Obituary of Donald George McGraw
Donald G. McGraw, 82
Donald G. McGraw, 82, of Basking Ridge, NJ, died at home on Aug. 20, 2020. Visitation is on Wednesday from 4 to 8 PM at The Dangler Funeral Home of West Orange, 340 Main Street, West Orange, NJ. Mass is on Thursday at 10:00 AM at St. Joseph’s Church, West Orange, NJ with private interment to follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, East Hanover.
Don was predeceased by his loving wife of 61 years, Juanita D. McGraw (Russo). Don is survived by his four daughters, Marie McGraw, Mary Schiffenhaus, Marlene and Aldo Caprio, and Michele and Ken Tutalo; his grandchildren, Jessica and Ken Modrow and Becky and Yosef Berman, Nicholas and Michael Caprio, Christopher and Cassandra Tutalo, his two great-grandchildren, Enzo and Brooke Tutalo. His sister Arline and Russell Oberst and his brother Dave McGraw.
Don was a Captain of the West Orange Fire Department for 25 years. A man who believed in leading by example, he gained the respect of his peers. As a direct result of his work ethic and the respect of his peers, he was selected to be the union representative for the West Orange Fire Department. In 1982 Captain McGraw received an official commendation for rescuing a woman form a burning building. After retiring from the fire department in 1987, he owned and operated Legaline Courier Service for over 30 years and was an Essex County Sheriff.
Don and Juanita grew up in Newark, NJ, across the street from each other, they were childhood sweethearts. Don enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served four years on the USS Forrestal. Upon his return, they were married and remained soulmates for more than 70 years.
Their marriage was an inspiration to many people, especially their children and grandchildren. Don devoted his life to the family he loved. He loved the beach, loved the pool and loved to vacation at the Jersey shore with his family. Learned from his years at the firehouse he made the world’s best garlic bread. He was a beloved husband, an amazing father, and a proud grandfather. He always supported his family’s dreams and goals and was so proud of their accomplishments. He will be tremendously missed by all those who loved him.
Please know that flowers will not be accepted. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the American Diabetes Association, and a memorial form is available at diabetes.org.
During the COVID 19 pandemic, all persons entering the Funeral Home will be required to wear a face mask or face covering throughout their stay. Likewise, all social distancing rules must be adhered to. Gathering together in groups should not happen. A continued flow throughout the facility will aid in keeping all of us safe, with everyone having an opportunity to pay their respects.