He was born June 10, 1922, in Pittsfield, Mass., to Edward D. Treanor Jr. and Evelyn W. Treanor. He graduated from Lenox School and following service as a Navy pilot during World War II, he returned to graduate from Union College in 1949. Don was married to Barbara Miller of Dalton, Mass., in May 1944.
He was preceded in death by his son, Richard, and his sister, Sallie Sweeney.
He is survived by: his wife of 68 years; a son, Edward; a daughter, Penny Bradley; a son-in-law, James Bradley; two daughters-in-law, Leslie and Pam; nine grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Don worked in electrical sales in the Southeast, and most customers became friends. He lived in Wilmington 23 years and upon retiring moved to Rabun County, where he was active in Clayton First United Methodist Church, Stephen Ministries, Wesley-Seekers Sunday school class and the men’s Thursday morning prayer group. He enjoyed sharing his love of hiking with various grandchildren on the Appalachian Trail each spring break. He and Barbara shared an interest in travel, especially with Friendship Force. Don loved dogs and he had a love affair with Sparkie, which lived next door.
Don never met a stranger and looked for the best in everyone he met. He recently celebrated his 90th birthday with over 50 family members and a few old friends.
Following cremation, there will be a memorial/celebration of Don’s life at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, at Clayton First United Methodist Church. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at Main Street Cemetery in Dalton, Mass.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Don’s memory may be made to Clayton First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 703, Clayton, GA; or to the charity of one’s choice.
Beck Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. An online guestbook is available at www.beckfuneralhome.com.
The Clayton Tribune, Aug. 30, 2012