Donald W. Sutcliffe, 86, formerly of Sackets Harbor and Adams Center

Published: Jan. 22, 2023 at 4:45 PM EST
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Donald W Sutcliffe, 86, formerly of Sackets Harbor and Adams Center, passed away Saturday, January 21, 2023, at the Oak Hill Hospital in Brooksville, Fl.(Source: Funeral Home)

BROOKSVILLE, Florida (WWNY) - Donald W Sutcliffe, 86, formerly of Sackets Harbor and Adams Center, passed away Saturday, January 21, 2023, at the Oak Hill Hospital in Brooksville, Fl.

Funeral Service will be held at 12:00 pm on Saturday, January 28th at the Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Adams with Rev. Jon Lavelle officiating. Calling hours will be held on Friday, January 27th from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm at the Carpenter Stoodley Funeral Home, Belleville.

Don was born in Mineola, NY on October 3, 1936, the son to the late John and Geraldine Montross Sutcliffe. Upon graduating from High School, he was drafted into United States Army in 1955 and received an honorable discharge from the military in 1957.

Don was the postmaster of the Hewlett U.S. Post Office from 1973 through 1978, transferring to the Long Beach Post Office to continue his career as postmaster until retirement.

Surviving is his wife, Susan, Hernando Beach Fl., children, Donald W. (Paula) Sutcliffe, Jr. Abeline, Tx; Donna Ann Sutcliffe, Ocala, Fl; Chery (John) Rigali, New Jersey; Eric J. (Valerie) Sutcliffe, E. Meadow, NY; 2 stepchildren, Jeff (Christine) Peterson, Henderson; Amy (Cliff) Moulton, Adams Center; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

Besides his parents he was predeceased by his brother, Robert, and sister Marsha Lloyd.

As a part of Donald’s 50th birthday celebration, it was decided that he would sail the Atlantic to England with his brother in a 31-foot sloop, “Justice,” during his summer vacation. So, on June 27, 1987, they set sail along with Don’s friend Bill Franklin. Donald bought the Justice in 1979, and spent several years completing it, installing an engine and outfitting the sleeping and galley deck below. The trip was a huge success arriving in England August 1st.

On July 26, 1987, they wrote a “Message in a Bottle” and deposited it in the English Channel and on January 12, 1987, they received a surprising card from Cornwall, England that the bottle was found by a gentleman on his regular walk on the beach with his dog.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Don’s memory to the Adams Emmanuel Church, 40 East Church St., Adams, NY 13605.

Online condolences may be made at www.carpenterstoodley.com