2009-09-23 / Obituaries

Donald Michael Lefari, Esquire

Donald Michael Lefari died accidently on September 14, 2009, at his home in Garrison where he has lived since 2001.

Beloved husband of Julia Wellin Lefari, beloved father of Andrew Wellin, father of Cindi Lefari, Robyn Lefari, and Katherine Wellin, beloved friend and companion to Dodger and Cobber, his rescued Australian Shepherds, both certified Delta Society Therapy dogs.

Father, friend, counselor, advisor, and teacher to hundreds of people of all ages, nationalities, professions, and walks of life.

Donald was born on Februry 21, 1946. He was a recipient of the Pi Sigma Phi Award of the United States Merchant Marines in 1966. Donald received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from The City College of New York and a Juris Doctorate degree from Brooklyn Law School. He was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1970. He was admitted to practice in the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern District of New York, the Court of Appeals (2nd Circuit), and the U.S. Supreme Court.

A restless soul and stellar intellect, Donald practiced law and engaged in a multitude of business ventures in the course of his lifetime. He loved Garrison and Cold Spring and sought always to "give back." He stated often that he considered himself one of the luckiest men in the world to be a part of this community.

He was a proud member of the Garrison Volunteer Fire Department, a past president, and a Fire Police Captain. He was a member of the Garrison Ambulance Corps and a trustee of the Marcinek Trust Fund.

Donations in Donald's memory may be made to: Aussie Rescue and Placement Helpline, Inc., www. aussierescue.org; Delta Society, www.deltasociety. org; or Heifer International, www.heifer.org.

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