A Celebration of Life gathering in honor of Lt. Colonel Donald Prosser will be held on Saturday, April 14th, from 1-4 pm at the American Legion on rock Street in Alexandria Bay. A short prayer service will be said at 2 pm with Pastor Freddie Webb officiating.
Lt. Colonel Donald Prosser passed away November 15th at home in care of his wife, Marjorie.
Donald was born March 18, 1921 in Syracuse, the son of Elmer and Katherine Clickner Prosser. He attended St. Lawrence University and then joined the United States Air Force in 1941, becoming a pilot. He served his country in South Africa during WWII and retired from the military after 22 years.
Mr. Prosser owned and operated many businesses in the area including Prosser’s Bar and Grill, Gouverneur, the Dekalb Junction Hotel, and the St. James Hotel. He developed Bonnie Castle Yacht Basin along with Thomas Supply, Portland, Ontario. He also was involved with development of the Alaskan Pipeline and owned the Ogdensburg Airport at one time. He owned and operated the 1000 Islands Liquor Store for over 40 years.
Don was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Ducks Unlimited, and the National Rifle Association. He loved fishing, hunting and traveling.
Don married Marjorie Massey on January 2, 1996.
Surviving, besides his wife Marjorie, are his daughter, Cindy Ragognetti, California; two step daughters, Tamara (Jerry ) Umstead and Tara (David) Cortwright, both of Redwood, NY; his brother ,Bruce Prosser, Dekalb Junction, NY; grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his son Terry, a sister and two brothers.
Memorial contributions may be made in Don’s name to the Alexandria Bay Fire Department, Alexandria Bay American Legion, Ducks Unlimited, or River Hospital.
There will be no calling hours or funeral services. A “celebration of life” event will be planned at a time to be announced.