Donald R. Griswold, of Alfred

ALFRED-Donald R. Griswold, 78, of Glen Street, passed away Wednesday afternoon (Jan. 19, 2022) at Olean General Hospital.

Born in Hornell on Jan. 30, 1943, he was a son of the late Harold and Florence (Dougherty) Griswold. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by four brothers, infant Patrick Griswold, James (Ruth) Griswold, Robert (Genevieve) Griswold, and Paul Griswold; also two sisters, Elizabeth (Mike) Cipolla and Rosemary Argentieri.

A native and lifelong resident of the Hornell/Alfred area, Donny was a graduate of Hornell High School and attended Alfred State College. He proudly served his country with the U.S. Army from 1962 to his honorable discharge in 1964.

He was employed with the former Erie-Lackawanna Railroad before he began his employment with the former SKF Industries and eventually with Morrison-Knudsen (M-K) in Hornell. Donny was also employed part time at St. James Mercy Hospital in Hornell.

Throughout the years he was a communicant of St. Ann’s Church in Hornell and St. Brendan & St. Jude Parish in Almond and Alfred. He was also a former member of the Hornell Council No. 243, Knights of Columbus and the Hornell Moose Lodge No. 210 where he enjoyed attending dances.

Donny was a long time, die-hard fan of the NY Giants and NY Mets as well as Alfred University sports. He was the No. 1 fan of his great niece and nephew, Abbey and Austin at their sporting events at Alfred-Almond Central School. At one time he was an avid golfer and was extremely proud of his hole-in-one at Twin Hickory Golf Club in Hornell. Also, he participated in area fantasy football teams and was known occasionally to place a “bet or two” on the horses!

His loving surviving family includes one sister, Margaret “Peg” Griswold of Hornell; as well as many special nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews; also a special friend, Autumn McClain and his beloved cat, Ash.

There will be no public calling hours. Relatives and friends are invited to join his family at St. Ann’s Church, 31 Erie Ave., Hornell where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday (Jan. 26, 2022). Interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Town of Fremont.

The family would appreciate the courtesy of no flowers and suggest that masses be offered for the repose of his soul or contribute in his memory to St. Ann’s Church of Our Lady of the Valley Parish, 27 Erie Ave., Hornell, NY 14843. Envelopes for memorial contributions will be available at the church.

The Bishop-Johnson & DeSanto Funeral Home, 285 Main St., Hornell is honored to assist Donny’s family with the arrangements.

Online condolences or remembrances of Donny are welcome on the Facebook page of Bishop-Johnson & DeSanto Funeral Home or at