Roger A. Cook, retired Army officer, audiologist

5-21_OBITcookRoger Addison Cook, 67, passed away May 14, 2014 after a brief illness.  

He was born July 3, 1946 to Carlon Addison Cook and Marjorie Alice Sylvester Cook in Fulton, NY.

He was preceded in death by his parents.  

He is survived by his loving wife Sherry J. Morrey of Port Isabel and his sister, Cheryl F. Cook of Framingham, MA.

Roger had a distinguished military career and retired as a lieutenant colonel from the U.S. Army in 2002.  

He began his military life with graduation from the Citadel Military College of South Carolina as a member of Class 1969. He remained in the Army Reserves while attending East Carolina University, Greenville, NC where he obtained a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling and followed by a master’s degree in clinical audiology from the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC.  

He was employed as a clinical instructor in audiology at the Medical University of South Carolina; as an assistant professor of audiology at South Carolina State College in Orangeburg, SC and an adjunct professor of audiology at Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC.

Roger entered active duty in the Army Medical Service Corps in 1981, first in the capacity of a clinical audiologist and then as a health care administrator. His assignments included Fort Wainwright, AK, Fort Jackson, SC; Fort Rucker, AL; Fort Benning, GA and Fort Sam Houston, TX.

Always looking for the next challenge, Roger was awarded the Expert Field Medical Badge and the Air Assault Badge. Additional military training included Airborne Training, Combat Casualty Care Course, Command and General Staff College, and the Army Flight Surgeon Course after which he maintained non-crew flight status.

He furthered his formal education while on active duty by obtaining master’s in public health from the University of South Carolina and a doctor of audiology from the Audiology Foundation of America.

His military honors include the Meritorious Service Medal (3rd award), Army Commendation Medal, and the Army Achievement Medical (2nd award).

Upon retirement at Fort Sam Houston, Roger headed to the southern-most tip of Texas in search of sunny skies and beach life.  

He was an avid fisherman and dove hunter and enjoyed walking his beloved golden retrievers at Isla Blanca Park on South Padre Island.  

After Sherry’s retirement from the Army in 2006, they traveled extensively in the Caribbean in search of the bluest waters and whitest beaches. 

Roger will be greatly missed by his family and friends who accepted his rascal ways and off-beat humor. The family expresses their deepest appreciation to the medical staff of Harlingen Medical Center for their compassionate and competent care during Roger’s stay.

There will be future plans for the spreading of Roger’s ashes in the Laguna Madre and in Fernandez Bay, Cat Island, Bahamas.

You are invited to sign the online guestbook or leave a memory at www.buckashcraft.com.

Barbara May (Shutts) Gifford, avid quilter and seamstress

5-21_OBITgiffordBarbara May (Shutts) Gifford, 89, of Hannibal, passed away peacefully May 15, 2014 at Oswego Hospital. 

Barbara was born Aug. 8, 1924 in Sterling, daughter of the late Howard Cooper and Amy Stone Cooper. She lived in Martville and most recently, Hannibal. 

She was employed by Westreco and Herron’s Fabric Center. Barbara was an avid quilter and custom seamstress and was known for enjoying spirited card games with her many friends. 

She was a member of the Hannibal United Methodist Church; along with being the founder of the Lake Shore Country Quilt Guild, co-founder and co-trainer of RSVP Osteoporosis Program in Hannibal, Elderberrys Senior Citizens of Hannibal, Ecumenical and the Enoch Thomas cluster representative from the Hannibal United Methodist Church, member of the Sarah Circle (sending cards from the church), member of the Spirit Life Team, Church Woman of the Year, and Historical Society Citizen of the Year. 

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Gifford was predeceased by her first husband, Harry E. Shutts; her second husband, John A. Gifford; a step-daughter, Nita Gifford and her sister Marian C. Ducret of Georgia on April 5, 2014. 

She is survived by three sons and a daughter: Barry E. (Madeline) Shutts of Tampa, FL, Stephen H. (Sharon) Shutts of Wolcott, Glenn A. (Vivian) Gifford of Henrietta and Margaret S. Shutts of Rochester; two step-daughters, Gail Gifford of OH and April Mullins of CT; four grandchildren: Jackie (Tom) Cole, Jessie (Todd) Shoemaker, Angela Shutts and Nicole Macon (Kevin); five great grandchildren; a niece, Joanne Gaba and a nephew, David Ducret. 

Calling hours were Monday, May 19 at Hannibal United Methodist Church, 320 Church St., Hannibal. Funeral services followed with the Rev. Dean Flemming officiating. 

Interment will be at Fairdale Rural Cemetery, Hannibal. 

Special thanks go out to the emergency staff at Oswego Hospital for the gentle care Barbara received while in their care. 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Hannibal United Methodist Church, 320 Church St., P.O. Box 89, Hannibal, NY, 13074; the Alzheimer’s Association of CNY, 441 W. Kirkpatrick St., Syracuse, NY, 13204 or the American Diabetes Association Syracuse, NY Office, 6390 Fly Rd., 2nd Floor, E. Syracuse, NY, 13057. 

Foster Funeral Home, Hannibal has care of arrangements.

Rotary learns about Fresh Air Fund

Representatives from The Fresh Air Fund were guests of Oswego Rotary recently where they presented information on the Fresh Air program. Fresh Air children are boys and girls, from six to 18 years old, who live in New York City. Each summer two or three buses head to the Oswego County area, with 30-40 children per bus, to spend a week or more with a host family. Children are hosted by families in 13 states currently giving inner city children an experience they will never forget. For more information on the program contact Kathy Froio at 695-5502 or Kathy.froio@friendlytown.org.  Picture are, left to right, Kathy Froio and Liz Claycomb from the Fresh Air program and Oswego Rotary President Sue Witmer
Representatives from The Fresh Air Fund were guests of Oswego Rotary recently where they presented information on the Fresh Air program. Fresh Air children are boys and girls, from six to 18 years old, who live in New York City. Each summer two or three buses head to the Oswego County area, with 30-40 children per bus, to spend a week or more with a host family. Children are hosted by families in 13 states currently giving inner city children an experience they will never forget. For more information on the program contact Kathy Froio at 695-5502 or Kathy.froio@friendlytown.org. Picture are, left to right, Kathy Froio and Liz Claycomb from the Fresh Air program and Oswego Rotary President Sue Witmer

Porky and Buddy: Why so many black cats for adoption?

Dear Porky and Buddy,

I was wasting time on the internet the other day. I was supposed to be researching an article. But you know how one thing leads to another and somehow I ended up looking at the Oswego County Humane Society’s adoptable cats.  

They have a lot of really beautiful cats, but I did notice that many of their older cats are black or mostly black. Why is that?  Are there a lot of black cats in our area?

Jon Continue reading

Old telephones, singing at the Hannibal senior center

Mack Stock is shown enjoying the collection of old telephones displayed recently at the Hannibal Senior Dining and Activities Center.  All enjoyed the presentation given by Alec Seymour on the history of telephones. Contact Center Manager Rosemary Kellogg at 564-5471 for further information.
Mack Stock is shown enjoying the collection of old telephones displayed recently at the Hannibal Senior Dining and Activities Center. All enjoyed the presentation given by Alec Seymour on the history of telephones. Contact Center Manager Rosemary Kellogg at 564-5471 for further information.
Deanna Hubbard entertained recently at the Hannibal Senior Dining and Activities Center, operated by Oswego County Opportunities and the Office for the Aging. For further information on what the center offers, call Rosemary Kellolgg at 564-5471.
Deanna Hubbard entertained recently at the Hannibal Senior Dining and Activities Center, operated by Oswego County Opportunities and the Office for the Aging. For further information on what the center offers, call Rosemary Kellolgg at 564-5471.

Dan Maffei visits Hannibal Democrats

Pictured at the Hannibal Democratic Committee barbecue are George Darling, Carol Darling, Rep. Dan Maffei, Ann Mahaney, Karen White, Gordon Prosser, Dan Mahaney, Barb Richards, Rita Hooper, Frank Castiglia
Pictured at the Hannibal Democratic Committee barbecue are George Darling, Carol Darling, Rep. Dan Maffei, Ann Mahaney, Karen White, Gordon Prosser, Dan Mahaney, Barb Richards, Rita Hooper, Frank Castiglia

Rep. Dan Maffei, D-Syracuse, attended the Hannibal Democratic Committee’s chicken barbecue May 4.

He was there to hear the concerns of local residents and residents had the opportunity to visit and get to know him.

Maffei took the time to answer questions from constituents in an informal setting.  Those who spoke with him were pleased to have the opportunity to meet the congressman.

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