October 11, 2012

Donald R. Brothers


---- — BOSTON — Donald R. Brothers, 62, passed away after a long illness on Sunday, Sept. 30, at the West Roxbury VA Hospital in Boston, Mass.

He was born in Plattsburgh on March 11, 1950, the son of Robert Henry and Marie Elva (Cowsill) Brothers.

Donald grew up on Cumberland Head and lived most of his life on the Head. He attended Beekmantown Central School and was a communicant of St. Mary's of the Lake.

Donald served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War from 1969-1975, where he specialized in helicopter repair and maintenance. A disabled veteran, Donald spent a lot of time helping others in need. He loved his family, his home on Cumberland Head and his church. Donald loved cars and was a good mechanic. His warm, loving personality and appreciation of laughter will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Donald is survived by one sister, Nancy (Jeff) Belodoff of Potsdam, N.Y.; and three brothers, Richard Brothers, Roger (Bertha Brahm) Brothers, all of Cumberland Head and Mark (Lisa) Brothers of Chazy. He is also survived by three nephews, Adam Belodoff of Rochester, N.Y., Justin and Zachary Brothers of Chazy; one niece, Kathryn (Matt) Cavallaro of Greece, N.Y.; and several cousins.

He was predeceased by his parents, Robert Brothers on June 19, 1999 and Marie Brothers on July 15, 2008.

The family would like to extend special thanks to the medical team that cared for Donald at the West Roxbury VA Hospital. Their compassionate and expert care was greatly appreciated by all who loved Donald.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct.12, at St. Mary's of the Lake on Cumberland Head, with burial in the parish cemetery and a reception in Tobin Hall to follow.

Donations in his memory may be made to the Cumberland Head Fire Department, 38 Firehouse Lane, Plattsburgh, NY 12901 or to Fisher House Boston, PO Box 230, South Walpole, MA 02071. Fisher House Boston is a not-for-profit organization that provides free housing for families of seriously ill veterans being cared for in Boston VA hospitals.