Donald Lathrop

Obituary of Donald L. Lathrop

Donald L. Lathrop


Chili - March 1, 2018. Don is survived by his wife of 63 years June Lathrop; children James (Shirley) Lath­rop & Dan Lathrop; grandchildren, Kristin (George) Millili, Kath­ryn Swanton, Michael (Ingrid) Swanton. For more information about Donald please visit


Don’s visitation will be Wednesday 2-5 PM at the Funeral Home, 1411 Vintage Lane (Between 390 & Long Pond Rd.). Services and burial private. In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to Chili Senior Center, 3235 Chili Ave., Rochester, NY 14624 in Don’s memory. Arrangements entrusted to Bartolomeo & Perotto Funeral Home, 1411 Vintage Lane, Rochester, NY 14626.\


Donald Leroy Lathrop was born and raised in downtown Rochester, New York. Growing up he loved mechanics and building things. This led him to his education at Edison School of Technology. Don loved baseball and played shortstop on his high school team. He wanted to be a New York Yankee. Don made it to Semi Pro Baseball, but he could never hit the curve ball.


He joined the Navy shortly after his graduation, which took him sailing around the world. While on leave in Toronto, Don met the love of his life, the former June Parker. She always told the story of meeting this young handsome sailor in his white uniform and they immediately fell in love. They married shortly after and Don enrolled in the Apprentice program at New College. He graduated and was offered a job by Rochester Products. After years of saving and scrimping, they were able to buy the only house they would ever live in. Don and June had two children and had many great family experiences.


Don was an avid sportsman. He bowled in the 1966 ABC Master’s Tournament held in Rochester. He also won many horseshoe tournaments in New York and in Canada following his career in bowling. Fishing was Don’s second love and he fished for every fresh water fish available. Every year he traveled to Canada for several weeks of fishing. Don loved catching muskellunge and would spend hours in his basement making special fishing lures.


His basement was a tool maker’s dream as he had every tool imaginable in its own place waiting for him. Don was a craftsman. He remodeled every room in his house himself and installed speakers in every room for his third love of music. Don loved Dixeland & Big band music, Sinatra, Goodman, Blues, etc… he built up a huge catalog of vinyl and live recording he made at Jazz clubs.


Don worked at the General Motors Plant in Rochester as a tool and die maker. He was in charge of the million-dollar machines upkeep and responsible for their custom repair needs. Don always said, “If you want me to fix it so it doesn’t break again, please give me the time to do it right.”  Don retired from Rochester Products after 30 years and then bought a truck and a camper and toured the entire country with his wife.


Don and June would later travel the U.S. and Canada, fishing and listening to as much live Jazz as they could find. Don and June were able to enjoy their travels for 20 years. Don’s number one love was his grandchildren, Kristin, Kathryn and Michael. They captured his heart in a way no one had before. There was nothing Don wouldn’t do for his grandchildren. Don and June always wanted to see them and couldn’t wait to see them upon returning form their long trips. Don died peacefully in his sleep on Thursday, March 1st, 2018. We will all miss him so much.

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