Donald P. Bly
March 17, 1933 - April 05, 2021
Survived by his devoted, beloved and best friend, wife Carol (Tschieder) of 64 years, married on November 10, 1956 on the Marine Corp Birthday. He was a devoted Father and much loved by Daughter, Suellen (Paul) Magnanti and Sons Gregory and Stephen (Wendy) Bly. Cherished Grandchildren, Walter (Nina) and Benjamin (Taylor); Nicholas (Kyle) and Michael; Shane (Rachel), Amanda (Evan) and Haley; Beth (Nick), Becky (Chris), Jennifer (Sev) and Sarah; seven Great Grandchildren Lily, John, Charlotte, Mabel, Nolan, Ruby, and Isla; brothers-in-laws John (Sue); Tom (Nancy) Tschieder; Pierro Riva; several loving nieces, nephews, and many dear friends.
Don's life story will be shared during his visitation at the funeral home, 1411 Vintage Lane (Between 390 & Long Pond Rd.), Friday, April 9th, 6-9 PM. His funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday, April 10th, 9 AM at St. Charles Borromeo Church, 3003 Dewey Ave., immediately followed by his burial in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.
Don began his career at Rochester Telephone Corp as a Frame man and after 33 years retired in 1988 as Special Services Manager where he played a strong role in the introduction of Fiber Optics. Upon his retirement he and Carol spent their winters in Myrtle Beach and Florida. They enjoyed extensive traveling in the US and Canada in their Motorhome. He was proud of his Irish ancestry and after retirement researched his family which included a trip to Ireland in 2015.
Don served his country proudly as a United States Marine during the Korean conflict. He was a member of and Past Commander of the American Legion #1709 Butler-Bevin Post prior to the present Dorsey Road American Legion Post #468.
After his love of God, His Family and Country were his most important things. His interest in history and genealogy was reflected in his library of books. Don and his wife Carol owned and operated the Stamp Studio during the 1980's, fulfilling a lifelong dream of his interest in stamp collecting. A devoted Dad, he served as GYAA President and Coach of T-Ball, Baseball and Bowling. He was an avid Golfer, Bowler and Softball Player and was a Master Model Shipbuilder most of his life. He especially enjoyed watching his Grandchildren's Sports and Musical talents.
Don was a 1951 Graduate of Aquinas Institute and of Holy Apostles Grammar School. He was a devout Catholic his whole life.
Don had unsurpassed honesty and integrity and a remarkable sense of humor with his quick Irish wit and loved to tell tales of the past which will be missed by many as he loved to laugh and bring happiness to others with his kind and generous heart.
He will live in our hearts and be missed forever. Donald fought the good fight, he finished the race, he kept the faith. May God hold, Donald, in the palm of His hand and in the hearts of all those who loved him so dearly. In honor of his daughter, Catherine, those wishing may contribute to Willow Domestic Violence Center, P.O. Box 39601, Rochester, NY 14604-9601 or charity of their choice.