Donald  W. Chatfield
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Donald W. Chatfield, 89, of Fairmount died peacefully at home on Friday. Born in Syracuse he graduated from Blodgett Vocational HS in 1939 and later received a certificate in Heating and A/C. Don worked for the Hotel Syracuse in catering between 1933-49. He enlisted in Army during WWII serving from 1943-46 in Central Europe. Don was a bookkeeper with BobKen Co. and later an Estimator with Burns Brothers Contractors from 1960 until retirement in 1985. He and his wife served as advocates for over 50 years for the rights of the developmentally disabled and received a Founders Award from ARC of Onondaga in 2001; also the 2005 Family Pioneer Award from Center on Human Policy, Syracuse University. Don was a member of the Holy Name Society at Blessed Virgin Mary Mother of God Roman Catholic Church.

Survived by his wife of 58 years Jeanne (De Felice); a son Patrick (Donna) of Martinsburg, WV; three daughters Sandra J. Chatfield, Margaret C. Chatfield, and Donna J. (Christopher) Lucente of Syracuse; a brother Charles of Virginia Beach, VA; a sister Doris Campman of Las Vegas, NV; four grandsons; two great grandsons; several nieces and nephews.

The Rosary will be said at 1:30 Sunday followed by calling hours from 2 to 5 pm Sunday May 17th with a Time of Reflection at 5 pm at B.L. Bush & Sons, 10 Genesee St, village of Camillus.

A funeral Mass will be offered on Monday May 18th at 11am at Blessed Virgin Mary Mother of God Roman Catholic Church on N. Geddes St. in Syracuse (422-8127.) Military burial will be in Onondaga County Veterans Cemetery.

Contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to ARC of Onondaga, 600 S. Wilbur Ave., Syracuse, NY 13204

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A Video of Remembrance


Pat and Family...I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. Although no words can help at this time please know there are many that care. My Deepest Sympathy.

Written by Laurie VanDyke  of N Syracuse, NY on 05/10/2009.
My deepest sympathies to the family of (Uncle) Don Chatfield, my cousins, and dearest (Aunt) Jeanne. Uncle Don was a kind and giving man providing support to everyone in our extended collective families. On a lighter note, I will miss his bloody mary's which were the best I ever had. May you rest in peace and be with God.

Written by Jim Belford  of Buffalo, NY on 05/10/2009.
To my Dearest Uncle,
I will never forget the fond memories our families shared at the gatherings at your home. Most of all, your unselfless love, during my families time of need.You were always there to help.You gave up so much to help your special needs daughter's. You gave unendless time to creating the ARC it is today. For this I will always love you and most of all miss you.
Your niece, Patrice

Written by Patrice Belford Allgood  of Kennesaw, GA on 05/10/2009.
My deepest sympathies go out to the Chatfield family during this time. You will all be in my thoughts and prayers.

Written by Ginny King  of Tekonsha, Michigan on 05/11/2009.
To the Chatfield family:

Our deepest sympathy goes to you all along with our thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time.

Written by Cliff and Sally Wilson  of Marcellus, NY on 05/11/2009.
My heart goes out to the Chatfield family. I am a good friend of Donna's, Pats wife. You are all in my prayers and my heart goes out o each of you. So sorry for your loss.

Written by Kim Cuthbertson  of Charlotte, NC on 05/11/2009.
Psalms 73:26 My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak,
but God remains the strength of my heart;
he is mine forever.

Our deepest sympathy during this time of loss for you all. I pray not only that God will hold you extra close to Him but I thank the Holy Spirit for the comfort He gives in times like these, You are in our prayers always!

Written by Kim Hamberger  of wichita falls, texas on 05/13/2009.
Dearest Donna and Pat,
My thoughts and prayers are with you both and all the family. I know this is really a difficult time but the GOOD LORD will see you all through it...Please have a safe trip back home.

In Christ,
Jenny and Ray Johnson

Written by Jenny Johnson  of Siler City, NC on 05/13/2009.
Pat & Donna and Family
So sorry for your loss know that he is in the arms of the angels and angels are happy to have another angel to get his wings
god bless you all

Written by Susie  Morsi and Family   of Pipestem , Wv on 05/15/2009.
I remember the lunch we had with Don on the northern end of Cayuga Lake a few months ago. He enjoyed the food and watching the ice fisherman out on the lake, who were hibernating in their little tent villages. We talked about his time in the military and about how things use to be back here at home, years ago. And we ate all this great food! It was a good day for Don, and how we will always remember him, a kind and gentle man.

Written by Steve & Pat Lucente of Ithaca, N.Y. on 05/15/2009.
My deepest sympathies to all of the Chatfield family at your time of loss. He will always be remembered as a kind and loving man and all of us are that much better for having known him.

Written by Tom Ruane  of Albany, New York on 05/15/2009.
To the Chatfield Family:

My thoughts and prayers are with you at your time of loss. He was a great man and the video here was beautiful.


Dick Ruane

Written by Richard Ruane  of Chatham, New Jersey on 05/16/2009.
Our condolences to Jean, Sandy, Peggy, and Donna. We will miss Don. He gave so freely of his time to make life easier and more enjoyable for all the people in the disabled community. He was an inspiration to those who knew him. He can rest in peace knowing that his life on earth made a difference. Jeannine, Dennis and Ruth Nolan

Written by The Nolan's on 05/16/2009.

Dear Donna,

Thanks so much for calling us about your father. Glad that you had a special ceremony for him. We had the highest respect for him. Brought back memories of the times we attended ARC dances years back and how much fun it was. And memories of ALL he and Jeanne did for ARC. Hope your mother is well. Glad to hear Peg and Sandy are now situated as is our Laurie. I pray you all have some comfort soon. Love, Carol and Claude Phares.

Written by Carol & Claude Phares  of Manlius, NY on 05/20/2009.