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Brighton: Passed away peacefully on June 2, 2014, at his home in Mililani, HI, with his daughter, Mary, and son-in-law, Scott, at his bedside. He fought a long and courageous battle with Parkinson's disease but finally succumbed to it. Born on August 22, 1920 in Rochester, NY, his life exemplified the best attributes of his "Greatest Generation" and his Roman Catholic faith. He was much loved by his family and friends and will be dearly missed.
A gifted athlete, he played football at Aquinas Institute (class of 1939). He graduated from Canisius College in Buffalo (1943) and enlisted in the U.S. Army. During the war, Don was assigned to the 100th Infantry Division in France and Germany. Because of his sports prowess, he was one of the few selected to play on the Ft. Bragg, N.C. baseball team and later played on teams overseas at the end of hostilities. Although he saw some horrific things during his service and grieved those who lost their lives, his memories focused on the great friendships he made.
Don married Helen Carbon on April 22, 1944 and, together, they raised six children in the Town of Brighton until her death in 1980.
Following his military service, Don worked as an accountant with Commercial Control in Rochester, NY. In 1956, Eastman Kodak Company hired him as a Corporate Auditor where he remained until retiring in 1983. One way he fulfilled his passion for sports was through playing tennis with the Kodak Park Athletic Association tennis league and serving as one of its officers. In retirement, he played tennis and golf nearly every day both in Rochester, NY and, when the weather cooled, in Port Richey, FL. Although he was a focused competitor when he played tennis, it was the camaraderie that he especially treasured.
Don is survived by his children, Joan Neville of Seattle, WA; Mary Grace Smart (Scott), of Mililani, HI; William D. Heagney, Jr. of Rochester, NY; Kathleen Heagney Pittelkau (Eric) of Springfield, VA; Brian Heagney (Karen) of Centreville, VA; and Janice Wesen (Phil) of Las Vegas, NV; his 13 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren; and his numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Helen, and brother and best friend, Jack Heagney. He was an exceptional Dad, Grandpa, and Great-Grandpa who went above and beyond whatever was necessary to care for his family.
The family will welcome friends at the funeral chapel (2305 Monroe Ave.) on Thursday, June 19, from 4-7 PM. A Funeral Mass will be held Friday, June 20 at 10 AM at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 150 Varinna Dr., Brighton. Burial to follow at White Haven Memorial Park.
To share a memory of Don or send a condolence to the family, visit www.anthonychapels.com
Anthony Funeral & Cremation Chapels
2305 Monroe Avenue Rochester, NY 14618
Published in Rochester Democrat And Chronicle on June 15, 2014