The Rev. Donald Foley, a longtime United Methodist minister in several churches throughout Western New York, died Tuesday in Absolut of Gasport Health Care Facility after a brief illness. He was 75.
Born in Cambridge, Ont., Mr. Foley was raised in Richmond Hill, Ont., and graduated in 1958 from Elim Bible Institute in Lima. He attended Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas and Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Mo., and earned bachelor of Bible theology and master of biblical studies degrees from International Seminary in Plymouth, Fla.
Mr. Foley was ordained a deacon in 1960, then served as minister of five-church parishes in Lewiston and Wayland, Steuben County, for the Missouri East Conference, Methodist Church.
Mr. Foley was the pastor for the Western New York Conference of the United Methodist Church beginning in 1970, overseeing churches in communities that included Belfast, Ashville, Sheridan, Medina, Victor, Wilson and Clymer.
He also served as the chaplain for the Rochester Friendly Home. After his retirement in 1995, he served as a part-time minister at churches in Lockport, Royalton, Gasport and Batavia.
Survivors include his wife, the former Audrey R. Huddle; a daughter, Janice M. McKinney; a son, Ian D.; five sisters, Dorothy Norris, Evelyn Lee, Grace Holtze, Barbara Hartung and Donalda Horst; and a brother, Dennis.
His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday in Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 75 East Ave., Lockport.