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Pierce, Donald Edward

Donald Edward Pierce of Endwell. Husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and educator, Donald Edward Pierce came to the end of a long and happy life on July 9, 2015, at the age of 90. Born Nov. 30, 1924 in Cortland, NY, to George L. and Florence Belle Haight Pierce, he grew up there and graduated from Cortland High School in 1942. Don entered the U.S. Navy, serving as an Aviation Electronics Technician Mate First Class during World War II. After the war, he returned to New York, where he attended Cornell and graduated from Cortland State Teachers College, earning a BS in Elementary Education in 1951 and an MS in 1955. While at Cortland State, Don met his one-and-only, Mary Lou Swanson Pierce. They married on Aug. 22, 1948; their marriage endured for nearly 67 years. Don taught elementary school in Virgil and Berkshire before moving to Maine-Endwell, where he would become an institution over nearly half a century. He served as principal of Hooper School, then Endwell Elementary and finally Homer F. Brink from 1957-1980, when he retired. Elected to the M-E school board in 1984, he served until 2005. Don was a longtime ham-radio operator (WB2GAN, AB2HT) and member of Air Force MARS (AFC2GAN). He was a member of the Masons, a Past Master of the Newark Valley Masonic Lodge, and Past President of the Endwell Rotary Club. He enjoyed fixing things around the house, caring for the yard and pool, tinkering with cars - things to keep him busy and help out family and friends. Together, Don and Lou enjoyed bowling and golfing, and spent several years of retirement traveling in their motor home. Don is predeceased by his parents and one brother, Kenneth M. Pierce. He is survived by his wife, Mary Lou; his children, Kimberley Pierce, Timothy (Renee) Pierce, Scott Pierce, Lynne Pierce and Betsy (John) Pope; his grandchildren, Courtney (Galen) Richmond, Brittany Pierce (Adam Lapinski); Colin Pierce (Morgan Fletcher), Amanda Pierce (Jeremy Tyrell), Jonathon Pierce, Hillary Pierce and Caleigh Pope; and his great-granddaughter, Lila Lou "The Little One" Richmond. The family will receive friends Monday 5-8pm at the Chopyak-Scheider Funeral Home, 326 Prospect St., Binghamton and Tuesday 10am until 11am at Endwell United Methodist Church, 3301 Watson Boulevard, Endwell. A Masonic Service will be conducted by the brethren of Round Hill Lodge #533F&A.M. on Monday at 7:45pm at the funeral home. A Celebration of Mr. Pierce's Life will be offered by Rev. Mark Kimpland and Rev. Jose Valencia on Tuesday at 11am at the church. Entombment will follow in Vestal Hills Memorial Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Donald E. Pierce Honorary Scholarship. Checks should be made payable to Maine-Endwell High School, with the name of the scholarship on the memo line, and sent to Maine-Endwell High School, 712 Farm-to-Market Rd., Endwell, NY, 13760. Kindly sign Mr. Pierce's guestbook at

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December 22, 2015
God bless Mr. Pierce. He was a very fine Principal, who treated the kids with respect. He was one of the first Adults I looked up to. A wonderful educator. God bless. My deepest sympathies for your loss
August 12, 2015
Mr Pierce is a very unique and wonderful man. My mom taught both in Hooper school and in Endwell Elementary when Mr Pierce was the principal. Anyone who might remember my mom, Mrs Edith Terry knows that Mr Pierce was a very special man for having worked with my mom for so many years. She had the utmost respect for him. Job well done Mr. Pierce
Karen Terry Paterniti
July 20, 2015
Mrs. Pierce and Family,
I was sorry to hear that Mr. Pierce had passed away. I am glad to have known him as my Principal and neighbor. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Donna (Kinney) Hobart
July 19, 2015
lou i knew you along time ago you use to bowl with my mom and dad i think ihave a pic i am so sorry for you lost i also know him from school may god help you through this time
nancy walter wood
July 19, 2015
So sorry to hear. Mr. Pierce had such an impact on so many of us - a truly great legacy. Scott, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Would like to reconnect.
Larry Taylor
July 19, 2015
A sad good-bye to a true friend to kids in Maine Endwell --especially those with special needs-- and the best boss ever. Our condolences to you, Lou, and the family.
Jim and Valerie Kozak
July 17, 2015
Our condolences to you all. Mr. Pierce was an amazing person and I am very happy to have called him a friend. He was certainly a friend to my parents also when we first moved to Endwell in the late 1950's. IF you need anything and I am able to provide, please don't hesitate to contact me.
Jim and Chris (Albee) Casey
Christine Albee-Casey
July 17, 2015
Pam and Family, so very sorry to hear of your dad's passing. He was an icon at M-E and will never be forgotten. My condolences to you all.
Renee Hess (Damari)
July 17, 2015
Mrs. Pierce, Kim and Family,
Don was as genuine, decent and gracious a human as I have ever encountered while in my business dealings (Equitable/AXA), and as a friend. I am blessed to have known him and know you have certainly been too. My sincere condolences to you all.
Nick Millard
July 17, 2015
It was September 1967. I was in first grade. My Father had just passed away and my class was walking the halls and he asked my teacher if he could talk to me. We went to his office and he gave me a pep talk. A great man. My deepest sympathies.
Steven Gilinsky
July 17, 2015
Tim and Family
I remember Mr Pierce in 2 ways. First as a principal that was demanding of his students but at the same time was very fair in how he treated them. Secondly my mother was a teacher under him at both Hooper and Endwell Elementary and I was able to see the shared respect between him and his staff. I know my mother always thought very highly of him and would be sad to hear of his passing. He was a good man.
John Trumble
July 17, 2015
To Mary Lou and Don's family,
We would like to express our sincere sympathy on the passing of Don. He was a wonderful educator and administrator at M-E. May your fond memories of him and with him get you through this difficult time.
Ken & Barbara Lenish
July 17, 2015
Mrs. Pierce, Tim, Scott and family,
My condolences to the Pierce family on the loss of Don. The McQueen family knew Don as a wonderful neighbor and friend. One memory I have is playing golf with Don and Tim at the former Twist Run Golf Course during the Summer, 1966. Don was a very good man.
John McQueen
July 17, 2015
Dear Mrs. Pierce, I am so very sorry to hear the sad news of Mr. Pierce's passing. I remember him when he would come to see you at Newark Valley Central School when you were our gym teacher. I am nearly 80 years old so it has been a while since then. I hope all of your wonderful memories will help ease your sorrow.
DonaMae Hulslander Tiffany
July 16, 2015
I am so sorry to hear about Mr. Donald Pierce. I had Mr. Pierce at Hooper School. I am 63 yrs. Old, so this says alot. I loved that guy. He went out of his way to help and guide me. I was a hand full! He will be sorely missed by everyone that he touched their lives. To his family, he will be in my prayers. Again, I am so sorry for your loss!
Philip DAngelo
July 16, 2015
I will always remember Mr. Pierce as the principal when I attended Hooper School and a good man with a great sense of humor. Don will be missed.
Kathy Loveland
July 16, 2015
Mrs. Pierce, Tim, and family,
Please except my sincere condolences on the passing of Mr. Pierce. Clearly,my memories of him was when he was the principal at Hooper School.
Gene Kinne II
July 16, 2015
I had the great privilege of working with Don as a colleague and working for him as a superintendent. If ever anyone embodied the Maine-Endwell Schools for nearly fifty years it was Don. Lou and family, Mary and I send our deepest sympathies as you mourn your loss and celebrate a wonderful educator, husband, father and public servant.
Phillip and Mary Burkholder
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