Donald Richard DeClercq

March 3, 1933 – November 7, 2018
Place of Birth: 
Baldwinsville, New York
Place of Death: 
West End, North Carolina
Sanford, North Carolina

Calling Hours

November 16, 2018 - 4:00pm - 7:00pm

Service Event Information

November 17, 2018 - 10:00am
St. Michael Church
South Main Street
Newark, NY


November 17, 2018
St. Ann's Cemetery Palmyra, New York

Donald R. DeClercq

Newark—Donald Richard DeClercq, 85, pass away peacefully on Wednesday (November 7, 2018) at the First Health Hospice in West End, North Carolina.  He died of complication of Alzheimer's with his daughter at his side.

Friends may call from 4-7 PM on Friday (November 16th) at the Paul L. Murphy & Sons Funeral Home, 127 East Miller Street, Newark.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 AM on Saturday (November 17th) at St. Michael Church, South Main Street, New York.  Burial will be in St. Ann's Cemetery  in Palmyra.

Memorials, in his name, may be made to Alzheimer's Association, 435 East Henrietta Road, Rochester, New York 14620.

Don was born on March 3, 1933 in Baldwinsville, New York, the son of the late Frank C. and Mary Mahoney DeClercq.

Don was a proud veteran.  He served in the US Navy from September 1952 to April 1954.  After his military service Don joined the New York State Police in 1955.  He retired  in 1977 as an Investigator.  After retiring, Don worked for Grossmans Lumber Company as a Regional Loss Prevention Manager for another twenty-two years.  He was happily married for 46 years to Patricia Ann Lyke, who preceded him in death. After his wife death in May of 2014, he moved to North Carolina to live with his daughter and her family.

He is survived by his daughter  Colleen (Timothy) Trimberger of Sanford, NC; a son Chris (Marcia) of Farmington, NY.  Don was the proud grandfather of Julia, Emily, Megan, Hunter and Samantha; several cousins, nieces and nephews. Besides his wife, Don was also predeceased by a brother Raymond in 1988.








Knew Don when I worked at Grossman's, as one of his colleagues. He a good and decent man, who knew what was right, and always fought for what was right, as a stAte trooper, an NYSt Investigator, and as an RLPM for Grossman's. 

A good andd decent man. RIP Don

My first station in the state police was Newark in 1954.  While there I came to know Don.  He was a young man who had a great desire to become a trooper.  I lost touch with him over the years, but pleased to know he had a long and successful career in tne NYSP. A nice guy. 

This is his oldest granddaughter, Julia. Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart. This means the world to us! We appreciate all you did to care for him! 

My first station as a trooper was Newark in 1954.  I came to know Don who  very much  wanted to become a NY State Trooper.  Lost touch with him.  Pleased to know he had the lenghty career he so desired.  A nice guy.

When the enemy death strikes your grief can be great. It’s never the right time to say goodbye to a loved one. Death to many seems to be a part of life.  It's during times such as these that we can find comfort in the Lord's Prayer in Matthew 6:9, 10. . . ‘Our Father in the heavens, let your name be sanctified. Let your kingdom come. Let your will take place, as in heaven, also upon earth'.  Only God’s Kingdom can bring peace, happiness, perfect health, and everlasting life.  We can be there to see them enjoy these and many other promises made by our Lord for 'the meek ones who will possess the earth...' Psalm 37:11.

I had the pleasure of meeting and taking care of Don while he was a resident of Fox Hollow Senior Living. He was truly a gentle person with a great sense of humor. There were many times when Don and I would laugh and joke or have conversations about his past employment or things he had done throughout his life. His daughter Colleen was always very pleasant when she came to visit, bringing him snacks and root beer and many games that we would often play together. I can even remember when she designed and given all of the employees lunch bags with our initials on them for Christmas.  I still use mine. I pray strength for the family, especially the grandaughters who were so very fond of him. He will truly be missed. 

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