Don­ald G. Mil­li­gan, for­mer Cat­ta­rau­gus County leg­is­la­tor and elec­tion com­mis­sioner

The Buffalo News - - LOCAL NEWS - Aug. 19, 1937 – March 5, 2019 By Dale An­der­son NEWS STAFF RE­PORTER

Don­ald G. Mil­li­gan, of Cheek­towaga, a re­tired Gowanda busi­ness­man and for­mer Cat­ta­rau­gus County leg­is­la­tor and elec­tion com­mis­sioner, died March 5 in Mil­lard Fill­more Sub­ur­ban Hos­pi­tal, Amherst. He was 81.

Born in Gowanda, he grew up in Day­ton and was a 1955 grad­u­ate of Gowanda High School, where he was a mem­ber of the un­de­feated 1953 Sec­tion VI cham­pi­onship cross-coun­try track team.

He went on to earn a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in po­lit­i­cal sci­ence with a mi­nor in so­cial stud­ies ed­u­ca­tion from Fredonia State Teach­ers Col­lege, then served in the Navy aboard the de­stroyer USS Fiske.

Mr. Mil­li­gan was an elec­tri­cian for the for­mer Peter Cooper Corp. in Gowanda for 14 years. He also owned and oper­ated the Gowanda Wee Wash and Qual­ity Clean­ers in Gowanda.

A long­time Per­rys­burg res­i­dent, he was a Per­rys­burg Town Board mem­ber and served a term in the Cat­ta­rau­gus County Leg­is­la­ture from 1981 to 1983.

He was named the county’s Demo­cratic elec­tions com­mis­sioner in 1986 and held that post for 10 years. He also was Cat­ta­rau­gus County Demo­cratic chair­man from 1994 to 1996.

He was a five-gal­lon Amer­i­can Red Cross blood donor and was a Per­rys­burg Lit­tle League and Ju­nior base­ball coach.

He was a mem­ber of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Gowanda and a 50-year mem­ber of Gowanda Lodge 1382, Loyal Or­der of the Moose, where he served as a past gov­er­nor. He also was a mem­ber of the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion­ers As­so­ci­a­tion of the State of New York; Gowanda Post 409, Amer­i­can Le­gion; the Slove­nian Club; and the An­cient Or­der of Hiber­ni­ans in Sala­manca and South Buf­falo.

He was a long­time Buf­falo Bills sea­son ticket holder and was a mem­ber of the Tal­leywack­ers Su­per Fans. He also en­joyed golf and camp­ing. A fan of jazz and the Great Amer­i­can Song­book, he also loved to sing karaoke.

He was mar­ried in 1960 to the for­mer Joan Arm­brust, who also was an of­fi­cer in the Cat­ta­rau­gus County Demo­cratic Com­mit­tee and was chair­woman of the Al­le­gany State Park Com­mis­sion.

They moved to Cheek­towaga in 2003 and win­tered for many years in Boyn­ton Beach, Fla.

In the 1980s, he com­pleted three marathons and joined his high school coach, Bart Ross, in sev­eral Gas­par­illa runs in Tampa, Fla.

In Florida, he also played in the Palm Beach Se­nior Soft­ball League and was ac­tive in the Elks in Boca Raton and the Eagles in Lake Worth.

In ad­di­tion to his wife, sur­vivors in­clude two sons, Ti­mothy L. and Thomas J.; a daugh­ter, Mau­reen A.; a brother, Ken­neth; and five grand­chil­dren.

A Mass of Chris­tian Burial will be of­fered at 11 a.m. Satur­day in St. Joseph’s Church, Main Street and Erie Av­enue, Gowanda.

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