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Dwight Murphy, born in Fulton

Dwight Louis (Doc) Murphy, 83, of Georgetown, S.C., died March 29, 2012 from complications involving COPD, a chronic pulmonary disease.

He was born May 10, 1928 in Fulton to Dwight Louis and Margaret Howe Murphy. He was an avid sailor and taught sailing at the Fair Haven Yacht Club. He built both Prams and Thistles.

He received a BA in music from Potsdam’s Crane School of Music and a master’s degree in music from the Manhattan School of Music in NYC. From 1952-1954, he taught at the Army band training school at Fort Dix, N.J. and played in the orchestra for the USO. He also played the trombone and double bass with many big bands from the era.

After marrying Nancy (Nanny) Louise Purcell July 13, 1957, he taught music in Munnsville, N.Y. for several years before moving to Lake Placid, where he taught band and orchestra in the local school and played with the Lake Placid Club Band.

In the early 1960s, the family relocated to Altamont, N.Y. where he taught music in the Colonie school district for 28 years and played double bass in the Albany Symphony Orchestra.

Upon retirement from public school teaching, he started on a lifelong dream project of building a 38’ cruising sailboat made of Ferro cement called “Mrs. Murphy.”

Upon turning 50, he built his first banjo from a kit and learned the claw hammer style. He also picked up his fiddle again, focusing on the old time fiddle tunes. In 1993, he began documenting, collecting and notating old tunes for younger classical students not versed in learning by ear.

He instructed both adults and children at the Music School in Georgetown for several years.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy Purcell Murphy of Georgetown, S.C.; daughter, Martha Murphy of Reno, Nev.; son, Mark Edmond Murphy of Shohola, Pa.; two granddaughters, Molly and Sally Murphy; two grandsons, Samuel and Airman Jacob Earl; sister, Sheila Bidwell of Naples, Fla.; brothers, Mark H. Murphy of Englewood, N.J. and Kevin Murphy of Salinas, Calif.; sister–in-law, Patricia Purcell of Roslindale, Mass.; and several nieces, nephews, cousins, and students.

A musical–personal tribute will be held today, April 7 at the Newton’s Black Water River lot from 3 to 5  p.m.

Contributions may be made to the Old Time Herald at www.oldtomeherald.org or Old Time Music Group, PO Box 61679 Durham, NC 27715.

Dawn Dickquist, Owens Brockway retiree

Dawn Lincoln Dickquist, 72, of Fulton, died Monday, April 2, 2012 in Crouse Hospital, Syracuse, after a short illness. Her family was by her side.

She was born in Fulton, the daughter of the late John and Aillen (Fowler) Lincoln.

She retired from Owens Brockway, quality control department in 2000. She was past president of the Women’s Auxiliary of the Elks and was president of the Altar Rosary. She was a member of the Golden Agers, Holy Family Choir, and a Eucharist minister at Holy Trinity.

She was a former committee person for the Republican Party. She was a Nascar and Oswego Speedway enthusiast.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her stepmother, Gladys Lincoln, and her brother and sister-in-law, John and Marguerite Lincoln.

She is survived by her children, John Dickquist of Oswego and Tammy Crary of Fulton; her sister, Mary (Al) Archer of Oswego; grandchildren, Kyle, Jessica, and Jennifer; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, April 10 at 9 a.m. at the Sugar Funeral Home and 9:30 a.m. in Holy Trinity Church. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Calling hours will be Monday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home, 224 W. Second St. S., Fulton.

Dean R. Ottoway, Marine Corps veteran

Dean R. Ottoway, 61, of Fulton, died Sunday, April 1, 2012.

He was born in Syracuse and resided in Fulton for the past 10 years. He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of the Vietnam War.

He had worked in construction and did volunteer work for the D.A.V. and Meals on Wheels.

He enjoyed ceramics and his greatest pleasure was spending time with his grandsons, Ryan and Mathew.

He was predeceased by his mother, Eleanor H. Brosseau; a sister, Lynn Ottoway; his father, Floyd Ottoway; and by his son, Dustin Ottoway.

He is survived by a daughter, Dana Ottoway of Fulton; two grandsons, Ryan and Mathew Gustke of Fulton; a brother, Anthony (Cathe) Brosseau of Liverpool; and a nephew, Robert Konys of Minetto.

Calling hours and services were held Thursday at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton.

Contributions may be made to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, 333 1/2 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Washington, DC 20003-1148.

Kenneth Smithers Jr., Solvay resident

Kenneth C. Smithers Jr., 52, of Solvay, died Friday, March 23, 2012 at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Syracuse.

He was predeceased by his parents, Flora and Kenneth Smithers Sr.

Surviving are his sister, Flora (Martin) Long of Fulton; brothers, Perry (Maryann) Draper of Syracuse and Thomas Draper of Oswego; his girlfriend, Jennifer Brinkman and her daughter, Hailey Loucks; and several nieces and nephews.

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Kathleen Brennan, Clear Sound owner

Kathleen R. Brennan, 54, of Fulton, died Saturday, March 24, 2012 in Cocoa Beach, Fla.

She was raised in East Syracuse, the daughter of John and Florence Raulli.  She owned and operated Aimi’s Bridal Boutique for 14 years.

Most recently, she owned and operated Clear Sound Hearing in Fulton for six years.

She was a communicant of Holy Trinity Church in Fulton and was also a member of the Oswego Yacht Club.

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Alexander Grimshaw, Army veteran

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Army veteran

Alexander J. Grimshaw, 79, of Fulton, died Friday, March 23, 2012 at University Hospital, Syracuse.

He was born in Bronx to the late Alexander and Anna (Valentine) Grimshaw. He has been a resident of Fulton for most of his life.  Mr. Grimshaw was a United States veteran having served in the Army during the Korean War. He previously worked at Sealright, Fulton, Metropolitan Life Insurance, Montgomery Ward, and later retired from Goldberg’s, Fulton as store manager.

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Carl O’Connor Sr., Army veteran

Carl F. O’Connor Sr., 80, of Hannibal, died Monday, March 19, 2012.

Mr. O’Connor was born Sept. 22, 1931 in Auburn, a son to John and Virginia Joslyn O’Connor. He was a veteran of the Army during the Korean Conflict and retired from Crouse-Hinds in Syracuse.

He was predeceased by his wife, Jean, who died in 2003; daughter, Dorothy; sister, Dorothy; and brother, Thomas.

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Grace Galletta, legal secretary

Grace Galletta, 85, of Oswego, died Tuesday, March 20, 2012.

Mrs. Galletta was born in Fulton to the late Thomas and Angelina (Cincotta) Mirabito. Mrs. Galletta was a legal secretary for attorney Hosmer Culkin of Oswego.

Mrs. Galletta was a past president of St. Joseph’s Golden Age Group and she enjoyed the Saturday night card club with her close friends at the Harbour House.

She was predeceased by her husband, Angelo Galletta. who died in 1984; her brother, Angelo Mirabito; and sister, Katherine Mirabito.

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