Donald E. Carney

March 10, 1917 - February 12, 2013

Age 95, of Bigelow Ave., Silver Springs, NY, died February 11, 2013 at the East Side Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Warsaw.

He was born March 9, 1917 in Silver Springs, son of the late Earl and Marena Carney. Following high school, Don worked on his parents’ farm and helped his father deliver milk. He married the former Genevieve Bush on August 6, 1938 at the Bush Homestead in Silver Springs. He was a veteran of the US Army having served during World War II. Don served in the Pacific Theater in Currie and Yokohama, Japan prior to his being honorably discharged as a Tech Sergeant. He received the World War II Victory Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. Don then returned to work at the Morton Salt Company in Silver Springs where he had worked prior to his service. He retired in 1978 after 43 years.

Don was the last original founding father of the Canyon Camera Club which was established in 1948 and of which Don was still a member. His greatest achievement was starting the club and he received many photo awards over the years including the NFRCC Kodak Award. He was also a past president of the Canyon Camera Club. Don was a long time member of the Silver Springs United Methodist Church and Silver Lake Country Club. He was a past member of the Silver Springs Fire Department, Bates-Courtney American Legion Post #105 in Silver Springs and the Free Masons.

He is predeceased by his wife, Genevieve and his son, Ronald Carney.

Surviving are his son, Bruce (Mary) Carney of Castile; his daughter-in-law, Roberta Carney of Raleigh, NC; his grandchildren, Chris (Diana) Carney of Castile, Michael (Donna Dunbar) Carney of Geneseo, Lori Englert of Raleigh, NC, Steven (Amy) Carney of Emmaus, PA, Kimberly Carney of Raleigh, NC, Jill Hill of Raleigh, NC; 5 great grandchildren.

Friends may call Friday 4 – 7 PM at Harmon-Watson Funeral Home, 35 N. Main St., Castile where his funeral service will be held immediately following visitation Friday at 7 PM. Burial with military honors will be held Saturday at 10 AM at Elmwood Cemetery, Route 19A, Silver Springs. Memorials may be made to the Canyon Camera Club, 3700 Twin Bridge Rd., Perry, NY 14530 to be used for the Donald Carney Memorial Bench Fund for the placement of a bench at Letchworth State Park.

Important Dates

February 15, 2013 : Calling hours for Donald E. Carney - 9:00 PM to 12:00 AM

February 16, 2013 : Funeral service for Donald E. Carney - 12:00 AM

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Feb 24.13 from Judy Hopkins:
Don was such a kind and endearing man. My life is blessed to have known him. I joined the Canyon Camera Club a few years ago as a relatively inexperienced photographer. Don was so knowledgeable and always ready to share his expertise. His philosophy of sharing and helping others learn is the best & I try to do that also. He was a true gentle man. We will all miss him and cherish his life and vision. Judy Hopkins

Feb 16.13 from Gary J. Wilcox:
Our prayers and thoughts are with you and Mary and children. He will be missed.
Gary and Maggie Wilcox

Feb 15.13 from Jill Carney -Hill:
He will be greatly missed but im sure he is smiling and he is at peace,he is now with my dad and grandma..

Feb 15.13 from theresa gifford:
So sorry to hear of Dons passing. He was a good neighbor and friend. I miss seeing lights on in his house. Hope to get to his wake but my health is not so good.

Feb 13.13 from Clint Newell:
Bruce, Sharon and I are saddened for you. It's hard to lose a parent, and our hearts and prayers go out to you.

Feb 13.13 from Florence (Potter) Woodworth:
Dear Bruce, I am very sorry for the loss of your father. Our prayers are with you and your family. May the LORD give you peace as you walk through this hard time.

Feb 13.13 from Dianne Yarbrough Cottrill:
Bruce and family, I am so sorry to hear about your dad's death. But he lives on in my home in Florida in his art--I think I have at least 6 large WNY photos hanging here in my house. And always makes me feel " t home". I am thinking of all of you. Love, Dianne

Feb 13.13 from Deanne Cunningham:
So sorry to hear of Don's passing. He leaves behind a wonderful legacy, both as a photographer and a person.

Feb 13.13 from Mary Lou Frost:
I am thankful for the long and impressive life Don lived. My condolences to all the people he left behind.

Feb 12.13 from Jane and Roger Stephens:
We are so very sorry for your loss, Don was such a kind person and very interesting. We have a couple of his Pictures, Glen Iris in the Winter and the RR Bridge and have lots of comments/praise for their quality. May he be at peace.

Feb 12.13 from Tom and Melinda Herman:
So sorry for your lost,now hes w his wife and Ron. He was a wonderful person.

Feb 12.13 from Theresa Gifford:
So sorry for your loss. Don was a good neighbor and we will miss him. I'm so glad I went to see him one day when he was sitting outside. we had a nice talk.

Feb 12.13 from Judy and Duane Draper:
We are so sorry for your loss. I remember when my Dad (Verne Jones) and Don used to "play" together at Letchworth, taking pictures of anything and everything. Don always had a kind word for me and I will always remember his friendship to all. May prayers and time help to ease your loss.