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Donald Pershing McNelly

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“A salute to our dear member of American Legion Post 134 as he joined the souls of many Veterans in Heaven. May he pray for all of us as he always...Read More »
1 of 49 | Posted by: Alex Johnson - Rochester, NY

“So sorry for your loss. May youfind comfort from our loving Creator,"He hears their cry for help, and he rescues them."~ Psalms 145:19 ”
2 of 49 | Posted by: A friend

“My sincere sympathy to the family. I remember Don fondly.Linda BrunnerMidnight Sun Marathon ”
3 of 49 | Posted by: A friend

“RIP ”
4 of 49 | Posted by: michelle plakas-kaiser

“My sincere sympathy to Phyllis McNelly and her family for the loss of your husband -- Don McNelly. Don, Norm Frank, Wally Herman and myself ran many...Read More »
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9 of 49 | Posted by: Tom Adair

“It is so amazing to hear all that Donald accomplished! I hope that the dear family and friends of Mr. McNelly can find comfort in God, who can...Read More »
10 of 49 | Posted by: Chanell - IL

“My deepest condolences for the family of Donald McNelly My God keep your love one in his memory for he is precious in his eyes. Psalm 116:15. ”
11 of 49 | Posted by: Mary Green - Waynesboro, PA

“R.I.P. ”
12 of 49 | Posted by: A friend

“MY Deepest sympathies to family and friends...RIP ”
13 of 49 | Posted by: Valenda Newell - Indianapolis, IN

“Pam...so sorry to hear about the loss of your father in law. Although I never met him, he sounds like a terrific man who lived a full and rewarding...Read More »
14 of 49 | Posted by: Jean Bidwell - Canandaigua, NY

“I recall Don during my marathon days in Rochester. A real class act. My condolences Craig ”
15 of 49 | Posted by: Craig Holm - Bryn Mawr, PA

“Slow Hand Salute. Thank you for your service.R.V. ”
16 of 49 | Posted by: A friend

“On behalf of the American Legion Post 134 in Irondequoit, NY, we express our sorrow and condolence to the family of our dear Post member Don. He...Read More »
17 of 49 | Posted by: Vice Commander Alex C. Johnson Johnson - NY

“Please except our heartfelt condolences for your loss, may God's loving kindness comfort your family and help you this sad time. Psalms 29:11 My...Read More »
18 of 49 | Posted by: P D - NY

My marathon score board. 196 so far “There is NO FINISH LINE for a true marathoner like Don McNelly . Keep on running and God Bless Arnie James ”
19 of 49 | Posted by: Arnie James - Somerville, MA

“Wow. my condolences. ”
20 of 49 | Posted by: A friend

“We're sorry to hear of the loss of Mr. Donald McNelly. May it bring confort in knowing that God promised in the Holy writings at 1 Corinthians 15:52,...Read More »
21 of 49 | Posted by: Maricela - Chicago

“May the family and friends of Donald mcneilly take comfort from medatiting on his wonderful memories.in this time of grief.it's OK to give way to...Read More »
22 of 49 | Posted by: Yvonne - Texas

“May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived. ”
23 of 49 | Posted by: A friend

“My deepest sympathy to his family. May Almighty God grant you peace as you cope with your loss. ”
24 of 49 | Posted by: A friend

“I'm very sorry for the loss of Donald McNelly. As he raced toward the finish line, may we all continue in the race for life (1 Corinthians 9:24)...Read More »
25 of 49 | Posted by: A friend

“Sorry to hear of the loss ”
26 of 49 | Posted by: Ann Stokman - Kenosha, WI

“May the God of all peace bring comfort to the Mcnelly family and friends at this difficult time. ”
27 of 49 | Posted by: Carlotta

“I met Don July 28, 2002 at a marathon in Michigan. He had a wonderful spirit. He, Walt and Norm invited me to join their dinner table. I will never...Read More »
28 of 49 | Posted by: A friend

“inspirational, my condolences ”
29 of 49 | Posted by: jerry wood

“Congrats to Mr. McNelly for his many marathons. All is not lost at death, the race continues for the real life which is everlasting, and attainable,...Read More »
30 of 49 | Posted by: Thompson

“February 10, 2017I am deeply sorry for your loss. May theGod of all comfort help all of us duringthis difficult time.-Liz/Michigan ”
31 of 49 | Posted by: A friend

“Wow! He sure sounds like my kind of guy. Wish I had known him. My sincere condolences. ”
32 of 49 | Posted by: A friend

“My heartfelt sympathy to the family on the passing of your love one please accept my heartfelt sympathy for your loss.may the god of all comforts you...Read More »
33 of 49 | Posted by: A friend

“Thoughts and condolences are with the McNelly family during your loss. May the God of peace provide you a measure of comfort during this time. ”
34 of 49 | Posted by: AW - MS

“Dan,I offer my condolence to you in the passing of your Dad. I remember when you told me about him when we were at Syracuse and later met him at...Read More »
35 of 49 | Posted by: Rick Ward - Moscow, ID

“My deepest Condolence to the family of Donald McNelly may you find Comfort in knowing that others care and share your sorrow with you. Take...Read More »
36 of 49 | Posted by: Mary Green - Waynesboro, PA

“Godspeed Donald, and thank you for sharing a part of your life with us.Fair winds and following seas sailor.Thank you for your service to this nation. ”
37 of 49 | Posted by: Harry Simpson - Buckeye, AZ

“I extend my sincere condolences to the family for your loss. It is true: grief can be so hard BUT, allow your special memories of Mr. Donald (and he...Read More »
38 of 49 | Posted by: S. Jenkins - NJ

“We'll miss you ! ”
39 of 49 | Posted by: Adrian Barnette - Topeka, KS

“The last of the great Rochester runners and now will be able to run with Norm Frank again. ”
40 of 49 | Posted by: Bill Spinder - East Rochester, NY

“To The Family Of Donald McNeelyMy condolences to the family on the loss of your dear beloved one. Mr. McNeely truly ran a fine race for life. My the...Read More »
41 of 49 | Posted by: R. C. - IL

“May God Rest your soul in peace. "Old Soldiers never die, They just fade away" MacArthur ”
42 of 49 | Posted by: Jose Alvarez (Korean War Vet) - CA

“Don McNelly:A man like no other!!!his greatness transgressed throughout the world and touched so many lives.I was so very fortunate to have been able...Read More »
43 of 49 | Posted by: john Giehl - rochester

“Don achieved quite a journey that the typical 30 year old in running could not complete. It would be so nice if those accomplishments could equate to...Read More »
44 of 49 | Posted by: Mrs. K. Jackson - IN

“Fantastic guy..and life..RIP... ”
45 of 49 | Posted by: the Boyces - Milford, CT

“The last of my running heros along with Norm Frank. Bill Spinder ”
46 of 49 | Posted by: A friend

“I did not know Mr. McNelly, but I want to thank him for his service. He sounds like he was motivated and a go getter. Very impressive what he has...Read More »
47 of 49 | Posted by: Cheryl Ramsey - Gainesville, FL

“My Sincere Condolences for Family and Friends of Mr. McNelly. Congratulations Donald on your remarkable accomplishments. Thank You for your Service...Read More »
48 of 49 | Posted by: Dwaine Johnson - Tracy, CA

“I had the distinct pleasure of meeting Don during the Honor Flight trip a few years ago with my Dad and several WWII Veterans. We talked for several...Read More »
49 of 49 | Posted by: Tom Meehan - Lima, NY


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Donald passed away on Wednesday, February 8, 2017.

Donald was a resident of Pittsford, New York at the time of passing.

He was equally proud that Phyllis obtained two degrees from the University of Rochester at age 50Don was the first in his extended family to graduate from college.

Service Saturday February 11th at 11:00 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church 48 Perrin St. Fairport. Gathering afterwards at the church from about 12:00-2:00.

Service Saturday February 11th at 11:00 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church 48 Perrin St. Fairport. Gathering afterwards at the church from about 12:00-2:00.

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