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The Wisdom Of Sam Nader

The Wisdom Of Sam Nader

Emerging From Depression, World War II, Ex-Mayor’s
Generation Focused On Family, Hard Work, Community

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

One of Sam Nader’s favorite photos records Don Mattingly Day at Yankee Stadium in 1995, when George Steinbrenner called the owner of the Oneonta Yankees onto the field to receive the fans’ accolades for his contributions to baseball.

At the time Sam Nader’s Oneonta Athletic Association was affiliated with the Detroit Tigers, the MLB team allocated a certain number of baseballs per season to its Minor League teams.

Anything over was a local team’s responsibility.

At the end of the Oneonta Tigers first season, Sam Nader tallied baseballs used, and mailed a check.

The phone rang. It was Detroit. “What’s this for?” he was asked.

“That’s our share for the baseballs,” Sam replied.

“I’m sending the check back,” said the nonplussed accountant. “None of our teams ever paid anything like that.”

Honesty.

That, according to his son John, was one of the cornerstones of the Wisdom of Sam Nader, the former mayor and Oneonta Yankees owner who passed away Tuesday, Feb. 9, at 101, in his home at 96 River St. in his beloved Sixth Ward.

While his son John, 7, looks on in awe, Sam Nader is sworn in as mayor of Oneonta in January 1962.

Robert L. Wood, 82 April 25, 1938-May 19, 2020

IN MEMORIAM

Robert L. Wood, 82

April 25, 1938-May 19, 2020

Robert L. Wood

ONEONTA – Robert L. Wood, 82, passed away peacefully at home with his loving family at his side on May 19, 2020.

He was born April 25, 1938, in Oneonta, the son of Jesse G. and Sarah E. (Wade) Wood.

Bob enlisted into the National Guard during high school.  He graduated from Laurens Central School proudly wearing his National Guard uniform.  He then served in the United States Army in 1960-63.

He married Gwendolyn Haines on May 3, 1965, in Oneonta.

Michael Angelo Ross, 80; Army Vet Had 40-Year Career At Amphenol

IN MEMORIAM: Michael Angelo Ross, 80;

Army Vet Had 40-Year Career At Amphenol

Michael A. Ross

ONEONTA – Michael Angelo Ross, 80, an Army veteran who retired after a 40-year career with Amphenol, passed away peacefully in his home on March 25, 2020.

He was born March 29, 1939, in Oneonta to parents Americo Ross and Beatrice (Empie) Ross.

He met his wife Evon in March 1966.   They have been married for 53 years.

Mike served in the Army in 1956-59, some of that time in Korea. He worked over 40 years at Amphenol in Sidney and retired in 2005.

Raymond Johnson, 90; Town Assessor 49 Years, Leading NY Legionnaire

IN MEMORIAM

Raymond Johnson, 90;

Town Assessor 49 Years,

Leading NY Legionnaire

Raymond Johnson

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.

Blanche E. Powers, 76; Amphenol, Custom Electronics Employee

IN MEMORIAM: Blanche E. Powers, 76;

Amphenol, Custom Electronics Employee

Blanche Powers

UNADILLA – Blanche E. Powers, 76, of Unadilla, who worked Amphenol and Custom Electronics, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family on Sunday, March 31, 2019.

She was born at The Hospital in Sidney, on July 31, 1942, daughter of the late Franklyn and Alta (Thomas) Dunshee.

Blanche attended Sidney High School and proudly received her GED later in life.

David Dean Erbe, 74; OHS Grad Signed With Minnesota Twins

IN MEMORIAM: David Dean Erbe, 74;

OHS Grad Signed With Minnesota Twins

David Erbe

SIDNEY – David Dean Erbe, 74, who signed with the Minnesota Twins to play professional baseball after graduating from Oneonta High School, died April 8, 2019, surrounded by his family.

Born March 14, 1945, in Cooperstown, he was a relief pitcher in the Twins’ minor league organization in 1966.

He later lived in Sidney for many years, working for Custom Electronics in Oneonta, Amphenol/Bendix in Sidney, and retired from Corning’s Oneonta plant.

Douglas R. Moore, 91; WWII Veteran Worked At Amphenol

IN MEMORIAM: Douglas R. Moore, 91;

WWII Veteran Worked At Amphenol

Douglas Moore

UNADILLA – Douglas R. Moore, 91, a World War II veteran who worked at Amphenol, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019, at his home.

He was lovingly cared for by His wife, his four daughters, and his sister, Jeannie and her husband, Bobby.

He was born on Dec. 14, 1927, to Otto and Evelyn (Earl) Moore in Unadilla.  He married Beverly F. Schofell on Jan. 21, 1946, his bride of 73 years.

Walter E. Backus, 88; Korean War  Vet, Union Leader At Scintilla

IN MEMORIAM: Walter E. Backus, 88;

Korean War Vet, Union Leader At Scintilla

Walter E. Backus

SIDNEY – Walter Edmund Backus, 88, a Korean War veteran and union leader during 40 years at Scintilla (Amphenol) passed away peacefully on Friday, Feb. 8, 2019 in the comfort of his home.

Walt was born in 1930 and graduated from Bainbridge-Guilford High School in 1947.

Shortly after, he enlisted in the Army; he was discharged in July 1950. Walt was recalled to active duty on Nov. 2, 1950 and sent to Fort Hood,  Texas, for eight weeks of advanced combat training.

Steven F. Koberlein, 39; Unadilla Man Fought Battle Against Cancer

IN MEMORIAM: Steven F. Koberlein, 39;

Unadilla Man Fought Battle Against Cancer

Steve Koberlein

UNADILLA – Steven F. Koberlein, 39, knowns to friends and family as the “Big Dog”, passed away on Oct. 13, 2018, after a courageous battle with cancer.

A Unadilla native, he was born June 26, 1979, in Sidney to George and Barbara (Bell) Koberlein. He was a 1998 graduate of the Unatego Junior/Senior High School. For the last 17 years he was employed by Amphenol Aerospace in Sidney.

He lived a rich and endearing life by these tenets: Behave humbly. Give Generously. Dress modestly. Love Sincerely.

Neomia Smith, 85; Nurse At Fox, Amphenol Inspector

IN MEMORIAM: Neomia Smith, 85;

Nurse At Fox, Amphenol Inspector

Neomia Smith

ONEONTA – Neomia Smith (Lemon) was born in 1933 to Viola (Boyd) and Norman Lemon in Dorchester County, S.C.  Neomia was the oldest of eight siblings. She learned at the early age of 12 to cook for her entire family and also helped alongside her siblings to tend the family gardens. Cooking and gardening would end up being her most cherished pastimes during her lifetime.

Neomia had three children from two marriages, Olretha Fleming (Roberts), Clement Roberts (predeceased 2001) and Christopher Smith.

Neomia was an avid reader of various genres, enjoyed berry picking, canning, as well as had a love and a natural talent for cultivating all things that grow on the land as well as caring for the animals and birds that shared it.

James Maddalone, 57; Firefighter, On Bainbridge Town Board

IN MEMORIAM: James Maddalone, 57;

Firefighter, On Bainbridge Town Board

James A. Maddalone

BAINBRIDGE – James A. Maddalone, 57, a dedicated firefighter currently serving on the Bainbridge Town Board, passed away Nov. 10, 2017, at Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, with his family by his side.

He was born on Aug. 7, 1960, in Sidney, the son of Joseph and Carole (Delello) Maddalone, and graduated from Sidney High School with the Class of 1968.  He immediately became an electrician apprentice at Amphenol, where he worked for 40 years.

He loved politics and served on the Bainbridge Planning Board for almost 10 years before joining the town board, where he was serving his second term.

SEWARD SUPPORTS PRO GAS COALITION

SEWARD SUPPORTS

PRO GAS COALITION

Senator Seward

ONEONTA – State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, today joined community, labor and business leaders from across the state to announce the launch of New Yorkers for Affordable Energy, a coalition supporting access to natural gas for manufacturing, power production, transportation and home heating.

“As I talk with business owners and prospective employers, the high cost of energy is always a top concern.  Job creators weigh this issue greatly when deciding whether or not to come here, stay here, or grow here” said the senator.  “We need reliable, affordable, clean energy to meet the needs of our current businesses and prepare for expansion.  Natural gas needs to be an option.”

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