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In Memoriam

Leonard Dabreau, 79; Retired To Family Farm In Hartwick

IN MEMORIAM: Leonard Dabreau, 79;

Retired To Family Farm In Hartwick

Leonard Dabreau Jr.

HARTWICK – Leonard D. Dabreau Jr, 79, of Davenport, Fla., who formerly had retired to the family farm in Hartwick, passed away on Saturday June 17, 2017, at his home in Florida.

Leonard was born in Bronx, NY on June 14, 1938, the son of the late Leonard D.  Sr and Anna Phillipavage Dabreau. He graduated from Cardinal Hayes High School before attending Alfred State University. Leonard spent the next 30 plus years building what was the largest independent elevator service and repair company in New York City, Archer Elevator. He operated the company until his retirement in 2000.

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Common Council Approves Naming Finn Terminal

Common Council Approves

Naming Terminal For Dennis Finn

Mayor Gary Herzig hugs Ruth Allen, life partner of Dennis Finn, following the Common Council vote to name the “Finn Terminal” at the Oneonta Municipal Airport. “Dennis was a true friend of the city,” said Herzig. “But the airport was his true passion. It’s an honor for us to be able to memorialize Dennis this way.” During Finn’s memorial service on Saturday, June 24, Mayor Herzig will read a proclamation and a memorial tree will be planted at the site. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Pride Community Holds Vigil

Pride Community Holds

Vigil For Trans Lives

Above: Dr. Carolyn Wolf-Gould, head of the Gender Wellness Center in Oneonta, leans her head against that of Dakota Davis, Oneonta, during a candle lit vigil at First United Methodist Church in Oneontathis evening. The vigil was held in memory of Kendra Adams, a trans woman who was found murdered at a construction site in Ithaca on June 13th. “Her family has asked that she not be remembered as a person murdered, but remember her as the girl who accepted everyone.” said event organizer Elayne Mosher Campoli, right, with daughter Amelia. Since the beginning of the year, there have been 13 trans women of color murdered in the U.S. The names of the victims and the circumstances of their deaths were read aloud before candles were lit in their memory. Rev. Rebecca Drebert of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Bainbridge, a trans woman herself, spoke on the importance of rejecting messages of hate and violence and believing love will win out. “I reject the idea that this type of violence is part of God’s plan.” she said, “The relationship that God wants with us is with our deepest, truest identity. We have all been wounded, and we need healing.” Other speakers included Rev. Teressa Sivers of First United Methodist in Oneonta,  Council member Michelle Osterhoudt, Oneonta, 10th grader Sadie Lincoln, Laurens, who read a piece she wrote called ’15 Lessons I Learned Before 15′, and musical performance by Leah Echstein, Oneonta, and others. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Mary Joan ‘MJ’ Kevlin, 59; Co-Publisher Of Freeman’s Journal, Hometown Oneonta
IN MEMORIAM

Mary Joan ‘MJ’ Kevlin, 59;

Co-Publisher Of Newspapers

MJ Kevlin and Kyla.

COOPERSTOWN – Mary Joan “MJ” Kevlin, co-publisher of The Freeman’s Journal, Hometown Oneonta and www.AllOTSEGO.com for the past 11 years, passed away Friday, June 16, 2017, at Bassett Hospital.  She was 59, and had been struggling with cancer since October 2014.

MJ was born on April 19, 1958, in Endwell, to Joseph W. and Joan (Gaffney) Simmons, and was raised in Lafayette Hill, Pa.  She graduated from La Salle University in 1979 and received a master’s in historic preservation planning from Cornell University in 1981.

As a planner for Jefferson County in Watertown, she met her future husband, Jim, who was an editor at The Watertown Daily Times.  They married on June 25, 1983, at Our Mother of Consolation Church in Chestnut Hill, Pa.

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Janet B. Raymond, 84; Worked At Bresee’s, Then Fox Hospital

IN MEMORIAM: Janet B. Raymond, 84;

Worked At Bresee’s, Then Fox Hospital

Janet B. Raymond

OTEGO – Janet B. Raymond, 84, a nurse who retired from Fox Hospital, passed away June 16, 2017 at her home.

Janet was born April 29, 1933 in the family home on Hudson Street in Oneonta, the daughter of Jay and Catherine (Smith) Woolheater. She graduated from Oneonta High School in 1950 and began raising a family of seven children and many four-legged friends. She married James Raymond in November 1969.

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In Memoriam: Kevin Burnsworth, 53; Golf Professional

IN MEMORIAM

Kevin J. Burnsworth, 53;

Golf Professional In Bay State

Kevin Burnsworth

ONEONTA – Kevin James Burnsworth, 53, son of Carole and Charles Burnsworth, died on June 2, 2017 in Lancaster, Mass. where he was working as a golf professional at Shaker Hills Country Club in Harvard, Mass.

Kevin was a standout athlete at Oneonta High School, earning nine varsity letters as captain of the school’s golf team, and played on the soccer and basketball teams. He also played as a pitcher for the American Legion team and once pitched a “No Hit” game. In 1982, as a senior at Oneonta High School, he won the New York State Golf Championship at Cornell University.

He attended Old Dominion University on a golf scholarship, and graduated in 1986. After qualifying for membership in the PGA of America, he worked as a golf professional at nine different courses, four of them as the head golf professional.

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James E. Connolly, 64, Oneonta; Lived For Years With Transplants

IN MEMORIAM

James E. Connelly, Oneonta, 64;

Lived For Years With Transplants

ONEONTA – James Edward Connolly, 64, who obtained a liver transplant in 1990 and a kidney transplant in 2011, passed away June 6, 2017, at Bassett Hospital.

He was born Sept. 17, 1952, in Mount Kisco, the son of Edward Patrick and Rose Agnes (McMahon) Connolly.  

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