Donald C. Thiel was born on June 20, 1923 in the original Princeton Hospital. He passed away peacefully December 31, 2019 at the age of 96. Don grew up in Princeton, graduated from Princeton High School and later moved to Montgomery Twp. He was in Cadets at West Point for 22 months where he earned his wings as a pilot at Stuart Field. As the war was winding down he was sent to various bases, training as a B-17 gunner. Don graduated from Trenton State Teachers College in 1950 and received his Masters at Rutgers in 1953. He taught Industrial Arts at Princeton Country Day School for one year and spent the next 35 years at Princeton Regional Schools: Valley Road, John Witherspoon, and Princeton High School. He spent evenings at The Lawrenceville School’s Periwig Club as Technical Director instructing set construction for 30 years. He took great pride as a decorated volunteer fireman. Prior to 1955, he was a member of Princeton’s No. 3 Fire Co. and after moving Montgomery he joined the then small Montgomery Twp. Volunteer Fire Co. No. 2. He was a former Chief, a Trustee, and Fire Police Sergeant active until age 90. Don was proud to introduce his grandson’s George (Current Chief), Bryon (Captain), and Barry Gurzo to the fire company and responsibilities associated with membership. He loved the outdoor world, hiking, camping, hunting, fishing, Boy Scouts, and boating at his cabin in Canada. Summer vacations for Don meant pulling the family and trailer across the US and Canada, camping and sightseeing in many National and State parks, making friends along the way. He even managed to drive to Acapulco, Mexico, twice. He was predeceased by his wife of 53 years, Miriam Doyle Thiel, parents Cornelius and Matilda Thiel and his brother Cornelius Thiel, Jr. He is survived by his children and their spouses Donald Jr. and Peggy and Bonnie and Michael Gurzo, and grandchildren Donald Thiel, III, Mary Kathryn and Christopher Anderson, Christopher Thiel, Patrick and Cathy Thiel, George Gurzo, Byron Gurzo, and Barry Gurzo. He also loved his little guys (great grandchildren) Henry and James Anderson, and nieces Betty Lou Buxton and Sandra Thiel. He was also grateful for the love and support of his extended family, dear friends and a wonderful community. A funeral service will be held at 12 PM, visitation starting at 11 AM Saturday January 4th at the Blawenburg Reformed Church. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in his memory can be made to: The Montgomery Twp. Volunteer Fire Company No. 2, 529 Rt. 518, Skillman, NJ 08558. Funeral arrangements by Mather-Hodge Princeton, NJ.