In Memoriam: James E. Sawyer

ONEONTA—James E. Sawyer, 80, passed away unexpectedly at home on January 27, 2024.
He was born June 13, 1943 in Oneonta, the son of Emory C. and Mary E. (Taylor) Sawyer.
Jim graduated from Oneonta High School, Class of 1961 and one month later he proudly enlisted in the United States Navy. He served on the USS Cone (DD 866) and was honorably discharged in August of 1965 with the rank of RM3.…

In Memoriam: Roger Colton Smith

COOPERSTOWN—Roger Colton Smith, 87, of Cooperstown, died peacefully at home the morning of Wednesday, January 17, 2024.
Roger was born at Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown on April 28, 1936, the son of LeRoy F. Smith and Gertrude E. (Spurbeck) Smith. After graduating from Cooperstown Central School, Class of 1954, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and completed four years of active duty as a radar man on the USS Fremont, remaining in the U.S. Navy Reserve until 1962.…


In Memoriam: Christopher D. Campbell

CHERRY VALLEY—Christopher Dudley Campbell, of Cherry Valley, died peacefully at home on January 6, with his family by his side. He was 74.
Chris was known for his easy smile, a remarkable inventory of stories told with dry humor and his boundless love for Cherry Valley. He was an avid history buff and collector, coauthoring a book about the history of Sharon Springs that featured his historical postcard collection.…


In Memoriam: James A. McGrath

COOPERSTOWN—James Anthony McGrath, a long-time resident of Cooperstown and dedicated member of the Cooperstown Veterans Club, passed away peacefully in his sleep in the early morning hours of Thursday, December 21, 2023, at the A.O. Fox Nursing Home in Oneonta. He was 85 years old.
Born May 21, 1938 in Jersey City, New Jersey, Jim was one of eight children of John Thomas McGrath and Sophie R. (Maciag) McGrath. When he was 10 years old, Jim’s father passed away unexpectedly, and…


In Memoriam: Wardy “Edward” McDaniel

RICHFIELD SPRINGS—Wardy "Edward" McDaniel, 85, passed peacefully away at home on December 24, 2023. 
Ed was born on August 24, 1938 in Troy, New York to Wardy McDaniel and Dorothy (Solton) McDaniel. He was raised in Johnstown, New York and graduated from Johnstown High School. He was employed by AT&T and Verizon, until his retirement. He later worked as the manager at the Radisson Health Club in Utica, a job he loved.…


In Memoriam: Albert Hughes

ONEONTA—Albert J. Hughes, 91, passed away at Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown on December 18, 2023.
He was born August 6, 1932 in the Town of Butternuts, the son of Adelbert M. and Elizabeth (Whitney) Hughes.
He married Cegret Turnbull in 1960.
Albert was a United States Army veteran serving in the Korean War. 
He was a chef at A.O. Fox Hospital in Oneonta, retiring in 1994, then was a self-employed carpenter for 20 years.…

In Memoriam: Wendell Tripp

COOPERSTOWN – Wendell Tripp passed away September 20, 2023.
He was born June 1, 1928, in Walden, the son of Eva Welsch Tripp and Wendell E. Tripp Sr. He graduated from Walden High School in June 1946 and joined the U.S. Navy the day after graduation. He served in the Navy for three years, much of that time aboard the light cruisers USS Wilkes Barre and USS Huntington.
Following his discharge from the Navy, he attended Drew University, majoring in English literature,…


In Memoriam Ronald G. Peters May 28, 1944-February 01, 2023

In Memoriam Ronald G. Peters May 28, 1944-February 01, 2023 ONEONTA—Ronald G. Peters, 78, passed away unexpectedly at home on February 1, 2023. Ron was born on May 28, 1944 to William J. and Evelyn M. Peters in NYC. He attended Great Neck High School, where he acquired a band of lifelong friends and graduated in the Class of 1962. He spent the summer after graduation on the Hospital Ship SS Hope on its mission to Peru. He was so interested…

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