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Richard O’Bryan Jr., Red Creek resident

Richard H. O’Bryan Jr., 71, of Red Creek died Thursday, May 16, 2013 at University Hospital in Syracuse after a brief illness.

Born in Granby, he had lived in the Ira and Red Creek areas for many years. He had worked for Comstock Foods for more than 20 years and retired from Cahoon Farms. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle, kayaking, gardening and spending time with his family.

He was predeceased by his parents, Richard H. and Bertha O’Bryan Sr. He is survived by his wife of 28 years, the former Cindy Gombas of Red Creek; children, Jennifer (Carl) Gillis of Martville, Ashley O’Bryan of Red Creek, Kim Neal of Fair Haven, Keith (Dee) of Sterling, and Richard III of Rochester; brother, Dale (Mary) O’Bryan of Auburn; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

There are no calling hours. Services were private. Foster Funeral Home, Hannibal has care of arrangements.

Nicholas Kellogg, Hannibal resident

Nicholas “Nick” Kellogg, 27, of Hannibal, died suddenly Wednesday, May 15, 2013 as a result of an automobile accident.

He had worked as a self-employed construction contractor and as a mechanic at Fred’s Auto Parts in Oswego. He enjoyed all motorsports, hunting and outdoor sports.

Surviving are his fiancée, Samantha Phillips of Hannibal; two children, Dakota and Alyssa Kellogg; parents, Warren Kellogg of Hannibal and Bernadine (David) LaManche of Central Square; a sister, Kristine Kellogg of Hannibal; step-brother, Gregory LaManche and step-sister, Kristin Krause, both of Constantia; paternal grandmother, Estella Kellogg of Hannibal; maternal grandparents, Dorothy and Robert Howard of Constantia; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Calling hours are 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 21 at Foster Funeral Home, 837 Cayuga Street in Hannibal with services immediately following.

Contributions may be made to his children in care of Samantha Phillips, 79 Kellogg Road, Hannibal, NY 13074.

Harris Brown Jr., Local 73 welder

Harris “Brownie” Brown Jr., 75, of Fair Haven, died Saturday, May 11, 2013 at Oswego Hospital.

Mr. Brown was born August 22, 1937 in Watertown, a son to the late Harris O. and Clarice M. Kiah Brown. He retired from the Local 73 in Oswego as a welder. He attended Ogdensburg Free Academy and St. Mary’s Academy Class of 1956.

He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Sara; three children, Kraig Brown of Syracuse, Debra Davis of Norwich, and Basil Brown of Pulaski; one step-son, George Vollrath of Central Square; two granddaughters, Kelly and Shannon; one sister, Mary Lou McKee; and two nephews, Terry and Todd McKee of Ogdensburg.

A memorial service will be held privately. Memorials may be made to the Fair Haven Fire Department or to the Fair Haven Food Cupboard in his memory.

Arrangements were entrusted to Becker-Keysor Funeral Home, Red Creek.

Elsie A. Davis, retired from Nestle

OBITS-DavisElsieElsie A. Davis, 102, of Fulton, died Monday, May 13, 2013 at St. Luke Health Services in Oswego.

She was born in Plainville, a daughter to the late Ernest and Minnie Welch. She lived most of her life in Fulton and resided for nearly 25 years in Baldwinsville. She retired from the Nestle Company in 1976, where she worked for over 40 years.

She was a member of the former First Congregational United Church of Fulton, B.P.O.E. Lodge Auxiliary, Elizabeth Chapter #105 Order of the Eastern Star and the Cairo Temple Daughters of the Nile.

She was predeceased by her husband, Earl F. Davis, who died in 1994; three brothers, Clark Welch, Lester Welch and Kenneth Welch; and by a sister, Mary Hanley.

She is survived by a sister, Ruth Palmer of Fulton and several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Calling hours are 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, May 17 with services to follow at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton.

Burial will be in Jacksonville Cemetery, Lysander.

Contributions may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children, Office of Development, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607.

Wilma Harris, dietary assistant

OBITS-HarrisWilmaWilma E. Harris, 80, of Fulton, died May 8, 2013 at Northern Westchester Hospital, Mt. Kisco, N.Y.

She was born in Mexico to the late Leonard and Jennie (Pittsley) Snow.  She had been a resident of Fulton for over 50 years until recently moving closer to her daughter in Lincolndale, N.Y.

Mrs. Harris worked as a dietary assistant for 15 years at A.L. Lee Memorial Hospital, Fulton.

She was pre-deceased by her son. James Harris in 2011, and four siblings, Annetta Trumbul, Brad Snow, Leonard Snow, and Richard Snow.

Mrs. Harris is survived by her daughter, Carollynn (Robert) Becker of Lincolndale; and grandchildren, Jesse Crawford-Harris, Rebekkah Crawford-Harris, Teadie Becker, Terese Becker, and Brianne Becker.

Funeral services will be held tomorrow, May 11 at 10:30 a.m. in Sugar Funeral Home, 224 W. Second St. S., Fulton, with Rev. Harold Avery officiating.  Burial will be in Mexico Village Cemetery.

Calling hours will be conducted prior to the servces from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Sugar Funeral Home.

Contributions may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, PO Box 4527, NY, NY 10163.

SUNY Oswego president responds to employee e-mail

by Carol Thompson

An e-mail message sent by a SUNY Oswego student to other students in regard to a rally to be held in front of the Oswego County office complex somehow landed in the inbox of Jeff Grimshaw, the director for SUNY Oswego’s Office of Business and Community Relations, who in turn forwarded it to Oswego County Administrator Phil Church.

In the April 30 e-mail, Grimshaw wrote to Church, “I thought you would be interested in this activity, (student) is not representing the college in this activity, he is graduating in a couple of weeks, just so you are prepared. He tried to instigate at the governor’s visit as well, don’t know to what extent this will develop or not, he had about 10 -15 students at the governor’s event. Give me a call if you need anything further.”

Church simply responded, “Thanks Jeff” on the same date.

The student’s message contained information in regard to a May 9 rally to protest the appointment of former legislature chairman Fred Beardsley to the position of county treasurer. The rally was intended to protest overall government corruption as well.

The event has been well publicized since mid-April on social media sites and blogs.

Upon learning that Grimshaw may have communicated with Church about the rally, a request was made under the Freedom of Information Law to SUNY Oswego for Grimshaw’s e-mail correspondence.

SUNY Oswego President Deborah F. Stanley said Thursday that Grimshaw was not acting on behalf of the college and that the college was unaware of the message until the time of the inquiry made by The Valley News.

“Mr. Grimshaw did not communicate with Mr. Church with the knowledge of, at the direction of or on the approval of SUNY Oswego,” Stanley said. “He acted on his own and the college was unaware of the comments he sent to Mr. Church…when your inquiry brought it to our attention.”

As for what Grimshaw wrote in his message, Stanley said, “We do not agree with his characterization of our student. His use of the word ‘instigate’ was completely erroneous and inappropriate and we have advised Mr. Grimshaw accordingly.”

To read the rest of the story, pick up a copy of tomorrow’s paper