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Today's Death Notices

Walter J. Diamond, 97, of Sherburne

Last Week's Obituaries

William H. Blackburn

Published on: Monday, February 23, 2015


NORWICH – William H. Blackburn, 97, of Norwich, formerly of East Hartford, CT, passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 19, 2015, at Norwich Rehab and Nursing Center.

Bill was born on November 6, 1917, in Coventry, CT, son of the late William Harold and Elsie Haynes Blackburn. On October 17, 1942, he married Barbara White in Hartford, CT.

Bill spent the majority of his working career at Billings & Spencer, Hartford, CT, where he was Assistant to the President, and its acquisition, Peck, Stowe and Wilcox. Following that, he worked at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft, East Hartford, CT, until his retirement on November 30, 1982.

Bill was a devoted and loving husband and father. He had a wonderful sense of humor and would joyfully tease those he loved the most. He was an avid golfer. He was made a 32nd Degree Mason on May 5, 1956, and a Noble of the Mystic Shrine on May 26, 1956. After the death of his wife in 1978, he became a devoted caretaker for his son, William (Topper), and they lived together for many years before they both relocated to Norwich, taking up residence on Fuller Road. Bill subsequently made Norwich Rehab and Nursing Center his home, where he made many friends and shared lots of laughs with both the residents and staff. He will be dearly missed.

Bill is survived by his children, Jean Blackburn and her partner Kay Benjamin of Norwich, and William H. (Topper) Blackburn, Jr., of Norwich. He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Barbara, and sisters Elizabeth Moon and Beatrice Ansaldi. He is survived by his brother-in-law, Mario Ansaldi, of Bolton, CT, his dear friend, Nancy Meikile, McLean, Simsbury, CT, and two nieces and a nephew.

A memorial service for William will be held on Wednesday, February 25, 2015, at 1:30 at the R.J. Fahy Funeral Home in Norwich. The Rev. Mr. Joseph F. Connolly, Pastor of the United Church of Christ in Norwich, will officiate. Interment will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, Rocky Hill, CT.

Minnie G. Ellis

Published on: Wednesday, February 25, 2015


NORWICH – Minnie G. Ellis, 96, of Norwich, passed away peacefully, and with full faith in God, on Sunday 2/22/15 in Chenango Memorial Hospital, after a brief illness. Minnie was a local businesswoman, active member of the community, and friend to a great many. She was born in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania, to the Rev. Daniel and Helen Baroody George and attended schools in Geneva, NY. She married G. Donald Ellis in 1948 and raised two children. Minnie owned and operated hair salons in Geneva and Seneca Falls, competed in hair fashion competitions, and judged cosmetology student competitions. She was a charter member of the Seneca Falls Business and Professional Women organization. Upon relocating to Norwich in 1962, she established and ran Minnie’s Beauty Shoppe for some 20 years, during and after which she assisted her husband for 15 years in the operation of an H and R Block tax preparation office. While raising her children, Minnie was busy as a Boy Scout den mother, a Girl Scout troop leader, an elementary school room mother, and a Band Parents booster. She was a devoted and active parishioner of Emmanuel Episcopal Church, where she served for many years in the Altar Guild, as treasurer of Emmanuel Women, as a Sunday School teacher, and as an usher/greeter. Minnie was a long time member, and a former president and treasurer, of the North Norwich Garden Club, was a member of the Norwich Home Bureau, which she served as first vice president and scholarship chairperson, and as an active member of the Republican Party worked as a clerk and inspector for the Board of Elections on election days for many years. Minnie was a charter member of the Norwich Elks 1222 Lodge Women’s Auxiliary, and competed in the Elks bowling league for years. She volunteered her help during many events and activities of the local Red Cross, the Chenango County museum, and the American Cancer society. She enjoyed learning about and creating a wide variety of crafted items, including ceramics, quilts, caned chairs, and knitted/crocheted items. Minnie’s favorite pastime, though, was golfing. She and her husband took up the game in their forties after moving to Norwich, and enjoyed participating in many leagues and competitions, primarily at the beautiful Canasawacta Country Club. Despite her arthritis and shoulder injuries, Minnie developed into a fine golfer, and was awarded a Most Improved Golfer certificate by Golf Digest magazine for her 1972 season at CCC. She went on to win various competitions and flights over the years, and to score two holes-in-one. In retirement, she and her husband played many courses in Myrtle Beach and Florida, and enjoyed following PGA tour events and meeting many of pros. She continued to golf into her nineties, and was especially proud to be inducted into the Greater Norwich Golfer’s Hall of Fame in 2011. Minnie was proud of her Syrian/Lebanese heritage, and was the daughter of the founder of St. Michael’s Syrian Orthodox Church in Geneva. Her homemade Syrian bread was a legendary treat among her family and friends, and Minnie was especially delighted when asked to provide her unleavened bread for use in the consecration service of the Episcopalian Bishop in Syracuse in 1980. Minnie was an energetic, fun-loving, hard-working, outspoken, and resilient woman who was drawn to almost any social gathering where she was often the life of the party. She dearly loved concerts, jokes, hugs, parades, playing cards, going out for a cup of coffee with friends, lottery tickets, dancing, writing lengthy handwritten letters, playing slot machines, learning to play the piano, and the beautiful hills of the Chenango valley. Her enthusiasm and interest in the world did not diminish with age, and she was honored with a plaque in the Women’s Hall of Fame and a write-up on their website on the occasion of her 90th birthday in 2008 (, Book of Lives and Legacies). Minnie is survived by her son, Daniel Ellis, her daughter, Cynthia Ellis Killian, and her son-in-law, John Killian, and by many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband of 48 years, Don Ellis, in 1997, and by all nine of her siblings. Minnie would thank you kindly for any contributions in her memory to Emmanuel Episcopal Church, West Main St., Norwich, and to any programs in any community that support music education.

A memorial service for Minnie will be held on Friday, February 27, 2015, at 11:00 am from the Emmanuel Episcopal Church of Norwich. The Very Rev. Charles Taylor, Rector, will officiate.

Friends may call at the Emmanuel Episcopal Church on Friday from 10-11 am.

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

Robert L. Davis

Published on: Wednesday, February 25, 2015


SHERBURNE – Robert L. “Omar” Davis, 70, of Classic St., passed away Sunday, February 22, 2015 at Chenango Memorial Hospital in Norwich.

He was born August 9, 1944 in Manhattan, a son of Coleridge and Louise Bell Reid. Omar married Susan E. Bruno on December 3, 1998 in Sherburne. He had previously been married to Patsy Rogers. Omar was a chef at various area restaurants, most recently at Denny’s in Binghamton. He was dedicated to helping and counseling troubled youths through his “bad boys club”. He and Susan also reached out to the needy by providing them with food during the holidays.

He was a member of the Crossroads Church in Sherburne.

Surviving are his wife, Susan; his mother, Louise Reid of NYC; his mother-in-law, Eva Neal of Sherburne, whom he adored; his children, Robert (Gloria) Davis, Jr. of CT; Adrian (Gwen) Davis of NJ; Bridget (Roger) Jones of MD; Todd Davis, Shane Palmer (Kristi Miller), Shannon Palmer (A.J. VanSteinburg), Steven (Brittney) Palmer, Jr., all of Sherburne; sisters, Rita Head of NJ; Hazel Head, Dolores Head and Anita Reid, all of NYC; brothers, Earl Reid and Coleridge Reid, of NYC; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by three sisters, Gloria, Shawn and Deborah.

Funeral services will be held at 6pm Friday, February 27, 2015 from the Burgess & Tedesco Funeral Home, 10 S. Main St., Sherburne.

Interment is private at the convenience of his family.

Friends are invited to call at the funeral home on Friday from 5-6pm prior to the service.

Contributions in his memory may be made to a church of charity of your choice.

To send a condolence and sign the Book of Memories online go to

Julie A. Parrish

Published on: Wednesday, February 25, 2015


EL PASO, IL – Julie A. Parrish, 37, of El Paso, IL, died at 8:35 a.m. Sunday, February 22, 2015 at her residence.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday at Calvert-Johnson & Froelich Memorial Home, El Paso with Rev. Bill Vandervoort officiating. Burial will follow at Hinthorn Cemetery, Lake Bloomington. Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the memorial home.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the family.

Julie was born May 29, 1977 in Monticello, IL the daughter of Herbert D. and Margaret M. Clark Warren. She married William A. “Bill” Parrish on March 21, 1998 in El Paso, IL

He survives along with three children Blade, Emily, and Elyssa Parrish all of El Paso; her parents Herb and Margaret Warren of Anchor; two brothers John (Rhonda) Warren of Pontiac and Jim (Valerie) Warren of Champaign; mother-in-law Cora Parrish of Normal, sister-in-law Laurie Stine, grand mother –in-law Mary Vandergraft, her aunt Becky Vandergraft all of El Paso; She has four nieces Tiffany (Coleman) Kangley, Taylor Seal, Gabrielle and Heather Stine and one nephew Gavin Warren.

Julie was a member of the Hudson Christian Church. She loved to read, watch classic movies, camp and fish. She was an avid Detroit Lions Fan. She worked at DuPont in El Paso as a Technician for over 5 years. Julie loved her church and her family.

Alan L. Golden

Published on: Wednesday, February 25, 2015


NORWICH – Alan L. Golden, 66, of Norwich, NY passed away on Monday February 23, 2015 at his home.

Alan was born on March 23, 1948 in Norwich to the late Sherwood and Floretta Burdick Golden. A Norwich resident for the majority of his life, Alan served his country from 1968 to 1969. In 1983 he started his life-long career with the New York State Department of Corrections, wherein he worked until his retirement in 2001, his last stint of which was in Camp Georgetown. To best describe Alan one could say he was a typical Golden with a great sense of humor. He loved doing things with his family like none other especially his grandchildren. Alan loved visiting with almost anybody, but those visits always had to be scheduled around his coffee time with friends. He found his passion in the outdoors, as an avid outdoorsman Alan spent much time hunting and fishing and loved spending time at his lake house at Bradley Brook.

Alan is survived by his wife of 35 years Shirley Golden, his daughters; Melissa Kreiner of Earlville, Hope (Shawn) Lambrecht of Oneonta, Rustina (Jody) Ruf of Gloversville, and Alana Golden of Norwich and his faithful dog Nitro. He is also survived by his grandchildren Morgan Kreiner, Chase Kreiner, Katrina Skinner, Trey Lambrecht, Skye Lambrecht, Ariel Ruf, Jody Ruf Jr., Cory Miller, and Alex Helpling, his brothers Sonny (Jessie) Golden and Donnie (Dawn) Golden, and his brother and sister in-laws Bob and Mary Barnes of Ithaca, Linn Monday of Norwich, and Tom and Annette Monday also of Norwich.

Alan is predeceased by his parents, his brothers Edward, William, and Frank, his Sister-In_Laws Velma Diamond and Patricia Monday and his dog Rocky.

A funeral Service for Alan will be held on Thursday February 26, 2015 at the R.J. Fahy Funeral Home, Norwich NY at 2pm with Rev David Spiegel pastor of the First Baptist Church of Norwich officiating. Friends may come to call from 12 pm noon until the time of the services. Interment will be at the Mt. Hope Cemetery of Norwich in the spring.

Those wishing may also express their condolences by visiting the funeral home’s website at

Daniel Williams

Published on: Wednesday, February 25, 2015


OXFORD – Daniel “Danny” “Bumpa” Williams, 64 of Oxford went to be with his Lord on February 23, 2015. He was born on August 3, 1950 in Norwich a son of the Harry and Barbara (More) Williams, Sr.

He is survived by his wife, Paula (English) Williams of Oxford; his mother, Barbara Williams of Oxford; his children and grandchildren, Luke and Ashley Williams and children, Emily, Haley and Addison of Oxford, Paul and Lacey Williams of Oneonta, Seth and Sarah Williams and daughter Maggie of Norwich, and Sarah and Matthew Leach and children, Clara and Reid of Oxford; his brothers and sisters, Harry and Christine Williams, Jr. of Temple, TX, Michael and Carol Williams of Oxford, Peter and Mary Williams of Norwich, Dorothy and James Boyd of Willow Springs, NC, Katherine and Michael Wilcox of Greene, and Susanna Colquitt of Oxford; his mother in law, Susan English of Greene; his brothers in law and sisters in law, Jon and Kathy English of Piffard, NY, Tom and Karen Zabadal of St. Joseph, MI, and Chris and Jo Ann English of Greene. Many nieces and nephews also survive. He was predeceased by his father, Harry Williams, Sr.

Danny was a graduate of Oxford Academy and Central School. He served in the US Army as a helicopter pilot during the Viet Nam War and received 5 Air Medals and 3 Bronze Stars. He was a former town justice for the Town of Smithville and had also been a Deputy Sheriff for Chenango County. He was currently serving as Treasurer of the Warn Ten Broeck Cemetery and on the Board of Commissioners of the Brisben Fire Department. He was a member of Faith Bible Church in Oxford, where he served on the Advisory Board and Treasurer and sang in the choir. He was known for his quick dry wit and being practical and down to earth. He loved helping others and being Mr. Fix-It. He enjoyed being an outdoorsman, woodworker, farmer and taking care of animals. He formerly flew an ultra-light and small engine planes.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 28, 2015 at11:00 AM from Faith Bible Church, 45 Butler St., Oxford, NY with Rev. Norman Holtz officiating. Burial will be in the spring in Warn Ten Broeck Cemetery.

Friends may call at the Behe Funeral Home, 21 Main St., Oxford on Friday from 5:00 to 8:00 PM. Memorial contributions may be made to Faith Bible Church, PO Box 128, Oxford, NY, Warn Ten Broeck Cemetery, or the Brisben Fire Department. . Friends and family may share their memories and condolences by visiting

Richard L. Dubois

Published on: Thursday, February 26, 2015


OXFORD – Richard L. DuBois, 85 of Oxford passed away on February 24, 2015 at Wilson Memorial Hospital, Johnson City, surrounded by his family. He was born on January 27, 1930 in Brockport, NY a son of the late Herbert S. and Jeanette (LaVier) DuBois. On November 30, 1958 in North Pitcher he married Shirley Mae Franklin, who survives.

Besides his wife, Shirley, he is survived by his children, Rick DuBois of Oxford, Richard L. DuBois of Heber, AZ and Paula and Roger Barrows of Oxford; his brother, Donald DuBois of North Pitcher; his sister, Patricia Conklin of Cortland and his grandchildren, Cassie, Kari, Catherine, Gabrielle, Alexandra and Joshua Barrows and Danielle Thompson and 10 great grandchildren. Several nieces and nephews, including his special nephew and niece Terry and Kelly DuBois, also survive. He was predeceased by his daughters, Diana DuBois and Shirley (Babe) DuBois; his sister Laverne and brothers Herbert and Paul Dean.

Dick attended Norwich and Oxford schools. He was the owner of DuBois Sand and Gravel and DuBois Equipment, where he bought and sold equipment. He enjoyed working on tractors and was a member of Tractors of Yesteryear. He had worked in construction for many years from the St. Lawrence Seaway to Arizona. He also built ponds and cabins to sell. He enjoyed camping, working in his shop, and traveling to Florida to spend winters.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 4:00 PM at the Behe Funeral Home, 21 Main St., Oxford with The Rev. David Hanselman officiating. Burial will be at a later date in Cortland Rural Cemetery.

Friends may call at the Behe Funeral Home, Oxford on Saturday from 2:00 to 4:00 PM. Memorial contributions may be made to the North Pitcher Community Heritage Society, Inc., PO Box 23, North Pitcher, NY 13124. Friends and family may share their memories and condolences by visiting

Beverly “bev” A. Brill

Published on: Friday, February 27, 2015


NEW BERLIN – Beverly “Bev” A. Brill, 58 yrs. old of New Berlin, NY passed away with her loving family by her side along with her beloved pug Otis on February 25, 2015 at her home in New Berlin, NY.

Bev was born on February 17, 1957 in New Berlin, NY the daughter of Clyde & Wanda (Gregory) Wright.

Her childhood was spent in the South New Berlin and Morris NY areas. She was a 1976 graduate of Madison Central School. On February 19, 1983 she married Gerald Brill who survives her.

She worked for many years with the New Berlin Central School and also at Riverbend Golf Course in New Berlin. At the time she became ill, she was employed by Chase Memorial Nursing Home.

Bev was an avid New England Patriots fan. She loved having BBQ’s and being outside.

She is survived by her mother; Wanda Gregory, her daughter; Loretta Brill husband Reuben Bice, grandsons; Scott Brill & Bryton Bice, siblings; Linda Williams and husband Tom, Bruce Wright and wife Karen, Brian Wright and wife Denise and Paula Murphy and husband Kevin as well as numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, March 2, 2015 at 1:00 PM at the Dakin Funeral Home LP with Pastor Richard Anderson officiating. Calling hours will be held from 11:00-1:00 PM prior to the funeral service.

The interment will be held in the Fairview Cemetery, New Berlin, NY later in the spring.

Memorial donations may be made to the Chenango Area Hospice or the First United Methodist Church of New Berlin, NY.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at

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