Donald Louis Savastano

October 30, 1966January 26, 2018

Donald Louis Savastano passed away suddenly on Friday, January 26, 2018 after a recent diagnosis of stage 4 cancer.

Don was born in Queens, New York and grew up on Long Island. He had become a carpenter after working with and learning from his dad as a kid. Don did work for commercial companies but after moving to Sidney and a short time with the union he became a successful self employed carpenter. He was known for his high-quality work and perfectionism. He always tried to reach out and help those he could by teaching them “the right way to do things.”

Don lived in Sidney for the past 10 years with his loving girlfriend of almost 12 years, Julie Wheeler and helped her raise her boys, Alex and Kaspar Gray. He is also survived by his mother, Annette Savastano Dart (James); four brothers, John, Charles, Louis and Doug Savastano and their families; two sisters, Debbie Legat and Cindy Savastano and their families. He was predeceased by his father, John Savastano. May they be together again in heaven for Don had been very close to him and missed him dearly. Don was thought of as a wonderful and even an angelic person by those who knew him and will be greatly missed but to see him again when time.

A special thank you to those at Bassett Hospital and Tri-Town ER for the wonderful, honest and genuine care Don received. Also, thank you to hospice so he could spend his last days in the comfort of his home with those he loved.

Calling Hours will be held on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 from 6:00 to 8:00pm in the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, 14 Grand Street, Oneonta.

Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at 10:00am at the Oneonta Assembly of God Church, 1776 County Highway 48, Oneonta with Rev. John Grenier officiating.

For those who wish to make a memorial donation please consider making a donation to the American Cancer Society in memory of Don.

To light a candle or send the family an online condolence visit

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


  • Calling Hours

    Tuesday, January 30, 2018

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, January 31, 2018


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Carlie Seguin

May 28, 2021

My condolences go out to the family and friends of Mr. Savastano. Donald sounded like a wonderful and beautiful soul. My he rest in eternal peace.

Lorri N.

February 12, 2018

What a beautiful man, both inside and outside.

Sergio Albuquerque

February 4, 2018

Rest in peace, Don. I'm a 63 years old man, and I know what is like to live without help insurance. Go with God, working man. So long, Don. I'll be praying for you.
Sergio de Albuquerque, RJ, Brazil

Alberta Darget

February 4, 2018

From a Connecticut resident, may Mr. Savastana rest in peace. God bless the family. Blessings.


February 4, 2018

He sounded like a dear man. So very sorry for your loss. I hope the good fortune he could not enjoy does much to improve your lives.

Claudia Russo

February 3, 2018

Donald, rest in peace. Your story and it's powerful message will forever remained etched in my heart. And my condolences to your loving family. May the memories give them comfort in the coming weeks and years.


February 3, 2018

Jacqueline Cook

February 3, 2018

I just read this story of the life of Don. He had a great life with a lot of love surrounding him. I'm so sorry for the loss his family is feeling. We never know how or when we will leave this world, but God does, and He prepares us to see Him. May all his family be touched by so many who didn't know Don, and who sent their best wishes to all.
Jackie Cook
Warsaw, Indiana

Charlotte Brightman

February 3, 2018

I'm sooo sorry for your loss..... By reading his obituary I can tell he was a Wonderful , Smart Man ! Prayers go out to his whole family :(

pat ostrander

February 2, 2018

I just saw the news article , My heart goes out to you Julie, I know how much love was there with you two, My heart goes out to his family as well. He was a good man and a caring man. God truly gained a awesome angel.