Donald R. McCain III, entrepreneur and wood worker

Donald R. McCain III, 84, passed away in the comfort of his family on Thursday evening, January 16, 2020 at the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington. Born on December 27, 1935, he was the son of the late Donald R. McCain, Jr. and Constance (Marinos) McCain. On October 28, 1955, Don married the former Gail McMullen in Allentown, PA.

Don attended Bucknell University and the University of Bridgeport. Don’s entrepreneurial spirit took over in the 1960s when he co-founded The Audio Den in New Haven, CT, which he operated for several years.

Wanting to escape the city life, Don and Gail moved to Waterbury Center in 1970 where they purchased the old May Farm property on Route 100, renovated the barn and opened the 1836 Shop, an antique and gift store. They expanded in 1977, developing the 1836 Cabins business, which provided cozy guest cottages as an alternative to hotel rooms for tourists visiting the area.

Don capped off his entrepreneurial vision by developing Gardenworld, a greenhouse and landscape nursery business.

In 2007, Don and Gail sold the last of their businesses and retired. An avid wood worker, Don was in perpetual motion, constantly busy and working.

When forced to take a break or a vacation he enjoyed a good sci-fi book and time on the Jersey shore with his sister Sharon. Don was a member of Winooski Lodge 49 F&AM and was a founding member of the former Waterbury Tourism Council.

Family Information

Don is loved and mourned by his wife of 64 years, Gail McCain of Stowe; their children, Brig McCain of Waterbury Center, Gunner McCain and his wife Mona of Waterbury Center; his grandchildren, George Jr. and his wife Caitlin, Lucas, Ryan, Adam, Kenzie and her husband David Rhoden, and Caitlyn; his great- grandchildren, Adeline, Gunner, Finley, and Harper; his brother, Preston McCain and his wife Kathy of Lewes DE; his sister, Sharon Cascio of Stratford CT; as well as extended family. Don was predeceased by a son, Donald R. McCain IV on November 8, 2002.