July 7, 1953 to October 4, 2013
Woodgate- John B. Isley, 60, of Route 28, lifelong resident of Woodgate, passed away on Friday, October 4, 2013, at St. Elizabeth's Hospital, Utica, after complications of heart disease.
Mr. Isley was President of North Country Communications; an advertising firm that was well known for its over forty year history in the local radio and newspaper industry. He was currently Deputy Supervisor for the Town of Forestport and had served as town historian for many years.
John was born in Constableville on July 7, 1953, a son of Harold D. and Margaret Lane Isley. He graduated from the Town of Webb schools, Old Forge, and began his career in radio broadcasting at WBRV, Boonville at the age of thirteen.
He started his career by hosting the Tiger John Rock radio program on WBRV, later becoming the station news director. John also became the general news editor for the Boonville Herald, where he covered two large stories, the Moss Lake Indian Affair and the SAVAK Iranian development in Boonville for United Press International. He also was presented the International Journalism Award for his coverage of captive American Prisoners of War, by project Freedom, an organization of which he was a founding member of while assisting President Regan's National Security Council at the White House. At the age of seven he started printing the Woodgate Town and Country News and did so through his high schools years. In 1981, Isley started his own advertising agency and has served as its president since.
Mr. Isley also served as Chief of Woodgate Volunteer Fire Department, Secretary, and Captain and was the department's first emergency medical technician. Prior to the formation of the Woodgate Fire Dept. in 1993, he served as secretary and captain of the Forestport Fire Fighters, having dedicated nearly fifty years to the fire and EMS services of the area. Isley also served as secretary of the board of directors and emergency medical technician for the Prospect Volunteer Ambulance Corps. Isley was also President of the Woodgate Library Board of Trustees and was responsible for the new addition to the library in 1994. Isley also served as President of the Woodgate Community Hall, President of the Woodgate Cemetery Board of Trustees, was a member of the White Otter Fish & Game Club, and was responsible for their new complex built in 1997. Mr. Isley was a past member of the Oneida County Sheriff's Department Auxiliary Division, New York State's Adirondack Rail Line Advisory Committee, which was instrumental in the development of the Adirondack Scenic Railway. Isley was also President of the Woodgate Citizens Committee and President of the Recreation in Oneida County Committee. Isley was instrumental in obtaining funds for the construction of the new Woodgate Fire Stations and its equipment, the Woodgate AT&T cell site, the Woodgate Post Office and the Woodgate Community Hall.John had several cousins including: George V. Isley, California, Verna Weiler, Frankfort, Raymond, Burton, and Dale Griffith, all of Hawkinsville, Edward Murphy, Boonville, Patrick Fergurson, Barneveld, and Kathleen Gydesen, Forestport.
Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, October 10, at 1:00 pm, at the Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. 143 Schuyler Street, Boonville. Interment will be private in the Woodgate Cemetery. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation in memory of John to the Woodgate Library, the Woodgate Community Hall or to the Prospect Volunteer Ambulance Service.
To leave an on-line message of sympathy, please visit www.trainorfuneralhome.com
August 15 1920 to October 3, 2013
NAUMBURG - Arthur Lewis Mathys, 93, of the Van Amber Road, Castorland, NY, died at his home Thursday afternoon, October 3, 2013 while under the care of his family. He was born August 15, 1920 to the late John and Barbara Martin Mathys on the family homestead in the Town of New Bremen, Lewis County and married Mary Ella Lehman September 8, 1951. Art and Mary lived on the Mathys family homestead.
Art attended the one room school house on the Van Amber Road. Starting at age 17 he drove dump truck to Pennsylvania, returning with loads of coal for local delivery. At the age of 20 he started driving tractor trailer until 1942 when he took over the family farm after his father’s death. He also drove milk truck for area farmers at that time as well as hauling cheese and logs. In 1954 he gave up farming full time and went back to driving tractor trailer while keeping only a small number of cows on the farm. He drove for Miller Motor Lines, Buckley Motor Express, and WT Byrnes, retiring from the Teamsters Local 317 in 1983.
Surviving are his wife of 62 years, Mary, a son, Stanley D. (Alice), New Bremen, NY, and two daughters, Judy (John) Hodkinson, Croghan, NY, and Linda (Harold) Deveines, New Bremen, NY; seven grandchildren: Chad (Carrie) Hodkinson, Oneida, NY; Michael Mathys and Leslie Diebert, Mills, WY; Jona (Daniel) Almasy, Carmel, IN; Bobbie (CSM Harold) Plattenburg, Sierra Vista, AZ; Jared Deveines, New Bremen, NY; Dillen Deveines, Manchester, NH; Jenna Deveines, Providence, RI; and four great-grandchildren: Ryan Almasy, Riley and Emily Hodkinson, and Kassidy Plattenburg, two sisters-in-law, Susanna Widrick, Castorland, NY, and Frances Lehman, Lowville, NY, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Besides his parents he is predeceased by his older brother, Harry, two sisters-in-law Rayta Mathys and Verna Roggie, and three brothers-in-law Clarence Lehman, Clayton Widrick, and Howard Roggie.
Art was a member of the First Mennonite Church of New Bremen and the Teamsters Local 317, Syracuse. He enjoyed his family, hunting, fishing, gardening, traveling, the family pets and especially watching the grandchildren’s sporting events.
Funeral arrangements are with the Adirondack Funeral Home, Croghan, NY. Calling hours will be held at the funeral home on Monday, October 7, from 2-4 & 6-8 PM with the funeral on Tuesday, October 8, at 10:30 AM at The First Mennonite Church of New Bremen, State Route 812, New Bremen, NY, with Pastor Bruce Chartrand officiating. Interment will be at the church cemetery.
Contributions may be made to the Beaver Falls Ambulance Fund, % the Beaver Falls Fire Department, PO Box 456 Beaver Falls or to the local Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS), % Lois Zehr 6595 East Rd. Lowville, NY 13367.
To leave an on-line message of sympathy, please visit www.adirondackfh.com
April 13, 1940 to October 2, 2013
GLENFIELD - David T. Gudridge, 73, of Chases Lake Road died Wednesday morning, October 2, 2013 at his home.
David was born April 13, 1940 in Lowville the son of the late Gerald and Peggy Ann Benton Gudridge. He married Dawn M. Hawk on February 6, 1962. The couple resided and raised their family in the Glenfield area.
A proud veteran, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps from December of 1958 until he was honorable discharged in March of 1963.
Surviving are his wife, Dawn, his five children, two daughters: Deborah Turck and her husband Rick of Lowville; Denise Alban of Glenfield; three sons, David T. Jr. and Danny both of Glenfield; Duane and his companion Ali of Florida; three sisters, Dawn Petrus and her husband Steve of Copenhagen; Linda Peters and her husband Lewis of Watertown; Sharon Wilder of Rochester; a brother Kevin Gudridge of Florida; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.
He is predeceased by his Grandson, Army Cpl. James D. Gudridge who died on January 6, 2008 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom; two brothers, Leon and Douglas Gudridge.
Services will be private. To leave an on-line message of sympathy, please visit www.sundquistfh.com
March 9, 1943 to October 2, 2013
LOWVILLE – Dr. Harry P. O’Connor, 70, a well-known area veterinarian, died doing what he loved, treating horses, on Wednesday afternoon, October 2, 2013.
He was born in Lowville on March 9, 1943, the son of the late Byrne F. and Marjorie E. Brown O’Connor where Harry graduated from Lowville Academy in 1961. He entered Cornell University in the fall of 1961, and spent the next three years in the Ag College. He was accepted in the Veterinary College in 1964, and received a B.S. in Agriculture in 1965, and DVM in 1968.
Dr. O’Connor met his future wife, Donna Jean Longwell in the summer of 1966, and they were married on the Cornell Campus at the Anabel Taylor Chapel on April 15, 1967, with Rev. David Conner and Rev. Robert Stover officiating. After graduating from Vet School, Harry took a position with Dr. Wilbur Bull’s veterinary practice in Burrville, building up the large animal clientele while Donna assisted in the office. He returned to Lowville in 1969, where the O’Connors raised their family. He joined the practice of Dr’s. Jones, Lormore, Markham and Carroll, known today as Countryside Veterinary Clinic. Dr. O’Connor practiced for 45 years and served many generations of dairy farmers.
He devoted a significant amount of time to the community serving on the Lewis County General Hospital Board of Managers, was the current President of Lowville Rural Cemetery where he was instrumental with recent upgrades to the vault, served as Public Health Officer for the village of Lowville, Rabies Coordinator and for 40 years was volunteer weather observer for the National Weather Service from which he received the pretigious HOLM Award in 1993 for conscientious service. Dr. O'Connor's “real baby,” however, was the Lewis County Agricultural Society “Lewis County Fair” as fair board President for over 25 years. He was proud to have seen dramatic growth of the Lewis County Fair during that time period and to which it has became one of the premier fairs in New York State. Dr. O'Connor was also past President of NYS Association Agricultural Fairs in 2002.
Harry loved the outdoors where he found time to spend with his boys at Upper Balsam Flats Hunting Club where he served as past president and secretary and served on the Ten Mile Road Association Board. He also enjoyed spending time with his family at camp on Brantingham Lake; going to various sporting events to cheer his grandchildren on and helping his cousin, Wes, make maple syrup in South Otselic, NY. He was also a life-time member of Lowville Elks Lodge #1605; as well as AVMA and AABP.
Surviving Dr. O’Connor are his wife Donna, his three sons and their wives, Mark and Tanya; Douglas and Nikki; Matthew and Loretta all of Lowville, and his daughter Kate O’Connor of Los Angeles; grandchildren, Brian and Sydney, Morgan, Kody and Cameron, Nicole and Alyssa, and his "California Flowers" Lily and Violet; his sister and her husband, M. Kathleen and Anthony Pacilio of Brockport; his brother-in-law John and his wife Carol Longwell of Herkimer; uncles and an aunt; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was also a communicant of St. Peter’s Catholic Church where a funeral mass will be said on Monday, October 7, 2013 at 10:00 A.M. at St. Peter’s Catholic Church with Rev. Christopher Carrara, Pastor officiating. Burial will be in Lowville Rural Cemetery.
Family and friends may call on Sunday from 2-6 at the Sundquist Funeral Home.
Memorials in Dr. O’Connor's name may be made to: Lowville Rural Cemetary Association in care of E. S. K. Merrell 7624 North State Street Lowville, NY 13367, or the LACS Business Office: attn: Dr. Harry P. O'Connor Scholarship Fund at 7668 North State Street Lowville, NY 13367.
The family would like to thank, Stanley and Alice Mathys, Beaver Falls and Croghan Ambulance Squad, Fr. Carrara and the doctors and staff at the LCGH emergency room.
To leave an on-line message of sympathy, please visit www.sundquistfh.com
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