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Donald W.

August 4, 1947 – October 29, 2018

Donald Blundell
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Obituary for Donald W. Blundell

The SUNY Buffalo State community mourns the loss of Donald W. Blundell, who passed away on Monday afternoon, October 29, 2018. Don served his entire career at SUNY Buffalo State as the Director of the Campbell Student Union. During this time, Don mentored countless students, both undergraduates and graduate students who wished to enter the field of Higher Education and Student Affairs. Don was pivotal in helping WBNY – Buffalo State’s student run radio station achieve their FM status. In addition to his commitment to WBNY, Don’s passion for Whispering Pines, Buffalo State’s College Camp which is completely owned and managed by the United Student’s Government is in part what keeps it running today. Don took a leave from his position to conceive of, design and oversee the construction of a permanent residence for the Camp Manager. He helped to create and served as the advisor to Whispering Pines Camp Board and Wilderness Adventures, two student groups that planned outdoor-based leadership trips and weekend management of the Camp. Don continued to maintain the extensive trail system on the Camp property that he helped refine in recent years up until his passing.

Don served as President of College Union and Campus Activities Professionals (CUCAP) for the SUNY System, and he held several leadership positions for Region 2 of the Association of College Unions – International (ACUI) Including Region 2 Chair. He also served as a board member of the Faculty Student Association Founders Board, an organization that provides funding primarily to student organizations at Buffalo State. A legend within the Campbell Student Union was that Don was the “underground advisor” to United Student’s Government during a time where student activism was frequent and common. Don epitomized the term “student-centeredness” before it became a researched topic in postsecondary education.

Don earned an A.S. degree in Wood Utilization Technology from SUNY Morrisville, A B.S. in Vocational Education from SUNY Buffalo State and an M. S. in Student Personnel Administration from SUNY Buffalo State. He had a passion for travel, and shared his ability to bring calm and love to the most challenging situations wherever he went. A foundation is being established in Don’s honor to provide funding assistance to underserved college students who wish to pursue endeavors that bring a message of peace and love to others. As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions in support of this new foundation can be sent to: https://alumni.buffalostate.edu/givenow and designate Department and then Higher Education Administration.

BLUNDELL, Donald W. of Hamburg, NY, October 29, 2018. Beloved husband of Kimberly A. Kline. Cherished father of Amy S. Blundell (Tom Rukavina), Elizabeth J. Blundell (Richard Mata), Dima C. Blundell and Doggy Dad to Jack. Loving grandpa of Elsa, Selina, Eleanor, Angelina, and Steven. Beloved brother of Thomas (Linda) Blundell, Beverly (Robert) Lindley, and James Blundell. Beloved uncle of Carrie, Tanya, Jeff, and Carly. Former husband of Nancy Brennan. Don was also a mentor to countless college students at SUNY Buffalo State. The family will be present to receive friends Friday from 3-8pm at the (Hamburg Chapel) JOHN J. KACZOR FUNERAL HOME, INC. 5453 Southwestern Blvd. where prayers will be said Saturday morning at 10:15 followed by a Funeral Service at 11:00 am at Trinity Episcopal Church, 261 E. Main Street, Hamburg 14075. Please share condolences at www.kaczorfunerals.com.

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First Visitation

When Friday, November 2nd, 2018 3:00pm - 8:00pm
Hamburg Funeral Home
5453 Southwestern Blvd.
Hamburg, NY 14075
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Service Information

Saturday, November 3rd, 2018 11:00am
Trinity Episcopal Church
261 E. Main St.
Hamburg, NY 14075