I will always remember Uncle Don's annual family picnic at his home when I was a child. Uncle Don was a nice, gentle man who took a genuine interest in you. Ruth and I extend our deepest condolences to his family.
Don loved to talk about movies with my dad and me. He had an extensive knowledge of all types of films and was very passionate about them! Such a wonderful man whose son Rick was a close friend as well.
When I think of Don, I think of one of the last survivors who was truly part of his era--the Roosevelt era--whether it was in his never-give-up labor politics or his abiding enthusiasm for the big jazz bands of the time--he was quite a consistent fellow. We had a lot of good talks over the years and I will truly miss him.
Don was my Jazz buddy. It never took long for our phone chats to get around to Louis, Bix or Django. Jazz lovers are a trustable sort... and Don was certainly that; a real straight shooter and an independent thinker. As Mary's partner, I couldn't have asked for a better Father-in-law.
I was volunteer with Don at the McKree house and always enjoyed our time together. Sorry to read of his passing he was a great guy.