Category Archives: Obituaries

James I. Galusha

James Irving Galusha, 82, of Fairport, N.Y., died March 24, after a short illness. The cause of death was metastatic melanoma, according to his son, Jeffrey. Jim was an insurance executive and owner of Canaltown Insurance Agency in Fairport for several decades before retiring and settling in both Fairport and a second home in Georgetown, Texas. He was born in Fulton, N.Y., on January 13, 1933, the son of Irving C. Galusha, long-time advertising manager and editor of “The Fulton Patriot” newspaper, and Helen S. Galusha. A graduate of Fulton High in 1949 as salutatorian, he went on to Cornell University, earning a degree from its Industrial and Labor Relations School in 1953. At Cornell he was a member of the R.O.T.C., of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, and sang and wrote musical arrangements for Cayuga’s Waiters, a male a cappella group. Having discovered his real vocation, which was music, specifically jazz, and after serving in the Army for two years, Jim went on to The Westlake College of Music in Los Angeles, where he became an accomplished musician. A trumpet player as he grew up, he was good enough to be asked to join Tony Bennett’s band after Bennett’s manager heard him play at Three Rivers’ Inn outside Fulton. Instead, he chose to go to Westlake and to study a new instrument, the string bass. Subsequently he performed widely as a bassist with jazz bands. In addition to his dual identity as insurance executive and jazz musician, Jim became an avid sailor. He named his boat “The Taciturn” in a wry nod to one of his defining qualities. Eventually he earned the position of Commander of the Sodus Bay Yacht Club’s U.S. Power Squadron and taught a course in celestial navigation for the Squadron. Jim was preceded in death by his wife of 48 years, Gloria, and is survived by his present wife, Margie; three sons, Vincent of Salisbury, England, Jeffrey and Steven, both of Fairport; sisters Helen Devitt of San Antonio, Texas, Nancy Thomas of Reston, Va., and Donna Allen of Fulton and Indio, Calif.; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Jim was greatly loved and will be missed by all who knew him as a man of large intelligence, decency, and measured judgment, who relished a good story and never met a crossword puzzle he couldn’t solve.

Marilyn Clyne

Marilyn ClyneMarilyn H. Clyne, 70, of Oswego died Tuesday April 7, 2015, at her home surrounded by her family. Mrs. Clyne was born in Cicero, N.Y., the daughter of the late Charles and Agnes (Nacewicz) Herbert. Mrs. Clyne retired from Constellation Nuclear Plant where she was a control room clerk. She was a former employee of SUNY Oswego where she worked in the library, and was a job coach for the developmentally disabled teens. She was also a past employee of Carrier Corp., Syracuse. Mrs. Clyne was a communicant of St. Mary’s Church. She enjoyed her family, dedicating her life to her husband, children, and sister. Mrs. Clyne is survived by her husband of 47 years Michael W. Clyne of Oswego, children Karen Michelle Clyne, and Brian Daniel (Janet) Clyne all of Oswego; her sister Paula Herbert of Oswego.
In addition she is survived by her grandchildren Eric Charles Clyne, Joshua Daniel Clyne, and nephews Daniel Herbert Jr., and Ian Herbert. Along with her family she is survived by her granddogs Tasha, and Reo. Mrs. Clyne was predeceased by her brother Daniel Herbert Sr., in 2002.
Calling hours will be Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home, 147 W. 4th. St. Oswego. Funeral services will be Monday 9 a.m. at St. Mary of the Assumption Church, Oswego, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Rev. John Hogan.

Leon “Rocky” Smith

Smith, LeonLeon Smith, 88, of Fulton passed away Tuesday surrounded by his family. A lifelong resident of Fulton, Leon was born to the late Leon and Lillian MacNamara Smith. He was a well-known self-employed mason. Leon was a communicant of The Church of the Immaculate Conception and a member of V.F.W. Post 569, both in Fulton. He was a Navy Veteran and served during WWII.
He was predeceased by his wife of 49 years, the former Barbara Hammond and daughter Cynthia Wood in 1997, as well as brothers Ernie and William and a sister, Cora. Leon will be greatly missed and forever loved by his children, Deborah Smith of Syracuse, Leon (Terri) Smith, Matthew (Terry) Smith of Fulton and Lorrie (Michael) Shortsleeve of Oswego; siblings, James (Mary), Norm, Jane Rawson, Pat (Claudette), Marion Arcardi; 10 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. Saturday, April 11 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Fulton. Calling hours were Friday, April 10 at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton. Contributions in memory of Leon may be made to VFW Post 569, 218 Cayuga St., Fulton or to Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 309 Buffalo St., Fulton, 13069.

Gloria Arlene Parish

Parish, GloriaGloria Arlene Parish, 85, a resident of Gig Harbor, Wash., passed away at Saint Joseph Medical Center on Tuesday, March 24, 2015. Gloria was the beloved matriarch of her family, with whom she lived. Moving from her birthplace of Fulton, N.Y. to Southern California as a young woman, her dirt bike adventures on The Ranch are legendary. Whether she was camping and canoeing in upstate New York’s autumn brilliance or enjoying the harbor surrounded by evergreen trees, she took delight in the beauty of God’s creation. Her sense of humor and zeal for life, as well as her wonderful imagination, continues on in her children and grandchildren. Though she worked hard in a range of occupations from Nestle Candy Company to McDonnell Douglas Aerospace, and UC Irvine’s Cancer Research Institute, her greatest legacy was her family. Throughout the years Gloria was a continual loving presence to those around her; accepting and generous in every possible way. Her faith in Christ bolstered many a fallen spirit and she kept a long prayer list to which she would devote time every day. She was a true prayer warrior.
Family members include her daughter, Susan Beck (Gig Harbor); sons Richard and Lee Pierce (Southern California); three granddaughters, six grandsons, two great-grandsons and her cherished family in New York.
Her life will be celebrated at home at a time to be determined. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a memorial donation be made to the American Cancer Society and/or the American Heart Association. Arrangements have been made with Haven of Rest in Gig Harbor. Messages for the family and  stories about Gloria can be left on their website at

Phyllis E. Jackson

Phyllis E. Jackson, 73, of Fulton died Sunday at Oswego Hospital after a brief illness.
She was born in Syracuse, N.Y., to the late Raymond and Esther (Maloney) Combs. Mrs. Jackson retired as a manager from K-Mart, Mattydale, N.Y., after working for 25 years. She was predeceased by her husband Neil Jackson and granddaughter Christina Elkin.  Mrs. Jackson is survived by her five children, Scott Jackson of Camillus, N.Y., Tracy (Michael) Elkin of Fulton, N.Y., Neil Jackson of Cato, N.Y., Brian Jackson and Lisa (Thomas) Searor, both of Fulton, N.Y.; four siblings, Charles (Lois) Maloney and Beverly (Lester) Grome, both of Baldwinsville, N.Y., Shirley (Jack) Whipple of Fla., and Thomas (Cindy) Maloney of Auburn, N.Y.; 12 grandchildren, one great-grandchild and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services were held Thursday at the Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., with Deacon Melvin J. Anthony Jr. officiating.  Burial will be held privately.

Ralph E. Virgo

Ralph E. Virgo, 68, of Oswego, died Sunday, March 29, 2015 at his home with his family at his side.
Mr. Virgo was born in Oswego the son of Mary Helen Virgo of Oswego and the late Nicholas Virgo. He received a Bachelor of Art degree in sociology, and educational psychology from SUNY Oswego; a Master of Science degree from SUNY Binghamton, and he was a graduate fellow in educational communication at the University of Iowa. Mr. Virgo worked at Control Data Corp. in Minneapolis, Minn., as an educational programmer and computer trainer. He was the founder and CEO of Virgo & Associates, an innovator of computer-based education and training. He is survived by his sister Linda Carter of Oswego; brothers Daniel (Karen) Virgo of Dunkirk, N.Y. and Michael Virgo of Oswego; and several nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be Saturday April 4, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home 147 W. 4th. Oswego, NY.

Freda E. Harmon

Harmon, Freda OBFreda E. Harmon of Manlius, N.Y., and previously of Lakeland, Fla., and Fair Haven, Baldwinsville and Fulton, N.Y., passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 28, 2015.  She was 89 years old.
Freda was born on September 10, 1925 in Laceyville, Pa., to Jay and Angie Carter. She graduated from the Robert Packer Hospital School of Nursing in Sayre, Pa., in 1946. On May 14, 1948 she married the love of her life, Paul Harmon, in Ithaca, N.Y. After moving to Fulton, N.Y., Freda worked as a registered nurse at the A.L. Lee Memorial Hospital for 12 years, and later as an industrial nurse for 20 years with Armstrong World Industries, where she retired in 1986. She was a member of the North Lakeland Presbyterian Church and the Sandpipers Golf and Country Club, both in Lakeland, Fla.
Freda had a wonderful, witty sense of humor, and never met a stranger. She will be remembered as a devoted wife, a caring mother and grandmother, a compassionate friend, and a talented nurse.
Freda is survived by her loving husband, Paul Harmon, five daughters, Linda Harmon  (Doug Mack) of Bristol, Vt., Diane (Donald) Kastler of Hilton Head, S.C., Deborah (Thaddeus) Lewkowicz of Manlius, N.Y., Susan (Robert) Barry of Fulton, N.Y., Sherri Wakeham (Terrance Glancy) of Auburn, N.Y., one son, Bear (Carol) Harmon of Fulton, N.Y., and one sister, Luna Maurer of Hauppauge, N.Y. She is also survived by 14 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her sister, Grace, her brothers, Boyce, George, Harry, and Mark, and her grandson, Jason.
A calling hour and special service were held Wednesday at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay Street, Fulton. Burial will be in Mt. Adnah Cemetery in Fulton at a later date.  Condolences can be sent to Foster Funeral Home. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to Oswego County Meals on Wheels, Office for the Aging, 70 Bunner St., Oswego, NY 13126.

John W. Dix

Dix, John OBJohn W. Dix, 83, of Volney, passed away peacefully Friday, March 27, at his home surrounded by his family. John had been a lifelong resident of the Fulton-Oswego areas. John had been a fuel truck driver for many years. He was an outdoorsman and enjoyed camping. He and his late wife were members of the Fulton Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses and, together, enjoyed participating in their many events. John was predeceased by his wife, the former Lena Mae Reynolds, and children Brenda, Joel and Lincoln. John will be greatly missed and forever loved by his children, Donna Abbott, John Dix, Georganna Woodworth, Christopher Vaughn; siblings, Edith Ives and Marjorie Calkins; 24 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.  Calling hours were Thursday at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton. A memorial service will be Saturday, 11 a.m. at The Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses Fulton Congregation, county Route 85, Fulton. Burial in the spring will be at Peck Cemetery in Scriba.