Category Archives: Obituaries

David A. Smith, worked in maintenance for Fulton city schools

David A. Smith, 61, of Oswego, died Saturday Dec. 7 at his home.

David was born in Syracuse, the son of the late Merritt and Thelma (Corsette) Smith, and he was a resident of Fulton before moving to Oswego 30 years ago.

He was a former employee of the Fulton school district where he worked in the maintenance department.

David is survived by his sister Millie (Joe) LaBeef of Fulton.

Services will be private. The arrangements are in the care of the Sugar Funeral Home, 224 W. Second St., Fulton.

Arturo Gonzales, enjoyed skateboarding and video games

Arturo Gonzales, 24, of Fulton, passed away Monday Dec. 9.

Born in Texas, he has lived in the Fulton area since 2001. He worked at Little Caesar’s Pizza in Fulton and enjoyed skateboarding and playing video games.

Arturo’s memory will be forever cherished by his parents, Ester (Jim Musumeci) Gonzales; four-year-old son, Urijah James; five sisters, Celina (Isreal) Molina, Virginia Robles, Rosalie (Brian) Burke, Gloria (Fernando) Cardenas and Ester (Marc) Cox; a brother, Macedonio (Lisa) Gonzales; grandmother, Sabastina Gloria; his best friends, Sisco, Keith, Antonio, Dominic and Demetri; his faithful companion, Rocco; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Calling hours were Friday with a service following at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton, 13069.

Cynthia “Cindy” Thompson, longtime Fulton-area resident

Cynthia “Cindy” Thompson, 49, of Fulton, passed away Wednesday evening Dec. 4 at home with her husband at her side.

Cindy lived her whole life in the Fulton area and graduated from Hannibal High School.

She was a homemaker, devoted wife and mother.

Cindy is survived by her husband, David Thompson; two children, Kyle and Melinda Stapleton; her mother, Sandra Sivers; maternal grandmother, Carol Cole; a brother, Bill (Ronica) Sivers all of Fulton; two nephews, Bill and Cody.

A memorial service was held Saturday, Dec. 7 at Little Utica United Methodist Church, 1459 Lamson Road, Phoenix.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Cindy may be made to Friends of Oswego County Hospice, Inc., P.O. Box 102, Oswego, NY 13126-0102.

Foster Funeral Home, Fulton has care of arrangements.

Phyllis Marie Caines, bookeeper and income tax preparer

Phyllis Marie Caines, 83, of Granby, passed away Monday Dec. 2, 2013 at Crouse Hospital, Syracuse, after a sudden illness.

Born in Phoenix, N.Y., to her late parents, Marion Ruth (Barse) and William John Renfrew Nov. 10, 1930.

She was a graduate of Phoenix High School, class of 1948, and continued her education to learn accounting. Phyllis was a bookkeeper and income tax preparer, self employed for many years.

She was predeceased by her husband, Ernest G. Caines on July 6, 2000; a brother, William H. Renfrew on Dec. 17, 1986; a sister, Shirley J. Mohat on Oct. 21, 2012.

Surviving are her four brothers and their wives, Robert and Pat Renfrew, Neal and Betty Renfrew, Gordon and Anna Renfrew, and Ernest and Debbie Renfrew; a sister-in-law, Phyllis Renfrew; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

There are no services.

Contributions in Phyllis’s memory may be made to: CNY SPCA, 5878 East Molloy Road, Syracuse, NY  13221

Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, Phoenix, has charge of arrangements.

Terry O. Morrison, built his own home, helped to build his children’s homes

Terry O. Morrison, 73, of Fulton, went to be with the Lord and to reunite with his son Peter in Heaven on Friday Dec, 6, 2013.

Terry was born in Fulton, Nov. 28, 1940, the son of the late Otis and Elizabeth (Hubbard) Morrison.

He worked at Armstrong and retired from New York Telephone Co., Syracuse after many years of service.

He was a communicant of St. Elizabeth Ann Seaton, Baldwinsville.

Terry’s greatest passion was the love he had for his family.

He was a talented carpenter who built his own home, and was instrumental in the construction in each of his children’s homes.

He loved to travel and had the pleasure of seeing many different places in the United States and abroad.

Terry spent summers enjoying the sunsets at Brennans Beach, Pulaski, and he especially enjoyed his winters at The Villages, Florida.

He was the beloved husband of Felicia (LaFrate) Morrison for 54 years; father of Mary Ellen (Norman) Ellis of Hannibal, Laurence (Denise Perkins) Morrison and Patrick (Debra) Morrison all of Fulton; grandfather of Patti, Mary and Keely Morrison and Kristen McClellan; also survived by his sister Sandra Cunningham of North Carolina; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Thomas and Mary Jane Wright of Baldwinsville, sister-in-law Donna LaFrate of Baldwinsville; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

A special thank you goes to the staff on the third floor oncology unit at St. Joseph’s Hospital for the care and comfort they provided during this difficult time.

A private memorial will be held at the convenience of the family with burial in the spring. Donations can be made in Terry’s memory to Unity Acres, PO Box 153, Orwell, NY 13426.

The arrangements are in the care of the Sugar Funeral Home Inc., Fulton.

Frederick “Ted” Bidwell, co-owner and VP of North End Paper Mill

Frederick E. “Ted” Bidwell, 83, of Palermo, passed away at his home Wednesday Dec. 4.

He co-owned, operated and was vice president of North End Paper Mill in Fulton retiring in 1991.

Ted was also an independent masonry contractor for many years. He enjoyed hunting and was founder of the Eight Point Club in Addison, N.Y.

Ted was predeceased by his wife of 55 years, Carolyn Grassi Bidwell in 2006.

Surviving are his four children, Fred Bidwell Jr. (Sharon) of Palermo, Mary Ann Czyz (Randy) of Baldwinsville, Tom Bidwell (Carol) of Palermo and Teresa Eggert (Fred Mellini) of Fulton; a brother, Francis “Butch” Bidwell (Connie) of Palermo; eight grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Services will be private at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions are encouraged to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241-7005.

Foster Funeral Home, Fulton has care of arrangements.

Alan J. Crandall, member of VFW, Elks and Polish Home

Alan J. Crandell, 75, of Fulton, passed away peacefully Dec. 7 at the VA Hospice Unit in Syracuse with his family by his side.

He was a member of the Fulton Elks #830, Fulton V.F.W. Post 569 and the Fulton Polish Home.

Alan loved camping, being outdoors and his bonfires.

He also enjoyed horseshoes, fishing, bowling, carpentry, playing cards, NASCAR racing and watching sports with his family and friends.

Alan was a very friendly, well known and active member of his family and was always willing to lend a hand.

He will be greatly missed and forever loved by his wife of 48 years, the former Monica Mileskey; a son, Barry (Diane) Crandell; daughters, Lisa (Danny) Elmer and Carol (Terry) Larrabee; a brother, Robert (Gwen) Crandell; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren.

Calling hours are 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton.

The family wishes to extend its sincerest appreciation to the VA Medical Center for the phenomenal care received and requests contributions in memory of Alan be made to the Syracuse VA Medical Center, 800 Irving Ave., Syracuse, 13210.