Joseph H. Walker
Computer Technologist, 64
Joseph H. Walker of Hortonville, NY, a longtime resident of the area, entered into peace at home on February 25, 2013, after a long, courageous battle with illness. He was 64.
The son of the late Ralph H. and Lillian Nugent Walker, he was born April 18, 1948 in Bronx, NY. He moved to the area in the early 1960s from Cresskill, NJ.
A member of the Class of 1966 at Delaware Valley Central School in Callicoon, NY, he earned a BS degree from Cornell University and a MS degree from SUNY Binghamton. He worked as a computer technologist at Electro-Kinetics in Callicoon.
Joe was a proud veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving aboard the USS Piedmont, during the Vietnam War. He was a dedicated Firefighter with the Hortonville Volunteer Fire Department. Joe found great enjoyment riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle and was a member of the Iron Butts Association.
He is survived by his wife, Theresa Kobylenski Walker; two step-daughters and their husbands: Jennifer Stewart (Christopher Akin), Amy Stewart (Gary Winglovitz); five grandchildren: Alexandria, Rayna, and Koby Akin, Avianna and Miles Winglovitz; his mother-in-law, Julia Kobylenski; four brothers: Daniel, James, Dennis and Kevin Walker; three sisters: Margaret Gray, Elizabeth Thompson and Danielle Edwards; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents: Ralph and Lillian Walker; his brother, Charles Walker; and his sister, Jane Toscanno.
Firematic Services were held February 27 at Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home, Callicoon. A Funeral Mass was held February 28 at Holy Cross Church, Callicoon, NY with Father Charles O’Connor officiating.
Burial was made in New Holy Cross Cemetery, Callicoon.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Hortonville Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 71, Hortonville, NY 12745; Sullivan County SPCA, 25 Rock Hill Dr., Rock Hill, NY 12775; or the Oncology Department at Wayne Memorial Hospital, Honesdale, PA 18431.
Russell ‘Buddy’ Scott
Dairy Farmer, 76
Russell “Buddy” Scott, 76, of Damascus, PA, died Tuesday morning, February 26, 2013 at home. He is survived by his wife, the former Alice Labar. They were married in 1980.
Born on April 20, 1936 in Oneonta, NY, he was the son of the late Russell C. Scott and Eleanor Kirk Scott of Honesdale, PA.
Buddy was a lifelong dairy farmer. He was a member of the Dairyman’s League. Buddy also was an avid woodsman, working the past several years splitting and delivering firewood. He loved his farm, the animals, and the land. Buddy enjoyed country music; he especially loved to be outdoors. More than anything, Buddy loved his family best.
He was also preceded in death by a brother, Niles C. Scott, and a nephew, Harold Niles Scott. After his death, Buddy raised Harold’s three sons: Barry Lee Scott, John Wesley Scott, and Heath Niles Scott, who also survive him.
He is also survived by three additional nephews with whom he had a special friendship: Scott Bush, Adam Lyons, and Russell Lyons; a brother: Donald R. Scott and his wife, Mary Jane, of Texas; two sisters: Marian V. Bush and Linda Lyons, both of Damascus; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 2, 2013 in the Arthur A. Bryant Funeral Home, 1228 North Main Street, Honesdale, PA 18431, with his cousin, Gary Slish, officiating.
Friends may visit at the funeral home on Friday, March 1, from 6 to 8 p.m., and on Saturday, March 2, from 10 a.m. until the time of the Memorial Service.
Kindly omit flowers. In lieu of flowers, friends may make Memorial Contributions in Buddy’s memory to the Damascus Township Volunteer Ambulance Corps, P.O. Box 63, Damascus, PA 18415.
Arrangements are by Arthur A. Bryant Funeral Home, Honesdale, PA.
Retired Motel Manager, 99
Bernard Smith of Tamarac, FL, formerly of Monticello, passed away January 27, 2013 in Tamarac, Florida. He was 99.
The son of the late Marion and Fred Smith, he was born on October 15, 1913 in Liberty, NY, one of seven brothers and one sister.
He married Gloria Pesetti Smith in 1948 and they happily celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 1998, shortly before Gloria’s death in 1999.
Bernie served 2 ½ years as a tail gunner in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1943 to 1945 while serving in the European Theatre during WWII. From the mid-1930s through the late 1950s, he was the manager of the Monticello Inn in Monticello, NY. He then went on to manage the Middletown Motel in Middletown, NY, for approximately 20 years through to his retirement. Bernie, Gloria and their son, Chester, retired to Del Ray Beach, Florida where he lived until Gloria’s death in 1999. At the time of his death, he lived in Tamarac, Florida.
He is survived by his son, Craig Smith and his wife, Marge, of Big Pine Key, Florida; two grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; his younger brother, Leslie Smith, formerly of Monticello, who currently resides in Columbia, SC, and many nieces and nephews. His son, Chester Smith, passed away in 2009.
Burial of ashes will take place on Saturday, March 2, 2013 at 1 p.m. at Laurel Hill Cemetery in White Sulphur Springs, NY.
Arrangements are by Ramsay’s Funeral Homes Inc., Liberty, NY. To send an online condolence, please visit www.ramsaysfuneralhome.com.
Carl L. Bates
Retired Carpenter & Heavy Equip. Operator, 89
Carl L. Bates, a retired carpenter & heavy equipment operator and lifelong resident of Monticello, passed away February 25, 2013 at his home. He was 89.
The son of the late Anson O. Bates and Lulu Hornbeck Bates, he was born October 7, 1923 in Monticello, NY.
Carl was admired by many for his carpentry skills and his precision in excavating and earth-moving.
He proudly served in the “Seabees” Construction Battalion of the Navy in WWII during the invasion of Guam and the building of its infrastructure after the defeat of the Japanese. He was very active in the VFW Monticello Bailey-Richman Post. He served in many positions over the years, most notably Post Commander and District #2 Commander.
He was also a charter member of the Rock Hill Volunteer Fire Department and served his community in that capacity for many years.
A true “Country Boy,” born and raised in Bridgeville, NY, who loved to fish, hunt and spend a good part of his life in the outdoors. He was a charter member and one of the carpenters who helped build the popular Cliff Lodge Hunting Club of South Woods, NY.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Lorraine at home; his son, Jim Bates; grandson, Christopher Bates and his wife, Heather; his great-grandson, Jaxon Owen Bates, all of Monticello; and his sister, Doris, and her husband, Jim, of Phoenix, AZ.
Interment of Carl’s ashes will take place in the Spring at the Sullivan County Veterans Cemetery, in Liberty, NY.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home of Monticello, www.kennyfuneralhome.com.