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Donald K. Niver

1926 - 2014 LENOX Donald Knickerbocker Niver, 88, died on December 22, 2014 in Dalton, MA. Born July, 12, 1926 in Pittsfield, MA, he was the son of the late Jacob K. and Louise (LaClair) Niver. Donald had a diverse and successful 40 year career with General Electric, joining GE in 1944 the day after he graduated from Pittsfield High School. He began as a factory worker and was soon accepted into the company's drafting apprentice program. Continuing his education, he earned a Bachelor's Degree in journalism from Boston University and then served in the Korean War as a Sergeant in the headquarters of the US Army's 25th Infantry Division. He returned to General Electric as an Employee Communication Specialist in Schenectady, NY. He then was offered a position in Pittsfield, MA where he became the Employee Communication Manager. In 1966, he was promoted to company-wide Corporate Communications Consultant and relocated to GE's Corporate Headquarters in NYC and later, Fairfield, CT. Donald was a humanitarian and was passionate about ethics, resource conservation, social justice, US history, and education. He felt a civic responsibility to contribute to the communities he called home and volunteered and served on many committees and churches in Pittsfield, MA, Schenectady, NY and Stamford, CT. While in Pittsfield, from 1926 to 1966, he and his family were active members of the First Baptist Church. As an adult, he served as a deacon and assisted with its weekly broadcasts. He was a founder of Pittsfield's non-partisan Good Government Association, a member of the Republican City Committee, the publicity director of the local Friendly Town program and a director of the local Citizen's Scholarship Foundation. He was also an avid baseball fan and player and served as captain of GE and Pittsfield's teams. He is survived by his wife, Gaety E. (Galbo) Niver, whom he married in 1985; two daughters: Linda R. Lehman and her husband, Jim, of Nashua, NH, and Pamela J. Niver of Easthampton, MA; two grandchildren; three step-children; Steven Twarog and his wife, Martha of Albany, NY, David Twarog and his wife, Tracey, of Latham, NY, and Karen Twarog of Valatie, NY; six step-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren, and his sister-in-law, Anita R. Galbo of North Adams, MA. He was predeceased in 1978, by his first wife, Josephine (Galbo) Niver, with whom he had and raised his daughters. And, in 1983, he was predeceased by his half-brother, Wilfred L. Niver who taught him to play and love baseball. SERVICES: A memorial service will be held at 10am on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at St. Joseph's Cemetery in Pittsfield, MA. He had suggested that those desiring to honor his memory to consider a donation to a charity they believe will do the most good for humanity.
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Apr. 16, 2015
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