Donald “Don” Cassidy, died September 14th the way he wanted to, in his own bed in his home with his cats and Lil.
Don was born October 6, 1929, the son of Thomas and Hazel (Conlon) Cassidy in Plainville, CT. After high school, he joined the Air Force and proudly served his country for 21 years, stationed in Europe, Asia, and North Africa. He was recently honored for his service with a trip on the North Country Honor Flight in August.
A Connecticut native, Don’s car broke down in Plattsburgh back in 1973. Repair would take a couple of days, and Don fell in love with the community and decided to put down roots. He secured a job managing the fieldhouse complex at SUNY Plattsburgh, where he made many good friends, retiring in 1986. It was through work that Don and Lil met, marrying on October 29, 1977. They enjoyed travel across our country and the Canadian Maritimes, especially enjoying Maine as a yearly trip for relaxation.
Don loved following sports, particularly baseball and football and was proud of his Irish heritage. He was patriotic, always quick with a joke or a song, and generously gave back to his community. Perhaps his favorite job ever was as a bus monitor for special-needs children, a position he took part-time long after retiring from SUNY.
He is survived by his wife Lil of Plattsburgh, his well-loved cats, and children Betty (Bob) Forrest, Donald Jr, Debbie (Steve) Murphy, and John. He is also survived by several grandchildren and great-grandchildren, including grandchildren Billie-Jo (Bill) Sauvron, Jesse (Paul) Sawallich, and Donald Cassidy III. He is also survived by Lil’s family - Sally Cookingham, Mona LaBombard,Llona (Fred) Wilhelm, and sister-in-law Marie Cassidy,as well as many nieces and nephews from both families, including a special nephew, Matt LaBombard, who has been so caring and helpful to him over the last few years when Don has been less mobile.
Our family would like to extend a very special thank you to the nursing and health care staff at CVPH Cardiac & Vascular Care Unit and R3 for the wonderful care Don received as well as Dr. Joel Wolkowicz for helping us through this journey.
Don was predeceased by his parents and his son William Cassidy as well as all his siblings.
Don requested no services. If you wish to remember Don in a special way, donations can be made to his favorite charity, Animal Rescue & Welfare Services, PO Box 2341, Plattsburgh, NY 12901.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Heald Funeral Home, 48 Court Street, Plattsburgh.
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