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Massena, NY 13662
Phone: (315) 769-3579
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Gary Donaldson

Gary R. Donaldson

Tuesday, July 3rd, 1945 - Saturday, August 8th, 2020
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MASSENA – Gary R. “Digger” Donaldson, 75, a longtime resident of McKinley Ave, peacefully passed away Saturday evening at his home.

Gary was born on July 3, 1945 in Massena, the son of the late Vernon J. and Evelyn M. (Hopson) Donaldson. He was a 1963 graduate of Massena High School, where he lettered in baseball, football, and basketball. In 2016, he was inducted into the Massena High School Hall of Fame with the 1962 and 1963 Baseball Team. He continued his education at William Penn College in Oskaloosa, Iowa graduating in 1967 with his Bachelor’s Degree. In 1973, he graduated from Canton ATC with his degree in Mortuary Science. After his graduation and becoming licensed in 1975, he started his 35-year career in funeral service at his family business, Donaldson Funeral Home, retiring in 2010.

In 1968, Gary joined the Massena Volunteer Fire Department, serving various rolls including Fire Chief from 1985-1986 and again in 1990. He was recently awarded Fireman of the Year and was proud of his 52 years of service to his community. As a fireman, he was active with the Massena Fire Drill Team, a member of the St. Lawrence County Fire Chief’s Association and the Northern New York Firemen’s Association. High school sports were always important to Gary, as he coached Massena Girls Basketball and Assistant Coach for the Massena Football Team for many years. He was a former member of the St. Lawrence County Funeral Director’s Association, once serving as their President. He was a member of the Massena First United Methodist Church and enjoyed golfing, traveling, and socializing with his many friends.

Gary is survived by his wife, Sandra (LaMay), whom he married on August 15, 1975, his daughter and son-in-law, Carrie and Chad Lashua; his grandchildren, Mason and Madison; his brother, Gregory and Gail Donaldson of Cicero; his chosen sister, Marlene and David Yateman of Massena; his aunt, Norma Sirotiak of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; his sister-in-law, Joan Donaldson of Zephyrhills, Florida; his brother-in-law, Tim and Janet LaMay of Cooper City, Florida; and his nephews, Blake Donaldson, Brian and Cory LaMay.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his daughter, Robin Stephenson on October 27, 2010; his brother, David E. Donaldson on September 10, 2014; and his nephew, Bradley Donaldson on April 9, 2018.

Friends may call at the Donaldson Funeral Home, Massena on Thursday 4-7:00, the members of the Massena Fire Department will offer a prayer service at 6:45PM. Funeral services with fireman’s honors will be held Friday 11:00 AM at the Massena Fire Station, Andrews Street with Fire Department Chaplain, Rev Judy VanKennan, officiating. Burial will follow in Riverside Cemetery, Norwood. Those attending are asked to observe social distancing guidelines and wear face coverings.

Memorial contributions in Gary’s memory may be made to the Massena Volunteer Fire Department, Massena First United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, Hospice of St. Lawrence Valley, or the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, August 13th, 2020 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Thursday, August 13th, 2020 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Donaldson Funeral Home
    100 North Main Street
    MASSENA, NY 13662
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  • Service

    Friday, August 14th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Friday, August 14th, 2020 11:00am
    Massena Fire Department
    34 Andrews Street
    MASSENA, NY 13662
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    Rev. Judy VanKennan
  • Interment

    Riverside Cemetery - Norwood
    Riverside Drive
    NORWOOD, NY 13668
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Michelle Shirley

Posted at 04:24pm
Friends and Family of Gary, Bob and I are so very sorry for your loss... Gary was such a great man, a very kind hearted soul may he Rest in peace.... Sorry we are not able to make it out there tonight however our thoughts and prayers are with you guys. ((hugs))
Bob and Michelle Shirley

Posted at 11:35am
Gary was such a wonderful person, My family has been part of the Donaldson family for years.. When ever we had to go to the funeral home Gary would always come and get me and my mom to go look at the caskets, This may offend some people but my mom enjoyed it Gary always made our lose of a family member a little easier. May you RIP Gary and never be in pain again Thank You

Kelly Gordon

Posted at 10:28am
Sandy, Carrie and Chad and extended family, We are so sorry for your loss. We have so many memories over so many years. We are thinking of all of you. Kelly & Ronnie

Karen Morgan

Posted at 01:10am
Dear Sandy and family, I am so sad to hear of Gary's passing. My heart goes out to you and your family at this time. If I can help in anyway, please let me know. I will keep you in my prayers as you go through this time. Love, Karen

Sharon and Joe Sidorek

Posted at 03:53pm
Dear Sandy and family, we were very sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. We have many great memories from living in the McKinley neighborhood with both Gary and you and David and Joan. Joey has many great memories from working with everyone at the funeral home. I will never forget Gary’s kindness and compassion when Gary took the time to take Roxanne Roberts, Joey and me to pick my mom in your van in Buffalo. It takes a very special person to do something like that. May your cherished memories help you and your family get through this time of loss and sorrow. Thinking of you.
Sharon and Joe Sidorek
Bloomington, In

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