OTEGO – Kevin Michael Mroczkowski, a Vietnam veteran and 911 responder, was called home by his Savior on 3 July, 2019, after a three-month fight against cancer.
Kevin was in the company of family at the time of death, and he was frequently visited by cousins, nieces and nephews and friends during his illness.
Kevin was born in Brooklyn on 2 March, 1950, the son of Stanislaus S. and Margaret E. Mroczkowski. He grew up in Queens and, shortly after graduating from Far Rockway High School, he served his country in the Army. He was trained as a medical corpsman and during the Vietnam War he served at the 6th Convalescent Center in Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam.
EAST SPRINGFIELD – Robert A. Tracy, 71, the award-winning proprietor of Golden Brook Farm, passed away Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at Albany Medical Center. At the time of death, Robert was surrounded by a room full of family who loved him dearly.
Bob Trady grew up in Oxford, where he graduated from high school. He then enlisted in the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. During his enlistment, he meritoriously achieved E-5 (sergeant) rank in just three years, and was honorably discharged.
ONEONTA – Allen Wamsley, 73, a Vietnam veteran who retired from Reinhardt Home Heating, passed away on May 16, 2019, at Bassett Hospital, following an extended illness.
Allen was born in Kingston, on Jan. 19, 1946, to Ruth Effner and Andrew Wamsley. He was the youngest of his five siblings, Marie (Paul), Patricia, Butch, Steve (Shirley) and Chris (Russ). He grew up in the Oneonta and the surrounding area, attending Oneonta High School.
COOPERSTOWN – Lifelong Cooperstownian Terance James Roy Pugliese passed away suddenly Monday0 evening, Dec. 3, 2018.
To newcomers, he was known as Terry, to friends he was The ACE, T.P., The Mayor, or Ambrose, and to his daughters, he was their Popsicle but whatever you knew him as, chances are, if you spent any time in Cooperstown, you knew him.
With a booming voice, joyous laughter and mischievous grin, Terry had a gift for making everyone feel accepted and valued. A charismatic people person who never met a stranger, Terry was surrogate brother and father to all he would listen to your troubles, make you laugh and forget your problems.
LAURENS – Donald R. Bush, a decorated Vietnam War veteran and former mayor of Laurens, passed away peacefully on July 26, 2018, at Bassett Hospital after an extended illness.
Born, July 25, 1944, he was the son of Walter K. Bush and Olive (Spoor) Bush. Born and raised in Laurens, Don graduated from Laurens Central School in 1961. After graduating high school, Don worked at Phillips Buick in Oneonta.
RICHFIELD SPRINGS – Ronald J. Pavlus, 71, of Division Street, Richfield Springs, Vietnam veteran and retired Jordanville postmaster, passed away Friday, Jan. 26, 2018, at Albany Medical Center, Albany.
He was born on Oct. 28, 1946, in Cooperstown, son of the late John and Anna (Devan) Pavlus. He graduated from Owen D. Young High School, Van Hornesville, with the Class of 1964.
WESTFORD – David L. Cole, 69, a Vietnam veteran and independent carpenter, passed away unexpectedly Dec. 24, 2017 at home. He was 69.
He was born June 25, 1948, in Cobleskill, the son of Sylvester and Margaret (Englert) Cole.
Dave graduated from Andrew S. Draper Central School, Class of 1967. He was an Army veteran, serving in the Vietnam War, 1968-69, in Company C, 815th Engineer Battalion, Central Highlands. He was a life member of the Schenevus VFW.
TODDSVILLE – Eugene R. Smith, 72, of Toddsville, a Vietnam veteran and longtime member of Hartwick Fire Department Co. No. 2 in Hartwick Seminary, and passed away Sunday afternoon, Oct. 15, 2017, at home in his favorite recliner surrounded by his family.
Gene – or Bobby, as he was affectionately known by family and friends – was born June 9, 1945, in Cooperstown, a son of Richard Frederick Smith, Sr. and Dorothy Arlene Roseboom Smith.
ONEONTA – Ronald C. Cook, 70, the Oneonta native who earned induction into the Central New York Stock Car Hall of Fame, passed away Jan. 20, 2017, at his home in Port Charlotte, Fla., with his family by his side.
He was born on Sept. 25, 1946, in Oneonta, son of Shirley Raymond and Hilda Marie Cook. He graduated from Laurens Central School in 1965 and enlisted in the Air Force, serving Stateside and in Vietnam.
He was self-employed during the 1980s and ’90s, operating Mr. Fixit. He relocated to Florida in 1999, and was maintenance supervisor for the State of Florida’s Gulf Coast Center in Fort Myers until his retirement.