Donald Cardwell, 65, of New Milford, died of cancer May 5. He was surrounded by his family.

Mr. Cardwell was born in Ohio, son of the late Harold and Dorothy Cardwell.

After high school graduation, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and proudly served in the Vietnam War.

A few years after his discharge, he found himself in Marysville, Ohio, working for the Nestle Corp. until his retirement a few years ago from the New Milford operation.

Outside his family, he loved his work. He was a self-taught computer whiz.

Mr. Cardwell traveled the world for Nestle and enjoyed the opportunity to extend his circle of friends to Switzerland.

While working for Nestle, he obtained two patents for his work.

The most important part of his life was his family.

His sons loved and respected their dad and are following in his footsteps choosing technology-based careers.

Mr. Cardwell was known for his fiery spirit, his sense of humor, and his winning way from cards to racquetball to life in general.

He loved photography, cars and birds.

He was a devout Christian.

Mr. Cardwell is survived by his wife and soul mate of nearly 35 years, Connie; two sons, Matt, and his wife, Stefanie, and Mark; and a granddaughter, and the apple of his eye, Sofia. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a brother, Harold Cardwell Jr.

The Colonial Funeral Home of New Milford was in charge of arrangements.