February 24, 1935 - August 15, 2019
Waverly, New York
August 15, 2019
February 24, 1935
Waverly, New York
Friday, August 23, 2019 at 1:00 PM at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly, New York
Friday, August 23, 2019 from 11 to 1 at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly, New York
Forest Home Cemetery, Waverly, New York
Donald F. Porter, 84, a life-long resident of Waverly, NY, and the oldest of six brothers, passed away on August 15th with his loving and devoted wife of nearly 55 years by his side.
Don passed due to complications following a brief recurrence of small cell lung cancer to his brain.
Don worked in the family business before and after serving in the US Airforce as a medic during the Korean War. He was well known and successful in the Valley as an honest and straightforward car salesman for 35 years, and extended his already large family by creating strong relationships with his customers. Don was fiercely proud and protective of his children and brothers, and more than anything, enjoyed teasing and practical jokes on them and colleagues alike.
Don is survived by wife, Adele Modad Goodrich Porter; daughters, DJ Goodrich Sheldon (Willis) of Lawrenceburg, TN and Diana Porter Bodden (Jason) of Carlsbad, CA; grandchildren, Mark Sheldon, Leah Wilburn, Hannah Bodden and Mason Bodden; brothers, Arthur (Alice) Porter of Barton, NY, John (Agnes) Porter of Greenwich, CT, Ralph (Nancy) Porter of Waverly, NY and Harold Porter of South Waverly, PA. Don leaves behind many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends who will miss his witty retorts and the glimmer in his eyes.
Don was predeceased by father and mother, Floyd and Sarah (Wells) Porter; brother, Gerald (Jerry) Porter and infant daughter, Donna Porter.
A time of calling will be held on Friday, August 23, 2019 from 11 to 1 PM at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly, NY. Funeral services will be held on Friday, August 23, 2019 at 1:00 PM at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly, NY with Pastor Bruce Vanderpool officiating and burial to follow in the Porter Family plot in Forest Home Cemetery in Waverly. Memorial donations may be made in Donald’s name to local smoking cessation programs or a charity of your choice in lieu of flowers. Those wishing to send a message of sympathy to Don’s family may visit our Facebook page or in “Obituaries” at www.blauveltfuneralhome.com
From: Bonnie Cecce
Adele I am so sorry to see that Don passed away my thought and prayers are with you and your daughters.
From: sharon sindoni
I AM SO SORRY TO ALL THE FAMILY..I CAN STILL REMEMBER DON AND ADELE AND THE VERY GOOD TIMES AT " FIVE ACRES ". THE 2 OF YOU WERE SO IN LOVE AND YOUR LOVE LASTED ALL THESE YEARS. YOU WERE A BEAUTIFUL COUPLE.DON WILL SURELY BE IN GOD'S HANDS BUT MISSED.
From: Cherie Porter Mallynn
What a wonderful honor it was to have a sweet caring Uncle like you! Ways full of mischief and laughter. Once a Porter, always a Porter. You will be missed. So glad I made it to Waverly last year to visit with you. You leave behind you a great legacy. I'll see you on the other side, until then put in a word with the big guy upstairs.
Your loving niece,
Cherie Porter Mallynn
From: Barbara C Caum
Dear Adele, I was so very sorry to hear of Don's passing. Please accept my most heart-felt condolences. With fond memories of our old riding days, Barbara.
From: Ron Tappan
Sorry to read of Don's passing.
Don and his brothers along with the Tappan brothers
where like one big family.
He gave me good deals on my new cars and gave me
excellent advise on different vehicles. I always
enjoyed stopping where he worked at the car dealership for a few laughs.
I will keep the family in my thoughts during this
From: Linda Westbrook Decker
Adele, so sorry to hear about Don. My thoughts are with you. Working with you and Alva in histology is still my favorite job. Take care of yourself. Thanks for saying I gave you good care when you were at Elderwood. Thank goodness I was while to retire after I remarried. It was a pleasure taking care of you! Sorry for my rambling.
From: Kim Hill
Adele so sorry to hear of Don's passing. He was a great guy and I enjoyed working with him. He will be greatly missed. Take care.
From: Kim Bruinsma (Porter)
Uncle Don you are greatly missed! All your stories and pranks. I feel so blessed to have been able to spend time with you over the past few years. Lots of love to Aunt Adele and Family during this difficult time.
From: Mary C Fiorello
I deepest sympathy to you and your family.
From: Ron and Janet Keene
Thinking of you during this difficult time. Very sorry for your loss, Don was a great guy and will be greatly missed by those who new him.
With our Sympathy
Ron and Janet Keene