Donald Groff

Obituary of Donald I Groff

Donald I Groff, 84, of East Rochester, NY, passed suddenly on March 4, 2024. He is predeceased by his father Ralph Groff, mother Mary (Snell) Groff, and beloved son David Groff. Don is survived by his wife of 58 years Sandra J (Paget) Groff, son Kevin Groff (Becky), daughter-in-law Liz Getter-Groff, Grandchildren Alex Groff, Jillian Groff, Thomas Groff, and Celeste Groff, brother Gerald Groff, sisters Janet Weferlmann and Evelyn Thode, and numerous nieces, nephews, and other beloved family and friends. Don was born in Little Falls, NY and raised in St. Johnsville (Crum Creek), NY. He earned a Masters Degree in Education from SUNY Oswego. He was an Industrial Arts teacher in the Fairport School District for 33 years where he inspired the lives of many students. He would often see students that he had in school and sincerely loved hearing the stories of what they were doing today. Don enjoyed his model trains, woodworking, reading and especially sharing his time and his passions with family and friends. He was an incredibly kind, patient, and loving man that enjoyed helping others and was always teaching. He continued to enjoy learning as much as he could in retirement and always took an interest in other people’s hobbies. Don had a beautiful gift for touching people’s lives with his kindness, thoughtfulness, and love. He will be missed dearly by his family, friends, and many more. The family will be having a private ceremony to celebrate the life of Don. Donations in memory of Don can be made to Bethlehem Lutheran Church at 48 Perrin St., Fairport NY, or to a charity that you believe represents the relationship you had with Don.
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