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In Memoriam

Michael J. Cairo, 58, Musician

IN MEMORIAM: Michael J. Cairo, 58, Musician

Michael J. Cairo

OTEGO – Michael J. Cairo, 58, a local musician, passed away unexpectedly at home on Aug. 5, 2018.

Michael was born Aug. 13, 1959, in Glens Falls, the son of Robert and Gwendolyn (Haines) Wood.

Michael was a graduate of Oneonta High School.  He was a known area musician, playing with several area bands.  He loved playing the drums and the harmonica.  He also enjoyed fishing and watching the Yankees and Jets.

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Richard G. Hoag Sr. Ran Valleyview Greenhouse 45 Years

IN MEMORIAM: Richard G. Hoag Sr.

Ran Valleyview Greenhouse 45 Years

Richard G. Hoag Sr.

MIDDLEFIELD – Richard Gerald Hoag, Sr. a lifelong area resident and owner of Valleyview Greenhouse, passed away Sunday morning, Aug. 5, 2018, surrounded by his family at his home in the Town of Middlefield. He was 70.

Born Sept. 10, 1947, at Bassett Hospital, he was one of six sons of the late Lafayette C. and Gertrude M. (Eggleston) Hoag.

Raised in Cooperstown, Dick was a member of the Class of 1967 at Cooperstown Central School.

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Robert A. Paul, 72, Operated Historic 1819 House, Hartwick
IN MEMORIAM

Robert A. Paul, 72, Operated

Historic 1819 House, Hartwick

Robert Paul operated the 1819 House and two other Cooperstown-area restaurants.

COOPERSTOWN – Robert A. Paul, 75, who operated the historic 1819 House in the Town of Hartwick and two other restaurants in the Cooperstown area after a career in catering for American Airlines, has passed away.

He was born on Oct. 6, 1942, in Oneida, and he grew up in Hamilton.  After graduation from Hamilton High School, Robert attended the Rochester Institute of Technology, graduating in 1966 with a bachelor of science.

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Donald A. Eldred, 73; Third-Generation Farmer In Hartwick

IN MEMORIAM: Donald A. Eldred, 73;

Third-Generation Farmer In Hartwick

HARTWICK – Donald A. Eldred, 73, a third-generation farmer, passed away at Bassett Hospital on Thursday August 2, 2018 after a short illness.

He was born May 17,1945, in Cooperstown, the only son of W. Stuart Eldred and Letha M. Tuller Eldred.

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Barbara Hull Bunn, 86, Morris Valedictorian Went Into Banking

IN MEMORIAM: Barbara Hull Bunn, 86;

Morris Valedictorian Went Into Banking

GARRATTSVILLE – Barbara Ann Hull Bunn, 86, Morris Central School’s 1950 valedictorian who went on to a career in banking, passed away Thursday August 2, 2018 with her daughter Lori at her side.

Barbara was born July 1, 1932 in Garrattsville, the daughter of the late Merton and Dorothy Bundy Hull.

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Irene M. Miller, 96; Local Elementary School Teacher

IN MEMORIAM: Irene M. Miller, 96;

Local Elementary School Teacher

MILFORD CENTER — Irene (McGunnigle) Miller died on July 27, 2018. She was 96. She was born and raised in Hicksville, NY on Long Island, one of 4 other sisters and 2 brothers.

After high school she came to Oneonta to attend the then NY State Teachers College (Oneonta State Normal School) which is now SUNY Oneonta. She graduated with her Teaching Degree in Elementary Education and until her retirement in 1979 she taught various K-6 grades on Long Island, Unadilla, Milford and for the final 20 years at Center Street School in Oneonta teaching 1st Grade.

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Donna Jane Whitmore, 72;  SUNY Oneonta Accountant For 30 Years

IN MEMORIAM: Donna Jane Whitmore, 72; 

SUNY Oneonta Accountant For 30 Years

Donna Jane Whitmore

LAURENS – Donna Jane Whitmore of Laurens passed away peacefully on July 26th, 2018 surrounded by her loving family. She was born on Oct 23, 1945 to Donald and Clara Scanlon and was the oldest of four siblings. She married her Toad (Ronald ‘Toad’ Whitmore) on December 10, 1966 and they were blessed with two daughters, Jodi and Julie.

Donna worked at the State University College at Oneonta for over 30 years. She worked in Accounts Receivable where she was very loved by her co-workers and was a mentor to many.

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Burnett Southworth, 89; Ph.D. Had Career As Chemist, Consultant

IN MEMORIAM: Burnett Southworth, 89;

Ph.D. Had Career As Chemist, Consultant

COOPERSTOWN – Burnett C. Southworth, 89, a Ph.D. who pursued a career in analytical chemistry, of Cooperstown died Friday, July 27, 2018.

He graduated from East Springfield High School in 1946 and later from Union College. He attained a master’s degree and Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. After 40 years in corporate work, he developed his own consulting business, which he ran until his retirement around 1995.

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Donald Bush, 74; Vietnam Veteran, Laurens Mayor

IN MEMORIAM: Donald Bush, 74;

Vietnam Veteran, Laurens Mayor

LAURENS – Donald R. Bush, a decorated Vietnam War veteran and former mayor of Laurens, passed away peacefully on July 26, 2018, at Bassett Hospital after an extended illness.

Born, July 25, 1944, he was the son of Walter K. Bush and Olive (Spoor) Bush.  Born and raised in Laurens, Don graduated from Laurens Central School in 1961.  After graduating high school, Don worked at Phillips Buick in Oneonta.

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