|Former DG Donald "Ducky" McTigue Dies
|Posted on Aug 17 2009
|Former District Governor Donald J. "Ducky" McTigue passed away last week. He served as district governor in 1981-1982. John N. Billock of the Rotary Club of Cortland prepared the memorial that we have reprinted here, which captures nicely the spirit of Ducky.
|PDG Donald J. McTigue, better known to his friends and family as "Ducky," passed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 29, 2009 at his home in Youngstown.
He will be dearly missed by his wife of 56 years, Mary Lee (Taylor); his five children, Donald McTigue (Ann) of Columbus, Ohio; Christopher McTigue (Sharon) of Las Angles, California; Kathleen Forde (Tony) of Dever Colorado; Maureen Gasca of Canfiled, Ohio, and Michele McTigue (Jay) of California; and his 10 grandchildren.
Don was born March 18, 1931 in Youngstown to John E. and Mary C. (Billock) McTigue.
He attended St. Edward's Elementary School and Ursuline High School, graduating in 1949. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard, including during the Korean Conflict.
He was a licensed independent insurance agent from 1954 until his death. He began his professional career with C. Roy Taylor Insurance in Girard, until founding his own agency, Liberty Insurance. He also worked for more than 10 years as a railroad fireman with Conrail.
He was a member of the VFW and American Legion. He was an active volunteer with many charitable organizations, including Trumbull County Mobile Meals, Trumbull County March of Dimes, Mended Hearts and The Renal Network. He was also an active member of the Girard Chamber of Commerce and a Cub Scout leader.
Ducky; however, was most proud of his 53 years of membership in and work with Rotary International. He was the last surviving Charter Member of the Girard-Liberty Rotary Club and became a Rotarian when the Club was chartered in May of 1956. He later served as Club's President in 1966-67 and was noted for his active participation and support of both his Club and District projects. During this time he earned the respect of many NE Ohio Rotarians within then District 665 and was elected as the District Governor in 1981-82. He was admired by many Rotarians and was known for always making himself available to help with any Rotary project or activity, especially those that would aid needy individuals in his community, the district, and around the world. Ducky's life and work as a Rotarian truly exemplified Rotary's Motto of "Service Above Self" and The Rotary Four Way Test guided him in all aspects of his life. His presence amongst the members of his Club and all Rotarians, who had the pleasure of getting to know him, will be greatly missed.
In lieu of flowers, his wife Mary Lee and their 5 children requested that financial donations be made to the Holy Humility of Mary-Villa Marie Convent or the Girard-Liberty Rotary Club Poorest of the Poor Project, which provides clothing for needy families. To date, nearly $2,000 have been contributed in Ducky's name from Rotarians, friends and family, to the Poorest of the Poor Project, which collects used clothes and provides them to needy families in the Appalachian Mountain area.