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