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Felix (Lex) Smith Verity, 104; Diplomat, Exec Travelled World

IN MEMORIAM

Felix (Lex) Smith Verity, 104;

Diplomat, Exec Travelled World

Felix (Lex) Smith Verity

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.

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.

Robert Wade Coffey, 73; Vet Leaves 30 Grand,  Great-Grandchildren

IN MEMORIAM: Robert Wade Coffey, 73;

Vet Leaves 30 Grand, Great-Grandchildren

Robert W. Coffey

UNADILLA – Robert Wade Coffey, 73, of Unadilla, a Vietnam veteran and heavy-equipment operator, passed away Tuesday, May 14, 2019, at home, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born April 23, 1946, son of the late Wade L. Coffey and Evelyn E. Edwards, Town of Maryland.

Robert was a long time over-the-road truck driver, and worked for Frazier’s Landscaping in Oneonta, hauling and operating heavy equipment before retiring several years ago.

Unalam Goes International

Unalam Goes

International

Glulam Basis Of Sculpture

At Venice’s La Biennale Arte

Martin Puryear’s Glulam-based “Swallowed Sun” will be unveiled Sunday at La Biennale Arte in Venice, “the Olympics of the artworld.”  It was assembled in Unalam’s Sidney plant in collaboration with R.J. Millworks of Oneonta.
Puryear’s “Big Bling,” also made with Glulam, was set up in New York City’s Madison Square Park in 2016.

UNADILLA – Remember “Big Bling,” Martin Puryear’s Glulam-based  sculpture unveiled New York City’s Madison Square Park in 2016?

Sunday, “Swallowed Sun,” a new collaboration between Puryear and Glulam manufacturer Unalam of Unadilla will be unveiled in the U.S. Pavilion at La Biennale Arte in Venice, Italy, part of Puryear’s “Liberty/Libertà.” The sculptor was chosen to represent the U.S. this year at La Biennale.

“When the call came in to be a part of Martin’s sculpture team for this exhibition, we didn’t hesitate to say yes,” Unalam CEO Craig Van Cott said.  “The hardest part of all of this has been keeping the entire project a secret,” as required by La Biennale Arte, known as “the Olympics of the art world.”

William L. Yeager, 97; Owned Tieco-Unadilla

IN MEMORIAM

William L. Yeager, 97;

Owned Tieco-Unadilla

William Yeager

UNADILLA – William Lemaster Yeager, 97, former president and owner of Tieco-Unadilla Corp. and a community leader in the Tri-Town area, died May 5, 2019, in Naples, Fla.

He was born on Aug. 9, 1923, in The Bronx, then attended school in New Rochelle.  He graduated from New Hampton School in New Hampshire, attended Brown University before World War II, and graduated from Babson College in Massachusetts.

Bill served in the  Army Engineers in the South Pacific from 1942 to 1946.

He was very supportive of his community.  His leadership positions included serving on the boards of Babson College, New Hampton School, The Hospital, Sidney.  He was president and board member, Oneonta YMCA; founding board member, Community Foundation of Unadilla, and secretary and founding member of the Sidney Area Hospital Foundation.  He was a president and longtime secretary of Unadilla Rotary Club, and he and his wife, Barbara, were Paul Harris Fellows.  He was a member and elder of the Presbyterian Church of Unadilla.

Fred Sherwood, 80; Rose Up The Ladder As State Trooper

IN MEMORIAM: Fred Sherwood, 80;

Rose Up The Ladder As State Trooper

Trooper Sherwood

UNADILLA – Charles “Fred” Sherwood, 80, a retired trooper who rose to Traffic Division supervisor during a 22-year career with the New York State Police, rode his final patrol on April 26, 2019.

Born March 13, 1939, to Robert and Julia (LaBarr) Sherwood in Liberty.  A Class of ’57 graduate of Liberty Central School, Fred enlisted in the Navy in 1958 and was honorably discharged in 1962.

A marriage to Shirley Fredenburg in 1961 started the family that led to daughter Tracey, son David (Michelle, Kylie & Matthew) and granddaughters Maggie & Carly.

Paul ‘Poppy’ Clark, 81; Truck Driver Owned His Own Company

IN MEMORIAM: Paul ‘Poppy’ Clark, 81;

Truck Driver Owned His Own Company

“Poppy” Clark

UNADILLA – Paul “Poppy” Raymond Clark, 81, a truck driver for 42 years, owning his trucking company at the time of his retirement, went home to be with the Lord on April 24, 2019, surrounded by his family.

Paul was born to the late Joseph Clark and Minerva Mary (Dart) Clark, on Dec. 13, 1937 in Grand Gorge. He served in the Army in 1956-1959.

He was married to his best friend Patricia Ann Snyder on May 1, 1959, in Jefferson. Together they had five
children.

James Edwin Starbuck, 75; Master Tool Maker In 53 Years At Amphenol

IN MEMORIAM: James Edwin Starbuck, 75;

Master Tool Maker In 53 Years At Amphenol

UNADILLA – James Edwin Starbuck, 75, lifetime resident of Unadilla who achieved master tool & die maker status in a 53-year Amphenol career, passed away early Monday morning, April 15, 2019, at Bassett Hospital with his family by his side.

Jim was born on April 20, 1943, in Bainbridge, son of George and Bonnie (Eddins) Starbuck. Following high school, Jim served his country in the Army National Guard for three years.

Ralph Vanderlip, 71; Chef At Unadilla House For 26 Years

IN MEMORIAM: Ralph Vanderlip, 71;

Chef At Unadilla House For 26 Years

Ralph A. Vanderlip

UNADILLA – Ralph A. Vanderlip, 71, chef at the Unadilla House for 26 years, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Tuesday, March 12, 2019.

He was born on Dec., 13, 1947, the son of the late Harry and Jeanette Cook Vanderlip.  Ralph married Martha Scott Vanderlip on June 24, 1972, in Unadilla.

John Chambers, 82, Unadilla;Ran Family Livestock Auction
IN MEMORIAM

John Chambers, 82, Unadilla;

Ran Family Livestock Auction

John D. Chambers

UNADILLA – John D. Chambers, 82, a horseman from birth and later an auctioneer at the family’s cattle and horse auction, D.R. Chambers & Sons, rising to president, died in Tucson, Ariz., on Feb 17, 2019.

He was born on Jan. 30, 1937. in Walton, the son of David R. and Mary (Little) Chambers.

John graduated from Unadilla Central School in 1955 and earned his degree from Albany Business College in 1957. Later that year, he traveled by train to Decatur, Ind., to attend Reppert Auction School.

Michele L. Weed, 50;Gold Medal Equestrian Special Olympian

IN MEMORIAM: Michele L. Weed, 50;

Gold Medal Equestrian Special Olympian

Michele L. Weed

UNADILLA – Michele L. Weed, 50, of Unadilla, Gold Medal Equestrian Special Olympian, passed away Saturday morning, Feb. 23, 2019, at her home.

She is the daughter of Marian and Robert Wilson of Unadilla and Lawrence Weed of Walker Valley, Ulster County.  She was born Jan. 29, 1969, in Middletown.

She is survived by her parents; sister Stephanie Weed and husband William Walker Jr. of Walker Valley; nieces, Jacqueline and Jim Schoenleber, Middletown, and  Sierra Walker, Walker Valley; great-nephew, Nicholas Bellomo; great-nieces Eleanor Bellomo and Ava Schoenleber, and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

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.

Colleen Jane Edwards, 82; 30-Year Bacteriologist At Sidney Hospital

IN MEMORIAM: Colleen J. Edwards, 82;

30-Year Bacteriologist At Sidney Hospital

Colleen Jane Edwards, 82; a 30-year bacteriologist at The Hospital in Sidney, who over the years lived in all three Tri-Town communities, was  passed away Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, at Fox Hospital.

She was born on Jan. 28, 1937, in Cannonsville, daughter of the late Louis and Hazel (Almy) Scofield.

Louella Washburn, 97; Last Of Her Family’s 1920s Generation

IN MEMORIAM: Louella Washburn, 97;

Last Of Her Family’s 1920s Generation

Louella Washburn

UNADILLA – Louella Mary Washburn, 97, last survivor of the 1920s generation of the Washburn family, passed away peacefully at Fox Nursing Home in Oneonta on Friday, Feb. 1, 2019 after a short illness.

Known as “Nanny,” she was born Nov. 4 in the Town of Bethel on the family farm, the daughter of the late Archie and Mary (Buchanan) Washburn.

She was a 1940 graduate of Unadilla Schools, lived on the farm on Washburn Road with her brother, Roland, for over 82 years.

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