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IN MEMORIAM: Barrie McKennan Boyle, 82; Died One Day Short of Birthday

IN MEMORIAM

Barrie McKennan Boyle, 82;

Died A Day Short Of Birthday

ONEONTA –  Barrie McKennan Boyle, 82, who relocated to Cooperstown to spend his career at Bassett Hospital, died Feb. 12, 2018, one day short of his 83 birthday, following a prolonged illness.

Barrie was the fourth child and second son of William Pickard Boyle and Jesse Jane McKennan. He was born Feb. 13, 1936, in Mt. Kisco and was raised in nearby Briarcliff Manor.

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IN MEMORIAM: Kiley J. and Cody E. Sullivan, Victims of Davenport Fire
IN MEMORIAM

Kiley and Cody Sullivan,

Victims of Davenport Fire

Kiley and Cody Sullivan

DAVENPORT – Kiley J. and Cody E. Sullivan passed away early Friday morning, Feb. 9, 2018, at their home in East Meredith, following injuries sustained in a tragic structure fire. Kiley was 3; Cody was 1.

They are survived by their parents Adrian Beares and Carmen Sullivan; brother Anthony Sullivan; niece Raelynn Sullivan; grandparents Paulette and Paul Reynolds; great-grandparents Jim and Susan Evans, Loretta  Vitalie; aunts and uncles, Steven Reynolds, Mark and Beth Reynolds and Rosa, and several other family members.

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In Memoriam: Virginia Miller Sherwood, 104; Thanksgiving Home Administrator

IN MEMORIAM

Virginia Miller Sherwood, 104;

Oversaw Thanksgiving Home 

COOPERSTOWN – Virginia Miller Sherwood, 104, a former administrator at the Clara Welsh Thanksgiving Home and a volunteer at Bassett Hospital, died on Feb. 5, 2018, at her residence at Hickory House of the Sitrin Health Care Center, New Hartford.

Mrs. Sherwood was born Nov. 24, 1913 in Hudson, a daughter of the late Leland S. and Mary (Elaget) Miller.  She grew up in the village of Germantown, Columbia County, and in her teens moved to Sharon Springs when her father built a hotel on Route 20, the Cherry Valley Turnpike, in 1929.

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William Parsons, 65; Has Passed Away, Son Says

Cooperstown’s Bill Parsons, 65,

Has Passed Away, Son Reports

Parsons

COOPERSTOWN – Bill Parsons, the Cooperstown native who operated a masonry and restoration business out of his home in Farmington, Conn., has passed away at age 65, according to a Facebook post by his son, Dan, just a few minutes ago

“Dad was the kindest, most friendly person I’ve ever known. It seemed like no matter where he was, it was his personal mission to have a friendly interaction with any person he came across,” Dan wrote.

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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: Foster Lloyd Brown, 86; Author, SUNY Professor

IN MEMORIAM

Foster Lloyd Brown, 86;

Author, SUNY Professor

Foster L. Brown

ONEONTA – Foster Lloyd Brown, SUNY Oneonta professor and best-selling college textbook author, passed away Dec. 1, 2017, at Albany Medical Center, of complications following heart surgery. He was 86.

He was born May 26, 1931, in Wheeling, W.Va., the eldest of three children of Durward B. Brown, a Methodist minister, and Dorothy Rine Brown, an author. Upon graduation from Shinnston High School in 1949, he served in the Navy.

Degrees included a bachelor’s in botany from West Virginia University; a master’s in plant physiology, also from WVU; and a doctorate in statistics from Cornell University, with post-doctoral research at the Imperial College London.

His co-authored book, “Statistical Concepts,” published by Harper & Row, became the world’s best-selling paperback textbook on statistics, according to the publisher.

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IN MEMORIAM: Deanna Beers Utter, 73; Aid At Fox Hospital

IN MEMORIAM:

Deanna Beers Utter, 73;

Worked At Fox Hospital

OTEGO – Deanna Beers Utter, 73, a former aid at Fox Hospital, passed away Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017 at the A.O. Fox Nursing Home.

She was born Aug. 24, 1944 in Oneonta, the daughter of the late Ira and Doris (Williams) Beers.
Deanna went to Otego Central School and graduated in 1962. In 1965 she entered Davis College in Johnson City and graduated in 1967. For several years she worked at Gladding Keystone and Corning Class Company in Oneonta.

On Feb. 3, 1973, Deanna married Gordon C. Utter and they had one son together, Ira Gordon Utter.

In 1976, Deanna started working for A.O. Fox Hospital as an aid in the x-ray department then transferred to the surgery unit. She retired in 2006 to take care of her husband.

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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: 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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