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Richard Godfrey II, Worked at Nestle

OBITS-GodfreyRichardRichard Lawrence Godfrey II, 49, a lifelong resident of Hannibal, died February 14, 2013 at home surrounded by his family after a courageous battle with cancer.

He was born Sept. 11, 1963 in Oswego and was a 1981 graduate of Hannibal High School. He was previously employed at Nestle Company for several years as a machine operator.

He had a passion for hunting, fishing and the great outdoors. His greatest love was spending time with his family.

He was predeceased by his parents Richard and Louise Godfrey.

He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Lisa Marie (Johnson) Godfrey; sons, Richard L. Godfrey III (Stephanie), Robert A. Godfrey (Amanda); daughter, Rachel M. Godfrey (Vinny Morgan); sisters, Arlene Godfrey and Kary Wilcox; brother, Kenneth White; his maternal grandmother, Frances Dennison; two grandchildren, Olivia and Jaxson Godfrey; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends.

Calling hours will be held Sunday, Feb. 17 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Foster Funeral Home, 837 Cayuga St., Hannibal, 13074, with services immediately following.

Contributions may be made to the Hannibal Fire Department, P.O. Box 252, Hannibal, 13074 or Friends of Oswego County Hospice, P.O. Box 102, Oswego 13126.

Thomas R. Kemp, Marine Corps veteran

Thomas Ray Kemp, 66, of Goldsboro, N.C. and formerly of Fulton, died Monday, Feb. 11, 2013 at his residence.

Born in Fulton, he was the son of the late LeRoy Bradford and Ellen Elizabeth Hughes Kemp and was the husband of Suzanne “Sue” Kemp.

Having retired from the North Carolina Department of Corrections as a nurse, he had also served his country in the United States Marine Corps and had worked 18 years as a counselor with “The ARC” of New York.

He served with the Boy Scouts of America as an adult leader and counselor for over 50 years. He also served as a deacon at Faith Alliance Church.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, Feb. 15 at Faith Alliance Church, 3203 Cashwell Dr., Goldsboro at 11 a.m. with Pastor Ed Shuck and Pastor Tim Leever officiating.

The family will visit with friends one hour before and after the service at the church. Contributions may be directed towards the Thomas R. Kemp fund c/o Shumate Faulk Funeral Home P.O. Box 167, Goldsboro, N.C. 27533.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Gerry and Natalie Kemp of Goldsboro; daughter, Tina Kemp and Michelle Bussell of Charlotte; daughter and son-in-law, Tammy and Tony Mastrolonardo of Goldsboro; two brothers, Roy Lewis Kemp of Oswego and William Michael Kemp of Fulton; and six grandchildren.

Shumate-Faulk Funeral Home is in care of arrangements. Online condolences may be directed to

Gary Alnutt, U.S. Navy veteran

Gary A. Alnutt, 59, a past resident of Fulton, died Feb. 9, 2013 after a very short illness while in Manila, Philippines.

He was born Feb. 2, 1952 in Fulton, the son of Arthur and Margaret Alnutt. He was a graduate of G. Ray Bodley High School in 1973.

He retired after 25 years in the US Navy serving in both Vietnam and the first Gulf War. He currently made his home in New Jersey.

He is predeceased by both parents, and his brother, Carl J. Alnutt.

He is survived by his long time companion Myrna Tengco; daughter Charito; son Matthew; three sisters, Barbara Maciel of Asuncion, Paraguay SA, Renee Logan of Phoenix, and Judy Knight, Utica; and several nieces and nephews.

There will be no memorial service.

Adrian Wooding, World War II veteran

Adrian “Woody” Wooding, 91, of Fulton, died Monday, Feb. 11, 2013 at Crouse Hospital in Syracuse.

He retired in 1985 from Nestle Co. in Fulton after 25 years and had previously worked at EZ Washer. He was an Army veteran of World War II, serving as a technical sergeant in the Asiatic Pacific Theater of Operations. He enjoyed wood- working.

He was predeceased by his wife, Natalie; a son, Robert; a daughter, Joy King-Buske; and grandchildren, Jennifer and Scott.

Surviving are his children, Judy (Doc) Hines, Sheila Gardner, Joann (Paul) LaRobardiere, Roger (Kim) Wooding, Sandra (Frank) Abbott, Barbara (Steven) Page and Tamie (Pete) Bonanno; grandchildren; and great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

Calling hours are 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16 at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton. Burial will be held at Jacksonville Cemetery in Lysander in the spring.

Thomas Colon, Fair Haven resident

Tom Colon, 52, of Fair Haven, died Feb. 11, 2013 after an extended illness.

He was born Aug. 26, 1960 to the late Pedro and Susan Bigler Colon in Dunkirk, N.Y.

He is survived by his longtime companion, Cindy Wood; his faithful friend, O.P.; step-children, Dennis Grimm and Carrie Pellegrino; eight siblings, Tee, Pam, Karen, Peggy, Sandra, Mary, Rusty and Danny; special friends, Craig and Krazzy Krissy Searle, Ross Shaffer, Jay Feeney and many more; and several nieces and nephews.

There will be no calling hours or services. Contributions may be made to Hospice of the Finger Lakes, 1130 Corporate Dr., Auburn, NY 13021.

Foster Funeral Home in Hannibal has care of arrangements.

John Kruk to step down as county treasurer

by Carol Thompson

Oswego County Treasurer John Kruk has announced he will step down from his position effective Feb. 28.

He announced his intention to retire during Thursday’s meeting of the Oswego County Legislature’s Finance and Personnel Committee.

Now, the legislature will determine if the vacancy will be filled by a governor appointment or if they will appoint.

Legislature Chairman Fred Beardsley and Legislator James Karasek have both expressed interest in the position.

New York State County Law, Section 400, states a vacancy is to be filled by the governor.

Kruk’s term was to expire at the end of this year and will be on the ballot in the November election. The position of treasurer is elected every four years.

Kruk served as the executive assistant to the mayor of the City of Fulton until his election as the county treasurer in 2001. He narrowly defeated James Bryant for the position in a Republican primary race.

Kruk also served as the Oswego County Republican Committee treasurer and currently serves  as the acting treasurer. He told the committee that he was exhausted and wanted to spend more time with his family in announcing his decision.

“This will be my last Finance and Personnel Committee meeting,” he said.

Minority Leader Mike Kunzwiler said he will be in contact with the governor’s office to determine how the vacancy is to be filled. Should it be a governor’s appointment, the Democrat caucus will likely select Kruk’s successor as the governor is a Democrat and traditionally vacancies are filled with a person of the same party affiliation as the governor.

Kunzwiler gave no indication of who that person would be should he make the recommendation to the governor.

Hannibal Town officials urge people to stay off the roads

Hannibal Town officials are asking people to avoid driving on town roads for at least four hours until the lake effect snow band lets up and highway crews can plow the roads.

The Hannibal Town Hall has been closed for the day.

The lake effect band has been sitting over Hannibal for several hours this morning and highway crews are having a difficult time keeping the roads plowed, town Supervisor Ron Greenleaf said.

Visibility conditions are very poor and driving conditions are treacherous.

Fulton Little League registration dates set

The Fulton Little League program will hold registrations Saturday, Jan. 26 from 8 a.m. to noon; Feb. 2 from noon to 4 p.m.; and Feb. 23 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Registration will be held at the Fulton War Memorial. Little League includes both baseball and softball.

Registration is open to boys and girls ages 4 through 16 who reside within the Fulton or Hannibal school district.
To be eligible for the upcoming season, a child must be at least four years old and cannot be 17 years old before May 1.

Those seeking more information may call John Florek at 591-4993.