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April 21, 2000

Rev. Newton B. Ford
Ret. Methodist Minister, 75

Rev. Newton B. Ford, a six-year resident of Middletown, a retired Methodist minister who served the Callicoon Charge for eight years in the 1960s and most recently was Pastor of Visitation at St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Middletown, died unexpectedly Wednesday, April 19, 2000, at his home. He was 75 years of age.
The son of the late Newton B. and Hazel Jarvo Ford, he was born June 24, 1924, in Troy.
A World War II veteran of the United States Army, he served as a medic during the Battle of the Bulge in the European Campaign.
Before entering the ministry in 1962, Rev. Ford was a business owner and was involved in politics in Green County where he served as supervisor in the Town of Ashland. During his ministry, he served churches in the communities of Callicoon, Fremont, Hankins, North Branch, Grahamsville, Highland Mills, Mountainville and Stamford.
Rev. Ford was a former Mason and volunteer fireman. He served as chaplain in the fire companies in various communities where he served as a minister. He had also served as a volunteer in local ambulance corps in several communities.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Bernice Ford, at home; a daughter, Nadine S. Bravo of Central Valley; a son, Neil R. Ford of Pine Bush; a sister, Doris Ryan of Maryland (N.Y.); three granddaughters, Christine Ford, Cynthia Ford and Catherine Ford; and three nephews.
There will be no visitation.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 60 West Main Street, Middletown, with the Rev. Barbara Brand James officiating.
Interment will be made at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at the Wyndham Cemetery in Wyndham.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 60 West Main Street, Middletown, N.Y. 10940.

Robert F. Bennett, 54

Robert "Bobby" Frederick Bennett of Liberty died Monday, April 17, 2000, at the Walnut Mountain Care Center. He was 54 years of age.
He was the son of the late Ruth and Martin Bennett of Monticello who founded the local Sullivan County ARC. Mr. Bennett had spent his most recent years at the Bennett Residence of the ARC, an organization that provides help and support to those with various developmental disabilities.
He is survived by a sister, Deborah Berlove of Monticello and her family; two uncles, Norman and Arnold Bleach; three aunts, Barbara Newberg, Adele Bennett and Clarice Kleinberg; and many devoted cousins.
Graveside service and burial were held Tuesday at the Landfield Avenue Synagogue Cemetery in Monticello.
Memorial contributions may be made to Sullivan ARC, 934 East Broadway, Monticello, N.Y. 12701.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home in Monticello.

Donald G. Harris
Ret. Supervisor, 83

Donald G. Harris of the Town of Greenville, a retired maintenance supervisor for the former Hamilton Avenue Hospital in Monticello and a longtime area resident, died Tuesday, April 18, 2000, at the Mercy Community Hospital in Port Jervis. He was 83 years of age.
The son of the late Fred G. and May H. Rogers Harris, he was born March 29, 1917, in Harris. He was the widower of Elizabeth Lewis Harris.
Mr. Harris was a U. S. Army veteran of World War II and a member of Ocean View VFW Post #7234 of Ocean View, Delaware. He was also a member of the Sullivan County Conservation Club and the Harris United Methodist Church.
He is survived by a son, Fred Harris of Murrells Inlet, S.C.; a daughter, Nancy Solow of Port Jervis; a sister, Ethel Heins of Monticello; four grandchildren, Scott and Todd Harris, Dianne Mucci and Brian Holzhammer; a great-granddaughter, Bianca Marie Harris; and several nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home, 154 East Main St., Port Jervis with the Rev. Robert Cassidy officiating.
Interment will be made in the New Hope Cemetery in Willards, Md.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 3049, Syracuse, N.Y. 13229-3049 or the American Cancer Society, 6725 Lyons St., P.O. Box 7E, East Syracuse, N.Y.

Francis H. Allison
Retired Grocer, 76

Francis H. Allison of Jeffersonville, the retired owner of the Fosterdale General Store and a lifelong area resident, died Wednesday, April 19, 2000, at his home. He was 76 years of age.
The son of the late Frank and Josephine Hansen Allison, he was born December 2, 1923, in Johnson City.
Mr. Allison was a past member of the Lake Huntington, Long Eddy and Kenoza Lake Fire Departments and a former Boy Scout leader in Fosterdale. He was also a former member of the Jeffersonville First Aid Corps.
He is survived by his wife, Ruth Siebert Allison, at home; two daughters and sons-in-law, Barbara and Herman Goebel of Jeffersonville, and Susan and Paul D'Amore of Newton, Mass.; a son and daughter-in-law, David and Nancy Allison of Ashland, Mass.; six grandchildren, Jennifer and Michael Allison, Paul and Christopher D'Amore, and Raymond and Crystal Goebel.
Friends may call at the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home in Jeffersonville on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home with the Rev. Kristen Anderson officiating.
Burial will be made in the Jeffersonville Lutheran Cemetery in Jeffersonville.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Jeffersonville Lutheran Church, Route 52, Jeffersonville, N.Y. 12748; to the Hospice of Orange and Sullivan, 800 Stonybrook Court, Newburgh, N.Y. 12550; Room at the Inn, c/o Jeffersonville Lutheran Church, Jeffersonville, N.Y. 12748; or to the Jeffersonville First Aid Squad, Jeffersonville, N.Y. 12748.

Donald M. Baker
County DPW Super, 44

Donald "Donny" M. Baker of Liberty, a lifelong area resident and the highway maintenance supervisor for the Sullivan County Department of Public Works, died Wednesday, April 19, 2000, in Liberty. He was 44 years of age.
The son of Donald M. Baker and the late Agnes Slaver Baker, he was born October 10, 1955, in Liberty.
Mr. Baker was a member of St. Peter's Church in Liberty. He was a Navy veteran and a member of the Billy Goat Club in Lew Beach.
He is survived by his father of Liberty; his wife of 14 years, Dolores Corigliano Baker, at home; two daughters, Kelly and Caitlin Baker, both at home; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Friends may call at the Ramsay's Funeral Home, 275 S. Main St., Liberty, on Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at St. Peter's Church, 264 N. Main St., Liberty, on Tuesday at 11:45 a.m. with Monsignor Edward Straub officiating.
Burial will be made in St. Peter's Cemetery, Cold Spring Rd., Liberty.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Liberty Volunteer Ambulance Corps, P.O. Box 105, or to the Liberty Fire Department, both at Liberty, N.Y. 12754.

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