Fredericksburg, VA-Ilion Donald H. Fitch, 65, of Fredericksburg, VA, formerly of Ilion, passed away unexpectedly at home on February 17, 2015. Don was born on October 18, 1949 in Ilion; he was the son of the late Harry and Ethel (Woodard) Fitch. He was a 1967 graduate of Ilion Schools. On August 8, 1971 he married the former Rosa Faga at St. Anthony's Church in Herkimer. In the spring of 1968 Don joined the Army, serving in Vietnam in 1970 and 71. Don left the Army in 1976, having reached the rank of 1st Sgt. Following his service he was General Manager for many bowling lanes owned by Brunswick Lanes in Corning, Watertown, NY and Lowell, MA. Don then worked for the DOD at Griffiss AFB as the General Manger of the Bowling Alley and then transferred to the Traffic Management Office where he worked until the base closed in 1995; he then transferred to the Traffic Management Office in Quantico MCB in VA, where he retired in 2012. For many years Don was a member of the Ilion Volunteer Fire Dept., the Ilion Moose Lodge and the Ilion VFW. He was an avid golfer and bowler and enjoyed hunting, especially at his brother Bob's camp, where he had time with the boys. Don also enjoyed his yearly trek to the NASCAR race in Watkins Glenn with his family and friends. Don is survived by his wife Rosa; two daughters Michelle Fitch of Herkimer and Susan and her husband Jason Piaquadio of Rotterdam, NY; a son Brian and his wife Amy of Fredericksburg, VA; a beloved granddaughter Isabella Jewel Fitch of Fredericksburg; two brothers Bob and his wife Deb Fitch of Ilion and Larry and his wife Katharina of Newport, NY; a sister Betty Rende of Ilion; his mother in law Natalina Faga of Herkimer; sister in law Mary and her husband Rick Tyner of Germantown, MD; two brother in laws Joe and his wife Lina Faga of Naples Italy and Angelo and his wife MaryJane Faga of Nyskayuna, NY. He also leaves his lifelong friends Joe White, Sam DeRocco and Patty Moynihan; as well as several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews and many friends and his faithful companion Carolina Justice. He is predeceased by his parents, his father in law Agostino Faga and lifelong friend Dick Nichols. Funeral services for Don will be held on Monday February 23, 2015 at 7 pm with Deacon James Bower officiating, interment will be in the spring in the Cedarville Cemetery. Friends may call on Monday from 4 pm until the time of the funeral at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego St. in Ilion, and are asked to consider memorial donation to America's Greatest Heart Run and Walk, envelopes will be available at the funeral home. To send an online condolence please go to www.whiter-hendrix.com.