- 79 years old
- Date of birth: Feb 14, 1932
- Place of birth:
Olean, New York, United States
- Date of passing: Dec 15, 2011
- Place of passing:
Olean, New York, United States
|Let the memory of Don be with us forever|
This virtual page is in celebration of my father, a dear and wonderful man who loved many things throughout his life -- his family, his children, his garden, his friends, and his family home. He was particularly proud that he graduated from Olean High School in 1949 and attended every reunion he could. Dad was a veteran of the Korean War, serving with the U.S. Navy on the USS Rendova. When he returned back to Olean, he worked at Dresser-Clark until his retirement in August 1989. He was a life member of the Pulaski Club and a member of the Charles Harbel Post #892 American Legion in Allegany, NY. His mother, Helen V. Subjeck Marcus, died in 1976, and his father, John J. Marcus, died in 1993. He had seven children, eleven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, two sisters who predeceased him, and several nieces and nephews. As a Roman Catholic, Don was a member of St. John's Church in Olean. He was a recovered alcoholic, remaining sober more than 20 years. He loved life to the fullest. He was often heard saying "today is a good day, I got out of bed this morning." He was an avid gardener. Never a year had gone by when he did not plant and attend to his vegetable garden. He had a pet squirrel in his back yard (uncaged) who he would feed and care for every day. He died of mesothelioma, a true tragedy considering how otherwise healthy he had lived the last years of his life.
"Dad...today is a good day! Miss you!"
"Merry Christmas Dad! You are still missed!"
"Happy Thanksgiving Dad. Wish you were here."
"I really don't know what to say. Dad...you were one of the sanely strongest figures in the last part of your life, and may have been as strong had you been given an opportunely earlier. I am so tremendously sad about the events of the last six months, and know you would be as well. I find it very difficult to wrap my head around the fact that a close relative could act on such brutal instincts against individuals they claim to love, and had at some point in the relationship at least proven that trust was a strong part of their relationship. I hope you are there to give comfort and love to Sun Yol and Samantha!! I do truly miss you! Take care of our loved ones there in heaven! I know that's where you are! I do love you!"
"Thinking about you!"
"Hi Dad...it's been almost three years since you went to join your family in heaven. Today is Father's Day and I've been thinking of you a lot this week. We still miss you, particularly the stable role you had in our lives. I know you would be devastated to learn that Tony hurt some of the people you loved. I hope Sun Yol and Samantha have found their way to you and you can help them find some peace. Life is just so hard sometimes, particularly when tragic events happen that are senseless! I hope you have a wonderful Father's Day! Lindsay sends her love."
"Happy Father's Day, Dad! Sure do miss you!"
"Happy birthday Dad."
"Today it's been a year since you've gone to be with your family in heaven. I know you are with the ones you love and who love you, those who passed away before you. Perhaps today is the first anniversary of your reunion. Know that those of us down here who love you still miss you. I will light a candle for you tonight in memory of your passing. Lindsay, Marty and I love you very much."
"To my father, who epitomized everything I respect -- dignity in the face of adversity, integrity beyond reproach, simplicity in a complex world, a keen intelligence, and a wit free of negativity. You loved people for who they were, not what you wanted from them. You loved life, and life loved you in return. You are in our hearts forever. I am comforted knowing you are with God."
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