FLY CREEK – William J. Ubner, who played on legendary Cooperstown football coach Lester G. “Red” Bursey’s 1947 undefeated team, passed away in his sleep Monday evening, Nov. 23, 2020, at his home in Fly Creek Valley. He was 90.
A true outdoorsman, animal lover and almost 30-year employee of the Otsego County Highway Department, he was born on Dec. 16, 1929, at home on the family farm in Fly Creek Valley. Bill was a son of Stanley and Jenny E. (Bice) Ubner. After attending school in Fly Creek, he attended Cooperstown High School and graduated with the Class of 1949.
COOPERSTOWN – George W. Smith, Jr., 85, quarterback on legendary coach “Red” Bursey’s 1947 undefeated football team, died peacefully Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015, at St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa, Okla., after a brief illness.
George was born March 10, 1930, in Delhi, to George W. Smith and Viola Freidenstine Smith. He spent his early years in Delaware County, and began his education in the Rock Valley and Goulds schools where both of his parents were teachers.
He moved to Cooperstown in 1945, when his family relocated here to establish cauliflower farms in the Pierstown area.
COOPERSTOWN – Douglas John (Lovey) Welsh, who played under “Red” Bursey, the legendary high school coach, and pursued in career in carpentry and masonry on historic buildings, passed away Feb. 5, 2015. He was 85.