• Bangs Funeral Home, Inc. - Ithaca
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Donald James "Red" Herson 1929 - 2013
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September 14, 2013
It is just not the same on Bergen Beach without Donnie . He always greeted us with a smile and friendship, questions about all the family ...and even occasionally Cold Duck :-) Since moving back to Interlaken 7 1/2 years ago , I have seen the joy it gave him watching his grandsons growing up ; he was so proud of them and would often fill me in on their activities and show me pictures once school and hockey season started and they weren't here quite so much ! ( running ,swimming, paddle boarding, rafting , tubing , going up and around and down the beach with our Gwaah Jo kids was a special treat these past years .History repeating itself ! ) He is sorely missed - I love all you Hersons . Nothing like lake friends . xxxooo
August 16, 2013
Dave, Tommy, Marianne & Susie ~ saddened to hear of your dad's passing. I can still hear him yelling "Bruce" along the shoreline! We will sorely miss his wonderful laugh. There are boatloads of good memories to keep us going. Hugs all around. Betsy Stedman McDonald
August 05, 2013
Red I'm going to miss you. You were my first foreman as a regular employee in the Line Dpt. NYSEG Ithaca. I got to know you and create memories before your retirement. This is from "the best Bolivian that ever worked for you". This time you don't have to erase it.
July 28, 2013
Susie, Tom and family...I am so deeply sorry about the news of Red's passing. Your dad was a good friend and one of the best people that I have ever known. I'll never have a better golf partner. We had a lot of fun together. I'm sure he is hitting 300 yard drives up in Heaven.
July 27, 2013
Tom,Dave and family, sorry to hear about Red He was one of a "Kind" I enjoyed working under his "rein" and playing basketball with him at CYO He will me missed
July 26, 2013
my best memories of N.Y,S.E&G will be of all the good times with [RED].card games out of town trips,but his everday sense of humor will stay with me always.
July 25, 2013
R.I.P. Always a smile and something good to say to make your day! Last time I saw him he was handing out bulletins after Mass and updating me on the family. He will be missed by many and Ithaca was a better place because of Mr. Herson! The picture with the smile shows it all.
July 24, 2013
Katie and family, Jim and I are so saddened to learn of Donny's passing. Jim has so many fond memories of growing up with Donny and the mischief they got into. They were best buds!! He will be truly missed. We send our thoughts and our prayers to you at this time of great sorrow.
July 24, 2013
In 1954 the Hersons and Extons became neighbors on Taughannock Blvd. and soon inseparable friends. We welcomed the children as they came and Tom Herson and John Exton were especially close until we moved to a different school district. So many wonderful memories of playing cards (the guys cheated!), of renting a cottage at the lake summers and Dick and Donny arguing incessantly about the stupidest things (all in fun), the clunker cars we drove that required banging on the battery when we stalled (in the middle of State Street), and many other memories. Donny and Dick loved to water ski and camp on the island in Cayuga Lake. Donny was a deer hunter and we took great delight in telling him there were deer in our backyard and when he dashed over of course they were gone (if they'd even been there) but he still bragged about his hunting skills. If we couldn't find our dog, George Henry, we knew right where he'd be - visiting his "second family." Donny was teased about his cushy job at NYSEG - didn't have to work on his birthday or in inclement weather. He told about how long a job took when he had to climb a pole at the nudist colony.
Donny was a loyal friend, easy to get along with, great smile. He was always interested in our family even as we grew apart due to being in different locations. Our "Uncle Donny" will be greatly missed. Barb Exton
July 24, 2013
I'll miss that smile and his greeting. My sincere sympathy. I remember he never accepted "A card laid is a card played" in the 99 Game.
July 24, 2013
Our condolences to all. Reading this brought a tear to my eye, and a smile to my face--recalling the Chippewa sign at the cottage--and there was no need for a stairclimber machine, what with those steps down to the cottage! I also seem to recall a certain 99 game when I caught your dad retrieving dimes from under his drink. Great memories to warm the chill in your heart. Thoughts and prayers are with you all.
July 24, 2013
I will miss seeing Donnie when I go back there. What a good man.
July 24, 2013
My favorite uncle indeed. I will never forget his laugh and how he loved to tell a good story. And he had a lifetime of good stories. Hugs to all. He leaves a big hole but may the memories and a life well lived comfort you.
July 24, 2013
I will miss him waving at me everytime he came into the gym to work out. Making sure i saw him before he walked past my office.
July 24, 2013
Susie, I am sorry for your loss. Dad's hold a special place in our hearts. Cherish your memories. You and your family are in my prayers.

Cathy Withiam Schuler
July 24, 2013
Sorry to read of his passing. Worked with him for many years at NYSEG of which I was Manager of Customer accounting and he was a great inspiration too all who came in contact with him. I am deeply sorry.
July 23, 2013
Gosh, we are so sad to hear of Red's passing. I just shared clams with him last Saturday!! So glad I had the opportunity to be with him just one more time. Red was a great friend and colleague. He will be missed by many.
July 23, 2013
My condolences to Don's family and many friends. I have fond memories of playing basketball with Don at Immaculate Conception School in the '60's. He will be surely missed.
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