FLY CREEK – William L. Ross, Sr., (80) of Willow Avenue in Fly Creek died Saturday June 5, 2021 at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown.
Born March 30, 1941 in Ilion, NY Bill was the only child of William E. and Elizabeth (Houck) Ross. He graduated from Cooperstown High School in the Class of 1959 and following graduation enlisted in the US Air Force serving his country until 1963 as an aircraft mechanic. In 1966 Bill married Sheila Skubitz of Fly Creek.
Following his military service Bill worked driving trucks for Frank Trinkas of Fly Creek, then worked in manufacturing at Chicago Pneumatics in Utica, thereafter for a number of years, he was employed at Suburban Propane as a service technician and finally, he and his wife Sheila, owned and operated the B&S Inn in Oaksville for nearly 15 years.
Oaksville Man To Discuss Creation At 6 p.m. Saturday
COOPERSTOWN – One of the most legendary basses in rock ‘n’ roll history – as it happens, built by Tom Lieber of Fly Creek – is on display at the Fenimore Art Museum through Sept. 2.
The bass, named “Dragon,” was designed and crafted in 1977 for Jefferson Starship bassist Pete Sears by Lieber, a parter with Doug Irwin in the D Irwin Guitar Co. from 1974 to 1977.
Lieber will discuss the guitar’s creation and its mysterious 30-year disappearance 6-8 p.m. Saturday, June 15, in a Fenimore “Food for Thought” presentation.
The “Dragon” bass is constructed from rare hardwoods and has a distinct, silver dragon design inlay on the body. Its cocobolo top was cut from the same piece of wood as Jerry Garcia’s famous “Tiger” guitar, which was also built by Irwin and Lieber.
OAKSVILLE – George Raymond Tucker, Jr., 84, of Oaksville, died Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016, at his home.
Family and friends are invited to gather at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016 at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Index, where Military Honors will be accorded by members of the Sgt. Walter P. Eggleston Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 7128, Cooperstown, and the state Military Forces Honor Guard.