Dr. Donald Nicholas Van Damia, 83, of Warren, Pennsylvania, died Monday, April 11, 2022.
Donald was born June 7, 1938 in Erie, Pennsylvania, the son of Guy and Helen (DiPlacido) Van Damia. He graduated from Academy High School and later attended Gannon College as a pre-med student. He received his medical degree from Saint Louis University School of Medicine, with the class of 1965. He completed his family medicine residency at Hamot Medical Center in Erie.
After residency, Donald was a military physician, serving as a medic for the U.S. Army from 1966 to 1968. He founded Millcreek Family Practice and was a beloved physician and caregiver in the Erie community for over 30 years. . He served one term as president of the Erie County Medical Society and served on numerous boards, including the Gannon-Hahnemann University Selection Committee, which he was particularly fond of. His love and dedication to medicine was driven by empathy and compassion.
Donald was an avid trumpeter throughout his life and shared his love of music with his children and grandchildren. He often said that music was the best medicine for the mind. He loved hunting, boating, fishing, golf, and the New York Yankees, but his greatest joy was his family. He raised five children in Millcreek with his wife of 45 years, Jeannette (Thompson) Van Damia, who died in 2004. He loved his time living on the Allegheny River after his retirement.
He then married Patricia Danielson, with whom he spent his retirement happily between Warren, PA and Dunedin, FL. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father and grandfather by his family, and as a noble man by all who knew him.
Besides his parents and his first wife, Jeanette (Thompson) Van Damia; he was predeceased by his brothers Anthony and Guy Van Damia.
He is survived by his wife Patricia (Danielson) Van Damia; his children, Michael (Halle) Van Damia, Susan (Carl) Lechner, Karen (Eric) Kish, Sharon (Damon) Prenovitz and Jeanine Kilgore; his stepchildren, Todd (Donna) Danielson, Troy (Jane) Danielson and Amy (Michael) Stimmell; as well as his sister, Mary Rohan, and his two brothers Nicholas (Beverly) Van Damia and David Van Damia. He is survived by 18 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call Burton Quinn Scott Cremation & Funeral Services Downtown, 602 W. 10th St. Erie on Friday, April 22, 2022 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and are invited to a prayer service there on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. followed by a funeral mass at St. George’s Catholic Church, 5145 Peach St at 10 a.m. Interment will be in Mary, Queen of Peace Cemetery.
Submissions can be made at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Pl., Memphis, mTN, 38105 or Erie Zoological Society, 423 W 38th St, Erie, PA 16508.
Condolences can be sent to www.BurtonQuinn Scott.com.