Donald Mark's Story
Donald Mark Harvey, 76, of Daytona Beach, FL, passed away peacefully on June 6, 2017 with his family by his side. Born in Meadville, PA on September 1, 1940, he moved to New York as a young boy.
He attended Depew High School and then enlisted in the United States Navy. He was a 25-year veteran before his retirement in 1994. Don was a 1st Class Radioman that drilled out of the Buffalo Reserve Center, unit ACU-2. He is also credited with painting the mural of the Great lakes on the side of LCU- 1680. Donald moved his family to Niagara Falls, NY in 1968 when he became a police officer for the city. He put in his 20 years and retired in 1988. Don had a notable police career including saving the life of a two year-old. He enjoyed the International Tug-of-War events across the Rainbow Bridge with the Canadian officers as well as the police baseball team. He was a member of the Blue Knights, BACA and was involved with youth football as a coach. He loved hunting, playing golf and his motorcycle. He and his wife traveled to every state in the continental United States on his motorcycle. Don was a die-hard Buffalo Bills fan, enjoyed NASCAR racing and loved camp with his children and grandchildren.
He is survived by his loving-wife of 59 years, Eileen; his children, Jeffrey (Melissa) of Colorado, Richard of Arizona, Cynthia Pietricone, Todd and Lori Harvey, all of Niagara Falls NY; his grandchildren, Joseph Blose (Brandy), Crystal (Jason) Denman, Holly (Ricky) Amodeo, Kelly Blose (Ryan) of New York, Aaron Harvey, Hannah (Brendt) Roberts, Haley Harvey of Colorado, Brian and Fred Harvey of Arizona, Zachary and Thomas Carr of North Carolina, Trevor Harvey of New York; 10 great-grandchildren, nephews, nieces and several cousins of Pennsylvania. He is also survived by his aunt, Donna; and uncle, Bob Gruber of Meadville, PA; and his best friend and "little brother", Alfonso J. Cirrito of Florida. Donald was predeceased by his mother, Beatrice; his sister, Diane and his grandson, Eric.
The Celebration of Don's Life and storytelling will be at the American Legion, 8643 Buffalo Avenue in Niagara Falls, NY on Sunday, June 25, 2017 from 2- 5 PM with honors presented at 3:30 PM. In lieu of flowers, the family requests any donation be made to the Stewart J. Morley Hospice House at Flagler Memorial Hospital in Florida.
Published on June 20, 2017