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Donald Edward ‘Don’ Gafner, 85, avid golfer and member of Pine Valley Country Club

Donald Edward ‘Don’ Gafner

WILMINGTON — Donald Edward “Don” Gafner, 85, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020. He was born in Rome, New York, the son of the late Charles and Ella (Kanwicher) Gafner.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Fred Gafner.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Patricia “Pat” Gafner; daughter, Karen Gafner; son and daughter-in-law, Don and Holly Gafner; and sister, Alice Cline of Erie, Pennsylvania.

Don was an avid golfer and member of the Pine Valley Country Club since 1974. “Big Don” never met a stranger and loved to talk. Don served in the National Guard and was a Mason for over 60 years. Don loved to hunt, and we all heard about it from October until November. He was known as the “Gafinater” by a very special friend.

Special thanks to all the loving staff at Spring Arbor, Liberty Hospice, Dr. Cynthia Honeycutt, Dr. Johnathon Staub and Dr. David Krabber for Don’s outstanding care.

A celebration of life service will be scheduled at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Shriners Hospitals for Children or Cancer Research Institute.

Share online condolences with the family at Andrews Mortuary & Crematory.

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