Little League® International mourns the passing of Donald Berger, former Connecticut District 8 Administrator. He was 93.
Mr. Berger, a native of Rockville, Connecticut., and long-time resident of Vernon, Connecticut, resided in South Windsor, Connecticut. at the time of death. A graduate of Rockville High School, he served in the United States Air Force from 1950-52. Following his military service, he attended and graduated from the University of Connecticut with a degree in Marketing.
After years as an insurance agent, Mr. Berger returned to school and earned a teaching certificate from Eastern Connecticut State University. He was a teacher in the Manchester (Connecticut) School District from 1954-74. During this same time, he assumed the duties of Vernon Park and Recreation Director, a position he held for 40 years.
He helped organize and was the first President of the Rockville Little League (1950). He served as Connecticut District 8 Administrator (North Central Connecticut) for 35 years and was a member of several national committees. Among his many public accolades, he received the John Wentworth Good Sport “Golden Key Award” from the Connecticut Sports Writer’s Alliance for “unselfish dedication to community sports.”
Mr. Berger is survived by his daughters, Patricia, Beverly, Barbara, and Maureen; and sons, Gregory, Dohn, BJ, Timothy, and Robert. He had 21 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren, along with several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Frederick and Mary Berger; brother, Robert; sister, Marylin; and special friend Ruth Steppe.