Donald “Don” Taylor Heywood, 88, recently of Liverpool N.Y., passed away Monday, Sept. 5, 2022.
He was born Jan. 1, 1934. Although his mother, Ella (Tweed Smith) arrived first to the hospital, he was the second birth in Boston that year. Being second runner up during the heart of the Great Depression garnered $5, not a full first year of formula, diapers and cloths as bestowed upon the first Boston baby. New Year’s always after rang in with a call from his mother, reminding him of his second place finish. And so the Heywood humor began.
Following a brief illness, he was reunited with his beloved wife of 67 years, Beatrice (nee’ Bolles), who he first met on the school playground in first grade. He was predeceased by his parents, Walter and Ella; his brother, Richard; and children, Lynne Heywood, Judith (Buttaro) and Christopher Heywood.
He is survived by daughter, Nancy Heywood (Liverpool, N.Y.); son, Neil Heywood (Stevens Point, Wis.) and son, Mark Buttaro (Litchfield, N.H.); and by grandchildren, Joseph, Daniel and Madeline (Manheim) Turco; David, Peter and Matthew But-taro and Katelyn Heywood; and great-grandchildren, Keegan, Lucas and Charles.
He graduated from Choate Academy (1952) and then Lehigh University (1956), where he had pledged to the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. He then pursued a 40 year career as the corporate sales representative renowned for sharing his laconic wit and wisdom.
He led all he knew with strength, resolve and calm stability. Always open to other’s ideas and opinion, he laughed unabashedly with us and was our lightning rod for antics and frivolity. The highest honor he bestowed upon anyone was his friendship. The moniker “friend” ran not just for some few days, but to most for over seven decades. A lifetime.
He was a passionate supporter of the arts, education, music and athletics (especially the Brooklyn Dodgers, Lehigh Engineers and Detroit Lions). As an avid and excellent golfer, he shared that passion with his wife (to the point of once them each making an Eagle on the same day!) as members of Hop Meadow and Glenn Cannon country clubs. While playing rounds from Pebble Beach, Calif. to Pine Island N.C., they were always inseparable.
“With your final westward journey, know that we honor, admire, love and beyond all else are proud to call you, “Dad.”
Private family services will be held at a later date. Farone & Son Inc. Funeral Home has arrangements.
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