Donald Alexander Farone

June 2, 1931November 11, 2013

Donald Alexander Farone, 82, of Oneonta, passed away on Monday, November 11, 2013 at the A.O. Fox Hospital in Oneonta.

Don was born on June 2, 1931 in Oneonta, the son of the late Arthur E. and Harriet (Ingraham) Farone, Sr.

Don was in the sporting goods business for a period of over 46 years, most recently the owner of Otsego Outfitters in Oneonta. He was an avid member of the Oneonta Tavern Pool League and a former member of the Otsego Chamber of Commerce. He was one of the originators of the Small Fry Football Program in Walton. He served his country in the US Marine Corps.

He enjoyed history, reading and discussing politics with his many, many friends at his store. Don was a wonderful father and grandfather. A kind and generous man, he will be greatly missed.

Don is survived by his daughter, Gina Farone of Otego; his granddaughter, Molly M. Toye of Otego and his daughter-in-law, Lynda Bassette-Farone of Franklin.

He was predeceased by his parents, his son, Michael A. Farone and his brother, Arthur E. Farone, Jr.

At Don’s request there will be no calling hours or services.

Memorial donations in Don’s memory may be made to the Catskill Area Hospice, 1 Birchwood Drive, Oneonta, NY 13820.

Condolences to the family may be made online by visiting our website at

Arrangements are by the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, Oneonta.


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Gary Couse

November 17, 2013

To the family of Mr. Farone... He will be missed by his many friends, I was fortunate to get to know him and would often sit with him at his store discussing the history of Oneonta....ohh yeaaaa ~ Semper Fi~ my friend.

November 17, 2013

Dear Linda, Gina, and Molly,

Our caring thoughts go out to your whole family. We are very saddened by Don's passing. We played together on the Black Oak pool team for 15 years. And Don came over every Saturday night to shoot pool for the last decade. It is Saturday night and we miss him a lot! Love, Patty and Ira

November 15, 2013

First let me say this is a wonderful picture of Don. I was saddened to hear of his passing this morning. I hope your fond memories of him will help you through this difficult time. Ramona Tenace

Dominic Parlato

November 15, 2013

Dear Gina and family
I am very saddened to read of Don's leaving us. I usually stopped to visit with him at the store when in Oneonta.. I missed seeing him this last trip, and now I know why..
We go back a long way. Back to Walton days, and the Oneonta Football Indians.
He was a great guy and a fellow Marine.
Dominic Parlato

Bud & Connie Gallup

November 15, 2013

We have know Don for many,many years,He was a great man,
May Don R.I.P.

Bud & Connie Gallup

November 15, 2013

Dear Farone Family,
I knew Don for quit sometime and I found him to be a good man and friend. He will be missed greatly, not alone by me, also by the friends he touched around him. God take his soul and keep it close.
Sincerely yours,
Daniel C. Ouimet

Luke &Julia Raudibaugh

November 15, 2013

Very sorry for you loss

Betty Locaso

November 14, 2013

Gina and family - sorry to hear about your dads passing - many great times were had during the years of small fry football and working at the booster club tent for the fair - your dad was a kind person - glad I had a chance to know him. Betty zujovic

Doug Sharkey

November 14, 2013

Gina and family, so sorry to hear of your dad's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you. It's always sad losing a parent. Be strong, God Bless.

Kellie Engelhardt

November 13, 2013

Uncle Don will be missed by all who knew him. Our good thoughts go out to Molly, Gina, & all of his family & friends during this time of sadness.