In Memory Of
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the UNFCU Foundation in his memory.
Donald N. Roe, 68, of Garden City, NY, died on the morning of Sunday, April 16, 2023 in the care of Good Shepherd Hospice following a long battle with cancer. In the end, his family and best friends were frequently by his side.
Don is survived by his wife, Carol A. Roe (née Garner), who has been his best friend and companion for fifty years. They were married for forty-four years and in that time traveled the world together, played countless hands of Rummy 500, and spent many hours with their feet in the sand at the beach, especially at their vacation home in Garden City Beach, South Carolina. He was a devoted father to his three children, Amie Roe Chadwick (son-in-law Damian Chadwick), Daniel Roe (daughter-in-law Stephanie Anderson), and Brian Roe, and a doting grandfather to Kayden Roe and Molly Chadwick. He also leaves behind his lifelong best friends, Peter and Irene Nalaskowski, with whom he shared many happy memories and who cared for him in his illness. He is survived by nieces and nephews, George Wilson, Matthew Wilson, Tricia Roe, Nathaniel Roe, James Garner, Andrew Garner, and Christopher Garner. He is pre-deceased by his parents, Nathaniel D. Roe and Loretta Roe (née Karwoska), his brother Nathaniel E. Roe, and his sister Karen Wilson (née Roe).
Don was born in Queens on August 11, 1954 and was raised in Maspeth, Queens. He was the Senior Vice President of Finance at the United Nations Federal Credit Union (UNFCU) as well as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the UNFCU Foundation, which supported projects such as the Kilimanjaro Initiative. He attended Holy Cross Elementary School in Maspeth, Queens, Aviation High School in Queens, and Pace University, from which he received his bachelors in accounting. He also served as the President of the Garden City Community Fund.
Don was a kind-hearted, easy going, playful man, famous for affectionately teasing and at times pranking those he loved the most. He was a fantastic planner, thoughtfully researching and plotting out every detail of the vacations he enjoyed with his wife, children, and best friends. Some of his favorite travel destinations included Ireland, Greece, Bora Bora, Japan, and Kenya.
In his youth, Don loved playing basketball, baseball, volleyball, and football. In his later years, he enjoyed playing softball and golf. His family lovingly indulged his habit of watching his favorite movies over and over again. Don could tend a mean fire for his family’s comfort, including in the fire pit in his backyard. He loved playing basketball with his grandson Kayden and cheering him on at his soccer and baseball games on weekends. He doted on his granddaughter Molly, who he indulged in many hours of silly conversation via FaceTime, no matter how he was feeling.