On the morning of Tuesday, September 29th, 2015, James V. Sherwood of Canton Township passed away unexpectedly at Robert Packer Hospital. He was 66 years of age, and husband of Karen (Yaggie) Sherwood. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time, and have been entrusted to Morse & Kleese Funeral Home. A complete obituary will appear in next week's edition.
On the morning of Tuesday, September 29th, 2015 James Victor Sherwood of Canton passed away unexpectedly at Robert Packer Hospital. He was 66 years of age.
Born February 26th, 1949 in St. Mary’s PA, he was the son of Victor and Alice (Chadwick) Sherwood.
Jim spent his earliest years in Emporium until age five when his family relocated to LeRoy.
The Sherwoods established a home for the elderly which served the Bradford County area for many years. The family became active in the former LeRoy Church of Christ. Jim served six years with the U.S. Army Reserves, and was married to the former Karen Yaggie.
Gertrude Winslow Purcell Nowlan, 93, Gillett, PA, died at the home of her daughter, Georgia Schonher, on September 28, 2015.
She was born in Spring Hill, PA on August 13, 1922, the oldest daughter of Ernest and Ina Winslow. She graduated from Camptown High School in 1940 and married George W. Purcell on October 24, 1940. They had 5 children who survive her and all live in the Gillett area: Sandra (David) Stewart, Georgia Schonher, Frank (Marilyn) Purcell, David (Gwen) Purcell, and Sam (Arline) Purcell. Also, she is survived by siblings, Betty (Romaine) Salsman of Wyalusing, Robert Winslow of Florida, and Bernard Winslow, Columbia Cross Roads, and many grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Orley A. Ford, 90, a longtime resident of the Fassett community, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Sunday, September 27, 2015, following declining health.
Born on January 13, 1925 in Salem, West Virginia, Orley was the son of the late Ernest and Anna Knight Ford.
In service to his country, Orley served during WWII in the U.S. Coast Guard. After the war, he married the love of his life, Doris Beechey, and she predeceased him on November 6, 2011. Orley retired from Royal Insurance as a claims manager after 40 years of dedicated service. A born again Christian, Orley worshiped at the Fassett Baptist Church where he had been very active.
Francis W. Farley, 54, a former Philadelphia resident, was felled by a heart attack on September 27, 2015 while visiting Florida. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Farley was a fighter from day one. Serious birth defects caused doctors to give him a life expectancy of days to weeks. Farley beat the odds and survived. He endured dozens of surgical procedures as a child and as an adult to keep him functioning. He refused to let medical restrictions hold him back from living the kind of life he wanted.
Known as Frank to friends and family, he graduated from Father Judge High School. He worked for the City of Philadelphia in the Streets and Water Departments for ten years, primarily as a mechanic. He later moved to Florida where he tried his hand running small businesses, and worked as a maintenance man and a bus mechanic.
Peter James Cama, 31, Laurel Lake, Springfield Township, formerly of Towanda, passed away Saturday, September 26, 2015.
Peter was born in Towanda on March 20, 1984, the son of Dr. Joseph Cama and Laura Nance Cama.
He was a graduate of Towanda Area High School with the class of 2002 and continued his education in paramedic training at Corning Community College, Corning NY where he received his Associates Degree. Peter was employed as a paramedic for Memorial EMS in Towanda, Greater Valley EMS in Sayre and by Western Alliance Emergency Service in Troy.
Peter also served as a Deputy Coroner with the Bradford County Coroner’s Office and served as a volunteer firefighter.
On Friday, September 25th, 2015, Robert W, Ellsworth passed away with his family at his side. He was 76 years of age.
He was preceded in death by his father, Milo Ellsworth, his mother, Ethel (Pond) Ellsworth and brother Richard Ellsworth. Bob enjoyed spending time with his family. He lived for the auto races, working on race cars and attending the races. He also was a football fan, played the guitar and enjoyed singing. He will be missed by his family and his racing family.
Surviving are his daughter Robin (& Bernie) Baker, Troy; sons William (& Leslie) Ellsworth, Troy, and Eric (& Marcile) Ellsworth, Alba; sisters Connie Martin, Williamsport and Louise Harris, Sayre; as well as several grandchildren; great-grandchildren, nieces & nephews.
A memorial service will be held Tuesday, October 20th from 5 to 8 PM at Morse & Kleese Funeral home, 94 N. Center Street, Canton.
Charles Bates, 53, of Solomons, Md., died suddenly on Sept. 24, 2015 while in Belize.
Chuck was in the country temporarily helping to manage a friend's restaurant. It brings great solace to family and friends that he passed away near the ocean he loved while helping a friend. He was in "paradise." Helping friends and family and putting others before himself will be his lasting legacy. He was selfless nearly to a fault.
Chuck was born June 19, 1962 in Penn Yan, NY to the late Charles Bates Sr. and Patricia (Bailey) Bates. Soon, the family moved to Troy, where all four children were raised.
Chuck graduated from Troy Area High School in 1980. Chuck was a gifted athlete in many sports, especially baseball. He was an all-star catcher for the Troy Trojans for all four years at Troy.
After high school, Chuck moved to the Pocono Mountain area of Stroudsburg, Pa. He began his career in restaurant management there. He loved the area and made many lasting friendships.
In later years, Chuck hosted several reunions in the Poconos for family and friends. Those were the moments he most treasured.
Bruce M. King Sr., a.k.a. Big B, formerly from Troy, passed away on Sept. 19, 2015 in his home in Deer Lodge, TN from natural causes.
He leaves behind his wife, Bonnie G. King, his children Bruce M. King Jr..,Troy; Cheryl J. King,Troy and Melissa D. King (Valdese, NC),
Edward M. Scholtz 83 of Harrisburg, died Saturday, September 19, 2015 at his home.
Mr. Scholtz was born in Canton, and was the son of the late Herman P. and Isabelle A. (Thomas) Scholtz. He was a retired engineer for various manufacturing companies in Pennsylvania and Prosser Laboratories of Effort, PA. He served as a boilerman in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict aboard the USS Healy.
Mr. Scholtz is survived by his wife of 63 years, Janet L. Williams Scholtz; his daughter, Susan J. (Donald) Guiswite; his sons, Edward C. (Jean) Scholtz and David C. (Susan) Scholtz; his grandchildren, Edward A. Scholtz, Sarah J. Scholtz, Kristen M. Greco, Lindsay A. Scholtz, Susan E. Panick and Jake L. Guiswite; his great‑granddaughter, Francesca M. Greco; his sister, Debra A. Barnes; his brother, John H. Scholtz.