ONEONTA – Duane “Dee” A. Hathaway, 82, passed away, Saturday, October 29, 2022. Our lives are forever changed.
He was born on May 3, 1940 in Binghamton, New York, the son of Margaret (Major) and Harold Hathaway. He attended Bugbee School and Oneonta Junior and Senior High Schools. He went on to graduate from Broome Tech with an engineering degree and began his career working for Amphenol Aerospace then spent the remainder of his career at Custom Electronics in Oneonta until his retirement.
Dee, as he was known to most of those that knew him, was the life of the party and liked to raise hell. He was sarcastic, had a quick wit and would tell you like it was. He was a friend to many and dearly loved by them all. If Dee was your friend, he would give you the shirt off his back if you needed it. If you knew him, you knew that’s who he was.
MARYLAND—Gary Charles Graves, 71, of Maryland, New York unexpectedly passed away at home on October 15, 2022.
Gary was born September 7, 1951 in Oneonta, New York to Lawrence and Beverly (Wilson) Graves.
After graduating from Oneonta High School and Scott Community College in Iowa, he and Jim Trieber opened a motorcycle shop, G&J Cycles, in West Oneonta. Shortly after the closing of G&J Cycles, he then started working on the D&H Railway as a trainman in 1974 until his retirement in 2011.
RICHFIELD SPRINGS—Bradley J. Myers, age 33, of Lake Street formerly of Ilion, passed away peacefully on Wednesday October 12, 2022 at his residence.
He was born on July 28, 1989 in Cooperstown, a son to Donald J. Myers and Cheryl Bancroft Richardson. He was raised and educated in Richfield Springs. Bradley grew up on the family farm, later worked for Sadlon Farms in Richfield Springs, Caruso Cattle in Frankfort, and many construction jobs. He enjoyed time with his children, family and friends. Bradley was always the life of any gathering. In his free time, he enjoyed drawing and artwork.
ONEONTA – Phyllis Jane Estes, 89, of Oneonta, passed from this life on October 19, 2022.
Phyllis was born on March 20, 1933 at Bassett Hospital the daughter of the late William and Ruth Johnson Smith. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a son Michael Jackson on April 25, 1966, a granddaughter Jessica Bass on July 10, 2002 and a brother Bill.
She is survived by her husband of 37 years Steve Estes, children Raymon Jackson, Sherry (Chris) Bass, Mark Jackson, step children Jean (Dan) Byrne, Kate (Joel) Hawn, Amy (James) Kang, David (Patty) Estes, 11 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, many cousins, nieces nephews and dear friends.
In her early years in Cooperstown, Phyllis was involved as a Pack Secretary of the Boy Scouts, the fire department auxiliary, and the VFW Auxiliary.
HARTWICK – Dorothy “Dot” M. McLean, 81, of Hartwick, passed away unexpectedly, Friday, October 14, 2022 in Cooperstown, NY.
Dot was born January 26, 1941 in Hobart, NY, the second daughter of the late Leslie and Mary Jane (Whispell) Kelsey.
Dot married Arnold “Cork” McLean on September 20, 1958, and together they raised their children in the Hartwick area. She was a great supporter of all family activities and never missed the annual McLean Family Reunion or an opportunity to square dance with Cork and friends. She loved taking photos and was considered the family photographer, if you were looking for a captured moment go to one of her many photo albums. She was a lover of country music, spent hours watching the hummingbirds from her kitchen window and never passed a covered bridge without taking a photo. She could be found supporting area craft shows over the years and also enjoyed volunteering at the SPCA Thrift Shop on Friday mornings, where she made many new friends.
HARTWICK, NY – Vincent Joseph Cronin, Jr., 87, formerly of South Salem, NY, passed at home on October 16, 2022, surrounded by his loving family and faithful four-legged companion, Lila.
Born January 19, 1935 and raised in Yonkers NY to Vincent J. Cronin Sr. and Alice Alleman Cronin, he graduated from Roosevelt High School where his love of all NY sports teams was cemented beginning with the Brooklyn Dodgers. After high school he enlisted in the armed forces; becoming a navigator with the US Air Force and then attended Syracuse University, where he was a member of both the baseball and football teams, as well as Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity.
As a skilled Electrical Contractor, he owned and operated Seven Arrows Electric Company for forty years, realizing a dream to raise his children on lake Waccabuc where he vacationed as a child. He dedicated many years to the community by coaching several youth sports teams, and was a devoted congregant with St. Mary’s (Katonah).
COOPERSTOWN – Terry W. Onyan, a long-time Cooperstown and Fly Creek resident, passed away due to recent health issues late Saturday afternoon, October 15, 2022, at his home in Fly Creek with his loving wife, Wendy at his side. Born July 5, 1957, in Norwich, Terry was the son of Hobart and Norma (Rothwell) Onyan. As a young boy, Terry and his family moved to Cooperstown where he graduated from Cooperstown Central School with the Class of 1976. During his high school years Terry started working at Smith Ford, where he continued as a dedicated employee until his retirement on February 25, 2022. He was truly a fixture at the dealership.
He enjoyed racing and working on his race car, riding motorcycles, and especially loved driving his vintage red 1969 Ford Mustang.
Terry will be greatly missed by his family and all those whose lives he touched.
COOPERSTOWN – D. George Vamvakias, 90, of Limerick, formerly of Oley, PA and Cooperstown, NY, husband of I. Ann (Pugliese) Vamvakias, passed away peacefully Friday October 7, 2022 at the Pottstown Hospital.
Born in Portland, ME, he was the son of the late George D. and Katherine D. (Malcotsi) Vamvakias.
George graduated from Portland High school then earned his Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Maine in 1954.
He served as 1st Lieutenant in the 10th Mountain Division heavy mortar company of the US Army. He was an avid reader and model train enthusiast. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather.
ONEONTA – Kenneth C. Leslie, 86, of Oneonta passed away Wednesday, October 5, 2022 at Bassett Hospital, Cooperstown.
He was born August 29, 1936 in Franklin the son of the late James and Caroline (Gesell) Leslie. Growing up Ken worked on the family dairy farm. He graduated from Franklin Central School the Class of 1954. Following graduation, Ken joined the United States Navy and served on the USS Albany in the 6th Fleet. He was honorably discharged when his father passed away so he could help take care of the family farm.
Ken worked several jobs including Oneonta Ford Sales, Neil Nelson Construction and finally the D&H Railroad retiring from C.P. Railroad in 1996. In his retirement, Ken drove bus for OPT, and was a currier for Wilber Bank and later Community Bank. He was also a volunteer fireman for the Oneonta Fire Department.
SCHUYLER LAKE – Bruce D. Andrews, born in Cooperstown on December 1,1956, died unexpectedly on October 1, 2022.
He was the son of Margaret (Marge) and Arthur Andrews, of Fly Creek. In his youth and throughout his high school years, Bruce was a proud member of the Boy Scouts of America in the Cooperstown and Fly Creek areas and earned all 21 of the Merit Badges required for his Eagle Scout Award.
He graduated from Cooperstown Central School in 1974, SUNY Cobleskill in 1976, attended Michigan Tech in 1977 and graduated with a BS degree in Wildlife Services from The University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point in 1978. After college Bruce worked for the Fish and Wildlife Service in Madison, Wisconsin, and Benson, Minnesota. In 1981, he returned home and began work at Herkimer County BOCES. During the summer months, he worked at Baseball Nostalgia (BBN), a memorabilia shop in Cooperstown. In 1990, he left BOCES and began working as the full-time manager at BBN.
That same year he married Sue Clapperton on May 11. They lived in Schuyler Lake, where they enjoyed a wonderful life together.
It comes with much sorrow the family of Kathy S. Ward of Oneonta, NY, announce her passing.
Kathy was born on April 12, 1951 and left us on October 1, 2022. She was born in Margaretville, NY and raised in Stamford, NY. A graduate of Stamford High School in 1969, Kathy then set out to start the pursuit of what would become her passion and career, nursing.
She attended and received her training at Ellis Hospital School of Nursing. She would go on to retire as a Registered Nurse. Having worked at Fox Hospital for many years, part of the Oncology Department at Foxcare Center, and Chestnut Park Nursing and Rehabilitation Center; the compassion she worked with made her someone very special to all she came in contact with. She showed the same compassion and love to her family each and every day.
COOPERSTOWN – John Poole Briggs, 85, died peacefully at his home in Ormond Beach, Florida, on September 16, 2022, with his fiancé at his side.
He was born on August 9, 1937, to Harold John Poole and Edna Martha (Fredericks) Briggs of Northport. As a young boy, he spent summers on his father’s boat, the “Silver Fox,” where he developed a love for the ocean. A businessman at heart, John would sell batteries and T.V. tubes to fishermen and boaters on the dock in Northport. At 15, he opened his first T.V. repair shop behind the Midway, a newspaper & soda shop. He then proceeded to help his lifelong friend, Elsa Posey, who was also 15, open her school of dance.
In 1954, he drove his 1934 wood-side Ford across the country to Alaska. After his funds were exhausted, he returned home. The young businessman continued his T.V. repair business as he rented a shop on Main Street in Northport. One lesson he would reflect on often was when his father borrowed $1,000.00 from him and used it as a down payment to purchase a building for the business. His father’s opinion was, in business, if you have to make payments, “it is better to own than rent.”
Aimee Kelley, loving daughter, sister and aunt, passed away on Wednesday, September 21, 2022. She was 36 years old.
Aimee is survived by her mother, Kathleen Kelley, her brother Christopher and his fiancée Alanna Adams, and the light of Aimee’s life, her nephew Callum, who called her MeeMee.
Her extended family, too numerous to mention by name, includes a band of adopted brothers who always had her back, childhood and teenage friends with many stories to tell, and a supportive network of others who loved her dearly.
RICHFIELD SPRINGS – Karen Louise (Van Allen) Ingham, 65, of Okatie (Callawassie Island) S.C., passed away peacefully on Monday, September 5. Growing up in Richfield Springs, Karen enjoyed many long-time friendships in the area.
Karen received her undergraduate degrees from Bay Path University and American International College in Education. Karen continued her education by receiving her master’s degree from St. Bonaventure University in Education, with a concentration in Reading. Karen’s love of teaching led her to give back to her community by teaching for 23 years in the Richfield Springs Central School District as a kindergarten teacher and then finishing up her career as the reading specialist for the district.