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Donald Radford

Donald Ray Radford

Monday, April 10th, 1939 - Friday, June 21st, 2019
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Donald Ray Radford

GENEVA – Donald Radford, age 80, of Geneva, New York, passed away on Friday, June 21, 2019 peacefully at home surrounded by his family.

A celebration of life service will be held on Tuesday, June 25 at 10:00 a.m. at The Presbyterian Church, 24 Park Place, Geneva, NY.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you would consider making a memorial contribution to Ontario-Yates Hospice, 756 Pre-Emption Rd, Geneva, NY 14456.

Don was born on April 10, 1939 in Roanoke, Virginia the son of the late Hannon Radford and Della Baldwin Brady. Don attended Augusta Military Academy and served in the U.S. Army Reserves for six years. He so enjoyed his over 40 year career in sales at Goulds Pumps in Seneca Falls. Don loved being a salesman. Every customer became a friend and every opportunity for a sale was a challenge he relished.

Don married the former Frances Irvin in 1959 and together they had four wonderful daughters, who were a great source of love and pride. In 1999 he married B.J. Radford and lovingly took two more children into his life. His children, son-in-laws, grandchildren and great grandchildren he considered to be the most important things in his life.

Don was a collector of people, a founding member of the Elite Golf Club (later renamed the Rad Golf Club), a regular at the Tim Horton’s coffee clutch, famous for giving away golf balls and golf shirts, lived in the best neighborhood in Geneva (surrounded by the best neighbors), a lover of Syracuse sports and the Yankees, a long time member of Seneca Lake Country Club and later Wayne Hills Country Club. He was a one-of-a-kind gentlemen. Always kind, generous, funny and always there for everyone.

Don suffered through a long battle with Lewy Body Dementia, never complaining or giving in, and fought hard until the end. Many people assisted him in this fight, through friendship, support, care and love. Your involvement made a big difference and is much appreciated.

Don is survived by his wife B.J., their two children Casey and Calvin as well as four daughters, Donna Newcomb of Romulus, NY, Tracy (Richard) Metzger of Albany, NY, Kelly (Robert) Marlow of Mount Kisco, NY, and Sara (Mark) Thomas of Cornelius, NC; grandchildren, Jeffrey II (Stefanie) Newcomb, Julie (Jake) Conway, Leigh Metzger, R.J. Marlow, Will Marlow, Caroline Thomas and Lauren Thomas; great-grandchildren, Jordan and Emma Newcomb.

Don was predeceased by his parents, sister Judy and son-in-law Jeff Newcomb.
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Service Details

  • Service

    Tuesday, June 25th, 2019 | 10:00am
    When
    Tuesday, June 25th, 2019 10:00am
    Location
    Presbyterian Church of Geneva
    Address
    24 Park Place
    GENEVA, NY 14456
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    Officiant
    Rev. Dr. Deborah Lind-Schmitz

Affiliations

  • American
  • US Army Reserves

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Don Hines

Posted at 11:21pm
I only had the pleasure of knowing Don for the last 8-9 years, but I wish I had known him longer. I enjoyed talking with him at Hortons, playing golf with him and I was lucky to have ridden with him around Watkins Glen road course.
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Cindy French

Posted at 11:55am
Don was such a great guy to work with in the office. He came in smiling everyday. When he was telling a funny story or joke he would start to giggle and make us all laugh. He was personable and made you feel like part of the team.
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Barb Morrissey

Posted at 10:10pm
Our heartfelt condolences are with everyone during this time.
 
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Patricia OConnor Posted at 10:30am

There was never a time when I went into Dons office that I didn’t leave smiling. His knowledge (or lack) of computers was one for the history books but we laughed through every lesson.
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