Category Archives: Obituaries

Howard “Boomer” Thompson

Howard “Boomer” Thompson, 66, of Ira passed away suddenly on Sunday, September 6 while on vacation in Florida. A native of Granby, he was a life resident of the Ira area. Boomer retired in March from Jerome Fire Equipment Co. in Clay after 35 years. He was a longtime member and former chief of the Ira Volunteer Fire Department. Boomer was an avid hunter, fisherman and he enjoyed boating. He was predeceased by his father, Howard W. Thompson, a brother, Gerald Thompson, and a daughter-in-law, Cindy Thompson. Surviving are his wife of 45 years, Kathy Thompson; their children, David Thompson, Jodi (James) Garrity and Becky (Jeremy) Guernsey; grandchildren, Ashley, Jordan, Kathryn, Melinda and Kyle; his mother, Ruth Thompson; brothers and sisters, John (Kelly) Thompson, Mary VanLare (Darren Terpening), Cindy (David) Crockford, Ruth (Ed) McCarty, Beverly (David) Hoyt, Betty (Nelson) Parsons, Helen Fisher and Brenda Thompson; many nieces, nephews and cousins. Graveside services will be held 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 19 at Ira Union (White) Cemetery, White Cemetery Road in Ira. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, PO Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241-7005. Foster Funeral Home in Fulton has care of the arrangements.

Stephen R. Polacek, III

Polacek, StephenStephen R. Polacek, III, 76, of Palermo passed away on Tuesday, September 1, at home surrounded by his family.  He was born on May 22, 1939 in Syracuse, N.Y.  Stephen served proudly in the US Navy.  He had worked on construction for many years and he retired from Chrysler New Venture Gear after 23 years of service.  He was a devoted family man.  Stephen was an avid fisherman, outdoorsman and was a professional Santa Clause for children for over 20 years.  He was predeceased by his father, Stephen R. Polacek; step-mother, Sophie Polacek; mother, Jane Polacek; brother, Ronald Polacek and daughter, Barbara King.
He will be greatly missed and forever loved by his wife of 50 years Nancy Garrison Polacek; four children, Bonnie (Robert) Laforte, Debi (Joseph) Firenze, Ronald (Gidget) Kastler and Stephen Polacek IV; first born grandson and best friend, Jason (Nicole) Mace; grandchildren, Rebecca (Gary) Bevacqua, Jennifer (Tom) Bryson, Joshua Sixberry, Edwin Soble III, Jeremiah Kastler, Jessica Soble, Stephanie Tassone, Amanda Sixberry, Trevor Polacek, Kevin King, Jr.,  Ashley Polacek and Zachariah William Stephen Kastler; many great-grandchildren; son-in-law, Kevin King; brother, John Polacek; sister, Kathy Moody, as well as several nieces, nephews, relatives and close friends.
Calling hours and a service were held Saturday, Sept. 5, at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay Street, Fulton. Burial was in Roosevelt Cemetery, state Route 49, Schroeppel. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions in his name and memory to Make a Wish Foundation of CNY,

Ruth E. Whorrall

Ruth  E. (Young) Whorrall, 71, of Phoenix, N.Y., passed away at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center, Syracuse, on Sunday Aug. 30, 2015. Born in the town of Onondaga, NY to her late parents, Mildred E. (Drumma) and Roy J. Young, Jr. on May 19, 1944, she was a graduate of J. C. Birdlebough High School, Phoenix Central Schools, class of 1962.
Ruth was a custodian at the J. C. Birdlebough High School for nearly 20 years. She also was a parishioner at St. Stephen’s Church, Phoenix.
She was predeceased by her siblings, Janet, John, Roy, James, Joan, Beverly, Rosemary, Patricia, Shirley, and Marilyn. Surviving are her husband, Lyle W. Whorrall, Jr.; four daughters, Linda M. Eddy of Phoenix, Cindy M. (Jack) Murray of Pennellville, Donna M. (Rick) Gilkey of East Syracuse, and Tina M. Whorrall of New York City; two brothers, Robert “Bud” (Judy) Young and Richard (Beverly) Young, all of Fulton; two sisters, Jean Cook of Keystone Heights, Fla., and Barbara (Marvin) Johnson of Palmetto, Fla.; five grandchildren, Erika, David, Jordan, Ricky and Brooke; two great-grandchildren, Dominic and Vincent; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Per Ruth’s request, her life was celebrated in a church mass on Friday, Sept. 4 at St. Stephen’s Church, 469 Main St., Phoenix, NY, with the Rev. Philip Brockmyre officiating.
Contributions in Ruth’s memory to: SPCA, 5878 East Molloy Rd., Syracuse, NY, or Oswego County Humane Society, 110 West Second St., Oswego, NY 13126. Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, Phoenix, has care of arrangements.

Craig Malcott

Craig Malcott, 64, of Fairdale, passed away Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015 at his home surrounded by his family.
He was a life resident of the Sterling-Hannibal area. Craig enjoyed pitching horseshoes and following the New York Yankees (major league baseball in general). He previously owned and operated taverns in Fairdale and Fulton.
He is survived by longtime partner Desirah Beck; his son, Burgess (Rachel); his daughter, Rachel Franklin; his granddaughters, Kathryn Franklin and Caroline Malcott; mother of his children, Debora Malcott; Desirah’s son, Ron Gilman and daughter, Clue Gilman; four sisters, Donna Malcott, Sue (Jim) Geers, Robin (Ken) Houghtaling and Holly Malcott; six brothers, Pete, Brian (Tina), Jeff (“Jake” & Cindy) Chris, Scott (Lisa) and Les Malcott; his uncle, Roger Malcott; several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his father Donald in 1999, his mother Shirley in 2002 and his brother Douglas in 2006.
Family and friends are invited to a celebration of his life from 1-4 p.m. today at his home, 1218A county Route 3, Hannibal, NY 13074.
Contributions may be made to Friends of Oswego County Hospice 34 East Bridge St., Suite 202 P.O. Box 102 Oswego, NY 13126 or online at Please sign the guestbook at

Florence Morrison

Florence Mary Taylor Morrison, 86, of Statesville died Thursday, August 13, 2015 at Gordon Hospice House.
She was born August 1, 1929, in Syracuse, New York, and was the daughter of the late Harold Thompson and Myrtle Stanard Taylor. She balanced several jobs over the years in order to provide for her disabled husband and children, and she retired as a teller with the New York Off Track Betting Agency. She was a former member of State Street United Methodist Church and the Fulton Senior Citizens’ Club in New York.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death on February 12, 1999, by her husband, James Phillip Morrison; and by three sisters, Sharon Salls, Irene Goman, and Nancy Bartlett.
She is survived by a daughter, Vicki (Michael) Gaffney of Statesville; a son, James P. Morrison II of Marlboro, N.Y.; five grandchildren, Timothy Morrison, Eric Morrison, Patrick (Kerri) Gaffney, Sean Gaffney (Jessica Cline), and Kary (Sara) Gaffney; seven great-grandchildren; a former daughter-in-law, Anne Morrison of Ulster Park, NY; a former granddaughter-in-law, Joy Price, of Naples, Florida; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Memorial service celebrating Florence’s life was held Saturday, August 22, 2015, in the Westmoreland Chapel of Bunch-Johnson Funeral Home. The family spoke with friends immediately following the service. Condolences may be sent to the family online at
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Gordon Hospice House 2341 Simonton Road, Statesville, NC 28625.
Bunch-Johnson Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.

Mary C. Smith

Mary C. Smith, 43, of Fulton passed away Saturday, August 29.  She was an amazing and caring mother and grandmother.  She was predeceased by her father, Gary Smith.  Mary will be greatly missed and forever loved by her fiancé of 19 years,  Scott Bowman; sons, Brandon Lane and Scott Bowman; daughters,  Dezirae Smith, Jerrica Smith and Kristina Bowman; parents, Nora and Duane Graves; brothers, David, John, Joe and Aaron Smith; granddaughter, Taylor Kingsley.
Calling hours are noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8 at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton.  A graveside service will follow at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, county Route 45, Volney.

Donald F. “Dumper” Woodard Jr.

Donald F. “Dumper” Woodard Jr., 71, of Fulton passed away peacefully Monday at home surrounded by family. He was born in Santa Barbara, Calif. to the late Donald F. and Evelyn (Harris) Woodard. He has been a resident of Fulton all of his life. Mr. Woodard retired in 1999 from Niagara Mohawk as a chief maintenance foreman where he had 34 years of service. After retirement he owned and operated DW Bodee’s Bar and Restaurant, Fulton for eight years.  Mr. Woodard was a member of the Hannibal American Legion Post #1552, and the Hannibal American Legion Riders. He enjoyed his motorcycle and loved to ride. He was also an avid pool player, skier and hunter. Mr. Woodard helped begin the livestock/farm program with Fr. McVey at Unity Acres which allowed the residents to have a self-sustained food supply within their establishment, allowing them further independence from outside sources. He is survived by his wife of 50 years Sandra (Thompson) Woodard of Fulton; three children, Denise (Terry) Carr of Phoenix, Timothy (Joanne) Woodard of Oswego, Donald (Tammy) Woodard III of Va.; three sisters, Evelyn (Gordon) Infantine of Rensselaer Falls, N.Y., Rosemary Woodard of Fulton, and Beatrice (David) Lathrop of Lacona, N.Y.; 10 grandchildren, Stephanie, Samantha, Sean, Courtney and Jessica,Shannon, and Timmy and Sara, Julie, and Donald; eight great-grandchildren; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.
Funeral services will be held 9:30 a.m. today at Holy Trinity Church, Fulton where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Rev. James Schultz. Burial will be held in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton.  Calling hours were Friday in the Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 West Second St. S. Fulton.  Contributions: Hannibal American Legion Post #1552 or the Hannibal American Legion Riders, 226 Rochester Street, Hannibal, NY 13074.

Thomas Robert Seawell

Thomas SeawellThomas Robert Seawell passed away August 28, 2015, in his home in Sterling, N.Y.
He was born March 17, 1936, in Baltimore, Md., to Robert James Seawell and Cynthia Edith Bass. He spent his childhood in Columbia, S.C., and moved to St Louis in 1948. He received his art education at Washington University, St. Louis and Texas Christian University. He taught for two years at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Ark. In 1963 he was hired by SUNY Oswego to establish a fine art printmaking program for the art department. He taught there until his retirement in 1992. During his tenure at Oswego, he was awarded the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence, the SUNY system’s highest form of recognition for teaching. In 1992 he moved to Commerce, Texas where his wife, Barbara Frey, teaches ceramics at Texas A&M University-Commerce. Thereafter, they spent the academic year in Texas and summers in Sterling, N.Y. From 1992 through spring 2014, he taught screen printing and beginning printmaking classes as an adjunct instructor at Texas A&M University-Commerce.
Thomas Seawell is particularly well known for his screen prints and collagraphs and has been recognized as one of the earliest practitioners of the collagraph medium.  His work is defined by a variety of noteworthy series including Family Album, States and Provinces, The Streets, Empty Centers, Variations on Themes of Jacques Callot, the Art Doors project, and a series of images of stock exchanges and trading floors commissioned by Geldermann, Inc. of Chicago.
Thomas Seawell’s work can be found in many public, private and corporate art collections. His work is archived in the Artist Printmaker Research Collection at The Museum of Texas Tech University.
During his long career as an artist and teacher, Thomas Seawell demonstrated an unwavering passion for art and love for teaching. He has touched many lives through the art he has created and has inspired numerous students in their quest to become artists and teachers of art. He will be remembered for his zest for life, his devotion to art, his love of music and travel, his wide repertoire of great stories, and his sense of humor and wit.
Thomas Seawell is survived by his wife, Barbara Louise Frey of Commerce, Texas, and their son, Jay Turner Frey Seawell of Washington, D.C. He is survived by three sons from his previous marriage to Eva Jo Bradford: James Bradford Seawell of Cambridge, Mass.; Lee Thomas Seawell of Syracuse, N.Y.; and Gustin Charles Seawell of St Louis, Mo. He is also survived by his dear sister, Nancy Jo Brown of Longmont, Colo., and nieces Cindy Poinsett, Cara Frihauf, Jana Schulder, and nephew David Brown.
The Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home of Oswego, N.Y. has care of the arrangements. There will not be a funeral. A memorial will be scheduled for a future date. Share condolences at www.sugarscanlonfuneralhome.