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Donald S. Berger, 88

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Donald Sydney Berger, 88, of North Adams, Mass., died Monday April 9, 2018, at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center.

He was born in North Adams, Mass., on July 11, 1929, son of Samuel and Elizabeth (Rosch) Berger. He attended local schools and graduated from Drury High School with the class of 1948 where he played varsity basketball.

Don began working at Sprague Electric and remained with the company for 43 years until his retirement in 1992. He was a member of the Sprague Quarter Century Club and the Sprague Retirees. He was a communicant of St. Anthony of Padua Church.

Don was an avid sportsman and played basketball with the St. Anthony Crusaders, later serving as coach. He also coached Little League Baseball and was one of the founders of the North Adams Summer Youth Basketball League. In the late 1980s, he assisted Coach John Allen with the Mt. Greylock Football team. Don especially enjoyed watching his children and grandchildren compete in various sports. He was a New York Yankees baseball fan.

His wife was Marie Antoinette (Rotolo) Berger, who died on July 21, 2013. They were married on May 20, 1950. 

Survivors include one daughter, Kathleen Dimitropolis and her husband, Steven, of Adams; and four sons, Richard A. Berger and his wife Judy of Ft. Myers, Fla., David A. Berger and his wife Susan of North Adams, John M. Berger and his wife Christine of Pittsfield and Thomas J. Berger of Lanesborough; eight grandchildren, including Matthew Berger, Corey Berger, Chelsea Berger, Haley Berger, Allyson Berger,  Eric Dimitropolis, Rebecca Lymberis and Andrew Colby; four great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews; and three cousins, including Rose Rondeau, Carol Colantuono and Norman Rosch Jr.

Don's family would like to thank Kathleen Green and her staff and the doctors and staff at SVMC for their care and compassion.

Funeral notice: Services and burial for Don Berger will be at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the Berkshire Humane Society in care of Flynn & Dagnoli-Montagna Home for Funerals, 74 Marshall St., North Adams, MA 01247.


Obituary Provided By: Flynn & Dagnoli-Montagna Home for Funerals

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Dave and family, sorry for your loss.
from: on: 04-13-2018

David and family I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your father. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
from: Mathew Cantonion: 04-12-2018

My condolences to Don's family. I played for Don in the late 50's for St. Anthony and never met a better person. We became lifetime friends and never missed an opportunity to talk sports. He will be truly missed by everyone.
from: Edward Morandion: 04-12-2018

Rick and Dave,
Sorry to hear about your dad, he was a terrific guy. Thoughts and prayers are with you.


Bob Gallagher
from: on: 04-11-2018

Don was a fine gentlemen and a strong supporter for all the youth of our area - Our country needs more like him
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