Vincent Caravan, former Valley News publisher, owner

Vincent R. Caravan, 91, of Fulton, died Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013 at his home
of apparent heart failure. He was the publisher of The Valley News from
1972 until 2010 when ownership of the newspaper was taken over by The
Scotsman Press.

A native of Pottsville, Pennsylvania, he was born September 18, 1922,
the sixth of  ten children of Italian immigrants Stephen and Theresa
Caravan. After graduation from Pottsville High School, he entered the
U.S. Army and fought during World War II in the European Theatre. He was
the recipient of the Bronze Star and Purple Heart for wounds received in
action in Italy. He returned to the U.S. and was stationed for the rest
of his enlistment in western Pennsylvania where he met the late Isabelle
Slater with whom he was married in January 1946.

After the war, Vincent returned to Pottsville and worked for his
father’s commercial printing company. In 1950 he purchased a small
printing business in Fulton and moved there permanently. In the late
’50s, he was hired by Oswego Valley News owners Colson and Beatrice Carr
and became managing editor of the newspaper in 1958. Over the next
several years, he upgraded the news content of the small community
newspaper with exclusive coverage of municipal meetings and local
sports, including photography. He also wrote both news and sports
columns at various times for the publication.

In 1972, Vincent became owner of the newspaper and eventually changed
its name to The Valley News to further affirm its Fulton identity. By
the late ’70s, the newspaper was winning awards for its local news and
sports coverage from the New York Press Association, and developed into
one of the leading community newspapers in the region under his guidance.

He was a member of the American Legion Post 268 and the Fulton VFW Post
569. He was the recipient of several awards and honors for achievements
in journalism, and was inducted into the Fulton Athletic Boosters Hall
of Fame in 2008 as well as the Fulton City Bowling Association Hall of
Fame in 1976. He served on numerous civic boards and committees during
his career, including as Chairman of the Board of the Greater Fulton
Chamber of Commerce and as a member of the Fulton Board of Education in
the 1970s. In his later years he was a member of the Dexterville
Seventh-day Adventist Church.

He is survived by his son Ronald (Nancy) Caravan of Phoenix;
granddaughters Michelle (Herbert) Stockschlaeder of Buffalo, Adrienne
(Joseph) Gabalski of Manassas, Virginia, and Lisa Caravan of Auburn,
Alabama; six great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mary Caravan and Florence
Kane of Pottsville, Pennsylvania. He was predeceased by his wife,
Isabelle Slater Caravan, who died in 2007.

Calling hours are Thursday, Nov. 7, 4 to 7 p.m. at Sugar Funeral Home,
224 W. Second St., Fulton; funeral service is Friday, Nov. 8 at 10 a.m.
at the First United Methodist Church, 1408 Curtis Street, with Elders of
the Dexterville Seventh-day Adventist Church and Pastor David Grey of
Mt. Pleasant UM Church officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Adnah
Cemetery, Fulton.

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