Even in recent later years, when walking was difficult for him, Don would still come often to sit in his garden and enjoy the nature around him and talk to his fellow members. As his daughter wrote, "Although his body was giving out he was so positive and I loved speaking with him. His brain was a beautiful medley of thoughts and stories. He was also a great artist who loved painting images in oil paint from the garden. The garden and the gardeners inspired him."
Don is survived by his brother and sister, his daughter and son-in-law, his grand children as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews who will miss him. Don, a former Brooklynite, enjoyed taking the train to Coney island will be missed for his upbeat spirit and good cheer..
Don's daughter also said:
"Thank you for remembering Dad and for seeing his charm and beauty. He was special and unique. Please give his garden to somebody who loves the sun and tomatoes as much as he did."