OAKSVILLE – Edwin W. Thorne, 84, retired parks foreman of the Otsego County Forestry Department, passed away late Friday afternoon, July 7, 2017, at Bassett Hospital surrounded by his loving family.
He was born Sept. 25, 1932, in Cooperstown a son of Loren E. and C. Emergene (Thayer) Thorne, and graduated with the Class of 1951 from Cooperstown High School.
On Oct. 10, 1953, Ed married Joyce Marie Cross in a ceremony at the Cooperstown Methodist Church.
He was employed by the county Forestry Department for 37½ years, involved with building several county parks, including the one at Copes Corners.
Actively involved with the Boy Scouts of America for over 50 years, Ed served as a Leader of Troop 7 and for 22 years was District camping chairman. A true outdoorsman, he loved camping with his family, hunting and fishing, and was a member of the Oneonta Pistol Team.
He was also a Life Member of the Fly Creek Area Historical Society and was noted for his pancakes at breakfasts sponsored by the Society. An avid woodworker, Ed could repair almost anything. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
Ed is survived by his loving wife and best friend for 64 years, Judy Thorne of Oaksville; two sons, Edwin W. Thorne, Jr. and wife, Patricia, of Sidney and Thomas L. Thorne and wife, Susan, of Cortland; one daughter, Lori Jean Scorzelli and husband, George of Warnerville; six grandchildren, Crystal Hurn of Cobleskill, Jessica Thorne of Woodside, Tamara Freed of McGraw, and Katrina, Matthew and Benjamin Thorne of Cortland; nine great-grandchildren, Victoria, Karissa, Lucas, Spencer, Harpyr, Makayla, Kristabella, Desmond and Serenity; two brothers, Ralph Thorne and wife, Delores, of Franklin Square and Marshall Thorne and wife, Sandra, of Cooperstown; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by one grandson, Shawn A. Hurn, who died Jan. 7, 2015.
Family and friends are welcome to pay their respects at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home, 82 Chestnut Street, Cooperstown, on Wednesday morning, July 12, 2017, beginning at 10 a.m.
A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 12, at the funeral home with Ed’s good friend Jim Atwell officiating. Burial will follow in the Fly Creek Valley Cemetery on Cemetery Road in Fly Creek.
Expressions of sympathy in the form of memorial gifts may be made to the Fly Creek Area Historical Society, P.O. Box 87, Fly Creek, NY 13337 or the Fly Creek Emergency Squad, P.O. Box 218, Fly Creek, NY 13337.
Arrangements are under the care and guidance of the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown.