In loving memory of

Donald P. Bly
March 17, 1933 - April 5, 2021

With sadness, a golden heart stopped beating as we mourn the death of, Donald P. Bly, 88 years old, on April 5, 2021 and now safe in the arms of Jesus, His Lord and Savior. Predeceased and joined in eternity by beloved and devoted daughter, Catherine, and parents, William and Elizabeth (Orton) Bly, sister Betty (Romayne) Decker, brother John (Evelyn) Bly.

Survived by his devoted, beloved and best friend, wife Carol (Tschieder) of 64 years, married on November 10, 1956 on the Marine Corp Birthday. He was a devoted Father and much loved by Daughter, Suellen (Paul) Magnanti and Sons Gregory and Stephen (Wendy) Bly. Cherished Grandchildren, Walter (Nina) and Benjamin (Taylor); Nicholas (Kyle) and Michael; Shane (Rachel), Amanda (Evan) and Haley; Beth (Nick), Becky (Chris), Jennifer (Sev) and Sarah; seven Great Grandchildren Lily, John, Charlotte, Mabel, Nolan, Ruby, and Isla; brothers-in-laws John (Sue); Tom (Nancy) Tschieder; Pierro Riva; several loving nieces, nephews, and many dear friends.

Don's life story will be shared during his visitation at the funeral home, 1411 Vintage Lane (Between 390 & Long Pond Rd.), Friday, April 9th, 6-9 PM. His funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday, April 10th, 9 AM at St. Charles Borromeo Church, 3003 Dewey Ave., immediately followed by his burial in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.

Don began his career at Rochester Telephone Corp as a Frame man and after 33 years retired in 1988 as Special Services Manager where he played a strong role in the introduction of Fiber Optics. Upon his retirement he and Carol spent their winters in Myrtle Beach and Florida. They enjoyed extensive traveling in the US and Canada in their Motorhome. He was proud of his Irish ancestry and after retirement researched his family which included a trip to Ireland in 2015.

Don served his country proudly as a United States Marine during the Korean conflict. He was a member of and Past Commander of the American Legion #1709 Butler-Bevin Post prior to the present Dorsey Road American Legion Post #468.

After his love of God, His Family and Country were his most important things. His interest in history and genealogy was reflected in his library of books. Don and his wife Carol owned and operated the Stamp Studio during the 1980's, fulfilling a lifelong dream of his interest in stamp collecting. A devoted Dad, he served as GYAA President and Coach of T-Ball, Baseball and Bowling. He was an avid Golfer, Bowler and Softball Player and was a Master Model Shipbuilder most of his life. He especially enjoyed watching his Grandchildren's Sports and Musical talents.

Don was a 1951 Graduate of Aquinas Institute and of Holy Apostles Grammar School. He was a devout Catholic his whole life.

Don had unsurpassed honesty and integrity and a remarkable sense of humor with his quick Irish wit and loved to tell tales of the past which will be missed by many as he loved to laugh and bring happiness to others with his kind and generous heart.

He will live in our hearts and be missed forever. Donald fought the good fight, he finished the race, he kept the faith. May God hold, Donald, in the palm of His hand and in the hearts of all those who loved him so dearly. In honor of his daughter, Catherine, those wishing may contribute to Willow Domestic Violence Center, P.O. Box 39601, Rochester, NY 14604-9601 or charity of their choice.


Susan (Feeley) Christie wrote on Apr 15, 2021:

"Dear Carol and Family, I am sorry to read of Don\'s passing. That is a lovely remembrance video. May God Bless Don and your Family. Susan (Feeley) Christie"

Tom and Nancy wrote on Apr 12, 2021:

"Don\'s passing leaves both voids and yet good memories at the same time for so many people. Mostly I\'ll appreciate, admire and remember him for the unfailing love and care he gave my sister Carol and for the beautiful family he and Carol created. Don loved my sister Carol and his family deeply, made Nancy and I and our kids feel part of that family, helped me with my early working career, made us all laugh, whooped me relentlessly in ping pong, never failed to lift the spirits of me or anyone he was with, and was as well rounded in his interests as anyone could expect to be. He truly lived up the Marine moto he was so proud of- \"Semper Fi\". There is no doubt Don is now reaping the reward he so rightfully deserves. I expect we all have at least a small part of us made better by being a part of his life With appreciation and Sorrow, Tom Nancy Michael and Marla "

Wordene (Dene) Day wrote on Apr 10, 2021:

"Sue and family.. I?m so sorry for your loss. I know he will live in the hearts of you all May God bring you comfort and peace in the days ahead. Dene "

Ken & Pam Okolowicz wrote on Apr 9, 2021:

"Sue and family. Our sympathies for your loss. Don and his brother John were the pillars of the Rochester Telephone Company. Sincerely, Ken & Pam Okolowicz"

David Standinger Family wrote on Apr 8, 2021:

"Our heartfelt sympathies to the Bly Family"

Tansukh V. Ganatra wrote on Apr 8, 2021:

"My heartfelt sympathy to Carol and the rest of the family members. During my tenure at Rochester Telephone, Don used to report to me and pinch it for me when I was away from the offices. A true professional who always wanted to do the right job and support the team. He will be fondly remembered and sorely missed. Tansukh V. Ganatra, Charlotte, NC"

John Piarulli wrote on Apr 8, 2021:

"Carol, Don was a unique gentleman who influenced so many people in his lifetime. He will be missed and loved by everyone. To you, Sue, Greg and Stephen. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. God bless all of you. John Piarulli "

Lynn A. Sullivan wrote on Apr 7, 2021:

"Dear Mrs. Bly, Sue Ellen, Stephen and Greg, we were so sorry to hear of Mr. Bly\'s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Sincerely, Lynn (Buttino) Sullivan"

Carol Garvey wrote on Apr 7, 2021:

"Carol and family. So sorry for your loss. Don was such a kind man. Your are all in my thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time. "

Carol Garvey wrote on Apr 7, 2021:

"Carol and family. So sorry for your loss. Don was such a kind man. Your are all in my thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time. "

Debra Tandoi wrote on Apr 7, 2021:

"What a wonderful tribute to Uncle Don. Every word so very true. He was an Uncle with warmth, love, and integrity. Always smiling and positive. He made everyone feel special. I loved his love of God and his family. The beautiful relationship Uncle Don and Aunt Carol had was a great role model for all of us! He always loved those back rubs and having his hair combed. I am excited to be with him in heaven someday. Praise the Lord for giving us such an amazing man. He will be missed. Praying for the family during this time of loss. ????"