OBITUARY

Donald Kalinowski

February 18, 1947December 16, 2017
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Donald Kalinowski died December 16, 2017 after a yearlong battle with metastatic lung cancer. He was born in Rockville Centre, NY February 18, 1947, son of the late Chester and Ann (Hoban) Kalinowski.

Served in US Army from 1965-1969 in the army security agency during the Vietnam era, Stationed in Peshawar, Pakistan and “SINOP”, Northern Turkey as E-5 non-morse intercept specialist monitoring Soviet missile activity.

Don and Kathleen Brown Paolillo were married July 3, 1979. They and their sons David, Chris, and Greg lived in Poughkeepsie, NY where Don was a Pilot for command airways (later American Eagle). Two daughters were born, Mariette Katharine in 1982 and Larissa Anne in 1985. The family moved to Cary, NC in 1991 when Eagle opened its Hub in RDU. They decided to remain in Cary while Don flew to different postings, which were Miami, FL, Chicago O’Hare, Boston Logan and New York LaGuardia. Don retired in 2007 as Senior Line Pilot. He entered a new career in Medical Manufacturing at Biogen Idec from 2010- 2013. He last worked as customer support representative for Progressive Industries in Apex, a manufacturer of Surge Protectors for RV’s until his hospitalization in November. Don also enjoyed his part time job as an usher at the PNC Arena from 2010 until his hospitalization, GO CANES!

A lifelong Amateur Radio Operator Don NJ2E leaves behind many friends in both the Cary and Raleigh Amateur Radio Clubs.

Don and his beloved Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Nani, enjoyed their competitions in Dog Agility.

Don is predeceased by his parents and also waiting “across the Rainbow Bridge” are cats Fang, Sassy and Dandy and dogs Lovey, Ricky, Bear and Julie. Donald is survived by his loving wife Kathleen, sons: David, Christopher and Gregory (April Pack), daughters: Mariette (Maxim Semyonov) and Larissa Velna (Harry Pennington), and grandsons Andrew and Jameson Velna. He also leaves behind a special daughter Teresa Lee.

A funeral service will be held Tuesday December 19, at 3:30 at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home 200 SE Maynard Rd., Cary, NC 27511. The family will receive from 2-3:30.

In lieu of flowers memorial donation may be made to AutismSociety-nc.org or to Paws4ever.org.

Services

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, December 19, 2017

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, December 19, 2017

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bob reisman

January 28, 2018

i flew as an instructor with Don at westchester county airport in the 70`s.and later with Command Airways. Don was a wonderful gentlemen and pilot. my condolences to his family
Bob Reisman,easton,pa

Susan Gruber

December 31, 2017

I worked with Don at Command Airways and American Eagle for many, many years. A lot of fond memories and interesting conversations will stay with me. My deepest sympathy to his family, he truly was one of a kind and will be missed.

Dorie Maffetone

December 26, 2017

I am Don's Ex-Sister-in-Law (my sister Jackie was married to him before Kathy). One of my memories of Don was when he was in the Army stationed in Turkey. If my memory serves me (this is going back 50 plus years ago) he was a Disc Jockey for the soldiers at the Turkey Army Base radio station and Don asked me if I had any 45rpm records.....told you it was 50 years ago :) and would I please box them up and send them to Turkey to share with all the soldiers as records were hard to come by over there. So I sent Don a box full of 45's which included my very first 45 I received as a young teenager, it was The Lion Sleeps Tonight by the Tokens which came out in 1961 and became a number one hit at the time. I know he always had a love of planes right from the moment I met him and am glad that this love took him to a long career in aviation. Don took me on my first airplane ride in a small airplane, which I did not enjoy, thru no fault of Don. My condolences to his loving family and may they find peace in their hearts after losing Don, but always having fond memories of him as a husband and father. Dorie Maffetone (Phoenix, Arizona)

Ken Pfau

December 24, 2017

My condolences to you and your family. I flew with Don at Command in Poughkeepsie back in 1981. I will always rember Don fondly.

Steve Shafer

December 20, 2017

I just learned of Don's passing while talking with another former American Eagle pilot this morning. I am shocked and saddened to learn of Don's passing. We were both part of the Command Airways family in the 1980s, and Don was liked and respected by everyone who worked with him. My condoloences to Don's family.

Michele Schabot

December 20, 2017

I was a flight attendant for Command AIrways and flew with Don many years ago. I live here in NC and ran into him a few years back . So surprised to see him. He looked the same . We had a nice chat.

My prayers are with your family and I hope your wonderful memories will help to get you through this difficult time.

Tony Occhino

December 19, 2017

I'm sad to learn today that Don passed. Although I hadn't seen him in many years I'll always remember him. We worked together at Command Airways in the 80's. My deepest sympathies to his family
Tony

Joel Glassman

December 18, 2017

I worked with Don at PNC and always enjoyed our conversations. I was shocked when I learned earlier this year that he was sick. My experience with individuals on the spectrum and my love of cats will lead me to make donations in Don's memory to the above organizations. My condolences to the family.

December 18, 2017

Don and I were in agility class together for a couple of years. He and Nani always had a good time running the courses. We will miss seeing him in class. My condolences to his family.
-Jenny Crow

December 18, 2017

We are so very sorry for your loss. Dr Robert Niles and staff

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