Don graduated from LaSalle College with a degree in Accounting and served in the ROTC. He served two years in the Army as an Artillery Officer-1st Lieutenant. Don had a multi-faceted background in banking, manufacturing, sales and marketing. He held senior management positions in two Fortune 500 companies, Shuron Textron and Bausch & Lomb. He retired from Shuron Textron as Sales and Marketing Manager responsible for all domestic and foreign markets. He purchased and operated Lakeland Visual Aid until he retired.
A strong proponent of community service, he served as a Village Trustee for seven years then Mayor of Skaneateles, (1995-2001). He assisted in numerous community charity organizations including Laker Limo in Skaneateles. An avid golfer, he was a longtime member of Skaneateles Country Club. He was a member of St. Mary’s of the Lake Church. He also enjoyed reading down by the lake. He and his wife Sylvia called Skaneateles, their “Camelot”.
Don will be remembered for his love and lifelong devotion to his wife Sylvia and his family. His strong faith in God, love for his country and service to the community. He had passion for all to get an education as well as having the discipline to live a moral and faithful life. Don’s warm reception to friends and strangers alike were greeted with a smile and his sincere interest in helping anyone in need.
Calling hours will be held on Thursday, May 3rd, 4-7pm at Robert D. Gray Funeral Home, Skaneateles. A Celebration of Life Mass will be held on Friday, May 4th at 10am at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, 81 Jordan Street, Skaneateles, NY.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the Alzheimer’s Association, (www.alz.org/centralnewyork)
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