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Larry Gene Wood

Published on: Friday, May 13, 2016

LARRY GENE WOOD

Larry Gene Wood – It is with deep and heavy sadness that we announce the death of Larry Gene Wood, who passed on May 6th in Weston, FL, at the age of 68.

A lifelong resident of South Otselic, he was better known to friends and family as “Granny.” Born on January 11, 1948, the oldest of four sons, to the late Eugene Leon Wood and Beatrice Mae Moore. Larry will be fondly remembered by family and friends as a loving fiancé, father and grandfather.

Larry graduated from South Otselic School in 1965 where he excelled at baseball, basketball and soccer. He played soccer and basketball in college and following his graduation from SUNY Cobleskill in 1968, he continued to excel at sports, namely softball and golf. Larry was a long-time member of the Knickerbocker Country Club. He was a lifelong fan of the Syracuse Orange, New York Yankees, and New York Giants.

An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed fishing, hunting, trapping, or just taking long walks in the woods. He was happiest in his tree stand, "The Office”, where he filled most of his tags. He shared this love of the outdoors with his family and enjoyed passing on many of his skills to his children and grandchildren.

His career was largely spent in the rope braiding business, working at Continental Cordage in Cazenovia, from where he retired in 2003.

In their retirement, Larry and Joann enjoyed spending winters in the Fort Pierce and Vero Beach, FL, area where they soaked up the sunshine, relaxed on the beach and he continued working on his golf game. He also took this time to become an avid reader, both on and off line. He would share this love with many of his family and friends through daily Facebook messages on a variety of topics. He loved sharing all of this with the many visitors they had while they were there.

Larry’s greatest passion was his family. He could always be found supporting his fiancée, brothers, children and grandchildren in all of their various activities and sports. He always had a smile on his face and everyone who knew him, loved him.

He is survived by the love of his life, Joann Eaton Parker, his son and best friend, Eugene (Heather) Wood; beloved daughter, Daveni (Peter) Amos; grandchildren, Gabrielle, Griffin, Sophia and Vivian Amos and Ellie and Payne Wood; brothers, Gary (Sue) Wood, Jeffrey (Lori) Wood and Steven (Teri) Wood; several nieces and nephews; stepchildren Carly (Ty) Montgomery, Corbin Parker (Tracie) and their children, Alyssa Montgomery and Jordan Harmon and Joann's mother, Joan Eaton.

The family will be present to receive friends at the K.L. Sharp Funeral Home, Cincinnatus, NY, on Wednesday May 18, 2016, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. A private memorial service will be held at the funeral home on Thursday, May 19, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. with Jeanne Angell officiating. To leave a personal message for the family, please visit www.klsharpfuneralhome.com.


Susan Fairchild Eccleston

Published on: Friday, May 13, 2016

SUSAN FAIRCHILD ECCLESTON

Susan Fairchild Eccleston, 59, of Selkirk, NY, and formerly of McDonough, NY, passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 12, 2016, at her childhood home in McDonough, while surrounded by her family with her two sons by her side.

Sue was born in New Berlin, NY, on August 1, 1956, the daughter of Richard and Ruth Maine Fairchild. She carried a selfless-heart devoted to the service and care of others. Sue was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church, Ravena, NY, and a member of the Ravena Grange. Prior to moving to Selkirk, she had been employed with the Chenango County Department of Social Services for 24 years before accepting a position with the NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, where she worked for ten years, until her retirement.

She is survived by her sons, Matthew (April) Stratton, of Bourbonnais, IL and Derek Stratton of New York, NY; her step-children, Bret (Patricia Kelsey) Eccleston of Cincinnatus, Robin (Andrew) Clark of Cincinnatus, and Bridget Beluskov of Taylor, SC. She also leaves behind her father, Richard Fairchild of McDonough; brothers, Robert (Jo) Fairchild of McDonough and James (Tierney) Fairchild of NC; a sister, Linda (Charles) Mead of NC; four grandchildren; six step-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was predeceased by her husband, Llewellyn “Wally” Eccleston, on March 14, 2016, and her mother, Ruth Fairchild, in 2015.

The family will be present to receive friends at the K.L. Sharp Funeral Home, Cincinnatus, NY, on Sunday, May 15, 2016, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Monday, May 16, 2016, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Monday at 1:00 p.m. with her pastor, Reverend David E. Smith officiating. Burial will be in Taylor Rural Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy in memory of Sue may be directed to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123. To leave a personal message for the family, please visit www.klsharpfuneralhome.com.


John F. Brigham

Published on: Friday, May 13, 2016

JOHN F. BRIGHAM

John F. Brigham, 82 of New Berlin passed away on May 12, 2016 at Valley View Manor Nursing Home, Norwich. He was born on October 4, 1933 in Smithville Flats a son of the late Floyd and Elizabeth (McGowan) Brigham. On August 21, 1976 he married Eleanor Hoag who survives.

Besides his wife, Eleanor, he is survived by his sons, Charles and Christine Brigham of Waterville, Brian Brigham of New Berlin; his daughters, Kelly Brigham of West Caldwell, NJ and Terry Ray of New Berlin; his sister, Dorothy Maloche of Virginia. Several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins also survive. He was predeceased by his son, John Brigham, Jr; his brother Burton Brigham and his sisters, Margaret Carey and Arlene (Betty) Cummings.

John was a proud member of Local 1249 IBEW in Syracuse and worked for them for many years. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, and playing card.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday, May 1, 2016 at 2:30 PM from the Behe Funeral Home, 21 Main St., Oxford, NY with Richard Howard officiating. Burial will be in Hillington Cemetery, Morris, NY.

Friends may call at the Behe Funeral Home on Sunday from 12:30 PM until the time of the service. Friends and family may share their memories and condolences by visiting www.behefuneralhome.com.


Eugene Kulakosky

Published on: Monday, May 16, 2016

Eugene Kulakosky was born in Lakewood, PA to Bernard J. Kulakosky and Eva Novak Kulakosky on 3 May 1930. By the time he started school, the family had moved to Callicoon, NY on the Delaware river, where his father managed a local creamery. The river and its tributaries provided ample recreational opportunities for Gene and his friends, between winter skating and summertime swimming and canoeing.

Gene started working in commercial concerns early in his life, working in the Victory Market in Callicoon in addition to a plant nursery and a drug store. After graduation from high school he managed the Victory Market in Woodbourne, NY.

He probably would have continued in the retail food business and married, but the Federal government had other plans for him. Gene was drafted into the army, reported on 8 May 1951 in Binghamton and was sent to Camp Kilmer, NJ for training. Although military service was not in his plans, he was fortunate enough to serve in Germany as a food inspector for three years and enjoyed many of his experiences there.

After the military service delay, Gene was finally free to marry his schoolmate Harriet “Betty” Long in 1954, who had been filling her time with her professional development. They started their married life with Gene attending classes at the state university in Morrisville. He graduated with food technology credentials in 1955 and took a job in his field in a Barker NY frozen food production facility, Southland Foods. He gained practical experience in a fast-growing food technology as a production foreman for two seasons, before reaching out to Victory Markets looking for a more family-friendly job.

He accepted a job at the Victory headquarters and moved with Betty and two baby boys to Norwich. Then they moved to a new home on Alice Street in Oxford in 1959, where two daughters were added to the family. Gene resided in that family home for nearly 57 years. Most recently, for several months, he resided at the New York State Veterans’ Home where he benefitted from wonderful care from the staff.

Gene’s work led him to rise in the Victory organization as it grew. He was a buyer for many lines of merchandise over the years and finished his career as a senior vice president in the company. He particularly enjoyed fellowship with his co-workers along with the challenges of his tasks.

Gene gave much of his free time to service at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Oxford. He was very involved with his sons’ scouting activities and actively supported Betty’s Girl Scout involvement. He was an avid gardener, especially with more free time in retirement. Gene with Betty enjoyed traveling with their RV for many years. In recent years he enjoyed his time with his friends around senior mealtimes in Oxford.

Gene was predeceased by his wife, Betty: his son, Joseph Kulakosky; his father, Bernard J. Kulakosky; and his mother, Eva Novak Kulakosky.

His survived by his son Peter Kulakosky with his wife Jean Marie Peacock of New Orleans LA; his daughter; Mary Jefferson of Ellicott City, MD and her children Amanda and David Jefferson; his daughter Susan Kulakosky of Endicott, NY; and her son Matthew Baquero. He is also survived by several loved uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews, grandnephews and grandnieces.

Gene’s family thanks faithful friends and neighbors for their care and devotion to his welfare in later years, especially parishioners at St. Joseph’s, the Lee family and Naida Baer.

Gene passed away on 13 May 2016 in Oxford. His funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday 20 May at 11 AM at St. Joseph’s RC Church, State St., Oxford. Friends and family are encouraged to call at Behe Funeral Home, 21 Main St., Oxford on 19 May from 2-4, and 6-8 PM.

Memorial contributions may be made to the cemetery fund at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, PO Box 352, Oxford NY. Friends and family may share their memories and condolences by visiting www.behefuneralhome.com.


Richard J. Doolittle

Published on: Monday, May 16, 2016

Richard J. Doolittle, 98, of Bainbridge passed away on May 8, 2016 at his childhood home and where he had resided for more than the last fifty years. He was born on September 1, 1917 in Coventry, NY to the late Jesse and Mabel Doolittle and was married to the late Margaret Stevens Doolittle for seventy-three years. He was also predeceased by his brother Paul Doolittle, his sister Ruth Sheldon Hendrickson and nephew Ronald VanderMark.

Richard is survived by his brother Frank Doolittle of Bainbridge, his children Donna (Niles) Johnson Brown of Tully, NY, Karen Champion of Virginia, John of Bainbridge and James of Rome, NY; Grandchildren Amy (Derek) Vogt, Timothy Johnston both of PA, Brian (Shelley) Beaumont of Burdette, NY, Stacy (Ken) Rounds, Mariel (Frank) Lewis, Allen Beaumont, all of VA, Michelle (Jeff) Nestler of Glens Falls, John Doolittle, Jr of Bainbridge, Samantha Doolittle of Utica, NY, and fifteen great-grandchildren. He also leaves nieces and nephews Daniel VanderMark, David VanderMark, Lora Corson, Nancy Hall, Fred, Charles, Paul and David Sheldon, Fern Henderson and Albert Hendrickson.

Richard “Dick” was a worker; he liked to be busy. When he was too young to work in his father’s mill, he worked on farms in the area milking cows by hand. In the late 1930’s he travelled to the Midwest to find farm work but found little so he returned home. He did seasonal work at Borden’s during the “flush” season and worked in a defense-exempt position at American Separator before going to work at Borden’s full time. Most of his adult life he worked more than one job at a time.

While at Borden’s, Richard was drafted into the US Army during WW II. After training at Camp Chaffee in Arkansas, he fought in the Tunisian Campaign led by Patton against Rommel. From North Africa he went to Italy with the 1st Armored Division and participated in amphibious landings at Salerno and Anzio. He spent the remainder of the war in Italy going north to the Swiss border. After VE Day, he was assigned to Occupational Duty to stop Tito’s aggression into Italy. Even in the Army, Richard kept busy volunteering for extra duty and frequently putting himself in harm’s way. He finally left for home from Leghorn Italy. Coincidently, he passed away on the 71st anniversary of VE Day.

After the War, Richard returned to Borden’s where he worked for nearly 40 years.

However his heart was with the dairy industry. He moved and rebuilt a house for his young family on his parent’s farm. He gradually built a dairy there. He started shipping milk in 1957 and shipped for 57 years until the herd was dispersed. He continued his interest in the dairy industry until the end, reading dairy magazines and newspapers and commenting on what was happening in the business.

Richard enjoyed playing checkers and Parchisi – games he learned from his grandfather. He also was a Pinochle player. Every game was a challenge to him and you could see the strategy at work in every game.

A special thank you goes to his caregivers who made it possible for him to be at home for the last nearly two years. He enjoyed their company and was glad to see them come in.

Services for Richard will be held at the C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, Sidney, NY on Friday, May 20, 2016 at 1:00pm. Friends may call from noon until the start of the service at 1pm. Committal services for Richard and Margaret Doolittle with follow in the West Bainbridge Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the West Bainbridge Cemetery Assn, c/o Dennis Fletcher, 3223 St. Hwy 206 Bainbridge, NY 13733.

Condolences may be shared online at www.landersfh.com.

Arrangements are under the direction of C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, Sidney.


Ronald A. Tribotti

Published on: Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Ronald A. Tribotti, 73, passed away on Monday, May 16, 2016 at the Norwich Rehabilitation and Nursing Home with his partner at his side.

Ron was the only son born to the late Phillip and Alice (Lanzella) Tribotti on June 1, 1942, in Bronx, NY. He grew up and attended school in the Bronx and in later years worked a variety of jobs from retail sales to driving a cab to dog grooming. In 1971, Ron met his partner, Robert Law, and for 45 years they lived together.

Ron enjoyed many activities including fishing, boating, and bicycling just to name a few, interspersed with frequent trips to the Bronx Zoo. Ron donated a large commercial incubator that helped the Zoo with their breeding program for a certain coastal bird species. Helping any way he could came naturally to Ron, like the time he noticed that a man who obviously had too much to drink was aimlessly wandering on foot at night on a busy street. Ron took the guy by the arm and got him out of harm’s way, and also had someone give the guy a ride away from there. And then there was the time when Ron, as a member of the civic association anti-crime patrol in his Bronx neighborhood, was one of two people who pursued and apprehended a man who had just grabbed a woman’s purse right out of her hand and was running away with it. This was how Ron lived his life. Some people have awards for their achievements, Ron helped people, and that was enough for him.

In addition to living in the Bronx, he and his partner resided at times in Westchester and on Long Island which suited Ron just fine. He was comfortable anywhere he chose to call home. Whether he was visiting or had friends over they always enjoyed his good company, a pleasant mix of laughter, and the chit chat that people seem to be fond of, especially when accompanied by cake and coffee. He dabbled a little in restoring old furniture and got to be quite good at it. While living in Westchester he served for a time as president of The Westchester Gay Men’s Association, a small group that held well-attended weekly discussions on topics of interest to the local gay community and whose members manned a volunteer hotline that dealt with issues of people who called in. It was Ron’s wish that the group take a more proactive petitioning and lobbying of elected officials approach to advocating for gay rights, and he received the support of the members to accomplish that.

In 1990, a job change for his partner had them relocating to the town of Pitcher in Chenango County, with a change from activities he had enjoyed when younger to more sedate pastimes such as local motoring, garage sale bargain hunting, season tickets to Binghamton Arena hockey games, and a good television program, preferably something with music because he always sang along and knew the words to many if not all the tunes that were playing. His family loved him.

Ron is survived by his partner of 45 years Robert Law, sister Phyllis Kern of Sayville, NY, cousin Jacqueline Mercogliano and husband Ralph of New Hyde Park, NY, cousin Richard Anobile and wife Elizabeth of Toronto, Canada, nephews, Joseph and Christopher Garafola, and by his cherished schnauzers, Bri, Xylo, and Simone.

A heartfelt thanks to the staff at Bassett Medical Center, Chenango Memorial Hospital, and the Norwich Rehabilitation & Nursing Center for providing Ron exceptional care and comfort in his time of need.

A private committal service will take place at Wayside Rest Cemetery at the convenience of the family. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted with the Wilson Funeral Home. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit the funeral home website at www.wilsonfh.com.


Kevin L. Meek

Published on: Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Kevin L. Meek, 60, of Oxford, New York, passed away unexpectedly May 15, 2016.

Kevin took pride in everything he did during his life from his work as a self-employed contractor, to his love and passion for the Holstein Breed of cows. He enjoyed gardening and recently took on the legacy of growing and selling “Meek’s Corn” which he inherited from his Dad.

Kevin had a good heart and a remarkable stash of knowledge which he shared with anyone seeking him out for information.

He is survived by his long-time partner, Cheri (Weeks) Ring of Oxford, brothers, Bradley Meek of Port Jefferson, NY, James (Linda) Meek of Oxford, Ronald (Kathy) Meek of Norwich, Gary (Deb) Meek of Canandaigua, NY and sister, Elaine (Bill) Lavacca of Sagamore Beach, MA, several nieces and nephews. He is also survived by Cheri’s children, Catherine Sherman of Norwich and Matthew Ring of Norwich and Cheri’s grandchildren.

Kevin was predeceased by his parents, Archie and Gertrude Meek and brother Charles (Chipper) Meek.

At Kevin’s request, there will be no funeral services. There may be a Celebration of Life scheduled at a later date.

Contributions in Kevin’s memory may be made to the Norwich or Oxford Emergency Squad or a charity of your choice.

Arrangements are with the R.J.Fahy Funeral Home.


Ward H. Dewey

Published on: Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Our Ward Dewey, 90, of Sherburne, NY started farming in heaven on April 30, 2016. The last child of Wayne and Anna Dewey, Ward was born at his parent’s farmhouse on January 2, 1926 and joined his older siblings Margie Chase (deceased), Doris Wolf (deceased), Russell Dewey (deceased) and Edna Satterlee (deceased). He graduated from Sherburne High School in 1943, bought his parents farm in 1948, and married M. Jean Barnes of Sherburne in 1950. Over the years, Ward and Jean welcomed five children to Dewey Nob - Wanda, Tim, Allen, Connie and Chris. Ward loved farming, family and friends. He also had a special talent for gardening, music, woodworking, painting and keeping all of us warm with his wood stove. He loved good home cooked food and sharing the flowers and vegetables from his garden. His gentle nature was a gift to all of us.

Ward is survived by his children, Tim and Betti Dewey of Mesa Arizona, Colleen (Connie) and David Dewey-Wright of Owego, NY and Chris Dewey and Laurie McLellan of North Chili, NY. Ward has eight grandchildren: Brett Glazier, Amy Lindsay, Meghan Kelly, Michael Dewey, Kristi Mumford, Jordan Keller, Kendra Dewey-Wright, Lauren Dewey-Wright and two step grandchildren, Max Van Arsdale and Mya Haskins. He has eight great grandchildren: Mitchell and Max Glazier, Alexis and Ayden Lindsay, Charles and Robert Dewey, Amelia Mumford, Christopher Haskins and three on the way! Twenty two people had the honor and privilege of calling him Uncle Ward. Ward is now joyfully reunited with his wife of 64 years, Jean Dewey (2015), his daughter, Wanda Kelly (1999), his son, Allen Dewey (1999) and his grandson, Logan Keller (2010) along with many other family members, friends, cats, dogs and cows.

A memorial celebration service of Ward Dewey’s life will be held on Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 2pm at the Sherburne United Church of Christ, South Main & East State Street, Sherburne, NY. Light refreshments will be served.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in Ward’s name may be sent to the Sherburne Fire Department Pageant Fund - 15 West State Street, Sherburne, NY 13460 or the Life Focus Fund at Chase Memorial Nursing Home - 1 Terrace Heights, New Berlin, NY 13411. This fund supports resident celebrations/programs and care of the animals at Chase.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Burgess & Tedesco Funeral Home, 10 S. Main St., Sherburne.

To send a condolence and sign the Book of Memories online go to www.burgessandtedescofuneralhomes.com.


Lois Eleanor Paino

Published on: Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Lois Eleanor Paino, 96, formerly of Norwich, NY passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 11, 2016, at the Hospice Inn at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany, NY.

She was born on October 7, 1919, to Gilman and Erma (Blood) Tanner of Norwich, NY. Lois was a member of the Norwich High School Class of 1938. On March 14, 1941, she married the love of her life, Frank Paino, of Norwich. They were happily married for 28 years, ending only with his death on December 30, 1969. She was a member of the Ave Maria Guild of St. Bartholomew’s Church.

She spent fourteen years living in Melbourne, Florida, before moving to Albany, where she was a longtime resident of Teresian House. She had a strong will, a sharp mind, and enjoyed crocheting and knitting, crossword puzzles, writing letters and cards, reading, chocolates, cats, and sitting outside in the sunshine. She especially loved butterflies.

Lois is survived by two daughters, Sheron (Tony) Box of Chico, CA, and Terri (Tom) Maxwell of Guilderland, NY. She had five grandchildren, Cathy (Mike) Kauffman of Fairport, NY; Michael (Mary) Box of Bakersfield, CA; Jim Box of Morrisville, NC; Tara (Jacob) Burke of Elmira, NY; and Justin Maxwell of Guilderland, NY. She also had five great-grandchildren, Anthony Box, Christopher Kauffman, Kyle Kauffman, Timmy (Amanda) Box, and Anna Box. She was predeceased by her husband, Frank; her sister, Bernice (Bill) Craig; and her brother, Raymond Tanner.

The family would like to thank Teresian House, and is especially grateful to the Hospice Inn at St. Peter’s for their wonderful care of Lois and her family during her passing.

A service was held at the Teresian House Chapel at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 14th. Interment will follow at a later date at St. Paul’s Cemetery in Norwich.

In lieu of flowers memorial gifts may be made to The Community Hospice Inn at www.comminityhospice.org .


Richard “dick” Morris

Published on: Thursday, May 19, 2016

Richard “Dick” Morris had his final day on Friday, May 13, 2016. This one day is a small footnote to the other amazing 31,452 days, that is 86 years, he enjoyed.

Dick’s family will hold a memorial service at the Morris Family Burial Ground in the All Saints Chapel in Morris, N.Y. on June 4, 2016 at 11:00 am. Immediately following the ceremony, there will be a gathering at the Baptist Church Fellowship Hall in Gilbertsville from noon – 4 pm. Please come and share your stories you had with a great man, Dick Morris.

A fitting celebration of life will be held on the farm in Gilbertsville, N.Y. for the one more Bob-O-Lynx barbeque and fireworks on July 16, 2016. With a wave of his hand and a thumbs up, Dick Morris bids “Toot-a-loo”!

A complete obituary for Dick will be published in the Friday edition of The Evening Sun.

Arrangements are with the R.J.Fahy Funeral Home.


Richard “dick” Morris

Published on: Friday, May 20, 2016

RICHARD ‘DICK’ MORRIS

Richard “Dick” Morris had his final day on Friday, May 13, 2016. This one day is a small footnote to the other amazing 31,452 days, that is 86 years, he enjoyed.

Born to Opal Stenson Morris and Charles V. Morris on March 11, 1930, he lived with his brother Rutherford and his sister Virginia in the Butternut Valley on the generational family farm in Gilbertsville, N.Y. The Great Depression instilled a work ethic that pushed limits. He has said they had “everything but money”, meaning he found all he needed, a sense of purpose, a lot of laughs, all without having stuff or a cell phone.

After a year at Manlius Academy and two years in Cornell, Dick returned home to the farm and met an Oneonta State co-ed. He married Margaret “Peg” Chase, a teacher, on July 31, 1955. Together, they enjoyed making home improvements, travel and keeping the birdfeeders full at the cabin on the farm he built for Peg upon her retirement from teaching. Their loving union lasted until Peg’s death in 2007, a span of 52 years. They had four children; the first was a stillborn daughter. The other three, Thomas, who is married to Lynn, Carol, married Skip Bozzo and Brenda, who is married to Matthew Lagoe, all held their dad’s hands over his final hours. Dick’s family extends to six grandchildren, Cooper Bozzo, Marshall and Samuel Lagoe and Taylor, Sierra and Elijah Morris, all who have their grandpa’s smile. Two special nephews, Jim and John of Mt. Upton, help keep the Morris tradition alive in the Butternut Valley.

In 2007, a very special woman entered into Dick’s life. Lura Edwards Todd became a loving companion and shared his North Norwich home since 2011. They continued to travel, enjoyed ice cream at Gilligan’s, played cards and marbles, and spent hours together on the farm in Gilbertsville. A wonderful nine years, but not long enough. Lura’s extended family has been a beautiful addition, more loving and caring people in his life. Thank-you.

It is hard to list all of the accomplishments, honors and relationships that encompass a purposeful life. Dick’s life was realized by his hard work, ethical bearing and creative mind; however, it was his youthful spirit and endearing soul that we all admired. As far as the list goes, it is in no particular order; friend, father, husband, grandfather, direct descendent of Lewis Morris (Signer of the Declaration of Independence), Norwich Lion’s Club president, Master of the Butternut’s Masonic Lodge, stock car racer, pilot, carpenter, welder, mason, Chenango County Fair Board Director, farmer, farm machinery dealer, road construction foreman, sharpshooter and bulldozer operator.

He loved the smell of dirt and machines. He built a cabin from trees he planted 50 years earlier, flipped houses 30 years before it became a TV series, adapted to home computers, still had a flip phone and used his last Chevy Equinox as a truck that still smells like chain saws. Dick was a baseball player and tried out for the Phillies. He was a fireworks fan, Oakland Raiders fan and a good guy.

For all of you who knew him well, he would often stop by to “shoot the breeze”. We will all miss him. As a tribute, pass that on as you meet people, shake their hand, look them in the eye, ask about them and have a conversation. Be productive, go get something done.

Dick’s family will hold a memorial service at the Morris Family Burial Ground in the All Saints Chapel in Morris, N.Y. on June 4, 2016 at 11:00 am. Immediately following the ceremony, there will be a gathering at the Baptist Church Fellowship Hall in Gilbertsville from noon- 4pm. Please come and share your stories you had with a great man, Dick Morris.

A fitting Celebration of Life will be held on the family farm in Gilbertsville, N.Y. for one more Bob-O-Lynx barbeque and fireworks on July 16, 2016. With a wave of his hand and a thumbs up, Dick Morris bids “Toot-a-loo”!

There will be no calling hours.

Donations may be made to Young Eagles of the EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association) which gives youth, ages 8-17, their first free airplane ride.

Donations may be sent to the local chapter at EAA Chapter 1204, PO Box 903, Norwich, NY 13815.

Arrangements are with the R.J.Fahy Funeral Home.


Lois Eleanor Paino

Published on: Friday, May 20, 2016

LOIS E. PAINO

Lois Eleanor Paino, 96, formerly of Norwich, NY passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 11, 2016, at the Hospice Inn at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany, NY.

She was born on October 7, 1919, to Gilman and Erma (Blood) Tanner of Norwich, NY. Lois was a member of the Norwich High School Class of 1938. On March 14, 1941, she married the love of her life, Frank Paino, of Norwich. They were happily married for 28 years, ending only with his death on December 30, 1969. She was a member of the Ave Maria Guild of St. Bartholomew’s Church.

She spent fourteen years living in Melbourne, Florida, before moving to Albany, where she was a longtime resident of Teresian House. She had a strong will, a sharp mind, and enjoyed crocheting and knitting, crossword puzzles, writing letters and cards, reading, chocolates, cats, and sitting outside in the sunshine. She especially loved butterflies.

Lois is survived by two daughters, Sheron (Tony) Box of Chico, CA, and Terri (Tom) Maxwell of Guilderland, NY. She had five grandchildren, Cathy (Mike) Kauffman of Fairport, NY; Michael (Mary) Box of Bakersfield, CA; Jim Box of Morrisville, NC; Tara (Jacob) Burke of Elmira, NY; and Justin Maxwell of Guilderland, NY. She also had five great-grandchildren, Anthony Box, Christopher Kauffman, Kyle Kauffman, Timmy (Amanda) Box, Anna Box and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Frank; her sister, Bernice (Bill) Craig; and her brother, Raymond Tanner.

The family would like to thank Teresian House, and is especially grateful to the Hospice Inn at St. Peter’s for their wonderful care of Lois and her family during her passing.

A service was held at the Teresian House Chapel at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 14th. Interment will follow at a later date at St. Paul’s Cemetery in Norwich.

In lieu of flowers memorial gifts may be made to The Community Hospice Inn at www.communityhospice.org.


James D. Halicy

Published on: Friday, May 20, 2016

JAMES HALICY

James D. Halicy, 75, of Norwich, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at the Norwich Rehabilitation and Nursing Center after convalescing following a recent surgery.

Born May 12, 1941, in Ellenville, NY, Jim was the son of Kerwick and Mary (O’Mara) Halicy. He was raised in Scipio Center, NY, and graduated in 1959 from Sherwood Central School. Jim earned degrees from both SUNY Geneseo and St. Rose College in Albany. He was called to serve in the Vietnam War as an MP with the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged. Jim eventually became a grants administrator at the DCMO BOCES educational campus in Norwich. After retiring from BOCES, he relocated to where he owned and operated a golfing range. Several years later, in the fall of 2014, Jim returned to Norwich.

Jim was a member of St. Paul’s Church and was a regular participant with the Adoration Society. He also volunteered at the nursing home at Chenango Memorial Hospital. Jim will also be remembered for his great love of animals and for his active participation in the activities of the Norwich Rotary Club.

Jim is survived by two brothers, Kerwick Halicy Jr. and Jerry (Ann) Halicy; a sister, Jeanne (Richard) Lindeman; a sister-in-law, Marie Halicy, several nieces and nephews, and many dear friends, including the Tuttle family. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Patrick Halicy.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Jim will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, May 23, 2016, at St. Paul’s Church. Burial will follow the service in St. Paul’s Cemetery. Friends are invited to call at the Wilson Funeral Home on Monday prior to the Mass from 9: 30 - 10:30 a.m.

Contributions in memory of Jim may be made to the Chenango County SPCA, 6160 County Road 32, Norwich, NY 13815.

To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit the funeral home website at: www.wilsonfh.com.


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