Donald George Urban

Donald George Urban, 84, of Denver NC passed away on May 14, 2024. He was born on February 24, 1940 in Teaneck, NJ to the late Ernest and Dorothy Urban. Don graduated from Teaneck High School in 1958 and attended classes at Pace University in Westchester, NY in 1968.

Don proudly served in the United States Army National Guard at Fort Dix during a 12–18-month service.

Don worked hard throughout his life. In his youth he worked at the US Postal Service as a mail carrier. He then went onto working as a computer programmer at Berlex Laboratories Inc, and eventually retired from Bank of America as a computer programmer.

Don married the love of his life Marie (Locovare) Urban on September 11, 1965. They have two children, Elizabeth and Scott.

Don loved camping with his family in the Berkshires in Massachusetts. As a young man, he had his pilot license and would fly up to Massachusetts to visit his family. He enjoyed bowling and was secretary of his bowling league. He was a fan of Country and Blue Grass Music and could play the piano by ear, He was an amateur astronomer and often organized star parties in Massachusetts for the members of the Rockland Astronomy Club of Rockland County, NY. After moving to IL, Don became an avid cribbage player, both in local grass root clubs and at weekend tournaments. He would often travel to Reno, NV to participate in tournaments.

Don was a member of Cribbage Club 213 in Crystal Lake, IL from 2006 to 2018, winning the championship four times. He was also a member of clubs in Elgin, IL and Kenosha, WI. In that time, he visited six other clubs. He earned his Grass Roots Bronze Award in 2012 and Silver in 2019.

In tournament play, Don qualified for points in 165 events from 2006-2019, winning 11 of them and finishing second in 9 others. He earned his Master Award in 2012 and Grand Master Award in 2015. He was just 49 points shy of his Life Master Award.

Don moved to many places throughout his lifetime including Closter, NJ from 1967 to 2020, Marengo, IL from 2006 to 2020, and eventually settling in Denver, NC from 2020-2024 to be closer to his family. When moving to Denver, NC he discovered that there was no active cribbage club, so he worked hard and founded Tar Heel 443 Cribbage Club in Denver and won the championship three years ago. In his honor, the Denver, NC club has been renamed to Don Urban’s Tar Heel 443 Cribbage Club,

Left to cherish Don’s memory is his loving wife of 58 years Marie; children Elizabeth (Anthony) Montanaro of Woodstock, IL and Scott (Melinda) Urban of Denver, NC; grandchildren Frank Montanaro, Mitchell Montanaro, and Jessica Bennett; and brothers Richard, Kenneth, and Steven Urban.

A Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday June 8, 2024, at 11:00AM at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Denver, NC. The family will receive friends prior to the mass beginning at 10:00AM. Inurnment will take place at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Lincolnton NC.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Don’s memory may be made to the service dog training organization 4 Paws for Ability; 207 Dayton Ave Xenia, OH 45383 or through their donation link: Donation to 4 Paws for Ability

9 Responses to Donald George Urban

  1. Traci Hinds May 31, 2024 at 6:55 am #

    So sorry for your loss. My condolences to you and the your whole family. 😘

  2. The Tulli Family May 31, 2024 at 7:02 am #

    We are so sorry to hear of the passing of your Dad. Hold onto those memories…laugh, cry, remember. He will always be a part of you. May Dad fly with the dragonflies and forever gaze at his stars. Sending hugs to all of you.

  3. Singh May 31, 2024 at 8:16 am #

    Condolences from Singh Family 🌺🙏🏻. We love and miss you guys

  4. Carmen Gardner May 31, 2024 at 9:19 am #

    My deepest condolences to the entire Urban and Montanaro family on the passing of your dad Don. May he rest in peace.

  5. Sandra Smith June 1, 2024 at 7:26 pm #

    My thoughts and prayers are with Don’s family and friends. As you celebrate your lives with Don, may your memories remain in your heart for the rest of your life. RIP Don.

  6. Sue Stefan June 2, 2024 at 2:22 pm #

    Sending my sympathy and prayers to all who loved Don. What a beautiful life he lived! May God’s abundant peace and comfort be with you.

  7. Lisa Timberlake June 4, 2024 at 9:09 am #

    What a wonderful man. What a wonderful life. You all will miss him. My condolences.

  8. Kevin, Ann & Family June 9, 2024 at 1:30 pm #

    Our deepest condolences, we love you all so much. May God give each of you the comfort and strength needed during this time of grief. Matthew 5:4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”

  9. Frank Bifulco June 12, 2024 at 11:09 am #

    I was brought into the Rockland Astronomy Club in part through the efforts of Don. Lots of good memories of the Summer Star Party and other RAC events in the late-1990’s and early-2000’s before he moved to Illinois. Don helped set the stage for the growth RAC experienced in later years.

    My condolences to his family and friends.

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