bernard's in Uncasville, Ct.

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