Donald P Christopher

March 14, 1936April 8, 2018
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Donald P. Christopher, former Yonkers Police Commissioner passed away April 8, 2018.

He was born in Yonkers, March 14, 1936 to the late Helen and Patrick Christopher (Detective Sergeant Y.P.D). Don is survived by his wife of sixty years, Barbara Ann, his daughters Kathleen (Alan) Portanova of Yonkers and Andrea (Anthony) Senerchia of New Rochelle. Also survived by three grandchildren, Emily (Portanova) Cioffi and her husband Michael, Christopher and Nicole Senerchia. Don is also survived by his brother Robert and sister Joan Liva. He was predeceased by his sister Patricia Toth and infant granddaughter, Stephanie Senerchia. Don proudly served his country in the United States Army stationed in Germany. He joined the Y.P.D in 1960, working his way through the ranks to Police Commissioner and retiring after thirty eight years of service to the city he loved. Through the years, he received many awards and commendations. He has served as Vice-President of both the Yonkers Captain, Lieutenants and Sergeants Association and the Police Benevolent Association. Don was a member of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, International Association of Chiefs of Police, New York State Association of Chiefs of Police, Police Holy Name Society and Police and Fire Retirees Association. He also served on the Board of Trustees of St. Joseph’s Medical Center Hospital and nursing home. He also organized several golf tournaments to benefit Rosary Hill. He was Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Municipal Housing Authority. Throughout his police career, he worked closely with the F.B.I. and United States Secret Service. Don was part of the security team protecting Pope Paul II during the Pope’s visit to St. Joseph’s Seminary. Don was a loving husband, father and grandfather and devoted friend to many. He was a dedicated professional and honorable man. He stood by his family and friends and fellow police colleagues through good times and bad. He made a difference in all our lives and made the world a better place. We will miss him terribly. Visiting hours will be in the Whalen & Ball Funeral Home on Tuesday from 7-9pm and Wednesday from 4-8pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be in Christ the King Church on Thursday at 10am. Interment will follow at St. Joseph’s Cemetery. Whalen & Ball Funeral Home 168 Park Avenue Yonkers, NY 10703 (914)965-5488


  • Visitation Tuesday, April 10, 2018
  • Visitation Wednesday, April 11, 2018
  • Mass Thursday, April 12, 2018
  • Committal Service Thursday, April 12, 2018

Donald P Christopher

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April 14, 2018

Barbara Ann, Your beloved husband, Donald was such a gallant man. My sincere condolence to the Christopher Family. Reflection on the words of Jesus, who promised, “For just as the Father raises the dead up and makes them alive, so the Son also makes alive”. (John 5:21) Seek comfort in this promise, as you share memories of Don, and let the God of Tender Mercy continue to heal your pain.

vito pinto

April 11, 2018

So sorry to hear of Don's passing. I had the privilege of playing golf with Don in a foursome at Dunwoodie CC with my neighbor Ed Bonci and Judge Doran every weekend for several years. Don was a great golfer and always willing to pitch in sleeping in his car on Friday night, every three weeks, as Ed and I did, to attain the first TEE Time on Saturday morning because Judge Doran was unable to do so. He and Judge Doran were often kidded by other golfers that they never really slept over because I, as a County Legislator on the Parks Committee, they thought we had "Special" privileges! NOT So he replied, I'll show you my pillow and told others that the "Judge" invoked his judicial verdict that he couldn't be seen sleeping in a car overnight!!! A CLASS ACT and caring Commissioner who will be sorely missed by all!
Vito Pinto

Judith Bernard

April 10, 2018

So sorry for your loss! Our condolences to the entire family! Tony and Judy

Regina Beattie-Contrino

April 10, 2018

I remember Mr, Christopher as far back from when I was a little girl . He went to school with my mom at Saint MarY’s and was a dear friend of my Dad’s. I remember him in church at Christ the King every week with his beautiful wife, and I remember him as a police officer ; a dedicated and respected police officer. I remember him as my Dad’s boss and I remember him as the Police Commissioner . I remember Mr. Christopher as a humble, soft spoken gentleman. I remember that him and my Dad retired from the Yonkers Police Department on the very same day; April 30, 1998 ... Commisioner Christopher served 38 years and my Dad served 40. But most of all, I remember my Dad teaching me who the ‘good guys ‘were and telling me that Donny Christopher was one of them . I remember realizing my Dad was right. .....a truly good man was Donald Christopher. God bless his family and may he be resting and at peace with my Dad and the rest of the ‘good guys’ up There.
Regina Beattie-Contrino

Jaime Wittner

April 10, 2018

I loved spending time with him at holidays, and I will miss him deeply. Mrs. C, Cioci Katie, Uncle Alan, Emily, Michael, Cioci Peach, Uncle Anthony, Chris, and Nicole-I am sending you all of my love.

Lou Ferrara

April 9, 2018

I had the great pleasure to meet Don in 1964. I also became Dons partner in ESU until he made rank,then became my supervisor in the ESU and then the detective division.. one day about 50 or so years ago Don came to me and said I am your new neighbor I bought the house across the street from you I said there goes the neighborhood he replied it went down hill when you moved in,I’m here to bring it back.
Don was very meticulous in anything he did one comes to mind we were doing a wallpaper job and ther e was a corner that had not come out perfect to his liking so he took the time to cut ou little pieces to fit .
I tried to get Donald to eat garlic,but he wouldn’t . He did get me to like London broil though. I have a lot of good memories from my time spent with Don.

Anthony (Tony) Ragazzo

April 9, 2018

To Don’s family,

Though Don and I hadn’t seen each other in many years, the relationship we had both on and off the Yonkers Police Department I will always cherish. Don was not only a true and respected professional every step as he ascended the ranks, but a true and loyal friend who stood by you no matter the situation . He was a good man, and I will will miss him dearly.

Rest In Peace, my friend,

Tony Ragazzo
Fort Lauderdale, FL

Michael Novotny

April 9, 2018

Don was a great man; a great cop and a great friend! He will be missed by me and all whose lives he touched. Condolences to Barbara and family. Rest in peace, my friend! Mike Novotny

New York Police & Fire Retiree Assoc. .

April 9, 2018

From the members of the New York Police & Fire Retirees Assoc.
Donald, May You "Rest in Peace"
To the Family,
We are all sorry for your loss.

George Rutledge

April 9, 2018

This is very sad. I feel very bad for Don's lovely wife Barbara. It's been a difficult time. I've known Don from right after my appointment in 1964. Back then Don was riding in the Emergency Truck and was also the PBA Vice President. He was a gentleman then, and was until the last time I saw him upon his retirement in 1998. An even tempered man who, I'm not sure I ever saw real angry. He seemed always in control and professional in appearance. Which, by the way, sounds a lot like what I've heard about his father, Ret Det Sgt Patrick Christopher. Reserved, I guess is a word that fit them both. But PC Don Christopher was indeed, a class act. RIP.