Donald Monaco

Donald “Ducky” Monaco 77, passed away on Tuesday, November 17, 2020. He was born in Ballston Spa, NY on April 7, 1943 to Pasquale and Antoinette Monaco. He served in the US Navy for 3 years.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brothers Albert, Louis, Bernard and Harry Monaco, and his sisters Josephine Dufort, Kathryn D’Ambro, Theresa Monaco, Jenny Odorizzi and Sophie Wolfersheim.

Donald is survived by his longtime companion Kathryn Oppedisano; his brothers Anthony Monaco, James Monaco (Cecelia), Joseph Monaco, Pasquale Monaco (Verna) and Olivio Monaco; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Don loved his family and friends. He really enjoyed the many occasions with his large family and was a favorite uncle to many, many nieces and nephews. He always loved going house to house every Christmas Eve and Day to see the families and share the holiday with them. He was also a great friend to many, enjoying highly competitive rounds of golf and racquetball matches. He was a long time active member of the Ballston Spa County Club and later Brookhaven Golf Club.

Don was a three sport athlete at Ballston Spa High School, playing running back on the 1959 Championship Team. Following high school, he graduated from St. Lawrence University and was a football All American. Donald co-owned and operated Monaco’s V. I. in Ballston Spa as well as a painting business for many years.

Funeral services will be held 9:30am Saturday, November 21 at St. Mary’s Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Ballston Spa. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, November 20 from 4pm to 6pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Social distancing and facemasks will be required.

Memorial contributions in memory of Donald may be made to St. Mary’s Church or the charity of your choice.

Guest Book

Lew Gentiluomo

My sincere sympathy to all the Monaco family. I have fond memories of Ducky's days at the VI.

Stan D

Rest in Peace "Ducky". My condolences to the Monaco family.

Arlene Ida

Although I didn't know Donald well, I feel fortunate to count him as a friend. I have many pleasant memories of evenings sharing good food and lively conversation with Donald and Kate at local restaurants.
My sincere condolences to the Monaco family and Kate.
Rest in peace Donald.

The Haner Family

It has been a joy to have known Donald. We know this is a very painful and sorrowful time for Kate and the Monaco family.. We are all thinking of you, Kate, and empathizing with your sorrow.

Anthony and Kathy Salvato

So sorry to hear of Duck's passing. Many memories from Front St to the old Iron Spring. I will miss his smile and friendship. We send our prayers and love.

Barbara Hunter

Dear Kate and the entire Monaco family. My sincere condolences to you all. Ducky and I worked together at Quarters for a long time. He was a great guy, we had some fun times and he will be missed. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

John Caputo

Many great memories starting when we were kids, God bless you

Lou & Joyce Cook

I have known Ducky in high school, as a Bartender at Quarters (with the K-Mart crew) and the American Legion. He was a great human being. Our condolences to the Monaco family upon his loss to them. Rest in Peace Ducky.

Commander David McDonald, Post 234 American Legion

Donald “Ducky” Monaco was a long time valued member of the Henry Cornell American Legion Post 234 of Ballston Spa. We all called him Ducky and looked forward to his visits with us. When he walked in to our post bar on Pleasant Street, it was like an episode of the tv series “Cheers” Everyone would turn and yell “Hi Ducky!” He always had a smile on his face from ear to ear. Ducky loved his popcorn and would promptly get a fresh bowl before he sat down. We will all miss him and his positive attitude. RIP Donald.

Brian & Julie Monaco

Uncle Ducky will always be in our hearts. Great person always caring for others before himself.

Quinton Monaco

RIP Uncle Duck.

Marie Ahl

To the Monaco family, sending prayers and condolences to everyone. May he RIP

Mary & Jerry DeFilippo

Dear Kate and the entire Monaco Family,
Although Jerry and I can’t be there during this most difficult time, you are all in our thoughts and prayers. Uncle Duck was truly a compassionate, kind and friendly person. He always took exceptional tender care of his beloved family. Please, take faith in those precious memories and GOD BLESS.