Donald G. McNitt

Born: Wed., Dec. 9, 1931
Died: Sat., May 1, 2021


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Donald Gerald McNitt, 89, of Youngsville, PA and Flagler Beach, FL, joined his wife with the Lord on May 1, 2021.

The son of the late Howard and Isabelle McNitt, Don was born December 9, 1931 in Watts Flatts, NY and attended Panama School.  On November 3, 1951 Don married Wanda Marcella McNitt (Arnold) and they were married for 57 years until her passing in 2009.  They resided in Watts Flats, NY until they moved to Youngsville, PA in 1953.  

Don was full of life and loved to travel.  He made friends wherever he went.  In the 1950’s, he built and owned the Roll-O-Bowl Speedway with his brothers.  He also raced and performed stunts such as the Wall of Fire at the track.  This track was an early prelude to the many things Don did for his family as the speedway operation was his idea to earn money for his widowed grandmother at her property.  Don also owned and operated a garbage disposal business for a time. After Don and Wanda moved to Youngsville, PA, he became active in the community.  He was active volunteer with the Youngsville Fire Department for more than 25 years and is still an honorary member.  He also served as a councilman for the bureau of Youngsville and a member of the First United Methodist Church in Youngsville. He retired from Fitzgerald’s Trucking   where he spent many years as a truck driver and later in the dispatch office.  He also bowled on a league for many years.

Don was a snowbird after his retirement with a home in Flagler Beach, FL. He traveled between Florida and Pennsylvania twice a year, usually stopping to visit family and friends in between.  The casino trips with his friends were a huge source of enjoyment for him and morning coffee at McDonald’s with the gang.  Don never stopped helping his family out any way that he could.  The passion for his family that he showed in his early days continued his entire life.
Don’s surviving children are Barb (Jim) Bergman of Ashville, NY, Karen (Ed) Hile of Graham, NC and Suzette Hannah Reed of Westfield, NY.
Don has 8 grandchildren, Dawn (Brian) Maloy, Jim (Danielle) Bergman, Denise (Ryan) Salvi, Jessica (Sal) Kilday, Kacey McNitt, Josh (Ashley) Hile, Austin (Caitlyn) Hile, and Joey (Ann) Licht.  Also 15 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild.  Don has many cousins, nieces, nephews and a brother-in-law Earl (Mae) Arnold that he leaves behind but loved very much.

In addition to his parents, Don was preceded in death by his wife, Wanda in 2009.  Also 2 sons, Donald A. McNitt and Ronald McNitt and 2 Brothers, Howard McNitt, Jr. and Harry (Red) McNitt.
The family would like to thank the John & Orpha Blair Hospice Residence of Warren County and specifically, the nurses for their care and compassion.
Memorial donation may be made to Hospice of Warren County at www.hospiceofwarrencounty.org.
A memorial service will be held later this summer and a notice will be published.
The Nelson Funeral Home & Cremation Services, in Youngsville, have been entrusted with all arrangements. Condolences to the family may be made at www.nelsonfuneralhome.net.

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Dennis Lore
   Posted Mon May 03, 2021
To Barb, Karen, Suzette and family. I sure had a lot of fun and good times thru the years with Don, shared many laughs and will always treasure what a great friend he was. As you go thru this sad time be comforted with the many memories and experiences you shared together. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Rest in Peace Don.

Kay Gould
   Posted Tue May 04, 2021
Don was a great friend of my parents-Brad and Doris Rendell. I remember many wonderful visits. I am sorry for your loss He was a wonderful man

Bob Kellerman
   Posted Tue May 04, 2021
I would like to express my sympathy to all of Don's family. I have known Don since the late 50's when I used to go with him to Roll-O-Bowl speedway to help out as needed. As a kid, I spent time at Kenny Lind's service station where Don was also a fixture. I was not even old enough to drive, but I thought his 51 Oldsmobile was a sharp car and he even let me spend some time behind the wheel.
Don was a fun guy to be around. He enjoyed life and lived it fully. He can now join Wanda as well as Ronnie and Donnie. Rest it peace Don.

Dawne M Thomas
   Posted Tue May 04, 2021
Dear Barb and family, So sorry to hear that Don has passed away. He always had a smile for both myself and JD. So many stories of their trucking days at Fitzgerald's Trucking and how many times growing up did we play together. I'll bet Richards Restaurant will also miss his smiling face and stories. May he rest in peace and God be with you all during this hard time.
Sincerely, Dawne

Jayne Arnold Carrington
   Posted Wed May 05, 2021
Dear McNitt family so sorry to hear of Dons passing. He was a great family man.
He always had a smile and a warm hello. He lived life to the fullest and will be remembered fondly.

Sally Crocker& Betty Zochowski
   Posted Thu May 06, 2021
So sorry to hear about Mr. Don. It was always great to see him when he would visit Aspen Acres. Such a kind and friendly soul. Thoughts and prayers go out to all of you.

Nancy DeMauri
   Posted Thu May 06, 2021
I just learned today that Don is gone from us. He always made me feel good about myself whenever I ran into him (mostly at family reunions & lots of times in the grocery store in Youngsville, where I frequented for my job). Love you (think we’re 2nd cousins) Say Hi to my Mom & Dad, you’re all in Heaven ❤️

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