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In Memoriam

Matthew J. Pardy, 40; Most Recently, Chef Worked At Otesaga

IN MEMORIAM:  Matthew J. Pardy, 40;

Most Recently, Chef Worked At Otesaga

Matthew J. Pardy

COOPERSTOWN – Matthew J. Pardy, 40, of Hobart, most recently employed at The Otesaga, passed away at home on Tuesday morning, May 9, 2017, after complications from heart failure.

Born on June 12, 1976, in Stamford, Matt was the son of Margaret A. Cohn Titch and John O. Pardy.

He was a 1994 graduate of Catskill High School, where he played on the soccer team.  Following graduation, he enlisted in the Navy.

Matthew was a chef, working for numerous local restaurants including Summit Plus Pizza and the Blue Mingo on Otsego Lake before joining The Otesaga.

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Carlene E. Renwick, 73; Daycare Provider, Springbrook Employee

IN MEMORIAM: Carlene E. Renwick, 73;

Daycare Provider, Springbrook Employee

WESTVILLE – Carlene E. Renwick, 73, born Sept. 12, 1943, passed away peacefully on May 11, 2017, at Focus Rehabilitation & Nursing Center.

Carlene was employed for many years as a daycare provider and also gave dedicated care to the residents of Springbrook in Portlandville, an occupation she truly loved.

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Aline M. Heller, 95; Native Daughter Active In Christ Church

IN MEMORIAM: Aline M. Heller, 95;

Native Daughter Active In Christ Church

COOPERSTOWN – Aline M. Heller, a native of Cooperstown and long-time faithful member of Christ Church, passed away peacefully Wednesday afternoon, May 10, 2017, at her home in Hyde Park with her family and the Rector, the Rev’d Dane E. Boston by her side. She was 95.

Born Dec. 1, 1921, in Cooperstown, Aline was a daughter of Harry Grant Campbell and Pearl née Vroman Campbell.

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IN MEMORIAM: ‘Doc’ Knapp, 90; Oneonta Little League Benefactor
OFFICIAL OBITUARY

IN MEMORIAM: ‘Doc’ Knapp, 90;

Oneonta Little League Benefactor

Oren “Doc” Knapp

ONEONTA – Oren C. “Doc” Knapp, 90, a central player in the development of Oneonta’s Little League, passed away on May 10, 2017, at Fox Hospital after a brief illness.

Doc was born on Aug. 10, 1926, to Raymond and Millie Knapp and raised with his 10 brothers and sisters on the family farm on Ouleout Creek in North Franklin.

Doc lettered in baseball and basketball at the Franklin Literary Institute under the mentorship of coach and friend Wendell Cook. Like his three brothers, Doc served in the Navy during World War II in the South Pacific. He served aboard LST 699 as a cook.

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Beloved ‘Doc’ Knapp Dies, Oneonta Little League’s Hero
IN MEMORIAM

Beloved ‘Doc’ Knapp Dies,

Oneonta Little League’s Hero

The legendary “Doc” Knapp waves to wellwishers lining Oneonta’s River Street during the 2013 Opening Day Parade. He was riding in Graig Eichler’s red convertible, with Eichler’s daughter Ava in the back seat. (AllOTSEGO.com file photos)

Editor’s Note:  It is with sadness we learned that “Doc” Knapp, 90, one of a kind, a civic leader and hero of generations of Oneonta Little Leaguers, passed away today at Fox Hospital.  His official obituary is being prepared by the Lewis, Hurley & Pietrobono Funeral Home – and, when ready, will be printed here – but this profile from 2010 captures Doc, the man, and his enduring legacy to the community.

By JIM KEVLIN • Reprinted from Hometown Oneonta, May 7, 2010

This photo was taken on Opening Day, 2010, at “Doc” Knapp Field, when this article was written. Doc was 83 at the time.

ONEONTA – The history of Oneonta Little League resides in one man, Oren “Doc” Knapp, (who’s also a pretty good golfer.)

So he knew of what he spoke when, after opening ceremonies Saturday, May 1, at, yes, Doc Knapp Field, at the end of Park Avenue, he said: “Oneonta has been very supportive of Little League. I’m very grateful to Oneonta for that.”

Yes, he ought to know.

When New York Telephone transferred him here from Stamford in 1952, he brought two young sons, Gary and John, with him, and was immediately absorbed into the fledgling Little League organization.

Bob Dwyer had been local League president since it was founding in 1948 at a meeting in the old Oneonta Hotel (Dick Fowler and Ken Chase were among those attending) and he was tired.

Doc, a baseball enthusiast since his boyhood on a Franklin farm, had looked forward to managing a team, but soon found himself drafted as Dwyer’s successor instead.

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In Memoriam: Denise M. Darlin, 66; Enjoyed Birds, Plants

IN MEMORIAM: Denise M. Darlin, 66;

Oneonta Resident Enjoyed Birds, Plants

ONEONTA – Denise M. Darlin, 66, who was known for her beautiful plants and home, passed away May 7, 2017 with her devoted daughter and son-in-law by her side, after a long battle with cancer.

She was born September 24, 1950 in Sidney the daughter of the late Clarence and Jane (Hungerford) Darlin.

Denise worked from 1974-2001 for Custom Electronics where she was awarded many certificates of perfect attendance, Mac Laser Technologies 2002-2006 and lastly at Ericson Fired Arts Inc.

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Don Howard, Edmeston Teacher, Rotarian, Firefighter, 45-Year EMT
IN MEMORIAM

Don Howard, Edmeston Teacher,

Rotarian, Firefighter, 45-Year EMT

Don Howard

EDMESTON – Don Howard, who taught science at Edmeston Central School for 32 years, died May 5, 2017, at home, surrounded by his family.

He was born on the family farm in West Edmeston, to Lynn and Edith Howard.  He graduated from Leonardsville Central School.  He attended SUNY Oswego for a year before marrying the love of his life, Irene Baldwin, and transferring to SUNY Plattsburgh so they could both finish their degrees.  Their plans were altered with the arrival of their son Dave, and a year later with Dan.  Don worked one to three jobs while carrying a full load to support his family and graduate from college.

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David A. Stewart Sr. Engineer Also Interested In History

IN MEMORIAM: David A. Stewart Sr.

Engineer Also Interested In History

David A. Stewart Sr.

ONEONTA – Oneonta native David Arnold Stewart Sr., 86, whose love of history was expressed in the restoration of his Pennsylvania home and participation in historical societies, passed away peacefully May 3, 2017, under the care of Hospice in Jackson, Mich.

Dave was the son of James and Helen (Morris) Stewart, born May 24, 1930, in Oneonta.  A 1948 graduate of Oneonta High School, Dave graduated from Tri-State College (now Trine University) in Angola, Ind., with a degree in civil engineering in 1957. Earning his professional engineering license in the early 1960s, he enjoyed his professional career working for McFarland Johnson, in Binghamton and Woodbury, N.J., Kuljian Corp., Philadelphia, and Day & Zimmermann, Philadelphia.

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Daniel E. Coons, 86; CCS Coach, Taught At SUNY Oneonta, Del State

IN MEMORIAM

Daniel E. Coons, 86; CCS Coach,

Taught At SUNY Oneonta, Del State

Daniel E. Coons

KINGSTON – Daniel E. Coons, who coached football at Cooperstown Central and taught at SUNY Oneonta before going on to a career at Delaware State University, passed away at his home on May 3, 2017, surrounded by family.

A flying enthusiast, he was a founder of and an inductee in the Delaware Aviation Hall of Fame.

He was born Oct. 6, 1932, in Kingston, to Russell T. and Mildred A. (Rittie) Coons.  He was raised in Stamford, and graduated from Stamford Central School.   He attended Champlain College before receiving his bachelor’s degree from Harper College (SUNY Binghamton).  He received his master’s degree and doctorate of education from SUNY Albany.

He served in the Army overseas during the Korean War era.

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Jeremy Allen, 86; Businessman In Kenya And, Later, Oneonta
IN MEMORIAM

Jeremy Allen, 86; Businessman

In Kenya And, Later, Oneonta

Jeremy Allen in recent years on a trip to Victoria Falls in his native Africa.  He died May 1 in Oneonta, where he had lived since 1986.
Jeremy Allen

ONEONTA – Jeremy Allen, 86, a polo player, race car driver and businessman in his native Kenya before moving to the U.S. and in 1986 buying Robynwood Adult Home in Oneonta, passed away peacefully on May 1, 2017.

Born Oct. 16, 1930, in Nairobi, Kenya, to Brian and Lorna (Henley) Allen, Jeremy spent his youth in Kenya where he developed a lifelong love of nature and agriculture.

He spent his early school years in Kenya, and at age 14 continued his studies in 1944 at Wellington College in England. Although accepted to Cambridge for biochemistry, he chose to return to Kenya, having been away from home for four years.

Back in Nairobi, he assumed ownership of his father’s business, Queens Cleaners & Dyers, Ltd., where deliveries were made by horse-drawn wagon.

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