Donald M. Feeney Sr, lovingly called Donald by his wife, Don by hisfriends, Dad by his children and Grandpa by many grandchildren, died August 21, 2019. With great faith and assurance he confirmed his knowledge of his ultimate destination, by recently affirming “when God reaches down His hand, I’m grabbing it!”. Surrounded by his wife and family, he peacefully passed onto heaven.
Don made a huge impact on 86 years of life as he charged into each day full of energy that never went unnoticed. As his grandchildren would state, “he took charge of the room when he walked in”. An incessant storyteller, he always gathered a crowd that would hang onto his every word. His stories were all true and actual life events that wove a colorful and exciting tapestry of a young Brooklyn boy’s life with his family, times of living in an orphanage, his adventures of enlisting in the US Army, leading him to participate in one of the most brutal battles of the Korean War in the 1950s. If you had the blessing of knowing Don Feeney, you could always count on being entertained. Don was true and honest, at times brazenly, as he never left to the imagination exactly what he was thinking.
Don was a lover of life, his wife, family and friends. Without hesitation, he was dedicated to Eleanor, his wife, his children, grandchildren and his siblings. He was a caretaker, always willing to help someone in need. He maintained a “father’s watch” on his family making sure they had what was needed to prosper in life. Desiring to spend his last days close to his family he and Eleanor moved from California to North Carolina. No doubt he was proud to have his grandchildren rally around him to cheer him on and to help with his physical needs. He remained strong in his physical fight with a determination to make sure Eleanor was in a good place before leaving.
Don is survived by Eleanor, his wife of 26 years; sons, Donald Jr. and Wayne, and his daughter Dana. He leaves behind his two sisters, Patricia and Geraldine and was preceded in death by his father Joseph; his mother Whilomina; brothers, Joe, Eddie, Robert, Teddy and sister Joan. Don proudly proclaimed his grandfather status and is survived by 10 grandchildren, Stephanie, Donald III (Buddy), John, Falynn, Jeffrey, Brandon, Sky, Mark, Matthew, and Laura. He is also survived by 14 great grandchildren, Isabella, Sophia, Reagan, Madison, John, Hailey, Kaleb, Bryson, Brooke, Ashley, Gabrielle, Dante, Alexia, Aravela and Karmen. Completing his pinnacle of pride is his great great granddaughter, Ivy.
Although he will be sorely missed, we rejoice in the blessings of the time we had with him, believing we will be joined together again in eternity.
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