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In Memoriam

IN MEMORIAM: Harriet C. Lyon, 97; Active With Scouting, Youth Sports
IN MEMORIAM

Harriet C. Lyon, 97;

Active With Scouting

Harriet Lyon

COOPERSTOWN — Harriet C. Lyon, 97, a Queens native who moved to East Springfield in her retirement, died peacefully Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018, at home with her daughter Melissa and her family by her side.

Born on June 9, 1920 in Brooklyn, to Christina and Harry Brunn, Harriet grew up in Queens. After graduating from high school, she went to work at Metropolitan Life. Harriet married Charles F. Lyon IV on Nov. 17, 1940, moving to Westhampton Beach, in 1944 where she and Charlie adopted and raised two children.

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IN MEMORIAM: Joseph James Sieger Sr., 48; Army Veteran

IN MEMORIAM:

Joseph James Sieger Sr., 48;

Veteran Survived By 6 Children

Joseph James Sieger Sr.

ONEONTA – Joseph James Sieger Sr., 48, of Oneonta, passed away Sunday, August 27, 2017, at home in Oneonta.

An Army veteran, he loved fishing, beer, and rock and roll.

He’s survived by his mother, Teena Masker; six children, James, Scott, Trevor, Brett, Matthew, and Joey; three grandchildren; five siblings, long-time friend Kevin; and many additional friends and family.

Arrangements are entrusted to the Bookhout Funeral Home.

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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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IN MEMORIAM: John Andrew Cannon, 39; Organist At Christ Church

IN MEMORIAM

John Andrew Cannon, 39;

Organist At Christ Church

John Andrew Cannon

COOPERSTOWN – John Andrew Cannon, 39, the organist and choir director at Christ Episcopal Church, died in the early morning hours of Friday, Feb. 10, after a massive heart attack while visiting his brother in Charlottesville, Va. An autopsy found the heart attack was caused by undiagnosed atherosclerosis.

Born at Huntsville Hospital in Alabama on Jan. 3, 1978, John grew up in Scottsboro until age 15. He loved playing sports: baseball and basketball, tennis and golf, among others. Sidelined after breaking his arm in third grade, he redirected his energies to learning to play the organ.

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IN MEMORIAM: Regina Snyder, 91; Cooperstown Native Daughter

IN MEMORIAM:

Regina Snyder, 91; Pharmacist,

Cooperstown Native Daughter

COOPERSTOWN – Regina G. Snyder, 91, a Native Daughter of Cooperstown and long-time resident of Chapel Hill, N.C., died early Sunday morning, Nov. 20, 2016, at UNC Healthcare-Hillsborough Campus in Hillsborough following a brief illness.

Born Aug. 1, 1925, at the Thanksgiving Hospital in Cooperstown,  Regina was the only child of Parker E. Snyder and Florence E. née Winslow Snyder. After graduating from Cooperstown High School, Class of 1943, she attended the Albany College of Pharmacy where she earned a bachelor’s degree in 1947.

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IN MEMORIAM: Joseph Ruffino Sr, 78; Ruffino Pizza Patriarch
IN MEMORIAM

Joseph Ruffino Sr.,78;

Ruffino’s Pizzeria Founder

Joe Ruffino Sr.
Joseph Ruffino Sr.

ONEONTA – Joseph Ruffino Sr, 78, founder of Ruffino’s Pizzeria in downtown Oneonta,  passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016, at Bassett Hospital.

He was born on March 1, 1938, in Carini, Sicily, the son of Giuseppe and Rosa (Sgroi) Ruffino.

In the late 1950s a young Joseph, barely 20 years old, came to the great USA as a stone quarry worker from Carini, Sicily, in search of the American Dream. During the years that followed, he worked hard in his country early on as a farmer and later as a construction worker.

While working throughout the Tri-Borough area of New York City, he was reintroduced to his future wife Rosaria Altadonna, whom he had known from his hometown in Sicily.

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IN MEMORIAM: Allan Beach, 91; Founded West Oneonta Fire Department

IN MEMORIAM: Allan Rich Beach, 91;

Founded West Oneonta Fire Department

Allan Beach
Allan Beach

ONEONTA – Allan Rich Beach, 91, a former fire chief and founding member of the West Oneonta Fire Department passed away October 1, 2016 at Manor Care in Lebanon, Penn.

He was born March 3, 1925 in Hobart, the son of Ethel Eliza Rich and Almeron Allan Beach. He graduated from South Kortright Central School.  In 1947, Allan and Elfreda moved to West Oneonta. In 1952, they built a home on Route 23 where they lived for 50 years.  Subsequently, they lived in Mill Creek Estates in Otego, Juno Beach, FL, and most recently in New Holland, PA.

In 1947, Allan operated a poultry farm in West Oneonta and Emmons and later operated a AAA towing service for many years while owning local gas stations.  He was a tractor trailer driving instructor and national placement director for a tractor trailer driving school.

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IN MEMORIAM: Margaret R. Carrington, 85; Church Organist

IN MEMORIAM: Margaret Carrington,

85; Church Organist, Bank Manager

ONEONTA – Margaret R. Carrington, 85, former manager at several local banks and the organist at the West Davenport Baptist Church, died Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016.

She was born April 4, 1931, in Oneonta, the daughter of the late William V. and Bernice E. (Crounse) Rathbun. Peggy grew up on the Rathbun farm in Prosser Hollow. She went to a one-room school hous, then went on to graduate from Oneonta High School, Class of 1947.

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