2012-08-09 / Obituaries


Peter Donald (Don) Haney of Carmel, and a former resident of Yorktown Heights and Endwell, NY, died suddenly on July 30, 2012.

He was 81 years old.

Don was born July 17, 1931, in Brooklyn, the son of the late Percy Haney and Regina (McBride) Haney, and graduated Brooklyn Tech. He also attended Cornell University.

While serving in the Navy, he met his wife, Nancy (Futter) and they were married on November 3, 1953, in South Bend, Indiana. He was a lifelong employee of IBM, first in Endicott, N.Y., and then in Westchester/Dutchess, until retiring in 1986.

Don enjoyed woodworking and photography for many years until he acquired his first personal computer. This helped to enhance his genealogical research and that became his passion. The day before he died he shared copies of his first chapter of “The Haney Family Ancestry,” with his nieces and nephews at a family reunion in Lake George. He was a past president and longtime member of the Westchester Genealogical Society, where he enjoyed sharing his knowledge and the company of those who shared his passion.

Another passion of his was reading. He was the current President of the Board of the Kent Library, serving for many years, and loved being involved with the SeniorNet program and the construction of the new library. He was also a member of the Kent Historical Society and a past president of the Sparrow Ridge Homeowner’s Association.

Don is survived by his daughters, Ann Haney, Susan Graham and Beth (Michael) Roche, and his granddaughters, Casey and Chelsea Roche. He is also survived by his loving companion, Margaret (Marge) Pramaggiore, and his adoring nieces and nephews (the Bretts). He was predeceased by his wife of 51 years, Nancy; his grandson, Ryan Graham; his brother, Thomas ; and sister, Eleanor Brett.

In keeping with his wishes, he was cremated. Please join the family in a celebration of Don’s life on Saturday, August 25, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Kent Public Library, 17 Sybil’s Crossing, Carmel. Please consider making a donation in his memory to the Kent Public Library (he constantly fought against budget cuts), or to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.

The family would like to express their sincere appreciation and thanks to the Kent Library, especially Frank Rees and Otto Romanino; The Bearcats Jazz Band; and Marge.

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