Category Archives: Obituaries

Frederick Foster Dunsmoor, loved boating, golf

Frederick Foster Dunsmoor, 88, a resident of 3F, No. 15, Alley 38, Lane 24, Cheng-te Road, Section 3, Taipei, Taiwan, passed away Tuesday March 11, 2014.

He was birn in Osego Oct. 20, 1926, a son of the late Orlia and Bernice (Bullock) Dunsmoor.

He was a Navy and Air Force veteran. Fred loved boating and golfing and spending time with family and friends.

He was a member of Christ Church, Oswego, and Good Shepherds Church.

Surviving is his wife of 23 years, Ruth Dunsmoor; five children, Janet Morgan, sharon Dunsmoor, Rick Dunsmoor, David Dunsmoor and Cindy (Scott) Lambries; eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Sena Stone and Rose Pepper of Scriba.

He was a member of Master Masons, Shriners, past patron of Eastern Star, very active in all Masonic bodies — Scottish Rite, York Rite, the Royal Order of Scotland, Order of DeMolay and International Order of Rainbow for Girls.

He was predeceased by his brothers, Robert, Orlia, Jack, Edgar, Bryant; and a sister Norine Buske.

A memorial service will be held in Taipei. He will be bureid in Alaska.

Ezra Michael Natoli-Bourdon, infant

Ezra Michael Natoli-Bourdon, infant son of David Bourdon and Marianne Natoli, entered into God’s loving arms Monday March 17, 2014 at Highland Hospital, Rochester, due to Triploid Syndrome.

In addition to his parents, Ezra is survived by his brother, Ledger Natoli–Bourdon; his maternal grandparents, Bob and Peggy Natoli of Oswego; paternal grandparents, Jim and Nancy Bourdon of Oswego; paternal great-grandmother, Phyllis Maniccia of Oswego; uncles Bobby Natoli of Oswego, Matt (Mylien Le) Bourdon of Washington, DC; his aunt Emily Bourdon of Oswego; and cousin Hannah Bourdon of Oswego.

Funeral services and burial for Ezra will be private.

The arrangements are in the care of the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home 147 W. Fourth St., Oswego.

Robert “Bob” Hughes, WWII veteran, longtime printer

3-15_OBIThughesRobert “Bob” Hughes, 89, of Fair Haven, passed away on March 8, 2014 with his family by his side in Syracuse, NY.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife and best friend of 65 years, Betsy Hughes; his children, Robin (John) Thomas of Seattle, WA, Debbie (Ralph) Stamp of Cleveland, NY,  Jody (Marty) Satalin of Syracuse, NY,  Scott (Maureen) Hughes of Clinton, NY; 10 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.

Bob grew up on the South Side of Syracuse and led a colorful childhood, and often recounted stories of selling newspapers on the street corner he bought and setting up pins at the local bowling alley.

His family later moved to Fulton, NY, where he attended Fulton High School and was a multi-sport athlete until 1942 when he enlisted and served as a Navy Pharmacist’s Mate in the Asiatic Pacific.

Upon returning as a WWII veteran, he completed his high school degree and soon met his wife, Betsy Miller of Baldwinsville, NY.

Bob was a devoted husband and loving father while raising four children with Betsy in Lysander, NY and spending summers in their beloved Fair Haven.

Bob led a successful career in the printing industry, starting at Sealright Co. and ultimately retiring as vice president of sales from Sonoco Flexible Packaging (formerly Morrill Press) in 1996.

He and Betsy moved to Fair Haven year-round, enjoying its beauty and volunteering in various village activities, including being a founding member of the Save our Fourth Association (S.O.F.A.).

Well-known and loved by all for his charming wit and humorous jokes, Bob will be missed by family and countless friends.

A memorial service celebrating his life will be held at the convenience of the family at a future date. Arrangements are being handled by Traub Funeral Home.

Contributions may be made in Bob’s memory to S.O.F.A., P. O. Box 13, Fair Haven, NY 13064.

Please visit www.traub.com for On-Line Guest Book.

Gregory A. Case, corrections officer, loved outdoors

3-15_OBITcaseGregory A. Case, 55, of Red Creek, passed away on Tuesday, March 11 at Auburn Community Hospital after a brief illness and a long battle with multiple sclerosis.

He was a graduate of Red Creek Central High School, class of 1977.

Greg retired in 1998 as a corrections officer after 15 years at Butler Correctional Facility in Red Creek, Auburn Correctional Facility and Watertown Correctional Facility.

He loved the outdoors including camping, hunting and fishing.

Surviving are his wife of seven years, Melody Webster Case of Red Creek; children, Christine (Michael) Harrison, Jr. of Oneida and Steven Case of Red Creek; a grandson, Cameron Harrison; parents, Allen “Pete” and Joan Case of Martville; siblings, Jeffrey (Kathleen) Case of Albany, Cynthia (Steven) Keeling of Martville and Amy (Daisy Curcie) Case of North Syracuse; brothers and sisters-in-law, Kristine (Tim) Lozier of Fair Haven, Holley (Steven) Goolding of Fair Haven, Brenda Webster of Queensbury and Wendy Webster of Auburn; mother-in-law, Nancy Webster of Fair Haven; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family wishes to thank special care givers, Taylar Smalling, Donald Hartley, Mickey Jeffers, Laura Lozier and Susan Wheaton.

Calling hours are from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 15 (today) at Foster Funeral Home, 837 Cayuga St., Hannibal with services immediately following.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts are encouraged to be made to Multiple Sclerosis Resources of CNY, 6743 Kinne St., East Syracuse, NY 13057.

Esther Irland, loved to ‘whoop it up’

Esther Irland passed away quietly on Monday, March 10 at the age of 86.

She had spent that day surrounded by her family and succumbed to complications from a merciless series of health issues.

Esther was predeceased her husband Bruce Irland, who died in 1986.

She is survived by her sons, Gary and Phillip as well as seven grandchildren and 10great grandchildren whom she adored.

Esther was known to ride (fast) on snowmobiles, motorcycles and boats as well as “cutting a mean rug” and whooping it up whenever possible. She was loved by all who knew her and will be sorely missed.

There will be a celebration of Esther’s life on Thursday, March 20 at the I.O.O.B. (International Order of Old Bastards) Club, 1170 Sand Hill Road, Martville, NY starting at 3 pm. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. Pictures and stories are welcome.

If you would like to make a contribution in Esther’s name to the Humane Society, she would have liked that.

Margaret M. Gantley, retired from Springside at Seneca Hill

Margaret M. Gantley, 71, of Fulton, died Thursday March 6 at her home.

She was born in Oswego, NY to the late William and Leona (Rowlee) Ferriter.

Mrs. Gantley was a resident of Fulton for most of her life. She retired from Springside at Seneca Hill, Volney, NY in 2012.

Mrs. Gantley was a devoted caregiver for her family.

She was predeceased by her brother Gerald Ferriter in 1961.

Mrs. Gantley is survived by her daughter Sandra Ferriter of Fulton; eight siblings,  Susan Ferriter of Fulton, Katherine Enright of Mexico, NY, Michael (Patsy) Ferriter of Sterling, NY, Lawrence (Sheila) Ferriter of Fulton, Janice Leonard of Minetto, Frances Davis of NC, Mary Jeanne Lapeta of Ill., and Elizabeth (David) Baldwin of Pa.; and several nieces and nephews.

There will be no funeral service.  Burial will be held privately.

Calling hours are 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, March 15 in the Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. Second St. S. Fulton.

David P. Colling, HVAC technician

David P. Colling, 51, of Fulton, died Friday March 7, 2014 in the Oswego Hospital.

Mr. Colling was born in Oswego, the son of the late Burton and Margaret (Hollenbeck) Colling.

He worked for Wilmorite in Syracuse, as a heating, ventilation and air-conditioning technician.

Mr. Colling is survived by his children, Matthew Colling, Brandon Colling and Rebekah Colling, all of Phoenix; and his siblings Burton (Connie) Colling of Mexico, Patricia (Gary) Ryan of Baldwinsville, Cindy (Bill) Neivel of Mexico; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Tuesday March 11 at the Sugar Funeral Home, Fulton. Spring burial will be in Palermo Cemetery.

Calling hours also were Tuesday at the funeral home at 224 W. Second St.  Fulton.

Newton George Ward, Navy vet, owned Ward’s Service Station, sold Coca-Cola

Newton “Newt” George Ward, 87, passed away on Saturday, March 8, 2014, from complications of a recent surgery.

Newt was born in Lysander, NY on April 1, 1926. There was not a more appropriate day than April Fool’s Day for Newt to be brought in to this world. His constant humor and ability to make anyone laugh was undeniable.

Newt attended school in Fulton, NY.  He was a proud member of the Drum and Bugle Corp.

After falsifying his age, with his father’s permission, he joined the US Navy in 1942 at the age of 16. He served on the USS Abele and USS Hilarity, holding a rank of Motor Machinist Mate Third Class.

He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, the American Theatre Medal, the Asiatic Pacific Medal and the Victory Medal during his service in the Navy. He received an honorable discharge March 25, 1946.

Throughout his life, Newt worked for various employers. One of his most memorable jobs was working as a salesman for Coca-Cola.

Newt loved to share with friends and family his success story of “outselling all route salesmen for the red Coca-Cola coolers” in 1954. In the small community of Fulton, 22 of the 23 service stations held Ward-sold red coolers for Coca-Cola. His gift of gab, work ethic and tenacity ensured his success in sales.

In addition, Newt operated the Mobil Gas Station, named Ward’s Service Station in Fulton, NY. He was always proud of the service he provided the Fulton community. He also enjoyed the flexibility this provided him to disappear for something very important, such as a good card game or exciting craps game.

Upon closing of Ward’s service station, Newt began his journey as a proud Teamster at Fiddler, the Oswego steam station and Nine Mile. He retired in 1991 as the Teamster steward.

Newt was a staunch union man and had no problems sharing his opinions on that issue. Shortly after retirement, Newt returned to the world of employment.

He was a truck driver for New Penn Golf Carts for several years. He not only knew where every diner was in New York, but where every golf course was as well.

At a young age, Newt had a passion for car racing. He was a frequent driver at The Oswego Speedway.

Newt’s impact on the local racing community still exists today. Driving the infamous polka dotted car, number 8, he won the Opening Night Feature at the Oswego Speedway in 1953.

This led to his love for NASCAR racing, always cheering for Dale Earnhardt Jr. In addition, Newt truly enjoyed a game of chance, whether it involved football, cards, horses or dice. Those who were able to join him at a casino could admire his ability to brave the odds – sometimes with success, sometimes not.

Knowing that so many of his friends and family supported Syracuse Athletics and the Yankee Baseball Club, he religiously watched every SU basketball and football game and NY Yankee game, always cheering for the opposing team.  The sole purpose of this was to be the first to mention an SU or Yankee loss to their fans.

Newt could always be heard repeating some of his famous lines such as “This isn’t my first rodeo,”  “Darlene Who?” or pointing to his head stating “What do you think?  This is just for holding a hat”?

Many moons ago, he was known to be in a bar stating, “When Newt Ward drinks, everybody drinks, which led to drinks being poured for all in the place, then when he finished his drink he said “When Newt Ward pays, everybody pays.”

We have been told he then had to quickly exit the bar.

Newt could also be found at Mimi’s Diner for breakfast nearly every morning.  He found one of the advantages of aging was the ability to flirt with the waitresses without being charged with harassment.

He always had a way to make whoever was waiting on him believe she was his favorite. The family would like to thank each and every waitress at Mimi’s for all of the joy and laughter they brought to him and taking care of him like he was their dad.

Newt had a lifelong love for chocolate and ice cream. He would always pick an extra large banana split over any nutritional meal. His family and friends could always plan on a nightly trip to Carvels, Byrne Dairy or The Big Dipper.

His wit, stories and sense of humor were unparalleled. This could often be verified by some of his closest friends, Randy Perry, Norm (Sparky) Bovay, Fred Bevacqua, Dick Clark and Gerry Allen.

Newt lived his life on his own terms.  He lived large, loved large and left a large legacy behind.

Newt is predeceased by his parents, Newton Nutting Ward and Genevieve (Horr) Ward, his brothers Jack and Elmer and his sister Blanche (Ward) Brewer.

Newt is survived by his wife Ann (Anabel) Ward; children, Deborah (Dick Campbell) Ely, and Connie Ward both of Fulton, Steve (Sue) Ward of Albany, Dan (Sandy) Shue, Shelly (Randy) Allen and Tammy (Blake) Bednarz; sister Rhoda Brown; and former wife, Barbara Stowell Nastasi, all of Fulton. He is also survived by his grandchildren Matthew, Brittany, Jocelyn, Christina, Jessica, Valentina, Kimberly, Courtney, Anna and Blake; niece, Judy (Bud) Young; nephews, Jim Mangano and Randy Brown. He also leaves behind his beloved dog, Chuck.

His family is very thankful for the love and care he received from the staff of St. Luke Rehabilitation Facility, St. Francis Living Facility and St. Joseph’s Hospital Staff on Unit 2-5 and Unit 1-8.

Calling hours are from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 12 at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton, NY. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 13, at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton.

If Newt has touched your life and you would like to share a memory at his funeral service please let one of his children know.

Contributions in memory of Mr. Ward may be made to the animal rescue organization, Paws Across Oswego County, 2035 County Route 1, Oswego, NY 13126.