April, 22, 1926 - Nov. 27, 2016
Donald J. Barnett, a World War II veteran who served as sales and marketing director for the Buffalo Courier-Express employee, died Nov. 27 in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga, after a long illness. He was 90.
A 1944 graduate of Bennett High School, Mr. Barnett enlisted in the Marine Corps, serving through the end of World War II. After returning home, he studied at Canisius College, where he was goaltender on the school's inaugural team and earned a degree in 1950.
After graduating, he chose to work at the Buffalo Courier-Express instead of his family's roofing business, and became sales and advertising director.
After the closing of the Courier-Express, Mr. Barnett was employed by Greater Buffalo Press and Christ the King Seminary.
He also served as chairman of the annual Catholic Charities fundraising appeal, was a founding member of the Canisius College Hall of Fame and was a 2011 recipient of the LaSalle Medal - Canisius' highest honor.
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, the former Mary Janet Connelly; five sons, Timothy, Kevin, Thomas, Peter and John; two daughters, Maureen Betz and Mary Patricia Beck; 15 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Services were held Friday.