Donald A. TuckerDonald A. Tucker of Trumbulls Corners passed away at Cayuga Medical Center on Thursday, May 6, 2010 at the age of 82.

Born in Enfield Center on March 5, 1928, Don was the son of Leon and Bernice (Conover) Tucker. He enjoyed tinkering with his doodlebugs (cut down cars), woodworking, snowmobiling, bird watching, and most activities that enabled him to be outdoors. Don was a member of Future Farmers of America and served his country in the US Naval Reserves as well as active duty aboard the USS Midway.

Don worked at the Ithaca Gun Company before embarking on a career as a grader operator for the Tompkins County and Newfield Highway Departments. He was well-regarded by the staff and fellow customers at Manos Diner in Ithaca, where Don had his own private stool at the end of the counter. Later in life as his eyesight deteriorated, Don moved from Trumbulls Corners to Longview and then to Lakeside Nursing Home (now Cayuga Ridge). His sisters extend heartfelt appreciation to Donís caregivers at both Longview and Lakeside for their warm concern and guidance.

In addition to his parents, Don was preceded in death by a sister Charlotte Ballard in 1998. He is survived by five sisters, Doris Willett of Endwell, Evelyn Volbrecht of Ithaca, Juanita Wojtanik of Newfield, Carole Stickler of Ithaca, and Shirley Boyd of Trumansburg and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family will be present to receive friends from 1-2 pm on Monday, May 10, 2010 at the Ness-Sibley Funeral Home, 23 South St., Trumansburg. Services will begin at 2:00 pm on Monday at the funeral home. Prayers of Committal will follow at the Grove Cemetery with a Military Honors Tribute performed by the US Navy and members of the Trumansburg American Legion Honors Detail.

The family asks those considering a contribution in Donís memory to kindly consider the Resident Council Fund C/O Cayuga Ridge, 1229 Trumansburg Rd, Ithaca, NY 14850, the American Diabetes Assn., 6390 Fly Road 2nd Floor, Syracuse, New York 13057 or a charity of the donorís preference.