Donald J. Hosie

February 17, 1930March 23, 2014

Donald James Hosie Feb. 17, 1930 - March 23, 2014

Donald J. Hosie of East Aurora, NY died peacefully March 23, 2014 surrounded by his family, after battling cancer. Donald was born in East Aurora, NY to John and Margaret Hosie. He was a graduate of East Aurora High School. He went to college for his Bachelors at Michigan State University after which he joined the United States Air Force and became an F-84 and F-86 Saber Jet Pilot for the Strategic Air Command.

After his tour of duty, Captain Hosie was employed as an assistant manager at Stouffer Corporation, where he met his future bride, Beulah M Baldwin. They married in 1958 while Don attended Bowling Green State University for his MBA. This eventually let to his long career as Director of Food and Vending for the State University of New York at Buffalo. Don was uniquely suited for this work as he was conscientious, fair-minded, creative, dedicated and an excellent problem solver.

Don earned his Eagle Scout, raised an Eagle Scout and pinned Eagle on two of his grandsons. He was a committee member for Troop 513 in East Aurora and participated in many camping and canoeing events.

In retirement, Don finally had the time to pursue his love of golf and craftsmanship, while remaining deeply involved in the lives of his children and grandchildren, to whom he provided much love, support, and wisdom.

Don is survived by the love of his life, his wife of 56 years, Beulah Hosie; his three children, Vicky Leahy (Tom), Doug Hosie (Beverly), and Donna Kennedy (Robert); and his much loved fourteen grandchildren. He is also survived by his twin brother, David Hosie, older brother, William Hosie (Sylvia) and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by sister Marian Mosser.

Friends may call Thursday, March 27, 2014 from 6pm - 8 pm and Friday March 28, 2014 from 9AM to 10AM at the Wood Funeral Home, 784 Main Street, East Aurora, New York where funeral service will follow at 10 AM on Friday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donation be made to:

Shriners Hospital for Children for extraordinary treatment of one of Donald’s grandchildren Office of Donor Development International Headquarters 2900 Rocky Point Dr. Tampa, FL 33607

Boy Scouts Troop 513 First Presbyterian Church Main and Paine Streets East Aurora, NY 14052


Hospice & Palliative Care 225 Como Park Boulevard Cheektowaga, NY 14227-8101



  • Visitation Thursday, March 27, 2014
  • Visitation Friday, March 28, 2014
  • Funeral Service Friday, March 28, 2014


  • Interment

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Don Bozek

April 6, 2014

Hosie family: Sorry for your loss. Wish Don could have enjoyed more retirement years

April 3, 2014

Mrs. Beulah and family
We extend our sincere sympathy to you and your family on the passing of Don.
Hulon & Mary Jo Stringer Bolivar, Tenn.

Walt & Marty Figg

April 3, 2014

We extend our deepest sympathy from Florida to Beulah and family. Don will be missed.
Death leaves a heartachd no one can heal--LOVE leaves a memory no one one can steal.
God Bless Beulah & family.

Dan Pfalzer

March 27, 2014

My deepest sympathies to the entire Hosie family.

Bonnie Neadom

March 27, 2014

Dearest Donna and all family, I cannot find the words to tell you how sorry I am for the loss of DON. He was a most admirable man. So wise, loving of life and all of his family. Ill keep you all in prayer. May God bless and comfort you all. Love Bonnie

John and Bonnie Danis

March 26, 2014

Beulah and family:
We are sorry to hear of Don's passing. He was a remarkable man. The kids were lucky to stay with you both last year and get to spend time with him and help him when they could. Wishing you peace,

Donald Winkle Jr.

March 26, 2014

Mrs. Hosie, Vicky, Doug, Donna and families: Our deepest sympathy on the loss of your dear husband and dad. Hold close to your heart the memories of all the great times together. He was a wonderful man. Love Donny, Sue, Kody and Teal Winkle.

Neil Wolfe

March 26, 2014

My wife and I send our sincerest condolences to the Hosie family. Mr. Hosie was one of a kind. The world was a better place because he was here. He will be missed.

Ellis Baldwin

March 26, 2014

To all the Don Hosie family: So very, very sorry for your loss, wish Ellis and I could have been with all of you at this time, due to health reasons neither of us could make the trip. We love all of you and Don was a wonderful person.
Will be talking to you soon. Will be rembering you in our prayers God Bless the Hosie family.

March 25, 2014

Donna and family,

We're so sorry to hear about your dad; I know he had a very special place in your heart. We should all be so lucky as to leave the loving legacy that he did.

Steve and Dalia