Donald I. Deno, 73, of North Lawrence, died early Wednesday morning, July 27, 2011, at his home while under the loving care of his family and Hospice of the St. Lawrence Valley. He was born in St. Regis Falls, September 6, 1937, he was the son of the late Frederick and Margaret LaGray Deno, Sr. He graduated from St. Lawrence Central School in 1955.
Donald served in the United States Marine Corp from 1956 until his Honorable Discharge in 1958. On July 25, 1959, he was united in marriage to the former Constance E. Frary at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Malone. She survives.
From 1958 until 1959, Donald was employed by the St. Lawrence County Highway Department. From 1959 until his retirement in 1996, he was employed as a crane operator at Reynolds Metals in Massena. He also operated a small engine repair business at his home and sold Snow Prince and Moto Ski snow sleds. Donald was a past member of the Lawrenceville Volunteer Fire Department. He had also served on the Town of Lawrence Review Board. He enjoyed working with his old John Deere tractor, building dune buggies to race on his property and cutting walking trails in his woods for his family to explore. He was a true outdoors man and thoroughly enjoyed nature.
Along with his wife, Constance, he is survived by two sons, Michael Deno and his companion, Tina Hartigan of Mexico, NY and John Deno of Milton, Wash; two daughters, Jill Deno and her companion, Tim Thisse of Parishville, and Elise Deno and her companion Ricky Page of Winthrop; one sister, Rose LaBuff of Massena; two grandchildren, Jacob Deno and Melissa Pitts; two great grandchildren, Aaron and Brayson Maslin; and several nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, he was predeceased by two brothers, Frederick Deno, Jr. and Lawrence Deno; and one sister, Mae LaCombe.
Calling hours will be Sunday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Anderson Funeral Home in North Lawrence. A Funeral Service will be held Monday at 10 a.m. in the Nicholville United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Sheila Nichols officiating. Burial will be in the Hillcrest Cemetery on Cemetery Road in North Lawrence.
Donations may be made in his memory to Hospice of St. Lawrence Valley, Lawrenceville Volunteer Fire Department, Tri-Town Rescue or to the Nicholville United Methodist Church.
Donald’s family would like to extend a grateful thank you to Dr. Howard Gold, Dr David Hauerstock and the entire staff of the Werner Cancer Center, and oncology and radiation departments at the Potsdam Hospital for their care and support during Donald’s battle with cancer. They also appreciated the loving care extended to them from St. Lawrence Valley Hospice.
Arrangements are through the Anderson Funeral Home in North Lawrence.