Donald Collette

Donald F. Collette

Thursday, June 14th, 1945 - Friday, December 20th, 2019
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QUEENSBURY, NY – Donald F. Collette, 74 passed away peacefully at his home on December 20, 2019 surrounded by loved ones.
Born in Springfield, MA on June 14, 1945 he was the son of the late Theodore H. and Elizabeth E. Collette.
Don was a graduate of Hudson Falls High School and then attended Adirondack Community College.
Don married the love of his life, Marianne “Nan” LaHaise, on Aug. 20, 1966 at St. Alphonsus Church in Glens Falls. Don and Nan were active members of the West Glens Falls Emergency Squad and Empire Ambulance Service, rendering medical aid and comfort to many patients throughout their time in that calling. They also enjoyed time spent traveling around the country in their RV. They built lifelong friendships with the RVing community and would meet up with people at parks from all over the United States.
Don was a talented jack-of-all-trades, having become skilled in everything from automotive repair to plumbing, heating, electric and all levels of general carpentry. These skills allowed him to eventually become assistant superintendent of building and grounds for Queensbury Union Free School district where he retired after 18 years. He then moved to Nantucket with his wife Nan, a lover of the ocean, to work with his sons already on the island in carpentry. Don and Nan would spend the rest of their time together doing what they loved and welcoming family and friends to their home by the sea until Nan’s unexpected passing on Aug 18, 2009.
Don then left the island and returned to Queensbury to be closer to his family. Never one to rest, he would become once again invaluable to his family, maintaining their buildings and grounds as a caretaker of several rental properties. He took the concept of the “tiny house” and made it his own by renovating and building a unique compact space that contained all the comforts of home within a 250-square-foot space.
When he wasn’t working, Don loved to take his kayak out with friends and family on the Battenkill River. Paddling for hours on the peaceful waters. A beautiful day was always capped off with a smoke and the perfect Manhattan.

Don loved riding his motorcycle and would ultimately travel across country with his sons all the way to the Pacific Coast Highway. A trip he remembered fondly.
Don was most proud of his family - children, grandchildren and extended family. He leaves behind to remember the good times his son, Timothy Collette of Syracuse and his children, Caroline and Sullivan; his daughter, Elizabeth Tackett of Queensbury, her husband, William, and their children, Michael, Benjamin and Zachary; his son, Jaime Collette of Queensbury and his fiancé, Bobbi Nelson; and son, Seth Collette of Nantucket and his wife, Dianne and their children, Ryder, Aspen, Kinley and Piper. He also leaves behind siblings, Maryanne Bunker and husband Seth; Ted Collette and wife Barb, Elaine Winchell and husband Dana, Ken Collette and wife Laura; Tommy Collette and wife Jill as well as many beloved nieces, nephews, friends and acquaintances.
At his request, Don’s ashes will be mixed with Nan’s and scattered in their favorite places and interred beside his wife at their final resting place at Pine View Cemetery in Queensbury.
Calling Hours will be held on Friday December 27th from 11am-12:30pm at M.B. Kilmer Funeral Home, 82 Broadway Fort Edward. A celebration of life will be held immediately following.
The family would like to thank Lynn Keil, PA-C of Hudson Headwaters and the nurses from Hospice of Warren County for their loving care and assistance at the end of Don’s life.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, December 27th, 2019 | 11:00am - 12:30pm
    Friday, December 27th, 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm
    M. B. Kilmer Funeral Home- FE
    82 Broadway
    Fort Edward, NY 12828
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  • Service

    Friday, December 27th, 2019 | 12:30pm
    Friday, December 27th, 2019 12:30pm
    M. B. Kilmer Funeral Home- FE
    82 Broadway
    Fort Edward, NY 12828
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    Pine View Cemetery
    21 Quaker Road
    Queensbury, NY 12804
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Carolynn Babcock Page

Posted at 03:40pm
You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Carolynn Babcock Page

Lorna Weekes

Posted at 01:34pm
" I am standing on the seashore, a ship sails in the morning breeze and starts for the ocean.
It is an object of beauty and I stand watching it till at last it fades on the horizon.
It s gone. Gone where? Gone from my sight is all. It is still as large in the masts, hull, and spars as it was when I saw it. The diminished size and loss of sight is in me, not in it. And just at the moment when I think it is gone, there are others who are watching and taking up a Glad Shout... Here He Comes!!"

Dear Jamie, Seth, Becky and families,
My deepest sympathies to all of you with the loss of your father. I know in my heart he is now with your mother and only God knows what adventures and trouble they will be getting into! I still miss your mother very much. Your parents were tow wonderful people. God Bless them both!
Warm Regards,
Lorna Weekes
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Posted at 08:17pm
Wishing you peace and comfort,
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Heartfelt Sympathies Store

Posted at 09:39am
We will miss Don, our brother-in-law and uncle, and all around good guy. The LaHaises
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Rick Arlington

Posted at 05:54pm
Dons life was very impressive.... him and Nan enjoyed every day together and now they will be joined together with the Lord Jesus in Heaven..

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