UNADILLA – Felix (Lex) Smith Verity, 104, a former diplomat and executive who owned property in Unadilla as well as Cold Spring and Manhattan, died May 19, 2019.
(Lex) was born Feb. 27, 1915, in Readville, Mass., the son of John William Verity of Yorkshire, England, and Anna Evangeline Appleby of New Brunswick, Canada.
Anna was the descendant of one of five Appleby brothers who left New York State about 1750 for residence in New Brunswick. Lex’s early youth was spent in Canton, Mass., with his parents, where his father’s siblings also resided.
WEST EDMESTON – John LeGrand Tophoven, 48, formerly of West Edmeston, a project manager for a Houston, Texas, construction company, passed away unexpectedly on Monday May 20, 2019 in Houston.
John was born on Dec. 7, 1970, in Utica, the son of Anthony and Ida Mae Sweet Tophoven.
John graduated with the Edmeston Central School, Class of 1989, and in 1993 from Utica College with a B.S. in Business and Marketing. While at Utica College, John enjoyed playing lacrosse.
By JENNIFER HILL • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
ONEONTA – Oneonta Middle School Principal Coleen Moore is being promoted to district director of Curriculum & Instruction, succeeding Tom Brindley who will become superintendent July 1, School Board President Bill Gau announced at tonight’s board meeting.
The current superintendent, Joseph Yelich, will retire on June 30, setting the changes in motion..
“I just want to say how appreciative and fortunate we are,” Brindley said the Moore’s promotion. “She has a level of expertise that will serve the district many years to come. Congratulations.”
Moore has worked for the district for over 20 years. She started as a student assistant teacher, taught sixth grade, worked as a library media specialist, and became the middle school’s principal in 2015.
UNADILLA – Raymond Johnson, 90, career Amphenol employee and Unadilla town assessor for almost a half-center who rose to vice commander of the state’s American Legion, passed away at Valley View Manor Nursing Facility in Norwich on Tuesday, May 21, 2019
He was born Oct. 7, 1928, son of the late Orville and Bessie (Schmerhorn) Johnson in Mount Upton. Ray graduated from Mount Upton Central School, Class of 1947.
He served his country in Army from 1948 to 1952, and was honorably discharged at the rank of sergeant.
ONEONTA – Virginia A. “Gina” Dwyer, 88, who after raising her nine children began a second career teaching at Unatego Central School, peacefully passed away at home in the early morning hours of May 20, 2019.
Gina was born in Brooklyn, daughter of Ida O’Connor Smith and Norbert Smith, and grew up to be an accomplished young lady. She graduated from St. Francis Xavier Academy and attended Good Council College, then married Thomas F. Dwyer in 1952, and promptly moved to Camp Lejuene where he was stationed in the Marine Corps.
In 1954, they moved back to Brooklyn. In 1959, they settled in Nanuet and raised a family of nine children before embarking on her own path.
SPRINGFIELD – Thomas A. Armstrong, 92, influential town supervisor and school board president for decades, peacefully entered into eternal rest on May 20, 2019, in the comfort of his home surrounded by his loving family.
He was born on May 1, 1927, in Cooperstown, the son of Beatrice and William Armstrong. Tom attended a one-room schoolhouse in Springfield.
On June 27, 1954, he married Lillian Plever. Together they have resided in Springfield Center their entire lives. Tom was a devoted Catholic who was very involved in his church.
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, MAY 23
MUSIC FESTIVAL – 8 p.m. Honest Brook Music Festival winter season concludes with Tesla String Quartet. Cost, $30/person at-door. Stamford United Methodist Church, 88 Main St., Stamford. 607-746-3770 or visit hbmf.org
The driver who died in Tuesday afternoon’s crash when his car collided head-on with a Sheriff’s Department cruiser was Matthew All, 23, of Sharon Springs, according to Troop C spokesman Aga Dembinska.
Dembinska said All threatened a woman, Robin Church, with a knife outside the Richfield Springs Barracks, the episode that triggered the chase that ended in the crash at Kelley’s Corners, Route 20 and 80, in Springfield Center.
Deputy Jim Mateunas, who was in the cruiser, broke both legs.
The budget included a 2.34 percent increase in the tax levy.
On the school board, newcomer Shawn Beckerink received 449 votes, while incumbents Darren Gainsford received 454 votes and Bill Grau recieved 446 votes.
Two school board candidates were unopposed, but incumbent Marielle Ainsworth led the polling with 295 votes, and newcomer Wendy Kiuber with 287.