Donald W. Savage


Donald (Doc) W. Savage, 92, passed peacefully
with his family at his side on November 23, 2021.
Born in Albany, N.Y. in 1929, he was the son of the
late Donald and Frances (McCoy) Savage. He was
raised in Johnstown and was a graduate of Johnstown
High School. He received recognition as a
star athlete, a four-year letter winner in three different
He enlisted in the US Navy in 1948 and served
until 1950. Upon discharge, he was offered the opportunity
to try out with the Brooklyn Dodgers, but
was called back to serve in the Korean War until
discharge in 1953. While stationed in Hawaii, he met
Blanche Harbison, a Navy WAVE. They married
in 1952, and after discharge in 1953, returned to the
Capital District where they remained until Donald’s
retirement in 1987.
He was employed by Niagara Mohawk for 34 years,
retiring as a line supervisor. He was a dedicated, loving
father that worked tirelessly to provide for his
eight children. Upon retiring, they moved to Rotonda
West, FL, where they remained until Blanche’s
passing in 1999. During this time, they enjoyed traveling
in their RV, visiting family and friends alike,
as well as helping their children and grandchildren
along the way with their many projects. He was a
devout Catholic and past member of the Knights of
In 2001, Donald reconnected with Joan Frasier,
a former high school friend, and in July 2002 they
were married. Considered snowbirds, they spent
winters in Dania Beach, FL and returned to Johnstown,
NY during the warmer months.
He is survived by his wife of 19 years, Joan M. Savage
of Johnstown. He was the devoted
father of Katherine (John) Hale of Melrose,
Charles (Lynn) Savage of Liverpool, Stephen
(Joann) Savage of Ballston Lake, Victor (Lisa) Savage
of Colonie, Peter Savage of Blountville, TN, Michael
(Ina Fales, fiancee) Savage of Bradenton, FL,
Richard (Gina) Savage of Colonie and Donna (Rodney)
Kinkaid of Ballston Lake. Also, survived by his
brother, William (Joanne) Savage of Hendersonville,
NC. He was a loving grandfather to 19 grandchildren,
11 great-grandchildren (a 12th due May) and 1
great-great grandchild. He was preceded in death by
his wife of 47 years, Blanche, his sister, Jean Kentris,
and grandson, Eric Savage.
Funeral services will be Wednesday at 11:30 a.m.
at All Saints on the Hudson Church, 121 North Main
St., Mechanicville. Interment will follow in Our
Lady of Angels Cemetery, Colonie.
Relatives and friends may visit at the Philip J.
Brendese Funeral Home, 133 Broad St., (Rte. 32,) Waterford
on Tuesday from 4-7 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the
NYOH Community Cancer Foundation, 449 Rt. 146,
Suite 101, Clifton Park, NY 12065.
To express your sympathy or share a treasured
memory, visit:
133 Broad St., Waterford, NY 12188

By Leader-Herald

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