Donald Kalinowski
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Donald Kalinowski
  • February 18, 1947 - December 16, 2017
  • Cary, North Carolina

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Donald Kalinowski died December 16, 2017 after a yearlong battle with metastatic lung cancer. He was born in Rockville Centre, NY February 18, 1947, son of the late Chester and Ann (Hoban) Kalinowski.

Served in US Army from 1965-1969 in the army security agency during the Vietnam era, Stationed in Peshawar, Pakistan and "SINOP", Northern Turkey as E-5 non-morse intercept specialist monitoring Soviet missile activity.

Don and Kathleen Brown Paolillo were married July 3, 1979. They and their sons David, Chris, and Greg lived in Poughkeepsie, NY where Don was a Pilot for command airways (later American Eagle). Two daughters were born, Mariette Katharine in 1982 and Larissa Anne in 1985. The family moved to Cary, NC in 1991 when Eagle opened its Hub in RDU. They decided to remain in Cary while Don flew to different postings, which were Miami, FL, Chicago O'Hare, Boston Logan and New York LaGuardia. Don retired in 2007 as Senior Line Pilot. He entered a new career in Medical Manufacturing at Biogen Idec from 2010- 2013. He last worked as customer support representative for Progressive Industries in Apex, a manufacturer of Surge Protectors for RV's until his hospitalization in November. Don also enjoyed his part time job as an usher at the PNC Arena from 2010 until his hospitalization, GO CANES!

A lifelong Amateur Radio Operator Don NJ2E leaves behind many friends in both the Cary and Raleigh Amateur Radio Clubs.

Don and his beloved Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Nani, enjoyed their competitions in Dog Agility.

Don is predeceased by his parents and also waiting "across the Rainbow Bridge" are cats Fang, Sassy and Dandy and dogs Lovey, Ricky, Bear and Julie.

Donald is survived by his loving wife Kathleen, sons: David, Christopher and Gregory (April Pack), daughters: Mariette (Maxim Semyonov) and Larissa Velna (Harry Pennington), and grandsons Andrew and Jameson Velna. He also leaves behind a special daughter Teresa Lee.

A funeral service will be held Tuesday December 19, at 3:30 at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home 200 SE Maynard Rd., Cary, NC 27511. The family will receive from 2-3:30.

In lieu of flowers memorial donation may be made to AutismSociety-nc.org or to Paws4ever.org.