Donald Way

Beacon – Donald W. Way (Donnie / Tubby) of Beacon, NY is finally at peace with his heavenly father. His wife Patty was with him, holding his hand, as he took his last breath and shut his eyes for his final rest. Donnie passed away Saturday March 3, 2012 at home.
Donnie was born on October 12, 1933.
He was the son of the late Samuel Leroy and Edith (May) Way. Donnie leaves behind the true love of his life Patty, who he spent over 22 years with. They shared a wonderful life together. He also leaves behind his beloved daughters – Susan Way and Kristen Woodward and her husband Rich as well as his son Donald Way II, his step-children; Cassandra Way, Tracy Johnson and David C. Way and his wife Erica, grand-children; Matthew and Amber Way, Sabrina Lyons, Layla Van Wort, his little pride and joy Daniel Way (AKA Budda), Brady and Carter Way. There’s also his very special nephew David L. Way, who has been referred to as ‘his right arm.’ He is also survived by his ‘baby brother Sammy’ and his wife Donna, his sisters in law; Dolly, Helen, Carol, & Sheila Way, Wanda Laffin and her husband Tim, Sally Turco and her husband Anthony, Brenda Dinsdale and her husband Tom. He has several nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins that loved him dearly. He thought the world of Edy and Jack Rock and his wife Mary, Charles Rock and his wife Martha as well as Karen and her husband Matt.
He was pre-deceased by his brothers Vern, Leroy, Dave, and Larry.
Years ago Donnie had his own landscaping business, where he landscaped throughout the summer, fall, and spring, and snow plowed in the winter. He drove school buses for the City of Beacon School District for over 25 years. Donnie was a Correctional Officer for over 32 years. He was one hell of a vegetable gardener as well. He was a member of Red Men’s, Beacon Bears Football, Elk’s Club, and a lifetime member of Beacon Engine for over 50 years. He believed strongly in education and savings, especially couponing. He came from a family that didn’t have much. His goal in life was to make his own family and children’s lives better. He did that in so many ways, he was always so generous and gave to many organizations and those in need. If you knew him, then you would have loved him. He was a big man, with a big mouth, but a heart 10 times bigger ! His wife Patty says,’Just wait at the gates for me hon, I’ll join you at peace’ ‘ I’ll always love you.’
Visitation will be held Tuesday March 6, from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 pm at Libby Funeral Home, Inc. 55 Teller Ave. Beacon, NY 12508
Funeral Services will be held Wednesday March 7, at 10:00 am at the First Presbyterian Church of Beacon, Liberty St. Beacon, Pastor Ben Larsen-Wolbrink will officiate.
Interment will follow in Fairview Cemetery, Beacon.
Please contribute on his behalf to the American Cancer Society at so that no one has to ever see their loved one hurt or gone, or to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital to help a little one and make a change. God Bless all who help others.
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Arrangements are under the direction of Libby Funeral Home, Inc. 55 Teller Ave. Beacon, NY 12508 845-831-0179

Date Of Service
Tuesday March 6, from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 pm

Location Of Service
Libby Funeral Home, Inc.

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  1. Linda Kennedy says:

    Patty my friend my heart is heavy for you, You were such a loving devoted wife, Donny is at peace now no more pain or suffering, You were his Angel on earth~ He is looking down on you from heaven smiling~ He is now your Angel and will be watching over you~

  2. David & Ally Eraca says:

    Patty & family, especially Dave Way, just want to send our condolences to you and your family. Our prayers are with you.

  3. Debbie Tomlins-Carmalitano says:

    Patti & family. I am so sorry for your loss. I my prayers are with you and your family at this time. My deepest condolonces. Debbie & family

  4. Colleen Tomlins Cuccia says:

    My dearest Patty and family, I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. I know what a kind and loving husband and father he was to all of you. But, as you said Patty….he will be in Heaven waiting for you. I know your heart is heavy, but remember all the wonderful times you and Don shared together. I will always remember all the fun at the bus garage, your home, the baseball games and the cookouts. My heart aches not only for he is gone but because he was such a great man, he will be missed by many. We must get in touch somehow. All my love, Colleen

  5. Rhonda and Ed Wroblewski says:

    Patty, Sam, Donna and entire family,

    We were so sorry to hear that Donnie had passed, yet grateful that he is now at peace. Patty, he told me at a family reunion a few years ago that you were ‘the very best thing that ever happened’ to him. How wonderful that you two found each other. There are no words, but we hope you can feel the love.

  6. chuck & carol Miller says:

    Don was a friend since we weregrowing up on Fountain square. I’ll miss my friend but havce the old memories.
    To Sammy:
    thanks for getting me the information to speak with Don at Westchester. We are sorry we can’t be with you, but please express our sympathy to the family. sad birthday for us Sam.


  7. Barbara and Fred Haight says:

    Patty and family: Our sincere sympathy on the death of Donnie. He has gone to a better place and is suffering no more. I believe we will all meet again and share eternity. Our prayers are for you and your family.

  8. Irving and Beverly Laird - Nampa, Idaho says:

    Dear Great Counsin Patty:

    I just received Donnie’s Obituary in today’s mail sent from my lifelong friend, Ben Roosa. Bev and I sincerely send our love and prayers to you and family at the passing of Donnie on to Heaven last Saturday. He ALWAYS was so kind and receptive to us when ever we just stopped by when we were passing through on our annual trip from New Jersey up to Plattsburgh to see Bev’s family. I was so happy when you and Donnie told us about your marriage and your relationship with the Presbyterian Church. He sure did battle cancer for a long time yet kept life in perspective and was a blessing each time we visted you both. I regret we did not get to stop by last fall when we came through. We had our grandson and his girlfriend with us and the one day in Beacon just got too filled up with other stops. However, I know we will see you and Donnie in Heaven someday. Patty Dear, you have always kept the faith in the Lord even through many difficult times in life. My Mom and Dad are probably visiting with Donnie. They sure loved and prayed for you and your sisters. Greet them all for me when you see them. Love, Irving

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