Don McCay


Donald Thorton McCay

April 14, 1941 - April 30, 2018


Donald Thorton McCay, 77, of Wooster, died peacefully while sitting in his chair on Monday, April 30, 2018 after an apparent heart attack. 

Don was April 18, 1941 in Wooster to the late Thorton and Roberta (Beavon) McCay and was a 1959 graduate of Waynedale High School where he excelled in Basketball.  He later graduated from Bluffton University in 1964 and received his Master’s Degree in Education from Akron University in 1968.  On Dec. 19, 1970 he married the former Sandra Tittle and she survives.  Don had been a guidance counselor at Dalton High School and later at the Wayne County Schools Career Center where he retired from after 30 years of service.   He attended the Wooster United Methodist Church and was a member of the NRA and the Wayne County Trap Shooters.  Don was an avid hunter and enjoyed trap shooting.

Surviving are his wife, Sandy; nieces and nephew; Bobbie (Steve) Combs of Burbank, Georgie (Jr.) Miller of Fredericksburg, Andrea (Steve) Pilottis of Chagrin Falls, Kristen Downey of West Point, NY and Vance Downey of Smithville and great-nieces and nephews as well as great-great-nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters, Ruth Mann and Betty Downey.

Services will be Saturday, May 5that 11:00 a.m. at Murray Funeral Home in Fredericksburg with Rev. Charles Tobias officiating.   Burial will be in Fredericksburg East Cemetery.  Friends may call one hour prior to services at the funeral home.  Tributes may be shared at  Memorial contributions may be made to the McCay Scholarship Fund, c/o Smithville High School, 480 E. Main St., Smithville, OH 44677 or to Bluffton University, 1 University Dr., Bluffton, OH 45817.

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Name: Denise Price DeBona

May you Rest In Peace.
Many years ago you were on my side in a very difficult situation. I appreciated your help and concern at that time.
I have never forgotten your kindness.
Thank you!
Prayers for your family.

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Name: Mark and Gail Kutz

Sandy and the McCay family, we are so sorry to hear of Don's passing. Don was our guidance counselor at Dalton, and I've also worked with Don the past few years with the McCay Relays and The McCay Memorial Scholarship at Smithville High School. Don was a wonderful and compassionate man. He always had a smile and encouraging words to share. He will be greatly missed in the Smithville Community. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Name: Rog and Pat Beery

Prayers and condolences to the family of Don McKay.  Don visited us frequently at the Village Market in Smithville over the years and was always kind, considerate and truly a compassionate person.  It was our privilege to have known him and served him.  May your memories sustain you in the days ahead.  Don touched many lives:)


Name: Gary Bonewitz

I worked with Don at the Carrier Center, always enjoy his laid-back attitude and sense of humbleness.
Don also got me in to Snowmobiling. Always had a good time with Don he will be missed.. 



Name: Angie Fath Gerber

My family met Mr. McCay when he was the guidance counselor at Dalton High School.  He helped our family through some tough times.  By the time I reached high school, Mr. McCay had moved on to be the guidance counselor at the WCSCC.  I attended the WCSCC in the Computer Operations program.  During the second half of my senior year he approached me several times about pursuing a college education.  At that time, students went to the Career Center as an alternative to college.  His persistent encouragement and confidence in my ability to succeed at the college level convinced me to apply.  My parents and I knew nothing about college admission process. He helped me schedule an ACT test date, make a college visit and apply for any scholarships that were still available.  I graduated with honors with two BS degrees from Malone University.  I would have never considered it without his influence and interest in my life not just as school counselor but as a mentor.  We have lost a good man.  I am sorry for your (and our) loss.


Name: Hal Fulton

I've known and worked with Don from his days at Dalton to the point of my retirement from the Career Center.  Don was a quiet and effective counselor and one of the best college counselors i ever worked with. 

Because of his efforts many young people have led better lives....he changed lives and helped to make them better...not many peple can say that.

Rest easy.
Hal Fulton


Name: Jeanette Soliday Robison

So sorry for your loss Sandy.  Have you in our thoughts and prayers.


Name: Fay Mann Meyer

I had the privilege of knowing Don for nearly 70 years.  We met when his "big" sister and my "big" brother started dating and later married.  We shared two nieces who dearly loved their Uncle Don. He was a caring, kind man, who touched the lives of so many.  The communities of Fredericksburg and Smithville have lost a very special man.  R.I.P. Don.







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