Donald Leo Gurnett



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  Donald Leo Gurnett of Webster, NY, known to his loved ones as Don, passed away on September 28, 2023, at the age of 69 in Oranjestad, Aruba.  He was born April 19, 1954, in Rochester, NY, to his late father Donald and mother Mildred.   Don was a beloved individual who touched the lives of many.  He had a magnetic personality, and was friends with everyone he met.  He was a devoted husband of 47 years, cherishing his wife Judy, and a loving father to his son Jason and daughter-in-law Melissa.  Don’s greatest joy in life was being Papa to his grandchildren, Danny and Giuliana.   Don had a passion for golf, hunting, fishing, wine, and cars, indulging in these hobbies whenever he had the chance.  He loved the Buffalo Bills and the Pittsburgh Penguins.  Don dedicated 41+ years of his life to his career as a Supervisor at RGE.     Visitation in honor of Don Gurnett, will be held on Monday (October 9th) 4-7 PM at the Vay-Schleich and Meeson Funeral Home.  Family, friends, and acquaintances will gather to pay their respects and share memories of Don’s remarkable life.  Don’s Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday, (October 10th) 11:00 AM at Holy Trinity Church in Webster, NY.  He will be laid to rest eternally at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Rochester, NY.   Don will be deeply missed by his wife Judy, his son Jason and daughter-in-law Melissa, his grandchildren Danny and Giuliana, his brother Carl Gurnett (Kim), his sisters Ann Socola, Kathy Brown (Bill), and Carrie Davenport (Mike), brother-in-law Tony ‘Nini’ Ferrara (Bernie), brother-in-law Gary Ferrara, brother-in-law Joe Ferrara, and sister-in-law Marie Marr.  Several nieces and nephews and very close friends.  He leaves behind a legacy of love, kindness and cherished memories.     Donations, in lieu of flowers, may be made in Don Gurnett’s memory to Aquinas Institute, 1127 Dewey Ave., Rochester, NY 14613 or   Please join us in celebrating Don’s life and remembering the impact he had on all who knew him.


  1. Anne Gurnett Socola on October 6, 2023 at 12:04 pm


  2. Gary and Dawn Socola on October 6, 2023 at 12:41 pm

    Judy and Jason, We are so sorry for your loss. Don was a great guy and will be missed by many. Rest in peace, Don.

  3. Kathryn Brown on October 6, 2023 at 12:54 pm

    My dear brother Don. May you Rest In Peace. You’re always in my thoughts and prayers. Til we meet again brother, I love you

  4. Gary German on October 6, 2023 at 1:20 pm

    Many high school memories. Great guy and great family. Firebird and Camaro. Fun times. RIP “Duck”.

  5. James R Smith on October 6, 2023 at 1:23 pm

    So sorry to hear of the passing of Don aka Duck!!! Our thoughts ad prayers are with you all! Rest in peace Duck!!! Smitty

  6. John Parsons on October 6, 2023 at 2:07 pm

    Sorry to hear of the sad news. Don and I met on the golf course and shared many rounds. He was a great person. RIP

  7. Pat Oliveto on October 6, 2023 at 2:08 pm


  8. Gates Orlando on October 6, 2023 at 2:39 pm

    My sincerest condolences on Don’s passing. He was a true gentleman. May he RIP.

  9. Carrie Davenport on October 6, 2023 at 3:00 pm

    I love you Don, I always have and always will, Love you forever, Carrie

  10. Emily Barton on October 6, 2023 at 3:32 pm

    Uncle Don, You will be very missed and you were very loved. I am sorry Aunt Judy and Jason for your loss. Emily, Aaron and Makenna Barton

  11. Chris Dennstedt on October 6, 2023 at 6:15 pm

    My sincere condolences to Don’s family & friends. I was his RGE coworker & golf partner in the Webster league. His Golfing passion & expertise were always on display! I witnessed his first hole in one! A gentleman that will be missed. RIP Don – May you be teeing it up on the other side!

  12. Carrie Davenport on October 7, 2023 at 8:26 am

    I love you Don, I always have and always will, Love you forever, Carrie .

  13. Patti Lingard on October 7, 2023 at 8:26 am

    Thinking of all of you and may all your memories live on forever ❤️

  14. Marcus C Merriman on October 7, 2023 at 9:41 am

    Rest in Peace Duck. You left us all too soon. Marcus & Peggy

  15. Kevin Szatkowski on October 7, 2023 at 12:55 pm

    Have not seen you in many years Don, but I remember many great times with you and our other friends. We had some laughs, didn’t we… Remember the Salmon Fishing trip to Michigan with Pat, Steve and others, it was a blast from many years ago… Rest In Peace Duck… Kevin Szatkowski Safety Harbor, FL

  16. Pattie Dietz on October 8, 2023 at 12:54 pm


  17. Jim Traino on October 8, 2023 at 1:00 pm


  18. Christina Borrelli on October 8, 2023 at 3:06 pm

    Love our special times together with Judy, Bernie, Nini and Pattie. Every glass of wine I drink, I will think of you and your great sportsmanship. You always forgave me I love you, my friend.

  19. Aaron and Jaime Coleman on October 9, 2023 at 10:10 am

    Don, Grateful to have met you and get to know you. Always enjoyed talking to you, such a kind and generous person. Raised a great family and should be proud!! You will be sorely missed but never forgotten. Sincerely with lots of love, Aaron and Jaime Coleman

  20. John Ryan on October 9, 2023 at 11:28 am

    My most sincere condolences to Judy, Jason, Melissa, Danny and Julianna. Donny, you were the first person I met when I transferred to RG&E, I remember that day well. You were a great mentor to me but an even better friend. I will forever cherish our friendship and especially our wonderful evenings at Hedges with Judy and Michelle. I feel so blessed that we were texting the night before you passed. I will miss you Donny. Rest in Peace my Friend.

  21. Paul Wehnert on October 9, 2023 at 2:57 pm

    So sorry to hear about the passing of Don. I called on Don for many years at RG&E. He was a wonderful man and will be greatly missed. Thoughts and prayers to the Family during this difficult time. Sincerely; Paul D Wehnert

  22. Stephanie Fowler Benson on October 9, 2023 at 5:26 pm

    Dear Judy and family, I am sorry to hear of Don’s passing, and I send wishes for peace and love.

  23. Denise Juif-Pomerleau on October 9, 2023 at 6:00 pm

    My Deepest Condolences.

  24. Jenny on October 10, 2023 at 8:53 am


  25. Barbara Bordeaux on October 10, 2023 at 9:52 am

    My condolences to the family-His wife and son and everyone else that’s related to him. My prayers are with the family. I work with Bernie at RTA.

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