Mary Reta Smith, dedicated wife, mother


Mary Reta Smith, born March 8, 1956, the daughter of Floyd and Joyce Boynton passed away June 18, 2014 at the age of 58.

Mary was taken too quickly from her loved ones after succumbing to a prolonged battle with cancer. She was a dedicated wife and mother who found time to balance a busy work schedule with the demands of supporting and taking care of her family.

She is predeceased by her father and brother, Floyd Boynton, III.

Mary is survived by her husband John; two children, Michael (Randall Wilke) of Orlando, FL and Stephanie of Syracuse; her mother, Joyce Boynton; two sisters, Cheryl Boynton and Wendy (Michael) Whitney.

Calling hours will be held 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday (today) with a service to immediately follow at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to Upstate Cancer Center, 750 E. Adams St., Syracuse, 13210.

Benjamin O. Knight, graveside service


Graveside memorial services for Benjamin  O. Knight, 80, of Syracuse, NY will be at 1 p.m. Thursday June 19, 2014 in Hillside Memorial Park Cemetery, 723 N. Main St., Central Square, NY.

The Rev. T. E. Millbyer will officiate the service as well as military tribute by the US Army honor team, with the honor squad VFW Post 5540, Phoenix Memorial Post offering a fine tribute to Mr. Knight.

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

Settlement reached in firing of Lyons McDonald’s employee

Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today (Wednesday June 18 ) announced a settlement with Warrenone, Inc., a franchisee operating four McDonalds restaurants in Wayne and Monroe counties.

The settlement resolves the Attorney General’s investigation into the illegal firing of an employee at Warrenone’s Lyons location.

An investigation by the Attorney General’s Office found that on April 8, 2013, a part-time minimum-wage employee of the restaurant made multiple attempts to report a gas leak. When his supervisors did not address the situation, he reported the leak to the Lyons Fire Department.

Responding firefighters and local law enforcement both confirmed that there was a gas leak, and the store was temporarily closed to the public for the night. While the firefighters were at the restaurant investigating the leak, two supervisors fired the employee.

State Labor Law Section 740 forbids employers from retaliating against an employee for reporting to a supervisor or to the authorities when an employer violates a law that poses a substantial and specific danger to public health and safety.

The public health and safety issue reported here — a gas leak — involved a violation of provisions of the New York State Fire Code, among other things.

“It’s outrageous that an employee would be terminated for contacting the local authorities about a serious safety risk. He should be thanked, not fired,” said Schneiderman. “Workers who try to protect the public and their fellow employees deserve protection, and the state should have their back.”

As a result of this settlement, the company will pay $10,000 in restitution which constitutes approximately one and one half years’ worth of front pay in lieu of reinstatement for the discharged employee.

Lost compensation was already obtained through enforcement by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on May 17, 2013. Labor Law Section 740 does not provide for additional liquidated damages.

William Hamilton Sr., farmer, truck driver for OCO

William Hamilton, Sr., 83, of Pennellville died Tuesday June 10 at home.

He was born in Syracuse, NY and was a lifetime resident of Volney until 2010 when he moved to Pennellville.

As a child he grew up on a farm and later in life he continued to work in farming, and silo construction. Mr. Hamilton was past employed as a truck driver and he retired from OCO, Fulton where he worked as a bus driver and aide for 25 years.

He was a past member of the Fulton Moose Lodge and he enjoyed bowling at the Fulton Recreation Club and Lakeview Lanes.

Mr. Hamilton was pre-deceased by his granddaughter Tabitha.

He is survived by his six children:  Cheryl Hamilton of Pennellville, William Hamilton Jr., of Fulton, Michele Bradley of Fulton, Theresa Akarpinar of Granby, Eric Hamilton of Hannibal, Joanne Taylor of Granby; 17 grandchildren and several great grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Burial will be held privately. Calling hours were Tuesday at the Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. Second St. S. Fulton.

Margaret Beckwith, spring burial

Margaret Beckwith, 79, of Fulton will be buried at 9:15 a.m., Saturday, June 21,  in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton with the Rev. Moritz Fuchs officiating.

Following the burial, a celebration of Mrs. Beckwith’s life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 21st at the Oasis at Thunder Island, Fulton.

The Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. Second St. S. Fulton, has care of the arrangements.

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