FALCONER – Charles D. "Don" Courtney Sr., 96, of the Levant-Gerry Road, passed away Monday (Aug. 27, 2012) at the Hamot Medical Center in Erie, Pa.
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Courtney was born June 9, 1916, in Providence, R.I., the son of the late Peter James Courtney and Mary Ann (Hughes) Courtney.
He attended school in Rhode Island prior to serving his country in the United States Army, under General George Patton, where he
served as a platoon sergeant with the 119th Infantry Division from Feb. 2, 1942 until he was honorably discharged on Nov. 11, 1945.
Courtney received the Bronze Star, World War II Victory Medal, American Theatre Medal, Good Conduct Medal and the European African Middle Eastern Ribbon with three Bronze Stars.
Prior to his military service, he had worked for Brown & Sharp in Providence and as a draftsman for Spencer Lens in Buffalo. Upon his return, he worked for United Lumber in Jamestown and then started his long standing career with Crescent Tool in Jamestown
where was employed from Oct. 20, 1947 - April 30, 1978, where he also served as a past president of the labor union. Although he did not attend church regularly, he had a very strong and humble faith. Courtney's legacy is his family and he always stated that his best investment in life was his family, which he loved dearly and with whom he spent much of his time. He enjoyed remodeling and doing carpentry around his house, ballroom dancing, reading, classical music, lifelong learning and he had a passion for politics. He was a former member of the Jamestown Veteran of Foreign Wars Post and the Lakewood Rod & Gun.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Adria Miller Congdon Courtney, whom he married on Aug. 29, 1945 in Buffalo; a son, Charles D. (Jackie) Courtney, Jr. of Falconer; four daughters, Mary Ann Courtney Keyser of Cassadaga, Barbara June (James) Courtney Washburg of Falconer, Maureen Kay Courtney Mayer of Falconer and Carol Adria Courtney of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.; 15 grandchildren, 24 greatgrandchildren and 12 greatgreat-grandchildren; a brother-in-law, Rodney B. (Marilyn) Congdon of Depew; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by two sons, infant James Peter Courtney and Brian James
Courtney in 2009; and two brothers, James Leonard Courtney and John Stanley Courtney.
There will be no visitation or services at this time. A memorial service is being planned with a time and place to be announced later. The VanRensselaer & Son Funeral Home in Randolph. has been entrusted with arrangements.
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Published in The Salamanca Press from Sept. 12 to Oct. 11, 2012