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350 Genesee Street
AVON, NY 14414
Phone: 585-226-2340
Fax: 585-226-3484
Donald  Oppedisano

Donald Vincent Oppedisano

Thursday, December 26th, 1946 - Monday, April 5th, 2021
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Donald Vincent Oppedisano passed away suddenly of cardiac arrest in his home in Miami on April 5th. He was 74. He is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Sharon (Lamos); his children, Rich (Bethany) Oppedisano and Audrey (Hugo) Calero; grandchildren Emma, Jake, Maddy, Luna, Nico and Mia; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. Don was born on December 26, 1946 to Frank and Helen Oppedisano, the youngest of 5 children. His father immigrated from Italy in 1913 and served in the US Army in World War I. Don grew up in Honeoye Falls, playing little league baseball. Graduate and postgraduate work was done at SUNY Albany where he enjoyed working as a sports broadcaster. He taught US History at Rush-Henrietta and in Catskill, NY. Then he became a salesman of books to schools in the Rochester area. While at an educational training in 1975, he met a teacher who became the love of his life, Sharon Lamos. They were married on November 19, 1977 at Parkminster Presbyterian Church, and have two children, Richard, born in 1980 and Audrey in 1982.

Donald purchased Oppedisano’s Bootery from his brother Vinny in 1981. He specialized in customer service and knew everyone’s shoe size! The village of Honeoye Falls was graced with his kind smile and friendly demeanor. Don sold the shoe store in 2002. He finished his Yankees show room in his home, where he frequently entertained guests. He worked several other sales jobs until he moved to Miami in 2018. Selling shoes again for one year, Don finally retired in 2020 to spend more time with his grandchildren, who he deeply adored.

The world has never known a greater Yankees fan! An avid collector of Yankees memorabilia, Donald took great pleasure in obtaining autographs of many baseball legends, including Micky Mantle, Joe DiMaggio, Yogi Berra, and Don Mattingly. He constantly read baseball and US history books and was always up for a trivia challenge. Planning trips also excited Don. He travelled throughout the US, Canada, Mexico, Morocco, Mauritania, Turkey, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Israel, Greece, China, Vietnam, Great Britain, Netherlands, Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland, Russia, Kazakhstan, Dominican Rebuplic, Albania, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Slovenia and San Marino. Many of these were outreach trips through Elim Gospel Church.

Donald held a deep faith in Jesus Christ. His faith continued to grow as he read Scripture daily and knelt at his bedside with Sharon every morning. He followed the words of Isaiah: “Seek the Lord while he may be found, call upon him while he is near” (Isaiah 55:6). The collapse of the Honeoye Falls bridge in 1983 decimated business at the shoe store. Don faced a great darkness but found strength in the light of Christ. This pattern of trust in God caused him to increasingly grow in his love for others as well. After Billy Graham came to Rochester in 1988, a Bible study was formed in Don’s home which continues to meet weekly to this day. Don was known as a man of God. Many friends and relatives have asked him to deliver eulogies! He listened well and lived generously. Many felt genuinely cared for by Don.

Family and friends are invited to call 6-8pm Friday, April 16th and 10am on Saturday, April 17th at Elim Gospel Church in Lima, NY, followed by a funeral at noon. In lieu of flowers, donations may made to HilltopRanch.org, a home for adults with intellectual disabilities. Hilltop Ranch was very near to Don’s heart and he was planning on making further substantial donations to their incredible work.
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  • Visitation

    Friday, April 16th, 2021 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Friday, April 16th, 2021 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    Elim Gospel Church
    Address
    1679 Dalton Road
    LIMA, NY
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  • Second Visitation

    Saturday, April 17th, 2021 | 10:00am - 12:00pm
    When
    Saturday, April 17th, 2021 10:00am - 12:00pm
    Location
    Elim Gospel Church
    Address
    1679 Dalton Road
    LIMA, NY
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  • Service

    Saturday, April 17th, 2021 | 12:00pm
    When
    Saturday, April 17th, 2021 12:00pm
    Location
    Elim Gospel Church
    Address
    1679 Dalton Road
    LIMA, NY 14485
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  • Interment

    Location
    Honeoye Falls Cemetery
    Address
    N. Main Street
    HONEOYE FALLS, NY
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Elsa

Posted at 05:39pm
Donald and Sharon are the one of the very first people I met when my family moved to Honeoye Falls 20 years ago. I enjoyed Friday Fish Fry dinners in the warmer days sitting outside at the Cottage in Mendon among many other things. I have always enjoyed our conversations. A great person who really was excited about his family, the work he could for the Lord and for people. My heart goes out to Sharon and everyone in the family. The Lord has called home a servant.
DW

Donna White

Posted at 02:14pm
Dear Oppedisano Family, Our hearts and prayers go out to you all. I remember going to Oppedisano's Bootery with my mother, Jean Villa. We would make a special little day trip of it with Mom taking photos while visiting Don and family, often buying multiple pairs of new shoes and boots, going to Critic's Family Restaurant for lunch and then driving by my grandparents Eva and Leonard Marella's cottage in Canadice Heights. Don was always so warm and welcoming and kind to us. All the angels are sure to be properly fitted for new shoes now that Don is in Heaven. With love and sympathy, The entire Villa Family and Donna (daughter of Jean and Don Villa, granddaughter of aforementioned and Julia (Madama) and Chester Villa

Brent Rosiek

Posted at 01:16pm
So sorry to hear of your families loss. I have so many found memories of Don, always a brought a smile to my face when entering his shop.
JO

Johanna O'Brien

Posted at 12:07pm
Donny (what I called him) and I grew up in the same town, knew the same people and later shared many business transactions when he had the shoe store in Honeoye Falls. Yes he was great at trivia, going in to the store for a pair of shoes was always a much longer experience as we shared the local gossip on family and friends and as we also learned we had really good ability to remember experiences or events. While I was quite a few years older, he loved to see if he could 'one up me' on some local historical fact and we also enjoyed sharing our thoughts on life in general. When I shared info on a baseball themed restaurant/museum in the Hudson Valley he already knew about it and had been there. I am terribly saddened to hear of his passing, it would have been wonderful for his grandchildren to have known him longer because he would have shared such stories with them. He always had a smile on his face - my sincere condolence to all of his immediate and extended family members. Johanna Hally O'Brien, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
 

Rich Oppedisano Posted at 08:57am

Thank you for sharing these remembrances, Johanna. When I was young we would take "historical" family vacations. While my friends went to amusement parks and the beach, I would go to national parks, museums and baseball games. My dad knew where everything was and never got lost! I wouldn't trade those moments for anything in the world. Rich Oppedisano
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