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Ronald David Damon

Ronald David Damon

Male 1931 - 2007  (75 years)

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  • Name Ronald David Damon  [1
    Born 16 Oct 1931  watertown new york Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 13 Jul 2007  Watertown, Jefferson, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I73613  stewartsny.com
    Last Modified 15 Sep 2021 

    Father Clifford Arthur Damon,   b. 10 Aug 1904, Watertown, Jefferson, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Feb 1978, Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Genevieve Barbara Farmer,   b. 11 Jan 1905, Watertown, Jefferson, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Dec 1975, Watertown, Jefferson, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 28 Jul 1923  Watertown, Jefferson, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Family ID F57324  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Helen Isabelle O'Hara,   b. 11 Mar 1931, Watertown, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 May 2004, Watertown, Jefferson, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Married 2 Jan 1949  Watertown, Jefferson, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
     1. David Arthur Damon,   b. 24 Jul 1949, Fort Lee, Petersburg, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 May 2001, San Francisco, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 51 years)  [natural]
     2. Mark O'Hara Damon,   b. 26 Oct 1956, Watertown, Jefferson, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Oct 1956, Watertown, Jefferson, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)  [natural]
     3. John C. Damon, Sr.
    Last Modified 15 Sep 2021 
    Family ID F57326  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • The Northern New York branch of the Damon family, are decendents of the Scituate, MA., Damons of 1628..John Damon, who immigrated with his sister Hannah, and Uncle William Gilson, on the Ship
      Fortune,to Plymouth Colony settlement at Sicuate, in 1628.(See the 780 page, hard cover book, "Damon Family of Scitguate MA, Genealogy, 2000..authored by Prof. Richard Damon (deceased) and D. Bradford Damon, (also deceased)published in 2002..that covers direct Damon line from 1575 tolate 1990's)
      Ronald Damon, This author of Northern NY Damons, was in contact with both Richard and Brad Damon many times over the years.I started this project in 1958..while Brad started in 1931.Brad was of the Scituate Line, while Dick was in the Reading line.
      Only 250 copies of this book were published by the Widow of Professor Damon, and the granddaughter of Brad Damon..and (in 2006) available at $45 a copy via Warren Forsythe, Box 1299, Ellenburg, WA 98926-1299. It is the most complete collection of Damon Genealogy for the Scituate line available.Other collections, including this one, should be considered an extention of this published works.The Northern NY Damons's shares the direct Northern NY Damonsback to John of Scituate,and it has been my goal to pick up on the family that moved into Jefferson/Lewis Counties of Northern NY about 1801, and try to follow the decendents from there to present, and the especially including all family and inlaws of decendents of Clifford Damon and Geneieve Farmer .. 5 generations as complete as possible and right up tocurrent date of 2006.The beginning of the NNY Damons started shortly after theRevolutionary War, when three Damon brothers, and their families , who were veterans of the Revolutionary War, and Minute Men with Capt. Clapps Company of minutement of Scituate, and answered the call of the battle of Lexington, moved onto Vermont..becoming some of the first white settlers there.
      They settled near Springfield, Vt., on a place now known as Parker Hill. They built and most stayedand are buried there.
      Others of the Damons,moved on to Chester and Springfield, MA., and others, including Noah and Dimmick Damon moved onto Northern New York to take advantage of the cheap, but fertile land that wasopening up to settlers.
      After stopping for a while in Turin, Lewis County, New York, and after Noah married Emily Seckner of Turin, they moved over the hill (Tug Hill), into Orwell, Oswego, County, NY.
      The Damons here, settled, some still being there well into the 1920's.James and Henry Damon, brothers and son of Noah Damon, who settled Orwell, moved up into Jefferson County, NY in the 1850's..each marrying.They were veterans of the Civil War.
      Henry Damon, the great grandfather of the author of this Damon Family record..had many children, who then moved into the towns of Henerson, Adams, with my grandfather John Damon into Watertown, NY, where my father, Clifford Damon was born in 1904.
      This search was started in 1958, and I have conferred with other Damon researchers, Brad Damon of Wilimgton Del.., now deceased, who had over12,000 Damon families as of1990, and then Prof. Richard Damon, of Amherst, MA..who has written two hard cover books on the Damon Families...(three branches..Damon of Reading, MA;, Damon of Wayland, MA., and Damon of Scituate MA.)He had completed the Reading and Wayland, and was in the process of doing Scituate, when he died.Brad Damon's works (Scituate Family) is on file with the New England Library, at Worchester, MA.I have copies of most of my records at the Library at Scituate, MA; Orwell, NY and Flower Library at Watertown,NY.
      My current records have been transmitted via this computer program to the World Geneology records.
      Like most of this kind of research,, it is never complete, and if the reader should see gaps and/or errors, I welcome his or her input to set things straight.
      Ronald D. Damon

      Watertown Daily Times (NY) - July 15, 2007Browse Issues
      A prayer service for retired city of Watertown Fire Chief Ronald D. Damon will be at 10:15 a.m. Tuesday at Reed & Benoit Funeral Home, followed by a funeral Mass at 11 a.m. at Holy Family Church with the Rev. Leo A. Wiley and deacon Edward Miller, Mr. Damon's brother-in-law, officiating. Burial will be in Brookside Cemetery.

      Mr. Damon, 75, of 998 LeRay St., Watertown, died Friday at the Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester. Calling hours will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

      Mr. Damon joined the city fire department Oct. 1, 1953, and was promoted to captain in 1969, battalion chief in 1976, deputy fire chief in 1979 and chief in December 1981, succeeding Ronald J. Bates. He resigned July 30, 1985.

      He received the Smokey Hayes award for valor and bravery in 1963 for his efforts in stopping a fire at Watertown Bowl while off duty. In April 1971, he and two other off-duty firefighters were credited with saving the life of a Copenhagen man who was injured in a one-car accident near Barnes Corners. In May 1986, he was cited by the City of Watertown for his many years of service to the fire department.

      In 1968, he founded Damon Tax Service, which grew to include payroll services and to year-round, full-time operation. He retired Jan. 1, 2004, from the business, which is now operated by his children.

      Born Oct. 16, 1931, in Watertown, son of Watertown Police Officer Clifford A. Damon and Genevieve Farmer Damon, he attended Sacred Heart School and Immaculate Heart Academy and graduated from Watertown High School.

      He married Helen O'Hara on Jan. 2, 1949, at Holy Family Church. Mrs. Damon, office manager of Damon Tax Service, died May 23, 2004.

      Mr. Damon served in the Army from 1949 to 1951 in Gen. Douglas A. MacArthur's headquarters in Tokyo, Japan. He extended his service in the Army Reserves until being honorably discharged as a staff sergeant.

      As fire chief, he is credited with establishing the first rescue truck and company in the city. He eliminated the old Gamewell street fire alarm boxes and telephone system and started the first police and fire dispatch system, which preceded the 911 system. Under his command, the first river rescue training and cross training of police and fire units were established.

      Mr. Damon was a life member of North Side Improvement League, serving as secretary of its board of directors for more than 20 years and as chairman of its bulletin committee for 35 years.

      He also was a life member of Barben-Jones Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1400, a 40-year member of Allen-Giles American Legion Post 588, Brownville, and a member of Watertown Eagles Aerie 782 and the Elks Lodge.

      Mr. Damon's writings, "Watertown Fire Department, 1900 to 1990," are on file at the Emma Flower Taylor Fire Station on South Massey Street. Also, copies of his extensive genealogy of the Damon family, dating to the 16th century, are on file at Flower Memorial Library, Orwell Town Library and Scituate, Mass., town clerk's office and library.

      Surviving are four sons and three daughters-in-law, Michael C. and Mary, Cooper City, Fla., John C. and Candace, Watertown, Christopher S. and Dawn, Brownville, and James R., Lima; a daughter and her husband, Trina and Jeffrey Narrow, Evans Mills; two sisters and their husbands, Lucille and Howard Rowe, Watertown, and Genevieve and Edward Miller, Evans Mills; two brothers, Richard, Watertown, and Clifford, Brownville; 11 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

      A son, David A., died May 9, 2000. Two brothers, Philip J. and Dale S., also died before him.

      Donations may be made to the American Heart Association or the American Diabetes Association.

  • Sources 
    1. [S2526] New York State, Marriage Index, 1881-1967, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Lehi, UT, USA; Date: 2017;), New York State Department of Health; Albany, NY, USA; New York State Marriage Index.