The Toll of Time


John Martin Jr (1938-2022)

Binghamton-John Martin Jr, 87, of Binghamton, New York died April 7, 2022. John spent many years in Arlington, Virginia managing and owning numerous catering businesses. He retired to Binghamton where he operated a catering business, enjoyed golf, and spent much time throwing horseshoes. He was inducted into the Tri County Hall of Fame in 2005. John was an avid animal lover and was "Uncle John" to a beautiful Bernese Mountain dog "Elsa".

John is survived by his loving wife of sixty-six years Nancy and his son Kevin Martin. At John's request, there will be no visitation.

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William (Bill) Day (1953-2022)

ANDES - Bill Day passed away on Jan. 26, 2022, fol[1]lowing a short illness with his loving family by his side. He was born May 9, 1953, in Arena, to Hilson Day and Rosalind McMannis Bark[1]man. Bill was united in marriage to Laurie Stratton on June 7, 2008. He is survived by his loving wife, Laurie and their children, Beth Day of Missoula, Montana, Roxanne Day and Lewis Rimmer of Little Falls, Forrest Day and Julie Nelson of Andes, Christine Day and Tim Baker of Ilion, Ryan And Mary Little of Jefferson, Elizabeth Little and Ryan Abbate of Andes, and Russell Spatafora of Andes. He is also survived by grandchildren, John, Adam and Levi Smith, Kristin, Joe and Mike Baker and Brittney Sutton, An[1]drew Day, Jorden Komosinski, Taylor Day, Cameron and Maverick Taylor, and Maryn and Lachlan Little. Also surviving are eight great-grandchildren, with baby Taylor on the way; and two furry friends, Bandit and Maisie. Bill was predeceased by his son, Jake Day of Andes. Besides the love for his family, Bill enjoyed hunting, fishing, horseshoes, darts, pool, snowmobiling and organizing events. Bill took great pride hanging flowers, flags, military banners and snowflakes throughout the hamlet of Andes for the Stars and Stripes Beautification Project. Bill organized and served as president of the Central Catskills Trail Association for the past 20 years. He developed some of the first NYS trails in the Delaware County area and he coached the boys JV basketball team at Andes Central School from 2000 to 2003. Before moving to Andes, Bill lived in Stratford where he took on the position of president of the Stratford Fish and Game Club. He devoted much of his free time and weekends to planning events to raise money to stock the area streams. Today, many still enjoy fishing those streams thanks to all of Bill's efforts. Bill also started his roofing and home improvement business during this time which he managed for more than 40 years. Many of you knew him as the first person to welcome you when visiting Andes for the first time and for his in[1]famous Christmas parties at the Barn. And, of course, his many "Billisms" that we knew him so well for. Bill was always there to offer help to others. He will be greatly missed. At Bill's request, there will be no services. He preferred to be remembered for all the good times with a party. The family has planned a celebration of life from 1 to 5 p.m., Feb. 12, at Dolgeville Rod and Gun Club, 697 Peckville Road, Dolgeville. There will be food, beverages and music by his favorite band, The Round[1]house Rockers, playing some of his favorite tunes. This summer, a celebration of Bill's life will be held at the Andes Hotel on a date to be determined.

Dean R. Rogers (1930-2022)

Dean R. Rogers Age 91, formerly of Delevan, NY, passed away on January 12, 2022. There will be no prior visitation. A private service will be held at the convenience of the family. Memorials may be made to the American Legion Post #1460, P.O. Box 274, Machias, NY 14101.

Albert “Zeke” Montroy (1936-2021)

A Funeral Mass for Albert “Zeke” J. Montroy, age 85 of Ogdensburg, will be held at 2:00pm on Monday (March 1, 2021) at St. Mary’s Cathedral with Rev. Joseph Morgan officiating. Entombment will follow at Foxwood Memorial Park.


Calling hours will be held also on Monday from 11:00am to 1:30pm at the Fox & Murray Funeral Home. Mr. Montroy passed away unexpectedly at his home on Wednesday February 24, 2021.


Surviving is his wife Pat; two sons Daniel (Jacqueline) Montroy of New York City and Gary Montroy of Phoenix, AZ; a daughter Patty Pothier of Ogdensburg; grandchildren Janelle Pothier, Gaetan Pothier, Dylan Montroy, Crystal Montroy and Justin Montroy; several great-grandchildren; a brother Leonard (Bernice) Montroy of Ogdensburg; a sister Mary Beard of Ogdensburg and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and special friends.


Zeke was born on February 19, 1936 in Ogdensburg NY, a son of the late Albert & Elizabeth (Perkins) Montroy. He attended St. Mary’s Academy, and later graduated from Ogdensburg Free Academy. He married Patricia Gallup on May 17, 1958 at the Our Lady of Sacred Heart Church in Watertown. He was a loving husband for 62 years, a devoted father, grandfather and friend to many who will be dearly missed.


During his career he was employed on the St. Lawrence Seaway, Diamond National and later as a Postal Carrier in Ogdensburg where he was shop steward until his retirement in 1996. In the years since he had begun a second career as an electrician with his good friend Sam Rapin.

Zeke was an avid sportsman that enjoyed playing basketball, volleyball, softball, watching NASCAR and attending his grandchildren’s sporting events


He was recognized for his unwavering talents bowling when he won numerous titles and championships; and throwing horseshoes where he was inducted into the Horseshoe Hall of Fame and held the title of 3rd in the world. He was instrumental in the conception and construction of the Greenbelt Horseshoe League here in Ogdensburg and was a Pittsburgh Steelers football and NY Mets baseball fan. For many years he was a member of the Cranberry lake Fish and Game Club with his father Albert.


Memorial contributions can be made to St. Mary’s Cathedral Parish, 415 Hamilton Street, Ogdensburg, NY 13669. Condolences and fond memories can also be shared at


Rowland Rupp September 8, 2020 of Snyder, New York

Barbara A. Gabel (1939-2020)

Conklin - Barbara A. Gabel passed away on Monday, January 13, 2020 after a brief illness. She was predeceased by her husband James Gabel. She is survived by her daughter Sydney Gabel and son-in-law Jeff Raichlin; sister Nancy Ryan; brother Haydn (Lynn) Purkiss; several nieces and nephews. Barbara was a longtime bowler, a member of the B-JC-E Hall of Fame; was active in the Broome County Senior Games; and was a member of the Women of the Moose (Club). The family wishes to thank Dr. Jane Simpson and Mercy House of the Southern Tier for their kindness and compassion. A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, January 26, 2020 from 2pm until 4pm at the Moose Club #1013, 224 Henry St, Binghamton. Memorial contributions can be made to Mercy House of the Southern Tier, 212 McKinley Ave, Endicott, NY in Barbara's memory.


Raymond “Ray” Hall

Ray passed away this afternoon Sunday, October 13th, as soon as obituary is available I will post details.

Bob Moss Sr (1926-2019)

Robert was born on November 19, 1926 and passed away on Sunday, May 5, 2019. Robert was a resident of Walton, New York at the time of passing. Bob was educated in Sidney and graduated from Sidney High School in 1946. The family will receive friends from 11:00AM to 1:00PM on Monday, May 13, 2019 at the Courtney Funeral Home, 25 Townsend St, Walton, NY. Memorial service will immediately follow with internment at Walton Cemetery, 55 Fancher Ave, Walton, NY. Memorial donations in Robert's memory may be made to Catskill Area Hospice, 297 River St. Service Road, Suite 1, Oneonta, NY 13820.


David Mattison (1960-2018)

BATH-  David B. Mattison, 57, passed away on Thursday August 9, 2018 at his home.  He was born in Bath, NY on December 9, 1960 the son of the late L. Bruce Mattison and Alice Silliman Mattison.  He received an Associates Degree from Alfred State College.  David worked at Ira Davenport Hospital for 18 years as a Medical Technician.  David married Spring Vanderbush on October 6, 2001.

He loved playing Horseshoes and won the State Championship. He was very proud of his garden and yard.
He was predeceased by his parents, a sister Kathleen and brother-in-law Michael Smith.
He is survived by his loving wife Spring Mattison of Wayne, NY., sisters Cheryl (Charles) Soles of Alexander, Lorraine (Daniel) Levesque of Bath, NY., Penny Smith of Bath, NY., and several nieces and nephews.

His request was to have no services.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made in David's memory to the Finger Lakes SPCA 72 Cameron Street Bath, New York 14810 or
Arrangements are being handled by Bond-Davis Funeral Home of Bath.


James Gee (1935-2018)

WHITESVILLE - James E. Gee, 82, of 905 Wildman Avenue passed away at home Thursday, May 31, 2018 following a brief illness. He was born September 3, 1935 in Wellsville the son of the late Douglas J. and Beatrice (Greenan) Gee. On May 20, 1961 in Whitesville, he married Marian Hallett who survives. Jim graduated from the Immaculate Conception School and was a 1954 graduate of Wellsville High School. He served with the U.S. Navy from 1954 to 1958. He earned a degree in Diesel Mechanics from Penn Tech in Williamsport, PA. He was employed as an industrial electrician at Dresser-Rand Corporation in Wellsville for 33 years, retiring in 1998. He loved stock car racing and pitching horseshoes. He was a  member of the National Horseshoe Pitching Association, a former member of the Whitesville Central School Board of Education, and the St. John of the Cross Church Parish Council in Whitesville.

Surviving in addition to his wife are three children, Eugene L. (Kim) Gee of Mooresville, IN. Mary K. Gee of Wellsville, and Alicia A. (Dan Steadman) Gee of Whitesville, 11 grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, three brothers, Douglas W. (Anita) Gee of Wellsville, Gerry (Gail) Gee of Akron, and Roger (Debra) Gee of Wellsville, a sister-in-law, Ann Gee of Wellsville, as well as several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased in addition to his parents by a son, John D. Gee and a brother, Robert J. Gee.

Friends are invited to a memorial service on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville, with military honors to follow. Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery in Whitesville. Please consider memorial donations to the Hart Comfort House in Wellsville. To leave online condolences, please visit


Dick Winters

Dick passed away in Florida I believe on 3/12/2018.  I have been told that burial will be in the spring.  Obituary will follow as soon as it is online.

Jane M. Rogers (1932-2018) wife of Hall of Famer Dean Rogers

Jane M. Rogers, formerly of Delevan, died Saturday, February 3, 2018 at Elderwood at Cheektowaga at the age of 85.  She was born November 18, 1932 in Arcade, NY a daughter of the late Frank C. and Julia A. (nee Montgomery) Whitefield. She was a member of the former Blessed Sacrament Church in Delevan and was a member of St. Mary's Church in Arcade. She enjoyed playing cards, eating, traveling, spending time with her grandchildren, family functions, bowling, garage sales and going to the casino.

She was the owner of the former Wayside Grocery Store in Lime Lake.

She is survived by her husband - Dean Rogers who she married July 25, 1953 in Arcade; her twin sons: Darryl (Gina) Rogers of Arkansas and Douglas (Diane) Rogers of Texas; also survived by 11 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.  She is preceded in death by her parents; her siblings: Donald (Alice) Whitefield and Laura "Betty" Stiles Gilbert.

Friends may call Thursday, February 8, 2018 from 9 AM - 9:50 AM at St. Mary's Church, 417 W. Main St,. Arcade where a Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 AM. Rev. Joseph Gullo will offficiate. Interment will be held in Delevan Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Delevan Fire Department, P.O. Box 218, Delevan, NY 14042.

Jonathan B. Winne (1973-2016)

Ellettsville:  Jonathan "Jon" B. Winne, 42 of Ellettsville died Wednesday, January 13, 2016 in his home with his family at his side. He was born October 31, 1973 in Glens Falls, New York to Donald Winne and Roberta Palmer Winne. He was a small business owner and truck driver.

Survivors include his wife, Staci Burch Winne of Ellettsville; his son, Cole Winne age 5; his parents of New York; a brother, Todd Winne of Queensbury, New York; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, James and Lynn Burch of Fayetteville; two brothers-in-law, Jason (Amber) Burch of Mooresville and Jeremy (Stacy) Burch of Terre Haute; eight nieces and nephews, Megan Winne and Kaeley, Emmalynn, Caleb, Rya, Leah, Nathan and Ezra Burch; and several cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandparents.

Jon was a member of Ellettsville Christian Church and enjoyed playing with his son, bowling, fishing, playing video games and throwing horseshoes where he was the New York Junior State Champion in 1987, 1988 and 1989.

Funeral Services are scheduled for Saturday, January 16, 2016 at 2:30 PM in Deremiah-Frye Mortuary, Greene & Harrell Chapel, 700 W Gourley Pike with Pastor Chuck Souder officiating. Burial will follow at Old Union Cemetery, Fayetteville. Visitation is scheduled for Friday, January 15, 2016 from 4:00 - 8:00 PM in the funeral home.

Rodger F. James Sr (1940-2017)

Parishville:  Mr. Rodger F. James Sr., age 77 of Parishville, NY passed away on May 28, 2017 at the Highland Nursing Home in Massena after a two year battle with cancer.
He is survived by his two sons Rodger F. James Jr. and Trevor H. James of Parishville; his daughter Jody L. James of Parishville; his brother Robert James and his wife, Rebecca of Hannawa Falls; his sister Barbara Papayanakos of Syracuse; his seven grandchildren Kel and Katie Cook; Cassandra, Alexis, Amberley, Aidan and Brianna James; his great grandson Grayson Cook and several nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his wife Joan (Despaw) James to whom he was married for 47 years.

Rodger was born on April 28, 1940 in Potsdam, NY to the late Carson James and Charie (Trombley) James. He graduated from Potsdam Central High School in 1959 and later went on to Barber School in Syracuse receiving his certificate in 1961.

For several years he operated a barbershop on Water Street in Potsdam and then later opened his own barbershop in Parishville where he then moved. There he worked, raised his family and lived his remaining years. He worked as a driver for UPS, a school bus driver at Parishville-Hopkinton Central School and finally for the Town of Parishville Highway Department from which he retired in 1996. He was also an exempt member of the Parishville Volunteer Fire Department.

During his youth Rodger became very passionate of the outdoors and playing sports. He became a skilled hockey player; even playing in a few games with the Lake Placid Roamers after graduating high school. While in Syracuse he excelled at bowling and considered going professional. As years passed he continued bowling and took up playing horseshoes. It was only until recently that he sadly had to give them up.
His love for the outdoors came from his many years spent at Joe Indian Pond camping, fishing and hunting. He, along with a couple of close friends, started a hunting/fishing club at Joe Indian known as the "Upper Club". It still is going strong today.

A memorial service will be held on Monday, June 5, 2017 at 3pm at the Garner Funeral Home in Potsdam with Rev. Lee Sweeney as celebrant. Burial will follow the service at the Southville Cemetery. Friends may call June 5th from 1-3pm. Contributions can be made to the Parishville Volunteer Fire Department.

Jennie Hill (1929-2017)

Syracuse:  Jeanette Hill, 87, passed peacefully at home, surrounded with love, on Sunday afternoon. A lifelong resident of Syracuse, Jennie attended North High and upon graduation worked for Great American Insurance Company for 25 years, then owned and operated Creative Concepts Printing with her husband and daughter. Jennie was a long-time member of Syracuse Turners, the Arion Stein Club, and the German-American Society of CNY. She was an avid reader, bowler, and champion horseshoe pitcher having competed in two World Horseshoe Pitching Tournaments. Jennie was also a twelve-time New York State Senior Champion in horseshoes, and won a Gold and Bronze medal in the Senior Olympics held in Pittsburgh and Baton Rouge, respectively. She was most proud, though, of her family and friends. To know Jennie was to love her, and to be known by Jennie was to be loved by her.

Jennie is survived by her loving husband of 65 years, J. Edward Hill; her beloved daughter and son-in-law, Katie and Tim Frazee; her greatest gifts, grandchildren Emily and Matthew Frazee; and many beloved nieces and nephews. The family wishes to extend heartfelt thanks to the Youngs and Keeffes, the Wright family and Amber Zimmer, and all who showed their love and kindness throughout Jennie’s life.

Calling hours will be Thursday from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Gang Memorial Chapel, 104 Fordham Road, Syracuse. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, April 28th, at 10:00 am at St. John the Baptist Church, 406 Court Street, Syracuse.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities at Franciscan Villa, 6900 Buckley Road, Syracuse, NY 13212; or Humane CNY, 4915 West Taft Road, Liverpool, NY 13088.

Loren “Parker” Rauch (1929-2017)

Springville:  Loren "Parker" L. Rauch, of Springville, passed away Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at the Bertrand Chaffee Hospital at the age of 87.  He was born June 13, 1929 in Fowlerville, NY- a son to the late Loren and Mabel (Fowler) Rauch.
He worked as a truck driver for West Herr Automotive as well as Clarklift of Buffalo. He was an avid horseshoe player.
He is survived by his long time companion: Marilyn Bowman of Springville; his children: Lori (Daniel) Oakes of Ransomville, NY; and Parker (Laura) Rauch of Leesburg, VA; a sister: Ruth Spencer of Sardinia; three grandchildren: Parker Rauch; Adam (Jillian) Rauch; Joseph (Laura) Oakes; one great-grandchild: Sawyer Rauch; also survived by nieces and nephews: Michael; Dennis; Beth; Krystal; and several others.  He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife: NettieMay Rauch, who passed away in 1994; siblings: Marie Griffith and Robert Rauch; and a nephew: LeRoy.

Friends may call Friday, March 24, 2017 from 4-8 PM at the Smith-Weismantel Funeral Home- 271 E. Main St., Springville where a service will be held Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 10 AM. Officiated by Pastor E. John Wood.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society- 101 John James Audubon Pkwy. Amherst, NY 14228.

Bradley Johnson (Oct. 29, 2016)

Depew:  Bradley F. Of Cheektowaga, NY, October 29, 2016, beloved husband of the late Lorraine Pietrzak Johnson; dearest father of Donald of Chili, NY, Debra (Donald) Hey, Daniel (Michele) and the late Brian Johnson; cherished grandfather of Steven, Kevin, Alex, Alyssa and Jared; survived by three brothers and six sisters; also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends may call Tuesday 6-8 PM and Wednesday 2-4 and 6-8 PM at the PAUL A. KLOC BLOSSOM CHAPELS, INC., 4680 Clinton St. (corner Borden Rd.), West Seneca (668-5666) where funeral services will be held Thursday morning at 10 o'clock. Friends are invited. Bradley was an avid bowler (two, 300 games) and 50% record for ringers in horseshoes. Sentiment may be expressed through a contribution to Hospice Buffalo, Inc. in memory of Bradley Johnson.

Ralph I Whitney (1944-2016)

Ashville:  Ralph I. Whitney, 72, of Rt. 394, Ashville, died unexpectedly Monday (May 9, 2016) at WCA Hospital.  He was born April 10, 1944 in Batavia, NY, the son of the late Paul and Dorothy Coates Whitney.  He was a veteran of the US Army and served in the Vietnam War.  Ralph was a History teacher for the former Chautauqua Central School (CCS) and for Chautauqua Lake Central School (CLCS). He was a former coach for the CCS boys' volleyball and girls' volleyball and softball teams. Ralph had also been the timekeeper at CLCS basketball games. He had also been a volleyball official for games and tournaments throughout Chautauqua and surrounding counties.  He was a member of the AMVETS in Jamestown where he played the bugle for the Honor Guard, and where he served as the Chaplain. He was also a member of the Chautauqua Lake Horseshoe Club, and the National Horseshoe Pitchers Association. Ralph was the Deputy Supervisor and Councilman for the Town of North Harmony.  Ralph was a sportsman who enjoyed baseball, football, hockey, playing horseshoes, and camping. He loved his family.  He is survived by his wife Sandra Focer Whitney whom he married April 19, 1975 in Sherman, NY; five children, Robert A. Knight of Stockholm, Sweden, Michael R. (Jennifer L.) Behr of North Fayette Township, PA, Amy S. (Steve R.) Samuelson of Sidney, Neb., Sherry B. (Tim) Silcox of Cary, NC, and Michael R. Whitney of Austin, TX; four grandchildren, Jordan, Sarah, Carter, and Michael; one brother, Donald P. (Sandra) Whitney of Fredericksburg, TX.  The funeral service will be held at 2:00 pm Saturday at the Freay Funeral Home in Mayville.   The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm Friday in the funeral home.  In lieu of flowers memorials may be to The Wounded Warriors Project.
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Stephen P. Mayer (1950-2016)

Pike:  Stephen P. Mayer, age 65, of Maple Ave., passed away Tuesday, April 12th, 2016 at the Crossroads House in Batavia. He was born in Warsaw, June 24th, 1950, son of Peter and Patricia Safford Mayer of North Fort Myers, FL. A lifetime resident of Wyoming County and 1968 graduate of Letchworth Central School, Stephen worked as a Tool and Die Maker for Lapp Insulator in LeRoy from where he retired in 2015. He was a dedicated father who loved pitching horseshoes, camping, trips to Disney World, the Green Bay Packers and the New York Mets. Stephen is survived by his loving wife, Edna Buckley Mayer of Pike, whom he married July 15th, 1972; a daughter, Tenesia (Bryan) Boyle of Middleport, NY; 2 grand daughters, Kaydence and Peyton Boyle; 4 brothers, David (Cheryl) Mayer of Pike, John (Marcia) Mayer of Arcade, Peter (Joan) Mayer of Florida, and Patrick (Sharon) Mayer of Florida; 3 sisters, Sandra (Robert) King of Gainesville, Susan (Robert) Harcleroad of West Sparta, NY and Cindy (Bill Wittmeyer) Mayer of Bliss; 2 special nephews, Tim Thurber of Alabama and DJ Thurber of Pike; a special niece, Bobbie Schwab of Alabama; a special buddy, Mason Schwab of Alabama and several additional nieces and nephews. Friends of Stephen may call from 2 to 4pm and 7 to 9pm Monday, April 18th, 2016 at the Weeks Funeral Home 123 N. Main St. Warsaw. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home 10am Tuesday, April 19th, 2016 with Pastor Bob Farnsworth of Pike Community Church officiating. Burial will follow in the Elmwood Cemetery, Pike. Memorial contributions may be made in Stephens’s name to the Crossroads House at

Theodore "Sam" Barbuto (1932-2016)

Liverpool:   Theodore "Sam" Barbuto, 83, of Liverpool, passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 23, 2016 at Crouse Hospital. He was born in Satriano, Italy and came to the United States at 15 years of age. Sam served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict, both on the front line and then as a cook. After a 45 year career, he retired from New Process Gear in 1997. Sam enjoyed many Italian traditions such as making homemade wine, gardening and playing the concertina. No one ever left his home hungry. He also looked forward to RVing at Brennan's Beach every summer. Sam was a member of the Pioneer Horseshoe Club and several bowling and golf leagues. He was known as an excellent bowler and horseshoe player, winning many awards and titles. Sam was a kind person who was eager to help anyone without being asked. Sam was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather who will be deeply missed by all.
He was predeceased by his parents, Theodore and Catherine (Maio) Barbuto and his brother, Antonio Barbuto.
Sam is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Rose (Manfredi) Barbuto; his daughter, Cathy (Vince) Figliomeni; his son, Sam (Sarah) Barbuto; five grandchildren, Rose, Theresa Marie, Kevin, Joey and Lisa; his great-granddaughter, Cadence "Kitty"; his brother, Frank (Lena) Barbuto of New Jersey, along with several nieces and nephews. 
A Funeral Mass in celebration of Sam's life will be held at noon on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at Our Lady of Pompei/St. Peter Church. Entombment will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery Mausoleum. Family and friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at the THOMAS J. PIRRO JR. FUNERAL HOME, 3401 Vickery Rd. (corner of Buckley Rd.) North Syracuse, NY.

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Donald Smith (1930-2016)

Tyrone:  Donald A. Smith, age 85 of the town of Tyrone, NY; passed away on Sunday, January 3, 2016 in the comfort of his home surrounded by his loving family.

Donald was born October 25, 1930 in Coopers Plains, the son of the late Warden A. and Mary Gertrude (Ormsby) Smith. He graduated from Painted Post High School in 1950. He married the former Carol M. Stevens on February 25, 1956 in Painted Post.

Mr. Smith was a Lab Technician for Corning Glass Works for 38 years. He was a member of the Wayne Baptist Church and a member of the Lamoka Masonic Lodge # 463 F&AM in Tyrone, NY. An avid sports enthusiast, he was a pitcher for the Painted Post Indians baseball team, he also played softball, and Horseshoe player; and participated in numerous other sports in his younger years. His favorite activity however was spending time with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He is loved and will be missed by his beloved wife of 60 years, Carol; a son, Shawn A. (Cheryl) Smith of Campbell; 2 daughters, Heidi Smith of Horseheads, and Holly Somers of Ithaca; 2 sisters, Beverly E. (Fred) Drumm of Campbell, and Donna J. (Clifford) Ellison of Savona; a brother, Richard O. (Rhea) Smith of Tyrone; 7 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a sister Sylvia A. Jewell of Bedford, Indiana.

Honoring his request there will be no formal services; but prayers for the family will be greatly appreciated. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Wayne Baptist Church, Route 230, Wayne, NY 14893 or to CareFirst 3805 Meads Creek Road Painted Post 14870.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water Street, Dundee. Online condolences can be sent by visiting


David R Harnden (1942-2015)

Syracuse:  David Roberts Harnden, 73, of Syracuse, NY, passed away December 10, 2015, at home. He is survived by his brother, Stuart of Dallas, TX; as well as nieces and nephews. Mr. Harnden was preceded in death by his father, Elmer; mother, Lucille and sister, Carol Sellars.   A service will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at Ballweg & Lunsford Funeral Home, 4612 S. Salina Street, Syracuse with burial at Onondaga Valley Cemetery.  To express sympathy, please visit - See more at:                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Note from Karen Graham:  Dave was a member of the Pioneer Horseshoe Club, he was their PR man.  He was an avid horseshoe pitcher for over 50 years.  And contributed many articles on the state and national level.  Dave was a good friend and he will be missed by those who knew him.  Rest In Peace Dave


Ronald Walker (1937-2015)

Williamsville:  WALKER - Ronald J. December 1, 2015, at the age of 78, beloved husband of 47 years to Rose Mary; loving father of Melissa (Jason) Campana and Michele (John) McFall; cherished grandfather of Devin, Trent and Breanne; dear brother of Hans (Pat) and Louise (late Charlie) McDougal; also survived by many nieces and nephews. The family will be present on Saturday from 11-3 at the (Harris Hill Chapel) AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 8440 Main St., Clarence where a Funeral Service will follow at 3 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Ronald's name to American Heart Association.  American Heart Association , 20 Northpointe Pkwy. #130, Amherst, NY 14228. Please share your condolences at - See more at:

Omar Truesdell (1926-2015)

Binghamton:  Omar A. Truesdell, 88 of Nineveh died Wed. Nov. 4, 2015 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. He was predeceased by his wife, Lucy E. Bender Truesdell. He is survived by his son, Charles and fiancé" Jeannie, daughters, Charleen, Mary Ann and son-in-law, Keith Vincent, 8 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren, several great great grandchildren. Omar was the owner and operator of Little Job Construction, former bus driver for Harpursville Central Schools and retired farmer. He was a member of the F. & AM. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and bowler, having bowled a 300 game numerous times and was a World Champion Horse Shoer. He loved to travel To FL with Lucy for the winters, spend time at his lakefront camp on Cayuga Lake and tell a good story. Funeral Services will be held at the Osterhoudt-Madden Funeral Home 69-71 Maple Street Harpursville on Sun. at 3 p.m. Rev. Emrys Tyler, Pastor of Nineveh Presbyterian Church will officiate. Burial will be in Fairlawn Cemetery, Prattsville, NY. The family will receive friends at the Osterhoudt-Madden Funeral Home on Sun. from 1 to 3 p.m. prior to service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: American Cancer Society 13 Beech St. Johnson City, NY 13790. On-line condolences may be made at:
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Glenn Brown (1928-2015)                                       

PHOENIX:   Robert Glenn Brown Sr., 87, of Phoenix, NY, former life resident of Center Road Pennellville, passed away at Francis House, Syracuse, NY, on Saturday October 3, 2015.  He was born in the town of Clay to his late parents, Eva (Hawkins) and Robert Gwan Brown on March 7, 1928.

Glenn was a graduate of Phoenix High School.  He was a plumber with the U A Local 267 Plumbers & Steamfitters, Syracuse, retiring in 1990.  Glenn was a member of the Pioneer Horseshoe Club, where he pitched locally, throughout the United States and Canada in world tournament events.  He was inducted into the Horseshoe Hall of Fame in 2001.  He loved baseball and was a Little League coach.  He was an avid bowler as well as a S.U. sports fan.  He also enjoyed camping.  Glenn and his wife, Betty, traveled throughout United States of America, embarking on new adventures.  They wintered together in Mount Dora, Florida. 

Surviving are his loving wife of 67 years, Margaret “Betty” (Smith) Brown; his three daughters, Susan Delano Hall of Brownville, Patricia A. (Carl) Hulett of Phoenix and Sandra (Mark) Keith of Pennellville; his son, Robert “Bob” (JoAnn) Brown of Baldwinsville; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins.  Calling hours are on Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, 431 Main St., Phoenix.

Funeral services will be on Wednesday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home, with the Pastor Carl Chapman officiating.  Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery, 2932 Warners Road, town of Camillus.

Gerard Schmidt (1955-2015)

STANLEY - Gerard Robert Schmidt, 60, died suddenly on September 7, 2015.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday (Sept. 11th) at the Kenneth J. Perkins Funeral Home, 2583 E. Main St., Gorham, N.Y.
A Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday (Sept. 12th) at 11 a.m. at St. Theresa's Church, 2050 Main St., Stanley, N.Y.
Recently Gerard was an active bike rider and was looking forward to the National MS Society's "Bike MS" ride in Rochester, N.Y.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to Gerard's ride at or donate directly to the National MS Society, 1000 Elmwood Ave., Suite 900, Rochester, NY 14620.
Born in Buffalo, N.Y., Gerard moved with his family to Chili, N.Y., when he was 12 years old. After graduating from Churchville-Chili HS in 1973, he enlisted in the Marine Corps. After active duty, Gerard returned to N.Y. with his family and worked at Griffin Technol ogy for 20 years. Most recently he was proudly working with veterans at the VA Medical Center in Canandaigua. As a resident of Stanley, N.Y., for over 30 years, Gerard was an active member of St. Theresa's (Our Lady of the Lakes) Parish. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, an active blood donor and organizer for the Red Cross, and volunteered many years for the Boy Scouts. Gerard was also a lifelong Buffalo Bills fan. He lived and loved life to the fullest and could always be counted on to have a big smile on his face.
Gerard will be deeply missed by his wife of 40 years, Cathy; children, Gerard (Beth) of Pitts burgh, Pa., James of Norwalk, Conn., Daniel (Laura) of Havertown, Pa., and Angela (Blane) Lightfoote of Stanley, N.Y.; grandchildren, Wyatt and Julia; brothers, Donald (Linda) and Randy (Patti); sister, Susan; in-laws, Richard and Mary Tytler; and several nieces and nephews.
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Milt Jones (1941-2015)

Waterloo: Milton Alan Jones, 73, of Waterloo, passed away Saturday (July 11, 2015) at Geneva General Hospital in Geneva, with his loving family by his side.
Friends may call 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday (July 15) at Coe-Genung Funeral Home in Waterloo. Military rites will be 7:00 p.m. Wednesday (July 15) at the funeral home by members of Waterloo Memorial Post 6433, 
V.F.W. and Warner VanRiper Post 435, American Legion. The funeral service will be 10:00 a.m. Thursday (July 16) at Fayette Ward Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Brian Lowry will officiate. Burial will be in Sampson Veterans Memorial Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to 
American Cancer Society , 1120 South Goodman Street, Rochester, N.Y. 14620.
Milton was born October 3, 1941, in Waterloo, the son of Donald R. and Gertrude A. Cooley Jones. He was a 1959 graduate of Waterloo High School. He served in the Navy from 1959 to 1962 in Bermuda. He was employed with Goulds Pumps for 39 years. Milton was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He was a member of Warner VanRiper Post 435, American Legion, North Seneca Sportsman's Horseshoe League and the Sunset Bowling League.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Linda L. Jones; daughters, April D. Jones, Joelle (Robert) Jensen, both of Penn Yan; and Kandis (Daniel) Wright of Lehi, Utah; ten grandchildren, Kayliegh Jensen, Corey Jones, Nicholas Jones, Cameron Jones, Cole Wright, Jonah Wright, Isaiah Washington, Evy Wright, Massan Jensen and Arianna Washington; his mother, Gertrude A. Jones; sisters, Shirley (Ron) Steele of Florida; Kathie (Harry) Rowlinson of Waterloo and Nancy (Charles) Luffman of Seneca Falls; sister-in-law, Sheryl Jones of Seneca Falls; many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his brother, Daniel Jones.

Ernest Stagaman

NEW BERLIN:  Ernest L. Stagaman, 67, of Norwich, passed away Tuesday, September 1, 2015 at his home. Ernest was born August 23, 1948. He worked at the Norwich Pennysaver for many, many years. 
Ernest is survived by his children; Shane Stagaman of Sherburne, Scott Stagaman of Hamilton, Misty Simpson and husband Steve of Norwich, and Tyler Stagaman of Norwich. He is also survived by his brother and sisters; Sue Dye and husband Marvin of Niagara Falls, James Stagaman and wife Sandy of Norwich and Betty Stagaman of Greene. He is also survived by several grandchildren. 
Calling hours will be held at the R.J Fahy Funeral Home on Thursday September 17, 2015 from 10am – 11am. Funeral services for Ernest will be held at the R.J. Fahy Funeral Home Thursday at 11a.m. Interment will follow at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Norwich, N.Y.


Charles Richard "Dick" Crandell (1924-2015)

Hornell:  Charles Richard “Dick” Crandall, 91, formerly of 385 Fairview Ave., Hornell, died Friday evening (May 29, 2015) at McAuley Manor where he had resided for the past 4 years.
A native & life resident of Hornell, he was born January 21, 1924, and was the son of Charles & Mary (Whitworth) Crandall.  Dick grew up in Hornell and was a graduate of Hornell High School where he served as class president of the class of 1943. While in high school, he was a 4 year member of the Red Raider Football Team and was captain of the team during his senior year.   He was a veteran of WWII, serving in the US Army Air Force. As a 1st Lieutenant, he served as Co-Pilot, flying B-24 Bombers in over 200 missions. He was featured, by name, in two books, “Aluminum Trail” and “Somewhere We Will Find You” about the pilots & co-pilots of WWII. For many years he has been a member of the Hornell American Legion.
Following his honorable discharge from the service, Dick worked for about 13 years at the Erie Railroad Shops. For several years he owned & operated the Kendall Service Station in Hornell. For 20 years, he was employed at the New York State Conservation Department, serving as fire inspector and as instructor for forest rangers. Throughout the years, Dick made many appearances with Smokey the Bear on Television Shows and in Schools, promoting fire safety.
Dick enjoyed and excelled in horseshoe pitching, playing in and winning many tournaments & competitions. He was instrumental in the formation of the Hornell Horseshoe League and also served as president of the NYS Horseshoe Association for 3 years. He had been an avid bowler and bowled in many leagues. For several years, Dick served as an instructor in the Hornell Junior Bowling League.
He volunteered his time as a coach in the Midget Football League for many years and served on the board of directors for both Hornell Midget Football League and Hornell Babe Ruth League. Dick also served as president of the Hornell Alumni Association. He had a deep love of music and played keyboard for the “Banjo Boys”. Dick enjoyed rooting for the Buffalo Bills and the Boston Red Sox, but mostly loved rooting & cheering for his grand-children at their sporting events.
Dick was married on July 29, 1946 to the former Anne Arvidson who died September 18, 2013. He was also preceded in death by his son, James E. Crandall who died in 1999; 3 brothers, Carl Crandall, Harold Crandall & Robert Crandall; his great-great granddaughter, Hannah Logan
Surviving are 2 daughters, Dianne (Randy) Tyner of Bradford, NY and Mary Ellen (Joe) Dropp of Hornell; 2 sons, Richard “Rick” (Marcia) Crandall of Hartsville and Steven (Sharon) Crandall of Hartsville; many grandchildren; great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; along with several nieces & nephews.
The family of Charles Richard “Dick” Crandall will receive friends on Wednesday from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM at the Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church St., Hornell, NY. Funeral services will be held Thursday morning at 10:00 AM at St. Ann’s Church with Deacon Robert McCormick officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery with full military honors.
In recognition of Dick’s service to his country during WWII, the American Flag at the Dagon Funeral Home will be flown at half-staff.

Kenyon "Hoppy" Hopkins (1952-2015)

Jamestown: Kenyon W. "Hoppy" Hopkins, 62, of Falconer passed away Tuesday (March 24, 2015) unexpectedly in the Emergency Room of WCA Hospital. A lifelong area resident he was born April 5, 1952 in Kane, PA, the son of Kenyon V. Hopkins and Dorothy Benson Schultz. Hoppy was a 1970 graduate of Falconer High School, a 1972 graduate of Jamestown Community College, also attended University of Buffalo. He was employed by RHI-Monofrax for 40 years retiring in 2013. Hoppy was a member of the National Horseshoe Pitchers Association and was inducted into the NYS Horseshoe Hall of Fame in 2000. He was also a member of the Falconer Horseshoe Club having served as Secretary and Treasurer, Falconer Moose Club, Vietnam Veterans Association, Jamestown Eagles, Falconer Moose Golf League and had played in several area bowling leagues. He enjoyed playing horseshoes, golfing, bowling and was an avid Buffalo Bills, NASCAR and Pittsburgh Pirates Fan. Surviving are two daughters: Christine M. Crick of Falconer, Trisha E. Hopkins of Jamestown; five grandchildren: Stephanie Crick, Brandon Crick, Zoey Kennedy, Payshuns Watson, Princeton Watson; his companion Judy McChesney of Falconer; his father: Kenyon V. Hopkins and step mother Sandra Hopkins of Jamestown; four brothers: Roland C. "Chuck" Hopkins of McLeansville, NC, Randall P. Hopkins of Kennedy, Jay C. Schultz of Jamestown, Timothy Hopkins of Celoron; three sisters: Lorell Meacham of Gowanda, Suzanne Schultz of Falconer, Michelle Hawkins of Falconer. He was preceded in death by his mother Dorothy Benson Schultz on December 19, 2009 and his step father Julius C. "Ike" Schultz on October 4, 1999. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in the Falconer Funeral Home. Rev. Donald E. Ray will officiate. Burial will be in Pine Hill Cemetery, Falconer. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home and one hour prior to the funeral service Thursday in the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be donated to the Vietnam Veterans Association, 865 Bigelow Ave., Jamestown, NY 14701. - See more at:

George Lovell (1915-2014)

Vestal:  Lovell, George S.George S. Lovell, 99, of Vestal passed away peacefully on December 8, 2014 at James G. Johnston Memorial Nursing Home, Johnson City. George was predeceased by his parents and an infant daughter, five siblings and sons-in-law, Robert Miner, William Kemmery and Ray Hallock. George is survived by his loving wife of 77 years, Jean; daughters, Anna Miner, Linda (Al) Demarest and Janice (Kemmery) Hallock; 2 siblings, Martha and Leroy; 12 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great granddaughters. Also surviving are several nieces, nephews, cousins and special friend, Glen. George retired from IBM Endicott in 1971. He enjoyed gardening, and shared his produce with Meals on Wheels and CHOW as well as with his family and friends. He was an avid horseshoe player, winning many awards, and was inducted into the Tri-County Horseshoe Club Hall of Fame in 2006 and the New York State Horseshoe Hall of Fame in 2007. The family wishes to thank the staff at JGJ Memorial Nursing Home for their kind and loving care. Special thanks to Jim Meade of Vestal United Methodist Church. A Memorial Service will be announced at a later date.

Leo Bukowski (October 31, 2014)

Hamburg:  BUKOWSKI - Leo S. Of Elma, NY, October 31, 2014, beloved husband of the late Edelle Pawlak Bukowski; dearest father of Kenneth (Elaine), Karen (Skip) Mann, Kevin Bukowski and Angela (Joseph) Calabrese; fond grandfather of Clint Mann, James (Jessica) Mann and great-grandchildren, Alexis and Addison; brother of Florence (late Brownie) Matuszak, Richard (Dolores), Daniel (Dolores) Bukowski, Josephine (Raymond) Schwendner and the late Rose (late Joseph) Loftus, Theodore (late Jean) and Verna (late Joseph) Matuszak. Friends may call Tuesday 4-8 PM at the PAUL A. KLOC BLOSSOM CHAPELS, INC., 4680 Clinton St. (corner Borden Rd.), West Seneca (668-5666). A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday morning at 9:30 o'clock from St. Gabriel's Church, 5271 Clinton St., Elma. Please assemble at church. Friends are invited. Leo was owner of Queen City and Buffalo Restaurant Equipment Supply and owner of the Indoor Horseshoe Palace, Hamburg, NY.

John L Ruston (1937-2014)

Syracuse:  John Lewis Ruston, 77, passed away peacefully at his home in Brooksville, Florida on October 3, 2014 after a long and courageous battle with pulmonary fibrosis. He was born in Syracuse, NY on April 4, 1937. He worked for the NY State Fairgrounds as a warehouse worker and later a carpenter until he retired in 1996, leaving Syracuse for Florida for retirement. He had a great love for Horseshoes. He started playing at a young age in the 1950s. Through the years, 1982, he organized the Syracuse Pioneer Played Avidly Horseshoe Club and became president in 1983. In 1987, he was inducted into the NYSHPA Hall of Fame. He enjoyed playing golf and watching it. John was always there for his family and friends. A helping hand or a friendly ear to anyone that needed it. He always had a smile on his face or a joke to tell you. He is survived by his loving wife, Eleanor; his children, Cathy Stringer, Marla Ruston and Bill Clark, Janice and Tim Cousineau, Terry and Karen Sutliffe, Linda Gillespie, Chris and Tonya Sutliffe, as well as 16 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at Greenlawn Memorial Cemetery, 2932 Warners Rd., Warners, NY. Date and time pending. At the request of the family, donations can be made in memory of John Ruston to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 230 E. Ohio St. Suite 304, Chicago, IL 60611. - See more at:

John "Jack" Carney (1937-2014) 

Newburgh:  John W. (Jack) Carney, Sr. Son of the late Arthur Carney and Pauline Dimes Carney, a retired member of Local 17 Laborers Union. Previously employed at The Newburgh Evening News and Siegffried Press as a printer. Survived by his companion of 28 years, Theresa M. Hulse. Further survived by his Sons John W. Carney, Jr. and his wife Ann of Pine Bush, NY, James Carney and his wife Gina of New Windsor, NY, Joseph Carney and his wife Terry of Lake Katrine, NY, Wayne Hulse and his wife Julie of Munhall, PA, and Robert Hulse of Milton, NY, Daughter, Lisa Shaffer of Montgomery, NY. Brother Donald E. Carney and his wife Madaline of Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY, and Sister, Ruth Lamb of Brooklyn, NY. Grandchildren, Enice Fleck, John Carney, III, Kevin Carney, Joseph Carney, Phillip Carney, Justin Carney, Kyle Carney, Katherine Gardner, Genevieve Richardson, Christine Gardner, Michelle Gardner. 18 Great-Grandchildren. Also newly "Adopted" Daughter, Sue Spitz. Jack is also survived by his loyal, faithful and loving dog, Jocko. He was pre-deceased in death by his wife, Mary Rose Carney, Brother Arthur J. and Sister, Gloria Schoonmaker. He was a life long and dedicated Drum and Bugle Corp member having participated in the Queen City at the age of 10 years, Hudson Raiders Interstates Men 56 Regiment Memorial, Ambassodors, Criterions, Hawthorne Caballeros and Hawthorne Caballeros Alumni, retiring from the Alumni this year. He was a member of the Tri County Regional Judge as Association, Hudson Raiders Athletic Club, Mid Hudson Horseshoe Association and Circleville Horseshoe Club, Jack served as an Officer in many of these organizations. Jack was very compassionate person, as witnessed by his many friends that he so graciously assisted in any endeavor. Jack is survived by dear friends, James Alexander, James Griffin and Jack Deyo. Pre-Deceased by dear friend Gordon (Red) Barnum, Stanley Hulse and Brother-in-Law Charles Grilz. It should be noted that Jack passed away at Dietz Stadium in Kingston prior to the Drum and Bugle Corp competition to be held that evening. He was in the company of those he loved and those that loved him. The Hawthorne Caballeros, Hawthorne Caballeros Alumni and the 20th Century Drum Corp wore black arm bands and dedicated their performances at the competition to his memory. Visitation will be held on Thursday August 7,2014 from 4:00-8:00pm at Doulin Newburgh Funeral Home Inc. A Funeral Service will be held on Friday August 8,2014 at 11:00am at the Funeral Home. The family would like to thank the staff of the Kingston Ambulance and Kingston Hospital for their kind support they have given to John and his family.

Anthony "Ginger" Natale (1922-2014)

Batavia:  Anthony J. Natale, died peacefully surrounded by his family on July 6, 2014 at age 91. Survived by his loving wife, Carmella (Stevens); children, Linda (Dan) Holahan, Marian (Steve) Natale-Melenric, Robert (Kristen) Natale; grandchildren, Tim (Nicole) Holahan, Brian Holahan, Kaitlyn Natale; great-grandson, George Holahan; siblings, George Natale, Rose Gillis; several nieces & nephews. Anthony was a WWII veteran, worked at Rochester Products, was a competitive table tennis player, and state champion horseshoe player.

No prior visitation. Anthony's Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 AM on Thursday at St. Mark's Church, 54 Kuhn Rd, Greece. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Donations may be made to the NYS Veterans' Home at Batavia, 220 Richmond, Batavia, NY 14020 in Anthony's memory.

Victor E. Davis (1933-2014)

Hancock:  Victor E. Davis, 81, of Hale Eddy, NY passed away June 3, 2014 at the Wilson Medical Center in Johnson City, NY. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Lorraine (McElroy) Davis; his children and their spouses: Glenn (Cindy) Davis, Lenn (Pat) Davis, and Mark (Barb) Davis; a sister Florence Lona; 16 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.

Vic was a former resident of Cadosia, NY and had been living for the past 50 years in Hale Eddy. He worked for the O & W Railroad prior to his marriage. Later, he worked for the NYSDOT out of Hancock, NY for 27 years, retiring in 1988. Vic was a US Army Veteran of the Korean War. He was a member of the V.F.W. in Hancock, NY; a former member of the Deposit Lions Club; an honorary member of the Deposit Fire Department. He was a founder of the Hale Eddy Small Fry, and worked in softball for girls and baseball for boys in Deposit. He umpired football and baseball for high schools. He was active with the Vic Davis Horseshoe League in Deposit, and in 2007 was inducted into the New York State Horseshoe Hall of Fame. Vic was a member of the Town of Deposit Board of Trustees. He loved bowling, fishing, hunting, and golf. He was a Mets fan and attended many Binghamton Mets baseball games. He enjoyed his vegetable and flower gardens and formerly operated Vic's Flower Pot. He was well known for his cinnamon buns, dinner rolls, and homemade apple pie.

A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 PM on Saturday, June 7, 2014 at the Zacharias Funeral Home, 78 Second St., Deposit, NY with the Rev. Nick Perry, Pastor of the Hale Eddy United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be in Hale Eddy Cemetery, Hale Eddy, NY. Friends may call at the funeral home on Saturday from 11 AM until 1 PM time of service. Friends wishing may make memorial donations to the Vic Davis Horseshoe League, 60 Town Shed Rd., Deposit, NY 13754.

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Charles E. Fenner (1932-2014)

Groton:  Charles E. Fenner, age 82, of Valley View Drive, Groton, NY passed away unexpectedly Friday, May 2, 2014 at Cayuga Medical Center, Ithaca after a brief illness.

Born February 13, 1932 in Dryden, NY he was the son of the late Daniel H. and Eva D. Warner Fenner and the husband of the former Sandra Holcomb who survives. Chuck was known by many as one who would give a hand up not a handout. He had been employed with Consolidated Gas Co. and a school bus driver at Dryden Central Schools for many years. He loved the outdoors, playing horseshoes, gardening, and was an avid sportsman, but most of all he loved his family.

In addition to his wife of 54 years, Sandra Fenner at home, Chuck is survived by his three sons, Daniel H. (Frank Misur) Fenner of Stratford, CT, Timmy K. (Rita) Fenner of Groton, NY, Shawn M. Fenner of Groton, NY; grandchildren, Nathaniel D. Fenner of Groton, NY and Rya Fenner of NY; great grandson, Evan A.J. Greene; sisters, Helen (Gerald) Westlund of Groton, NY, Sharon (William) Millick of Freeville, NY and Virginia VanOrder; sisters in law, Ruth Fenner of Moravia, NY and Jane Fenner of Freeville, NY and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brothers, Daniel K. Fenner and James W. Fenner.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm, Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at Perkins Funeral Home, 55 W. Main St., Dryden, NY with Rev. Mildred Logan and Daniel Fenner officiating. Burial will follow in Cobb Street Cemetery, West Groton, NY. Friends may call from 5-8 pm Tuesday, May 6, 2014. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice


Robert W. (Bob) Clark (1943-2014)

Robert W. (Bob) Clark, 70, of Batavia, passed away Thursday, April 24, 2014 at St. Ann's Community-Leo Center for Caring in Rochester.

He was born on Sept. 17,1943 in Batavia, the son of the late William R. and Delores I. (Pixley) Clark.

He was an Army veteran and worked over 30 years at the former Genesee Parts Supply in Batavia. He enjoyed playing baseball, softball, bowling and horseshoes and was a member of various teams throughout the area. Bob was an avid NY Mets fan and loved the Batavia Muckdogs. In later years his passion was playing horseshoes and enjoyed going to and participating in various tournaments throughout the area.

He is preceded in death by a brother, Richard C. Clark.

Survivors include his daughter, Julie Clark, of Rochester, and a brother, L. Brian (Sandi) Clark, of Batavia. In addition, there are nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

There are no prior calling hours. Interment will be private.

Memorials may be made to Genesee Cancer Assistance, Inc., 16 Bank St., Batavia, N.Y. 14020.


Stanley Towne (1929-2014)

Middleburgh:  Stanley Vanden Towne, 84, of Middleburgh, NY, beloved husband of Marlene (King) for 57 years, passed away at home on Thursday January, 30, 2014 surrounded by his family. Stan was born on September 24, 1929 in Potsdam, NY, son of the late Deidrich and Connie (Vanden Bogard) Towne. He attended Potsdam Central School and graduated from SUNY Potsdam with a Bachelors and Masters in Education. Stan served as an educator and administrator in Northville, Broadalbin, Amsterdam, General Brown, Little Valley, Middleburgh, Draper and Schoharie, where he retired after 34 years. For many years Stan and his wife ran a roadside vegetable stand on Route 30 specializing in organic tomatoes and fresh-picked beets which came with a game of horseshoes.

Stan's life was filled with his passion for competition. He excelled at the game of horseshoes, winning nine New York State Championships. He medaled three times at the Senior Olympics. In 2006 he was honored to be elected to the NYS Horseshoe Pitchers Hall of Fame. He was a first-rate bowler who was still competing six weeks prior to his passing. He was elected to the Potsdam High School Athletic Hall of Fame. Summers often found him out on the golf course.

Stan enjoyed many creative outlets. He was known as, "King of the Whirlybirds," which to this day are flying all over the world. He was a talented woodworker and folk artist. The colorful signs he made announced many church events. After retirement, he and his wife traveled all over the world.

He served in the Strategic Air Command division of the Air Force from 1951 to 1955. He was a 50-year plus member of the American Legion. Stan was a member of the Middleburgh United Methodist Church for over 40 years and served as President of the Trustees for a number of years. He was County Director for the Schoharie County Retired Teachers Association and was active in the Eastern Zone, NYSTRA. He was the former Treasurer of The DAM Concerned Citizens.

Besides his loving wife Marlene, he leaves behind three children and six grandchildren: Connie and her husband Jeff Rauhauser of Scotia and their children Corie and Kristopher (Jennifer) Rowe, Jack and Jo Anne Towne of Wilton and their children Dolan and Liam, Keri and her husband Edward Greenaway of Coxsackie and their children John and Fallon. He is also survived by his brother Deidrich Towne and his wife Shirley and 8 nieces and nephews.

His family would especially like to thank the Catskill Area Hospice for their compassionate care during this difficult time.

Funeral Service will be on Monday February 3, at 11 AM at the United Methodist Church, 281 Main Street, Middleburgh, NY. Friends may call at Palmer and Shaylor Funeral Home, 134 River Street, Middleburgh, NY on Sunday February 2, from 2 to 5. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Middleburgh United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 508, Middleburgh, NY 12122.


Frank Allen Disinger (1922-2013)

Lockport:  Frank Allen Disinger, age 91, passed away on December 26, 2013, just four months after the death of his wife, Marjorie (nee Zimmerman). Born in Lockport on August 27, 1922, he was the son of Howard and Lydia (Blessing). In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by brothers, Donald, William and Harry (Dean); and sisters, Edith, Ruth (Eaton), Eleanor (Mundie) and Rita (Diemert).  Frank is survived by daughters, Donna J. (Timothy) of Lockport, Diane J. (Gary) Braun of Pendleton, Jane A. (George) of Tucson, AZ; and son, David J. (Clara) of Lockport; grandchildren, Christopher (Meredith), Allen, and Scott Kleinhans, Danielle (Jason) Abrams, Chad (Jennifer) and Bradley Braun, Samantha and Megan Disinger; and great-grandchildren; McKenzie, Briella, Addelyn and Eden Braun, and Regan Kleinhans. He also leaves behind many beloved nieces and nephews.

Frank graduated from Lockport Senior High School in 1940, and served in the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre during WWII on the submarine "The Bream". He worked as a Senior Product Designer at Harrison Radiator Division of General Motors for 39 years, and EGW of Buffalo as a design supervisor. He was a lifetime member of Emmanuel United Methodist Church, a charter member of the Lockport Navy Marine Club, a member of Red Jacket Lodge No. 646 F & A.M. where he served as a Master and District Deputy of the NYS Grand Lodge for the Niagara-Orleans district. He was an honorary member of the Niagara and Tuscan Lodges. He was a member of the John Hodge Lodge of Perfection and the Ismailia Temple A.A.O.N.M.S. Frank was a member of the NYS Horseshoe Pitchers Hall of Fame, honored for his work as a promoter/organizer of the sport. He enjoyed many years of bowling and golfing with colleagues and friends.

Friends may call on Sunday, December 29, 2013 1-5 PM, in Prudden and Kandt Funeral Home, 242 Genesee Street, Lockport, where services will be held on Monday morning at 11 AM. Interment will be in Glenwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Shriners hospitals, American Red Cross, or a charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.

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Anne Yeomans (1931-2013)


Binghamton: Anne F. Yeomans, 82, of Binghamton, went to be with the Lord Friday morning, November 8, 2013, at Binghamton General Hospital. She was predeceased by her parents, Frank and Mary Rehak; and a sister, Helen Bateman. She is survived by her loving husband of nearly 50 years, Robert E. Yeomans, Binghamton; two daughters and sons-in-law, Nancy Yeomans and Daniel Gravelle, Newburyport, MA, Caroline and Ric Agostini, Toronto, Ontario; two granddaughters, Alicia and Clarissa; one brother and sister-in-law, John and Donna Rehak, Binghamton; also several nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was a member of John Hus Presbyterian Church, Binghamton. She was a former of employee of the Ansco Corp. and retired from the Broome County Probation Department. Anne enjoyed many trips with Bob and spending time with her grandchildren.


Funeral services will be held at John Hus Presbyterian Church, 47 Glenwood Ave., Binghamton, Wednesday at 10 a.m. The Rev. Robert T. Peak will officiate. Burial will be in Chenango Valley Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the J.F. Rice Funeral Home Inc., 150 Main St., Johnson City, Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make memorial contributions to a charity of one's choice in Anne F. Yeomans memory.



Richard C. Whitney (1955-2013)


Bernhard Bay:  Richard C. Whitney Jr., 58, of Bernhards Bay, passed away Saturday, September 14, 2013 in the Burn Center at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston due to complications from a work related accident. “Rick” was born in Syracuse and graduated from Central Square Central School.

Rick was a Steamfitter with Local 267 for nearly 30 years, working for Joy Process Mechanical Company. He was an accomplished horseshoe player and a member of the Pioneer Horseshoe Club. He was also a private pilot and a member of the Syracuse Flying Club. Rick enjoyed sports of all kinds and was an avid fan of the Boston Red Sox and Pittsburgh Penguins. He was a member of the YMCA. He attended the Abundant Life Ministries Church in East Syracuse.

Rick was predeceased by his mother, Lavan Geary. He is survived by his parents, Richard Sr. and Gail Whitney, Kelly Whitney, wife for over 11 years, sisters Diane (Greg) Bolton of Bernhards Bay, Natalie (Lee) Dodson of Central Square, brothers, Paul (Lynn Kelley) Whitney of Bernhards Bay, Scott Whitney of Clayton, NC, David (Donnetta) Whitney of Cleveland, NY, and Brian (Sandy) Butler of Cleveland, NY, a very special friend, June Wood and her children, and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Calling hours will be Saturday, September 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Cleveland United Methodist Church, 73 Bridge St., Cleveland, NY. Services will immediately follow at 1:00 p.m. Interment will be in the Lakeside Rural Cemetery, Bernhards Bay. Funeral services are under the direction of Watson Funeral Home, Central Square.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Rick’s memory to one of the following: Cleveland United Methodist Church, PO Box 188, Cleveland, NY 13042, Bernhards Bay United Methodist Church, PO Box 154, Bernhards Bay, NY 13028 or the Sumner Redstone Burn Center at Massachusetts General Hospital (online at or a check payable to Mass General at 165 Cambridge St., Suite 600, Boston, MA 02114).

Margaret J. Wilkinson (1927-2013)


Phoenix:  Margaret J. Wilkinson, 85, of Phoenix,  passed away on Friday. Born in Fulton, to her late parents, Margaret E. (Ludington) and Carl E. Morehouse on August 18, 1927. She was a cafeteria manager for Phoenix Central Schools, completing 22 years of service. A member of First Baptist Church, Order of the Eastern Star # 172, Nutrition Site, Senior Citizens, Fancy Hats, all based in Phoenix; the O.C.V.I., Oswego; Pioneer Horseshoe Club, Syracuse.

Predeceased by her husband of 58 years, Harlan F. "Harky" Wilkinson on April 30, 2005; her twin sister, Marjorie J. Schenck on September 19, 2003.  Surviving are her children, David H. Wilkinson (Helen Mensinger) of Wayland, NY, Dale A. (Sharon) Wilkinson of Pennellville and Margaret R. (Rod) Sayles of Phoenix, NY; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one niece and one nephew.

Calling hours are on Tuesday August 6, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m., with a brief O.E.S. # 172 service at 7 p.m., in the Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, 431 Main St., Phoenix, NY. Services are Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the First Baptist Church, 16 Co. Rt. 57A, Phoenix, NY with Pastor J. Scott McElyea officiating.  Burial in Greenlawn Cemetery, Warners.

Contributions: Phoenix Area Food Pantry, 43 Bridge St., Phoenix, NY 13135, or Friends of Oswego County Hospice, P.O. Box 102, Oswego, NY 13126.


Gordon E. Decker  (1930-2013)

Newburgh:  Gordon E. Decker of the Town of Newburgh, worked for DuPont and retired from Newburgh City School District, passed away on Friday, July 12, 2013, at St. Luke's Cornwall Hospital, Newburgh. He was 82.   The son of the late Gordon and Beatrice Wright Decker, Gordon was born on November 17, 1930 in Brooklyn, NY.  Gordon is a life member of the Goodwill Fire Department Benevolent Association, Red Vest, Dartball Hall of Fame, Mid-Hudson Horseshoe Pitchers Association and Boy Scout Leader of Troop 205.  The family would like to thank Liberty Dialysis, Dr. Portelli and staff, Dr. Aziz, and the staff at St. Luke's Hospital.  Gordon is survived by his wife of 59 years, Madeline Homan Decker; one son, Kenneth (Angela) Decker; one daughter, Audrey Gross; one sister, Maron (Carlos) Perez; five grandchildren: Paul (Sherry), Amy, Joshua, Justin, and Dominick; two great-grandchildren: Daniel and Arianna.  He is also survived by several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.  Visitation will be Wednesday, July 17th, from 3 to 6:30 p.m. at Hudson Valley Funeral Home Inc., 239 Quassaick Ave. (Rte. 94), New Windsor, NY 12553.  Funeral Services will follow the visitation at 6:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Cremation will be in Cedar Hill Crematory, with Interment of Ashes in Calvary Cemetery, New Windsor.


Lloyd M Barbur (1940-2013)

Syracuse:  Lloyd M. Barbur, 73, of Richland, returned to his Lord on Thursday. He retired from Robert Rothman, PC, in 2002. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. Lloyd was an avid Horseshoe Pitcher, winning the gold in both the NY and FL Senior Games.  Surviving are, his loving wife of 53 years, Barbara; his children, David (Tammy), Steven (Tina), and Melissa; two brothers; three sisters; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; as well as several nieces and nephews. Services will be private.


James L. Goodman

Waterloo:  No obituary as of today.  Jim was a member of the Waterloo Ringers Horseshoe Club. 


Thornton, John "Jack" M. (1935-2013)

Bathe:  Thornton, John "Jack" M. Bath, NY: Age 77, died Thursday, January 10, 2013 at home. He is survived by his wife Priscilla (Cornelius) Thornton of Bath; daughter Connie; two sons, Daniel and Michael; several grandchildren, nieces and nephews and brothers, James, Robert (Mary) and Norman Thornton. He was predeceased by his parents, brothers, Daniel and Charlie and his sister Judy.
A funeral service will be held January 22, 2013 at 12:30 pm at the Bath VA Chapel. Burial will follow at 1:00 pm in the Bath National Cemetery with military honors. Online condolences may be made at

Stephen V. Fenicchia (1918-2012)

Greece:  November 25, 2012 at age 94. Stephen is survived by his son, Lawrence; daughter, Angela; 3 grandchildren; 2 sisters; nieces, nephews and many dear friends. Stephen is a Veteran of World War II and served in the United States Navy.

Friends may call Thursday, November 29th, 5-7 P.M. at Vay-Schleich & Meeson Funeral Home, Greece Chapel, 1075 Long Pond Road. His Funeral Mass will be celebrated, Friday, November 30th, 9:00 A.M. at Our Mother of Sorrows Church, 5000 Mt. Read Blvd. Interment will follow Mass in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.  Contributions may be made to the Isaiah House, 71 Prince Street, Rochester, NY 14605 in his memory.

Additional notes:  Steve Fenicchia was a top pitcher in New York from the 1950's to 1980's, winning the Men's State Championship in 1963.  Steve pitched in many World Tournaments, making the Championship Class 4 times between 1961-71, amassing 49 career victories.  Steve was inducted into the New York State Hall of Fame in 1975.


Raymond J. (Ray) LaRose (1919-2012)

East Syracuse:  Raymond J. LaRose, 96, of East Syracuse, passed away on Saturday at Iroquois Nursing Home. He was born in Syracuse on June 9, 1916, and served with the Army during WWII. Ray was employed by Crouse Hinds for over 30 years. Ray loved family and being home. He was a former competitive diver, avid bowler with the Fremont Classic League, a competitive jogger until age 78, and a former member of Pastime Athletic Club. Ray was active in the Pioneer Horse Shoe Club, was a state caliber horseshoe pitcher and a member of the Industrial League in softball and horseshoes. He was a communicant of St. Matthew's and St. Mary's Church.

Ray is survived by Helen (Messinger), his wife of 58 years; two sons, John "Jack" LaRose of Camillus and Tom (Sue) LaRose of Chittenango; daughter, Sandy (Joe) Goncalves of Camillus; six grandchildren, Jenny (Mike) LaRose Holdsworth, Rachel Goncalves, Bethany (Phil) Doupe, Leah Goncalves, Joanna Goncalves and Danielle LaRose; brother-in-law, Donald (Karen) Messinger; and several nieces and nephews.

Services: 9:15 a.m. Saturday at Newell-Fay Manlius Chapel and 10 a.m. at St. Mary's Church, Minoa. Burial will be in Pine Plains Cemetery, North Manlius. Family and friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home, 8171 Cazenovia Rd. (Rt. 92), Manlius.

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Joseph (Joe) Skutnik (1922-2012)

Floyd:  Joseph (Joe) Skutnik, 90, of the Town of Floyd, New York passed away, Wednesday, October 31, 2012, in the Rome Center.   He was born March 1, 1922 in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of John and Eva Los Skutnik.   Joe moved to Central New York in 1930 and lived in the Hamlet of Camroden, Town of Floyd.   He was educated in Camroden.   On August 31, 1946 he married Gladys Thiemer in Rome.   Joe was employed at Kelsey-Hayes for over thirty years retiring in 1984 and previously was employed by Savage Arms. Along with his parents he helped on the family farm and had a milk route for thirteen years.   After his retirement he rebuilt dated tractors and auctioned them off in 1994.   Joe was an avid Horse Shoe player for twenty-five years.  Surviving are his wife, Gladys; one daughter, Linda Bruno, Tucson, Arizona; two sons, Edward Stutnik, Floyd; Richard Skutnik, Norman Oklahoma; and five grandchildren, Jason, Rebecca, Tyler, Adam and Teana. He was predeceased by a brother, Bronislaw.   Funeral services will be held Friday, November 2, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. at the Nunn and Harper Funeral Home, Inc., 418 N. George Street, Rome. Interment Townsend Cemetery, Stittville.   Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home Thursday 4:00-7:00 p.m.   You may view the obituary and message of sympathy to


Margaret Kozik (1924-2012)

Binghamton:  Margaret (Sowka) Kozik passed away in Wilson Hospital on Saturday, October 13, 2012. Born on May 24, 1924, she lived a full life during her 88 years among us. Margaret was predeceased by her parents, Susan and Michael Sowka; five siblings, and her husband of 61 years, John Kozik Jr. She is survived by her daughters, Patricia Ann Cantrowitz (David), Sandra Marie Crabbs-Russ (Ron) and Marlene Joyce Mallah (Michael); grandchildren, Sarah and Adam Cantrowitz, Adrian and Emily Crabbs, Rachel Meier and Allyson Mallah; great-grandchildren, Nathan and Hazel Kwon; her brother, John Sowka (Marla); her brother-in-law, Rudy Bystrak (Barbara); her son-in-law, John Crabbs; and several nieces and nephews. Margaret's life was centered on her family and her church. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She and the love of her life, John, were childhood sweethearts. They grew up and grew old together. They both served their country, supported their church, and worked hard to build a good life for their children. Margaret was a woman of many talents. She learned to hunt, fish, and play horseshoes in order to be part of her husband's life. She will be remembered for the many hours she spent in St. Mary's kitchen working alongside the "church ladies" who were among her closest friends. Margaret was a good woman. She was proud of being a Navy veteran of WWII and happiest when surrounded by her family. A true stoic, she was a strong-willed woman who fought her illnesses with determination and without complaint. The family is grateful for the care and compassion she received from the staff of St. Louise Manor and Elizabeth Church Manor. Baba Mother Margaret will be missed but not forgotten by those who knew and loved her. Funeral services will be held Tuesday 10 a.m. at Dormition of the Virgin Mary Orthodox Church, 54 Baxter Street, Binghamton with Rev. Ilya Gotlinsky officiating. Burial will be in the parish cemetery. Rev. Gotlinsky will conduct a prayer service Monday at 6:45 p.m. in the Chopyak-Scheider Funeral Home, 326 Prospect Street, Binghamton where the family will receive friends on Monday 4-7 p.m. Expressions of sympathy in Margaret's memory may be made to her church, Elizabeth Church's Activity Fund, the Alzheimer's Association , or a charity of your choice

Joan A James (1945-2012)

Parishville:  Mrs. Joan A. James, age 67, of Parishville, passed away on October 10, 2012 at the Highland Nursing Home in Massena, where she had been admitted the prior week. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, October 18th at 11 a.m. at the Garner Funeral Service. Friends may call at the Garner Funeral Service on Thursday morning from 9 a.m. until the time of the service.  In lieu of flowers contributions in her memory can be made to the Parishville Volunteer Fire and Rescue Squad. Online condolences for Joan can be sent at  Read full obituary click here Joan A. James, 67, Parishville | NorthCountryNow 


Chester Charles (Pop Pop) Albertson (1912-2012)

Wappingers Falls: Pop Pop died peacefully Sunday, August 26, 2012 at Wingate at Dutchess at the age of 99.  He was born December 22, 1912 in Marlboro, NY to Charles William and Priscilla Shipton Albertson.  He married Susan Margaret Downes on December 30, 1939 in Suffern, NY. She predeceased him on May 12, 2001 after 62 years of a very happy and loving marriage that always centered around his family.  He was a graduate of Marlboro High School in 1931 in a class of nine students and was their last living member.  He was a resident of Wappingers Falls for over 60 years.  Chet loved to play horseshoes, starting as a 14 year old on a farm in Marlboro, and was a standout in the Mid-Hudson Valley and New York State (NYS) for many years, always competing as Class A. He held the NYS championship many years as well as the Dutchess County Fair championships and the Syracuse State Fair championships. He was inducted into the NYS Hall of Fame for his outstanding achievements and contributions to the game of horseshoes in 1988. He was a founding member of the Mid-Hudson Horseshoe Pitcher's Association and was responsible for the return of horseshoes to the Dutchess County Fair in the early 80's and he proceeded to win the tournament many years.  To read more:  



Paul J. Canavan Sr.(1926-2012)

Fairmount: July 3, 2012  Paul Joseph Canavan Sr., 86, of Fairmount, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his children, following a battle with prostate cancer. He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Rita (McGee); four daughters, Margie (Gary) Gordon, Sally (Michael) Rozniak, Mary (William) Richardson and Betsy (Phil) Biggie; and five sons, Richard, Michael (Sue), Paul, William and Martin (Sue). His large and loving family includes 16 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.   Paul was born and raised in Scranton, PA, and relocated to the Syracuse area after serving in the Navy during WWII. He worked for the Post Office for 35 years, and after retirement for MONY for 10. He was a Eucharistic minister and a devout Catholic. He enjoyed family activities, horseshoes, bowling, gardening and was a devoted Yankees fan.   Paul's family would like to thank his caregivers for their professional and emotional support during his illness.   Calling hours are 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, July 6, at Edward J. Ryan & Son Funeral Home at 3180 Bellevue Avenue. A funeral Mass will be held on Saturday at 9 a.m. at Holy Family Church on Chapel Drive.   In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Central New York, 990 7th North Street, Liverpool, NY 13088.  Note: Paul was a member of the Syracuse Pioneer Horseshoe Club for many years.


Judy A. DiMartino (1944-2012)

Churchville: June 14, 2012. Survived by her husband, of 49 years, Michael J. DiMartino; children, Mike (Kathy Morales) DiMartino, John (Erin) DiMartino, Lynette (Matt) Latone, Joe (Lindsay) DiMartino; grandchildren, Mike, Justin, Cara, Alyssa, Jessica, Julia, Matt, Ethan, Ava; great-grandchild, Devyn; brother, Gary Miles; nieces & nephews. To light a candle of remembrance, please visit,

Judy's visitation will be held Monday 2-4 & 7-9 PM at the funeral home, 15 West Ave. in Spencerport. Her funeral service will be celebrated Tuesday 11:30 AM at First Bible Baptist Church, 990 Manitou Rd. Hilton, NY 14468. Interment in Creekside Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to First Bible Baptist Church, C/O Compass Care in Judy's memory.

Robert James Labrum

HUDSON FALLS-Robert James Labrum, 70, of North Street, surrendered his soul, peacefully to the heavenly Father, Saturday, March 17, 2012, at his home, with his loving family by his side, after a courageous battle with cancer.  Born Feb. 25, 1942, he was son of Lynwood and Madeline (Baker) Labrum.  Robert graduated in 1960 from Glens Falls High School. After graduating, Robert joined the U.S. Navy where he served for two years. Following an honorable discharge in 1962, he married his sweetheart, Sandra Brown.  He was predeceased by his father and favorite grandmother, Mary Church, who raised him.  Robert retired after 27 years with the NYS Department of Corrections. He continued his security career through 2011, working for various security agencies. 

Bob loved bowling and he held several offices in many local area leagues. He was also instrumental in forming Chapter 80 of the Eastern  Regional 700 Club. He organized several trips to the National 700 Club tournaments and attended them through 2011.  Bob also enjoyed pitching horseshoes in the Moreau Horseshoe Club. He always looked forward to attending horseshoe tournaments. On any given day you would be sure to see Bob at Stewart’s or at the Corner Diner, enjoying the company of all his friends and acquaintances in Hudson Falls.

Survivors include his devoted wife of 49 years, Sandra, whom he enabled to be a passionate stay-at-home mom, grandmother and great-grandmother; his daughter, Roberta Labrum; his two sons, Philip Labrum and his wife, Charity, and Alex Labrum and his wife, Pam; 10 grandchildren, Lacey, Sara, Zachary, Dakota, Philip, Brittney, Jacob, Christopher, Jared, and Brandon; six great-grandchildren, Elizabeth, Isabella, Danielle, Lily, Ayeden, and Noah; his father-in-law, Philip Brown, who is 100 years old, of Bolton Landing; and his two brothers-in-law, Donald Brown and Harold Brown and his wife, Sherylee, of Bolton Landing. Missing Bob will be his two canine companions, Miss Lily and Bessie, (who laid by his feet long after his death).  Due to immeasurable grief, private services will be conducted at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Robert’s loving memory may be made to C.R. Wood Cancer Center, 102 Park St., Glens Falls, NY 12801.  The family would like to thank his doctors, Dr. Michael Kolodzieg of New York Oncology and Hematology, Dr. Darci Gaiotti-Grubbs, Dr. John Stoutenburg, physician assistant, Lauren Cabana, and all of the nursing staff at the C.R. Wood Cancer Center, along with the staff of Tower Two. Heartfelt thanks to Sister Donna for spiritual guidance. A special thanks goes out to Washington County Hospice for ensuring that he would be at home as he wished.  Arrangements are entrusted to Carleton Funeral HomeInc., 68 Main St. in Hudson Falls.  Condolences may be emailed to

Clair Rigby

Webster: Sunday, December 25, 2011, age 90. He leaves his niece, Judy Haley and nephew, Edwin Clow; many cousins and dear friends.
Friends may call 2-5 PM Wednesday at Willard H. Scott Funeral Home, 12 South Ave., Webster where his Funeral Service will be held 11:00AM Thursday. Interment Webster Rural Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the American Legion, Cottreall Warner Post #942, 818 Ridge Rd., Webster, NY 14580. A special thank you to the staff at the Maplewood Nursing Home for their compassion and care provided to Clair.

Mike DiMartino lost NHPA Member and good friend Clair Rigby who was his doubles partner and traveled with him to seven World Tournaments. Clair lived to be 90 yrs old. He was born on Thanksgiving Day and passed on Christmas Day.

Edward "Ed" Ryder

WATERLOO- Edward A. Ryder, 70, formerly of Waterloo, N.Y., died unexpectedly on Sunday, (March 4th) in Pearl City, Hawaii.
Friends and family are invited to call Friday, (March 16, 2012) from 4 to 5 p.m. at Mull Funeral Home, 113 Virginia Street, Waterloo. A celebration of the life of Edward will be held at 5 p.m., following the calling hours, at the funeral home. Rev. James H. Adams, rector of the St. Peters Episcopal Church, will officiate.  Full obit can be read at

John D.Mills

Livingston Manor-John D. Mills, 35, passed away May 22, 2011.  John was born February 19, 1976, he left behind wife Kim and two sons.  John had played horseshoes at the Andes Horseshoe Club, league and sanctioned tournament play.  He was loved by all that knew him, he will be sadly missed.