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Obituaries published the week of May 11, 2006
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In Memoriam

Emil J. Cerame

Former Avon resident

Emil J. Cerame, 83, formerly of Avon, passed away March 12, 2006 at Halifax Hospital, Daytona Beach, Florida. He was born in Rochester and was a resident of Countryside Lakes assisted living facility in Port Orange, Fla. and had lived in Daytona Beach for the previous 21 years. He is predeceased by his wife of 59 years, Theresa. He is survived by his son Robert of Port Orange; sisters-in-law, Margaret Dawson, Teresa Cerame, Connie Cerame, and Mary Cerame, all of Rochester; and many nieces and nephews. Emil's business career in Avon spanned three decades; beginning with Avon Lincoln Mercury, Avon Chrysler Plymouth, and Auto, Truck & Trailer Sales on Main St. He also built the All Liquor Store building and ran the business for its first 15 years; built many houses in Avon, including several on Pole Bridge Road, as a general contractor, and bought and sold many properties there. He was a former member of Avon Rotary and St. Agnes Catholic Church until moving to Florida. Donations may be made to the Parkinson's Association of Greater Daytona Beach, 111 N. Frederick Ave., Daytona Beach, FL 32114.

Dr. Michael E. Doty

Retired veterinarian

Dr. Michael E. Doty, 82, a retired veterinarian from the Wellsville Veterinary Hospital, died May 7, 2006 at F.F. Thompson Memorial Hospital in Canandaigua. Dr. Doty has resided on Honeoye Lake since his retirement. He is survived by his children, Harold (Delilah Kindred) Doty of Quintana, Texas, Janet (Hugh) Thompson of Orlando, Fla., Edith (Douglas) Long of Chicago, Ill., Michael (Tony Alexander) Doty of San Francisco, Calif.; grandchildren, Elizabeth Woolard, Edward Doty, Jennifer Thompson, Christopher Thompson and Katie Wilson; great grandchildren, Payton Woolard, Garrett and Conner Wilson. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Harold and Edward Doty who also served in World War II. He was born Oct. 10, 1923 in Geneseo, the son of Harold and Katharine Earley Doty. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps Flying Tiger Division. He graduated from Cornell University with a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. Mike or “Doc” as he was familiarly known, was a short wave radio enthusiast, and while in China was responsible for decoding Japanese messages. Mike was a member of the Wellsville Lion's Club and the Honeoye American Legion. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, delighting in running his bird dogs in field trials. He enjoyed golfing with his family and friends in both New York and Florida. Visitation, Rector-Hicks Funeral Home, 111 Main St. in Geneseo, Wednesday, May 10 from 4-7 p.m.where Funeral Services will be held Thursday, May 11 at 11 a.m. with Pastor John Karle of the Faith Bible Church in Honeoye officiating. Burial, Temple Hill Cemetery in Geneseo. Memorials may be made to the charity of one's choice in Dr. Doty's memory.

Melvin S. McNinch

World War II veteran

Conesus - Melvin S. McNinch “Mickey”, 88, died May 8, 2006 at his home where he was born and that is a 5th generation home of his family. He was born Oct. 9, 1917 the son of Glenn and Edith Webster McNinch. Mickey was a World War II Army veteran, a member of the Conlon-Mulvaney American Legion Post in Conesus, where he was past commander. He started work in 1951 for the Livingston County Highway Department as a mechanic, retiring in 1980. Following his retirement, Mickey worked the family farm that was honored by the Livingston County Historical Society as a Century Farm. He was a charter and life member of the Conesus Fire Department; was a former trustee and sexton of the Arnold Cemetery in Conesus and was a former Town of Conesus councilman. He was a former fire commissioner. He was a member of the Livonia Grange, and was a talented musician and was a founding member of the band “Misfits.” He is survived by his wife Eleanor (Fox); his children, Donna (Joseph) Sabo of North Cohocton, Patrick (Annette) McNinch of Conesus; grandchildren, Anthony, Joseph, Samantha and Abigal McNinch; and Rhiannon Kramer. Friends may call Wednesday 2-4, 7-9 p.m. at the Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home, Inc., Route 15, Livonia. His Funeral Service will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at St. Matthew Church, Route 20A in Livonia with the Rev. Jerome Schifferli, Rev. John Hayes and Rev. David Hotchkiss officiating. Burial, Arnold Cemetery in Conesus. Friends wishing may make memorial contributions to the Livingston County Hospice Fund, 2 County Campus, Mt. Morris NY 14510; the Conlon-Mulvaney American Legion in Conesus or to the Livonia Ambulance Fund, Box 8, Livonia NY 14487.

Howard D. Peer

World War II veteran

Avon - Howard D. Peer, 93, died on May 1, 2006 at the Skilled Nursing Facility in Mt. Morris. Mr. Peer was born on May 10, 1912 in Rochester the son of Daniel and Margaret Peer. Howard was predeceased by his wife Beatrice Peer in 2001. He was president and former owner of the William Eastwood Shoes in Rochester, a member of the Rochester Rotary Club, and the 209th Artillery Group. He was a World War II Army veteran receiving a bronze star medal. He is survived by his daughters, Holly Peer, Cindy Peer-Hebda, both of Avon; son Thomas (Patricia) Peer of Pittsford; grandchildren, Sean (Debbie) Eagan, Grace Docherty, Daniel Docherty, Thomas Peer, Cameron Hebda; great grandson Ryan Eagan; close companion Minnie Fusco; several nieces and nephews. Calling hours were held May 5 at the Stephenson-Dougherty Funeral Home, Inc. in Avon. Funeral Services and interment were held at the convenience of the family. Interment, Avon Cemetery. In lieu of flower, contributions may be made to the Joseph Gallipeau American Legion Post, 5480 East Avon Road, Avon NY 14414.