Village Mayor Tom Michael echoed many of McEneany's sentiments, noting the community has suffered a tremendous loss.
"From my own experience, I can remember being a little kid and Don Duso was always Winter Carnival," Michael said. "I saw him building the Ice Palace from before I started grade school; he was always part of the Winter Carnival. I knew him from the marina, and I got to know him better as mayor. He was always there to help out if I needed some advice; with 50-some years of experience, many of the issues you've faced have happened before. He always offered some reflection. He was always there to help somebody, and Saranac Lake will be hard pressed to replace someone like Don, and my thoughts and condolences go out to his family."