Obituary, Donald C. Callahan


Donald C. Callahan, 86, a lifelong resident of Dover Plains, NY, died peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Sunday, July 4, 2021 at Sharon Hospital in Sharon, CT. Mr. Callahan was a retired senior system analyst with I.B.M. in Poughkeepsie, NY, and a member of the I.B.M. Quarter Century Club.

Born on October 3, 1934 in Sharon, CT, he was the son of the late James and Loretta (Carey) Callahan. He was a graduate of Dover High School in Dover Plains. He proudly served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. On April 23, 1960, in Dover Plains, NY, he married Gloria Peretti who survives at home.

Mr. Callahan coached and managed softball teams for the Town of Dover for many years and was inducted into the Dutchess County Baseball Hall of Fame. He was a volunteer at the Center of Compassion in Dover Plains and a parishioner and usher at St. Charles Borromeo Church in Dover Plains. He was a loving father and Pop to his loving grandchildren.

In addition to his loving wife, he is survived by three loving daughters, Teri Robertshaw of Amsterdam, NY, Tina Anderson and her husband, Martin, of Dover Plains, NY and Tami Emerson and her husband, Jay, of Dover Plains, NY; a brother, Roger Callahan and a sister, Sarah Boyd, both of Dover Plains, NY. He is also survived by nine grandchildren, Brian, Adam, Andrew, and Eric Robertshaw; Aaron and Anna Anderson; Ryan Emerson and his wife, Courtney, Alexandra Emerson, and Lauren Kelly and her husband, Ethan. Mr. Callahan is also survived by three great-grandchildren.

Besides his parents, he was predeceased by six brothers, James, David, John, William, Robert, and Francis Callahan, and two sisters, Jean Flannery and Emma Proper.

Calling hours will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 7, 2021, at the Hufcut Funeral Home, 3159 Route 22, Dover Plains, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Thursday, July 8, 2021 at St. Charles Borromeo Church, 62 Mill St., Dover Plains, NY. Burial with military honors will follow at St. Charles Cemetery in Dover Plains. Memorial contributions may be made to the Center of Compassion, P.O. Box 665, Dover Plains, New York 12522. For direction or to send the family an online condolence, please visit

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Author: Harlem Valley News