Friday, May 27, 2011

Donald A. MacFarquhar

Wellsville, NY - Donald A. MacFarquhar of East Pearl Street passed away on Thursday, May 26, 2011, at Jones Memorial Hospital. He was born on May 29, 1935 in Brooklyn to Murdoch and Catherine Black MacFarquhar and on June 15, 1957 in Pella, Iowa he married Doris Dockendorff who survives.

Don earned a Civil Engineering degree from Iowa State University, an MBA degree from the State University at Buffalo and was a licensed Professional Engineer. He moved to Wellsville in 1958 to work at the Air Preheater Corporation. In 1967, he became Director of Public works for the Village of Wellsville and held that position until his retirement in 1990. During his tenure as Public Works Director he was closely involved with the construction of the police and central fire stations, the wastewater treatment plant, the water treatment plant and water intake and the village garage. Don prepared and implemented the plan to combine the Public Works Department and the former Water and Light Department into one department at substantial cost savings and was deeply involved in the community's recovery from the "Agnes" floods of 1972.

Don was a US Army Veteran, serving from 1953 to 1955 and was a member of the American Legion post 702 in Wellsville. He was a past member, director and Officer of the Wellsville Country Club and a member of the First United Methodist Church. After retirement, he and Doris spent winters in Florida and traveled extensively in the United States and overseas. They also enjoyed working on the restoration of the David A. Howe Library Auditorium and on other projects at the library.

Survivors include: his wife, Doris, sons and daughters in law, Gary and Karen MacFarquhar of Evergreen, CO., and Kenneth and Susan MacFarquhar of Palm Beach Gardens, FL., grandsons Dylan, Zachary and Aidan of Palm Beach Gardens.

Friends are invited to call on Sunday, May 29, from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. Don's Funeral will be held on Monday at 11 am at the First United Methodist Church in Wellsville with Rev. Jerry Ward presiding. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery and memorials may be made to the David A. Howe Library or a charity of the donor's choice. To leave online condolences please visit


  1. Ken, I'm deeply sorry for your loss.

  2. Doris & Family
    We are sorry and saddeened by the your loss. We will cherish the memories we shared.
    Tom & Georgian Ortiz