Darwin M. Damcott

Darwin M. Damcott

Darwin M. Damcott, 77, of Clymer, N.Y., passed away at home on Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022, after a courageous battle with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, with his loving family at his side.

Darwin was born June 18, 1944, in Jamestown, N.Y., son of Marion and Ruth (Godard) Damcott. Raised in Clymer, he was a graduate of Clymer Central School.

Following high school, Darwin attended and graduated from the Simmons School of Mortuary Science and Embalming in Syracuse. Soon after, he began his long distinguished career as a funeral director with the Spitzer Funeral Homes in Clymer and Sherman. The first 20 years assisting owner, Donald Spitzer, and then as owner of the funeral homes for over 20 years, retiring in 2006.

Darwin was dedicated to his profession and the families he was honored to serve. His philosophy of his work was “funerals have to be done right the first time, you can’t go back and do them again.” A kind and caring man, his infectious laugh was comforting to families and friends calling at the funeral home.

He was a longtime active member of the Clymer Hill Reformed Church, where he was a member of the Consistory and assisted with Sunday school by playing the piano. Darwin was active with numerous professional organizations and in the Clymer community including: The National Funeral Directors Association, New York State Funeral Directors Association, Chautauqua County Funeral Directors Association, and the Clymer Historical Society among others. He enjoyed spending winters in Bradenton, Fla., but was always ready to return home in the spring. He enjoyed taking senior bus trips with his Clymer friends. Darwin enjoyed wintering in Florida, he also liked spending time at the family camp in Panama upon his return from Florida. Darwin was active and supportive of his church, the Clymer community and his profession. Above all, he was most proud of and enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

Darwin is survived by: his wife of 45 years, Constance R. “Connie” (Patterson) Damcott; two sons: Kevin M. (Nichole) and Brian C. (Jennifer) Damcott, all of Clymer; seven grandchildren: Hannidy, Ellany, Emmary, and McKynleigh, Braden, Addison and Cayla; two sisters: Nancy (David) Lloyd of Ashville, and Carol (Duane) Peterson, of Busti, N.Y; also survived by nieces, nephews and cousins.

Besides his parents, Darwin is predeceased by his grandson, Aiden.

Visitation will be held Saturday 10 a.m.-noon at the Panama Baptist Church, 21 North St. Panama, N.Y., where a funeral service will follow at noon. Interment will be at the Holland Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in Darwin’s memory may be made to Panama Baptist Church, 21 North St. Panama, NY 14767 or the Clymer Hill Reformed Church, P.O. Box 122, Clymer, NY 14724 or the Clymer Vol. Fire Dept., P.O. Box 31, Clymer, NY 14724.

The Damcott family extends a special thanks to Dr. Kurt Lund and Terri Lynn and her team of caregivers for their loving support.

Arrangements by David J. Dengler, Spitzer Funeral Home.