ANGELICA - Donald C. Hough, 87, formerly of 24 Railroad Avenue passed away peacefully on Sunday (Dec. 8, 2013), at Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville with his family at his side.
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He was born Jan. 9, 1926, in Belmont, the son of the late Harry Earl and Glada (Mayo) Hough. Don lived most of his life in Angelica, where he attended local schools. In his early years, he was employed on freighter ships which took him to the Far East, the Mediterranean, Europe and other destinations. He was later employed by New York State as a painter for over 28 years in Rochester and Orangeburg. When he retired, Don was a caregiver to his loving mother and was never far away if other family members needed a helping hand. He was a devoted son, loving brother and a special uncle.
Don moved to Manor Hills in Wellsville in 2008, where he enjoyed visiting with his friends and watching football and baseball. Don was an avid New York Yankees fan. He loved his independence and up until a few weeks ago, he took daily walks to Burger King for breakfast and to Short's for lunch, where he enjoyed talking with the folks. On extra nice days, he would walk to the drug store and to K-Mart. A daily visit with his sister Lois was always most important.
Donald was the Mayo and Hough family ""historian."" Details of loved ones, past and present, were only a thought away in his sharp mind. He never forgot a birthday and enjoyed sending greeting cards. A simple ""Love Don"" meant so much to those who received Don's cards. His kindness and family values will be missed by all. Don will be remembered by his warm smile, big heart and his love of animals. Don's favorite animal was ""Midnight,"" a big Husky dog he brought back from his days on board the ships.
Donald is survived and will be deeply missed by his younger sister, Lois Perkins of Wellsville. Don was the epitome of an older brother, watching out for his younger sister. ""Uncle Don"" will be sadly missed by his nieces, Cheryl (Bob) Young of Wellsville and Sandra Riccaldo of Weston, Fla., who shared a special bond with Don and were a phone call away for support or help. He is also survived by nephews, Craig and Michael Perkins and eighteen great-nieces and -nephews. The entire family feels blessed to have had Don in their lives for so long and will cherish the memories of years of love.
He is predeceased in addition to his parents by two brothers, Clarence and Clyde Hough, a Sister Lillian Anges and Nephew, Darrell Perkins.
Don's wishes of no viewing or funeral services will be honored and family members ask that any donations in his memory be made to the Angelica Volunteer Fire Department and Ambulance Corps, 1 Main St., Angelica, NY 14709. Donald will be laid to rest in Forest Hills Cemetery in Belmont. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.
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34 W State St
Wellsville, NY 14895
Published in The Olean Times Herald on Dec. 15, 2013