Eulogy for Donald J. McCauley
May 14, 2018
by Rev. John Partridge
Donald J. “Doc” McCauley was born on December 9th, 1932. He was the youngest of seven children, graduated from Kenmore High School, and then joined the Air Force, served as a hydraulics mechanic between the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War, and then worked at Babcock and Wilcox for 33 years.
Along the way, he found the love of his life in Betty Ann Kozy, married her, and loved being with her. Everyone knew how much he loved her. It was obvious. He couldn’t be within arm’s reach without touching her. He would literally never walk by without reaching out to her.
When Brian was a baby, just a few weeks old, Don lost two fingers while helping a friend repair a lawn mower. And so, from then on, he did all the childcare (including diapering, with cloth diapers and safety pins) one-handed. As Brian got older, Don was his baseball coach and soon discovered that Brian pitched so hard that it would hurt Don’s hand.
For many people, it was never Donald, or even Don, but instead it was always “Doc.”
He loved to fish. Whenever he took a day off, his coworkers knew where he would be and they hung a “Gone Fishing” sign on his locker. He loved the Mogadore Reservoir and kept a boat there.
He loved fishing with his family too. Many times his kids joined him at Mogadore and, when they got older, a few times they were invited to go on the annual fishing trip to Ross Lake in Quebec, Canada with Don and his brother Marion.
Don’s love of fishing, and his artistic talent, led him to becoming an excellent, self-taught, taxidermist. Long before YouTube videos were available, he acquired a “teach yourself taxidermy” book and, within months, it was as if he’d been doing it his entire life. He was also an incredible self-taught artist. He did many murals and backdrops for programs at church. Just like when he taught himself taxidermy, he acquired a Bob Ross book and taught himself how to paint with oils. Many of his paintings were displayed at Park United Methodist Church, as well as with multiple family members who have cherished them.
He was a faithful and active member of Park United Methodist Church for many years, and served as an usher and a trustee for as long as many of us can remember. Don was always faithful to his family, and to his God.
Don loved to garden and, as the years went by, his yard became smaller as his garden grew. Every year he waited impatiently for the tomatoes to ripen! But other than his tomatoes, Don was known to be extraordinarily patient and generous. He often said, “I’m not going to bother you, but if you need anything, all you need to do is ask.”
I knew Don, and I’ve known Brian for a lot of years. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, ‘ya know?
Those of us who knew Don know that he left an impression on our lives. We may not have his talent, but if we learned to be a little more patient, a little more kind, a little more generous, or a little more faithful from knowing him, then we know that God has given us an invaluable gift through the life of Don McCauley.
Don usually did what he wanted to do and never wanted anyone to worry about him, and today is no different. He would not want you to mourn, but to celebrate. He touched a lot of lives on many special ways and will not be forgotten.
Obituary – Donald J. McCauley
December 9, 1932 ~ May 9, 2018 (age 85)
Donald J. “Doc” McCauley, 85, passed away May 9, 2018 after a long battle with cancer. Doc was a long-time member of Park United Methodist Church.
Doc will be remembered for his passion for fishing, his talent with oil and canvas, and his joy of gardening.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty in 1987 and son, Mark in 1988; sisters, Kathleen, Pat and Eileen; brothers, John and Mare; he is survived by his son, Brian; daughter-in-law, Robin; granddaughters, Katie and Kara; great granddaughter, Alexis; brother, Jim.
There will be a small memorial Service at the Schlup-Pucak Funeral Home, 788 Kenmore Blvd, Akron Monday, May 14 at 9:00am with Pastor John Partridge officiating. Burial to follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park.