Donald M. Smithers Sr.

June 27, 1939May 29, 2018

Donald M. Smithers Sr., age 78 of Ogdensburg passed away early Tuesday morning (May 29, 2018) at Claxton Hepburn Medical Center surrounded by his loving family. As per his wishes, there will be no funeral services.

Surviving is his love of 47 years Brenda Smithers; his children Beverly (Bill) LaPiene of Ogdensburg, Jeremy Smithers & his companion Kaili of Morristown, Joel (Christa) Smithers of Colorado, Donald (Helen) Smithers of Canton, Kevin (Cheryl) Smithers of Westfield NY, Chris (Tammy) Smithers of Ogdensburg, Jody Smithers of Massena and Andrea Smithers of Ogdensburg; grandchildren Damien, Brendan, Bella, Jaxen, Masen, Brynli, Bae, Ryan, Lily, Kate, Dakota, Johnathan, Stephen, Jessica S., Morgan, Miranda, Braden, Tiffany, Jacques, Aurora, Cheyenne, Peter, Felicia, Austin, Coral, Dillion, Jessica G., and Brandon; several great-grandchildren; two brothers George & Quinton Smithers of Ogdensburg; sisters Jean Skidds & Eunice Curry of Ogdensburg and Bethany Wyatt of DePeyster; and many nieces and nephews also survive.

A daughter Dawn Love; grandson Donald Smithers III; brothers Ellis, Delmar, Vernon and David Smithers, Guy & Wendall Harper; sisters June Hazelton, Beverly Gladle, Louise LaFave, Betty Simpson & Arlene Adams predeceased him.

Donald was born on June 27, 1939 in Heuvelton NY, a son of the late Enos & Thelma (Middlemiss) Smithers. He attended Heuvelton High School for his education and married Sabina Burnside which later ended in divorce. He again found love and was married to Brenda Christman on November 22, 1984 in Ogdensburg.

Donald worked as a technician for 30 + years for the local cable company, that was called New Channels, Time Warner and now Spectrum throughout his employment He enjoyed animals of all kinds, hunting, playing jokes on people, birds, gardening, reading westerns, playing on the men's pool league, going to the casino and spending time with his family.

Memorial contributions can be made to the St. Lawrence Valley SPCA. Fond memories and condolences can also be shared on


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Georgia Gilmour

June 3, 2018

Brenda, so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Judy (Gilbert) Baker

June 1, 2018

Brenda I am so sorry for your loss ! You & your family are in my prayers ! ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ

Jessica Gotham

May 31, 2018

I have so many memories I don't even know where to begin. There was never a dull moment around Grandpa Smithers. He had such an amazing sense of humor. Always cracking jokes and loved making people laugh. He had such a kind and caring soul. I remember family get together's and barbecues. They were always so much fun. Especially with the story of him and his brothers only having 1 pair of overalls to share. So they only had to go to school 1 day a week. LOL. Oh and we can't forget his love for animals. I now have a little mini farm started and whenever I get a new animal my dad will always say "you are just like your grandfather and mother!" I wouldn't want it any other way! You were an amazing man Grandpa. Fly high and watch over all of us! I love you!

Jim Ramie

May 30, 2018

Don was one if not the most unique people I have ever met and a absolute joy to be around. Spending a day with Don would probably go further to treating a person's depression than modern medicine......At least for the time you were with him. I remember him as a young kid stopping by the house for lunch or a non work related chore that my late father roped him into always with a smile on his face and a funny story to share. I also worked with Don several summers at New Channels and remember something he said to me some 30 years ago. He told me one day that when he left this world all he wanted was to be remembered as a good worker. Well, he was the hardest worker I have ever known and approached his work as he approached life...With pride and a smile on his face. Despite his hard work ethic and working through lunch regularly us young guys practically used to fight over who was going to be the one to work with him on any given day knowing you were going to have to bust your butt.......At least until 3 o'clock break!
It was an absolute privilege to know him and I am yet to meet another human being like him. Rest in peace brother.
My thoughts and prayers are with Brenda and the kids as well during this difficult stretch.

Lisa Woodward

May 30, 2018

Brenda and family,
Thoughts and prayers to you and your family at this time. Donald will sure be missed.
Fuzzy, Lisa and Jillian Woodward

Diane & Bill Fraser

May 30, 2018

We are so very sorry for your loss. We remember all the summer piรงnics and Christmas parties given by Time Warner,. Donnie and his clams. May he rest in peace.