HUDSON FALLS - Donald F. Flint passed away Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, after a long illness. Born May 2, 1927, in Mineville, he was the son of the late Grover C. and Ida G. (MacDonough) Flint.
Donald had quite the diversified career and experience. An alumnus of Mineville High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1944 during WWII, serving on the USS Myles C. Fox DD-829 in the Pacific Theatre in Tokyo Bay, providing cover for occupation landing on Japan/atomic bombing. Returning to Mineville, he became a charter member #12 of the VFW Post 5802, remaining as a lifetime member in 1996.
He was a carpenter apprentice through the Glens Falls local and was employed as a tar loader at Republic Steel Corp. until its closing in the 1950s. In 1950, he relocated to Schenectady, where he was employed as a welding apprentice through General Electric Company. He was also an assistant foreman and volunteer at Scotia Fire Company in Scotia. In 1960, upon purchasing the Phelps house in Crown Point, he became assistant chief of the A.E. Phelps Engine Company, with various employment opportunities as a member of the International Union of Operating Engineer Local 106 Albany N.Y. Also, Don joined the F&AM Rescue Lodge 772, Crown Point, and was a member of the Masonic Brotherhood for 50+ years. In 1963, Don moved to Hudson Falls, having joined the UA Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 773 of Glens Falls, remaining a member for 50+ years.
Don was very active in Hudson Falls Little League as a coach. While residing in Hudson Falls, he was nicknamed the "Mayor of Pearl Street."
In 1998, Don and Florence retired to Ormond Beach, Fla., enjoying the beach, gardening, and many visitor attractions, until an opportunity arose to live next to their daughter, Donna, in Katy, Texas, in 2006. Grandpa loved spending time with his grandsons and attending their Little League games.
Donald is predeceased by his sister, Pauline F. Trybendis; his niece, Shirley T. Sears, his daughter, Cynthia A. Flint; and his son, William S. Flint.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Florence (Speyer) Flint; his daughter and namesake, Donna F. Flint Wheeler and her husband Paul; and four grandsons, Thomas, Phillip, Benjamin, and Jacob; and his nephew, Michael J. Trybendis of Ticonderoga.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Carleton Funeral Home, Inc., 68 Main St. in Hudson Falls. A Masonic service will be held at 3:45 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home, conducted by Rescue Lodge 772, F &AM of Mineville. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home with the Rev. Donald Shuler officiating. Burial with military honors provided by American Legion Post 574 of Hudson Falls will follow at Valley View Cemetery in Ticonderoga.
Donations may be made to the local SPCA animal shelter, P.O. Box 171, Hudson Falls, NY 12839, where, in 1984, Don and Florence adopted their beloved dog, Snoopy. Condolences may be made by visiting www.carletonfuneralhome.net