March 16, 2014

Donald Francis Chauvin

PLATTSBURGH — Donald Francis Chauvin, 93, died Tuesday, March 11, at Meadowbrook Healthcare Facility. Since 2000, he had resided at Lake Forest Retirement Community and prior to that he was a longtime resident of Peru.

Donald was born June 19, 1920, in Beekmantown, the son of James T. and Irene (Kirby) Chauvin.

Donald was a graduate of St. John's in Plattsburgh. For most of his working life, he was self-employed. In 1956, he founded Clinton Oil Company, an oil and heating business. He retired in 1977.

Donald freely gave countless hours to his community and his church. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus since 1946. He was a 4th degree member of the Peru Knights of Columbus council #7273 and served as its first Grand Knight. In 2011, he received the Rose Award in honor of his service to St. Augustine's Parish. Donald was also a member of the Peru Fire Department for over 20 years and he was a charter member of the Keeseville Elks #2072. Despite having a stroke at an early age, Donald never complained and always greeted others with his infectious smile.

Survivors include his loving wife of 65 years, the former Dorothy Jarvis, who he married on Aug. 3, 1948, at St. Augustine's in Peru; daughter Jeanne Pasti and husband Lawrence of Plattsburgh; grandson Eric Pasti and wife Jamie of Bellingham, Wash.; grandson Adam Pasti of Salem, Mass.; and great-grandchildren Olivia and Charlotte Pasti of Bellingham. He is also survived by brother-in-law Ralph Jarvis; sisters-in-law Bridget Chauvin, Phyllis Chauvin, Marian Curran, Viola Jarvis; and several nieces and nephews.

Donald was predeceased by his parents; a sister, Catherine; and brothers Harold, Bernard, James, William, and Gerald Chauvin.

Calling hours will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, March 21, at the Hamilton Funeral Home, 294 Mannix Road, Peru. A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 22, at St. Augustine's Church in Peru, with Rev. William G. Reamer celebrating. Rev. Alan D. Shnob will concelebrate. Burial will follow in the parish cemetery.

Donations in Donald's memory may be made to St. Augustine's Church. Arrangements are in the care of the Hamilton Funeral Home, 294 Mannix Road, Peru, 643-9055. To light an online candle and offer condolences in the memory of Donald Chauvin, please visit

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