Donald Lee Kester

November 28, 1945March 20, 2018

Donald Lee Kester, age 72 of Wilkinsburg, unexpectedly passed away on Tuesday, March 20, 2018. Don was the son of Col. Donald Lee Kester, of Melbourne Florida and the late Fern (Almquist) Kester. He was the devoted brother and friend of Kenneth S. Kester of Ross Township and the proud uncle of Stephen and Daniel (wife Anna) Kester. He has also been the proud parent to "Hobbs" the cat. Don worked as a Financial Planner for Lincoln Financial for over twenty years and was a member of Calvary Episcopal Church in Shadyside, the Wilkinsburg Rotary and a retired Major for the US Army Reserve. There will be no visitation. A Memorial Service will be on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 11:30am in the Calvary Episcopal Church, 315 Shady Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15206. Given his love for the cultural community, family suggests memorial donations may be made to the Pittsburgh Symphony. Arrangements are under the direction of the Orion C. Pinkerton Funeral Home, Inc.,, Avalon, (412-766-5600). On line condolences may be offered at


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William Dodge

April 2, 2018

Don was my financial advisor for almost a quarter of a century. He was a complete professional, advising me with the most practical options for investing my retirement funds and handling financial decisions.

Even more importantly, he expressed continuing concern for me and my family, and was gracious on visits to Pittsburgh. We shared a running dialogue on all things political, not always agreeing, but always finding humor in the world's craziness.

Don will be missed.

I would like to offer my sympathies to Don's family.

Bill Dodge

Elizabeth Van Dusen

April 1, 2018

We will remember Don for his ironic sense of humor and wit. He will be truly missed at Calvary Episcopal Church. With sympathy and peace, Clint and Betsy Van Dusen

Bill and Mary Jo Stewart

March 31, 2018

It is with great sadness we recently found out about the passing of our dear friend and adviser. We knew Don for over 35 years and spent many hours around the kitchen table having a beer laughing and sharing family stories. He helped us navigate our financial future and we will be forever grateful for his help and wisdom. We will miss him dearly.

Amy Dykes

March 28, 2018

I just read this...and thought it was perfect for Don.

To live in the hearts of others is never to die.
I will remember you with great joy in my heart .
Your laughter will be missed, your kindness never forgotten.
Goodbye friend.

Arleen Smigielski

March 28, 2018

Don, we will miss your hearty laugh and desire to dance! God bless you and your family. My sincere condolences to your family and friends.

Veronica Toran

March 27, 2018

Our sincere condolences to the family. May those loving memories of Don bring you comfort and strength during this difficult time of loss. Don was our firm's financial adviser for nearly 20 years. He was a man of great financial wisdom and trust. We will miss him.

Charles and Veronica Toran

Bentley Family

March 25, 2018

We are sorry for the loss of Don and offer our heartfelt condolences. AlmightyGod promises at John 5:28, 29 that there will be a resurrection for all of those in his memory. May that promise, and the resurrection of Lazarus (John 11:41-44) give you faith, comfort and hope. Again, our condolences.

Pat Morris

March 23, 2018

Don was a friend for over 30 years. I will always remember his laugh and generosity. Don helped me in so many ways. You will be missed dearly old friend