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Newcomb's Ray Donohue honored as oldest citizen at 95

NEWCOMB - Ray Donohue was born Nov. 3, 1915, graduated from Johnsburg Central School in 1935 and has lived on the same street - Marcy Lane - in Newcomb since 1963.

Donohue, at 95 years old, was honored by the town of Newcomb this year for being its oldest citizen. He was presented with a certificate of appreciation from supervisor George Canon on behalf of the town board and members of the Newcomb community.

"He epitomizes a true "Adirondacker," Canon said. "And we want to celebrate that."

Donohue was a foreman at the National Lead Mine in Tahawus for 35 and a half years. The mine officially closed in 1990 for economic reasons.

He also served as Democratic Committeeman for more than 20 years.

"Things were different in those days," Donohue said of the Newcomb he remembers.

Donohue has lived through both world wars, The Great Depression, 16 presidential administrations and the birth of four children.

He and his wife, Dorothy raised their four boys - Michael, Terrance, Bruce and John - in Newcomb and they all graduated from Newcomb Central School. Dorothy passed away in 2005.

The oldest citizen award is an occasional honor that the town bestows upon citizens who have contributed significantly to the community.

"He has seen a lot in his life that not many have seen," Canon said of Donohue. "He still sees a lot."

Canon and Donohue often reminisce of what Newcomb used to look like, how it operated and what it has become during his 95 years of life. Donohue is honored to accept the award.

"It makes me feel wonderful, but I don't need it," he said.

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