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.
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.
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.”
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.
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
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.
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.
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.