Donald Charles Stanley of Ridgefield died on Thursday, Dec. 17. He was 80.

He was born in Goldens Bridge, N.Y. on July 7, 1935.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Susan, and their three children, Jennifer Whipple and her husband Reed of Ridgefield; Jeanne Cole and her husband Mitchell of Manchester, Vt.; Donald Charles Stanley, Jr. and his wife Jennifer of Naples, Fla.; grandchildren Ryan and his wife Elizabeth;  Ross and his wife Caryn Packard, Kaitlyn and her husband Michael Kralik, Kelly Whipple, Holden Patterson, Jackson and Sierra Stanley.

A celebration of life will be held at St. Stephens Episcopal Church in Ridgefield on Jan. 8 at 11 a.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the National Down’s Syndrome Congress Foundation, ndsccenter.org