COOPERSTOWN – Donald O. Pollock, M.D., who led a lifetime of service to others, including a distinguished and wide-ranging medical career with Bassett Hospital that spanned several decades, passed away peacefully in his home Sunday evening, Sept. 29, 2019, surrounded by family and listening to the final Red Sox game of the season. He was 89.
He was born in 1930 in East Orange, N.J., the oldest son of J. Ford and Helen (Glasson) Pollock. He was raised in Brookside N.J., where he also attended grammar school before going to Morristown High School. He graduated from Morristown as the valedictorian of the Class of 1947.
COOPERSTOWN – Elinor H. Pollock, 87, of Cooperstown, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015, at Bassett Hospital, surrounded by her family.
She was born April 16, 1928, in Beverly, Mass., youngest daughter of Maurice and Ruth (Pedersen) Hopkins. After graduation from high school, she studied at the New England Deaconess Hospital School of Nursing in Boston. Following her training, she stayed on to work at the Deaconess, and there met her future husband, Donald O. Pollock, while he was working his way through medical school. They were married June 7, 1953, at the First Baptist Church of Beverly.
The Pollocks first came to Cooperstown in 1955, when Don served his internship and residency at Bassett Hospital. There followed a period of military service, which took the family to a succession of postings, including 2 1/2 years in Eritrea, East Africa. The Pollocks returned to Cooperstown in 1967.
BLOOMVVILLE – Donald B. Martin, 82, two-term Farm Bureau president and a founder of the Atlantic Diarymen who was active in state and national farm policy, passed away at his home on June 27, 2019, surrounded by his loving family.
Born on Oct. 11, 1936, he was the son of the late Wendell and Elisabeth (Sackett) Martin. He married to his wife of 62 years, Juanita Graig Martin, on Oct. 7, 1956.
Donald owned and operated Prairie Hill Farm for over 30 years, retiring from farming in 1986. He spent his entire life on the farm, even passing in the very room where he was born.
SCHENEVUS – Donald R. Connor Jr., 56, of Garnerville, Rockland County, passed away Oct. 31, 2019, with his loving wife and brother-in-law, Frank by his side. His mother and sisters survive him in Schenevus.
He was born July 16, 1963, in Whitestone, Queens, where he also grew up, the son of Donald and Lorraine Connor.
Following in his father’s footsteps, Donald worked for the Sheet Metal Union Local 28 in New York City for 35 years.
Latest ‘Citizen’ To Win
In early 2015, when the credentials of Hometown Oneonta/The Freeman’s Journal “20 Under 40” honorees were published in this newspaper, Stacie Haynes – one of the 20 – called to say how impressed she was by everyone’s accomplishments.
“I’m not worthy,” she said.
It was explained to her that an independent panel of community leaders from Oneonta and Cooperstown had convened, reviewed nominations from the public, and chosen the 20 as among the most promising young people in Otsego County.
The newspaper’s editors hadn’t made the selection and, under the guidelines, had no standing to add or remove anyone.
This year, though, Stacie Haynes, now executive director of the Susquehanna SPCA, more than proved the “20 Under 40” judges’ confidence.
MORRIS – Donald Gaughan, 91, a World War II combat veteran who helped free the prisoners at Dachau and later worked as a union carpenter in Oneonta before his retirement, passed away peacefully on Aug. 14, 2016, at Chase Memorial Nursing Home in New Berlin.
The son of William and Delilah (Joy) Gaughan, he was born on Dec. 31, 1924, in Oneonta.
IN MEMORIAM: Donald J. Washburn, 94; Ran Feed Stores Near Saratoga
DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – Donald J. Washburn, 94, a member of the Cooperstown Methodist Church, passed away June 5, 2014, after a brief illness at the Pinecrest Hospice Center, Delray Beach, Fla. He also lived in Bacon Hill, Saratoga County.
ROSEBOOM – Donald (Don) A. Drake, 81, of Roseboom, retired Cherry Valley-Springfield Central High School principal and, later, school board president, passed away peacefully on Jan. 23, 2019, at the Center in Cooperstown with his beloved wife Susan (Sue) by his side.
Don was born on March 2, 1937, in Cooperstown, the son of Clifford S. Drake and Laura Laymon Drake.
Don married Susan High on Aug. 13, 1960. They have three sons: John (Lisa), Thomas (Laurie) and Michael (Beth) and five grandchildren: Jason (Jessica), Adam, Emma, Miles and Elliot.
UNADILLA – Donald Thomas Sherwood, M.D., 74, of Unadilla, a surgeon in the Tri-Town area for a half-century, passed away peacefully at home on Jan. 21, 2019, surrounded by his loving family.
He will be remembered by his family as well as by the community that relied on his tireless work ethic, kindness, vitality, love of all God’s people and creatures, generous spirit, humility and insatiable quest for knowledge.
Born on Jan. 18, 1945, Dr. Sherwood was the third of seven children born to John Robert Sherwood and Helen Cullinan Sherwood at Sunnyside Hospital on Staten Island.
ONEONTA – Funeral services are Wednesday, Nov. 13, for Donald S. Mitchell, 29, of Oneonta, a musician and lyricist, earned his Heavenly reward Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019.
Born on Aug. 22, 1990, in Oneonta, to Sandra Layman and Donald Mitchell, Don was a beautiful baby and a shining star from the very beginning. He graduated from Oneonta High School, going on to work most recently at The Otesaga Hotel, of which he was very proud.