Donald R. Waters
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Donald R. Waters was born January 3, 1928 in Norwich, CT, and died on March 3, 2013 in Pensacola, FL, surrounded by his family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Gladys Waters, brother Gordon Waters, sister May Webber and his only son Louis Waters. He is survived by his loving family: daughter Debbie Waters; granddaughters Sara Sedes and Desiree Pate; grandsons Cameron, Dylan and Ashton; along with a host of cousins, nieces and nephews, both here and abroad; and special friends Toni Macon and Peggy Morrison.
Don was best known for his love of family and as an Island Guy, rescuing and adopting animals and protecting our waterways and beach environment. Known in Pensacola as "Greyhound Don", he is credited with rescuing some 57 greyhounds from the Pensacola Greyhound Track and adopting them out in Surfside, TX, where he resided for over 30 years before moving to Pensacola to live with his daughter. He grew up in N.Y. City, was a Merchant Marine for 11 years and then joined the Army and served in the Korean War as a Sargent. He was wounded in Korea; however, that never slowed him down. Don owned and operated a commercial shell fishing business on Long Island for many years until retiring and then moved to Texas. He lived his life as an honorable man, son, brother, uncle, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He not only taught his children to be active volunteers in their community; he also was a mentor to many troubled young people in the Texas juvenile system who later, with his kindness, compassion and guidance, became good stewards of their communities as well. He loved the water and lived his life to the fullest.
We will always have you close in our hearts. Love you Dad.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 3:00 PM at Gulf Island National Seashore, Johnson Beach, Perdido Key, Pavillion #3. Rev. Rick Sosbe of Holy Cross MCC will conduct the service. A Celebration of Don's Life will be held at "The Reef" on the back deck, immediately following the service. Casual beach attire is requested.
Family-Funeral & Cremation,(850)466-5440, is handling arrangements.
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Published in Pensacola News Journal on Mar. 17, 2013