Donald Potter, of Canisteo

Donald Potter, of Canisteo

Canisteo, NY – Well known and respected Canisteo businessman, Donald B. Potter, 67, of 20 Elm Street, passed away peacefully on Sunday (April 6, 2014) at his home.

Born in Wellsville, October 14, 1946, the son of John and Mildred Herke Potter, he was a graduate of Scio Central School, Class of 1964 where he was a star athlete. He served his country as a member of the United States Air Force during the Viet Nam Era from 1964-1968.

From 1971 until 2009, Don owned and operated the Zenith Sales and Service in Canisteo. He was a member of the Canisteo American Legion Post, a former member of the Hornell Moose Lodge and the Hornell Lodge of Elks. Don coached the Grasshopper league , as well as little league and Babe Ruth League. He had served as fire commissioner for the Canisteo Fire Department, and as sports chairman for the Hornell Moose Lodge sports league. Don enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting and will be remembered as a good friend to many and a loving relative. His optimistic attitude was helpful to other veterans who were undergoing cancer treatment.

He was predeceased by his parents.

He is survived by his wife, Jean Broughton Potter to whom he was married on October 4, 1969, his daughter, Kristin (Roger) Leete of Rochester, and his son, Michael (Julie) Potter of Buffalo, his grandchildren, Alex Leete and John Potter, his sisters, Nancy Haberer of Wellsville, and Sheila (Robert) Linnecke of Scio, his brother, Gary (Sheila) Potter of Arcade, as well as several nieces and nephews.

To send a remembrance to the family or to light a candle in Don’s memory, please visit The family is being assisted by Gerald R. Brown, Director.

The family will be present to receive friends on Saturday from 6 PM until 8PM and on Sunday from Noon until 2:30 PM, at the Brown & Powers Funeral Home, 6 Spruce St., Canisteo. Funeral services will be held on Sunday at 2:30 PM following calling hours with Rev. Robert Morris officiating. Burial will be at Bath National Cemetery.

Friends may make memorial contributions to: The Canisteo Ambulance Corp, Main Street, Canisteo, NY 14823 or to : The Cancer Services Program of Steuben County (Please specify for travel vouchers) ,411 Canisteo Street, Hornell NY 14843.