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Fernando L. Bonacquisti Sr.

World War II Army veteran

Fernando L. Bonacquisti Sr., 84, died July 27, 2006 at the United Medical Memorial Center in Batavia. He was born Feb. 5, 1922 in Rome, Italy to Paul and Rose Bonacquisti. Mr. Bonacquisti was a World War II Army veteran serving in the 90th Infantry. He retired from Upstate Dairy in LeRoy. He was a 50 year plus member of the Caledonia Fire Department where he served as Chairman of the Caledonia Fireman's Carnival and Parade. He was a long time coach and umpire of the Caledonia Little League, and avid bowler and sportsman, and a member of St. Columba Church. Mr. Bonacquisti was a 60 year member of the Matthew Clary American Legion in Caledonia. In his later years, Mr. Bonacquisti worked for the Genesee Country Village in Mumford as a security officer. He also enjoyed his family, grandchildren and his dog, Clancy. He is survived by his sons and daughters-in-law, Skip and Jacqueline of Batavia, Tom and Barbara of Ashburn, Va. and Brian and Susan Bonacquisti of Alexandria, Va.; four grandchildren, Laura, Allison, Matthew and Nicholas Bonacquisti; sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Glauco Riggi of Caledonia, and brother and sister-in-law, Lawrence and Carol Bonacquisit of LeRoy; many nieces and nephews. His brother Marshall Bonacquisti and sister, Jean Amato predeceased Mr. Bonacquisti. Friends called July 30 at the Alhart Funeral Home, 3068 W. Main St. in Caledonia. His Funeral Mass was held Monday, July 31 at St. Columba Church, North Street, Caledonia. Interment at St. Columba Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Caledonia Fire Department, P.O. Box 1 or Caledonia Ambulance P.O. Box 3, Caledonia NY 14423.

Charles Gilman Clapp

Former Groveland resident

Charles Gilman Clapp, 81, died July 26, 2006 at Manor Care Health Facility of Venice, Fla. Mr. Clapp resided in Nokomis, Fla and was previously from Groveland, N.Y. He was born Nov. 18, 1924 in Rochester the son of Harold and Anna Alberger Clapp. Mr. Clapp owned Lyons Bay Corporation Development Company in Nokomis and was a real estate agent for William Shaw Real Estate of Casey Key, Fla. for 40 years. He was a member of St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Venice, Fla. He is survived by his children, Lynn (Charles) Layton of Nokomis, Fla., Eleanor (Jonathan Pincus) Clapp of Rochester, Victoria (Andy) Long of Conesus Lake, N.Y. , David (Linda) Clapp of Nokomis, Fla., Harold (Laurie) Clapp of St. Paul, Minn., Louise (Terry Connell) Clapp of North Port, Fla.; grandchildren, Jonathan and Matthew Layton, Cameron, Jacob and Lillie Pincus, Andrew and David Long, Rob and Nicole Clapp, Danielle and Ryan Oliver, Lucas and Abbie Clapp; great grandchildren, Kailey and Ava Clapp, Alexis and Adrianna Scott; brother Jack Clapp of Rochester; and his two favorite grand dogs, Darby and Paddy. He was preceded in death by his wives Tracey L. Clapp and Eleanor “Barney” Clapp. Visitation will be held at the Rector-Hicks Funeral Home Inc., 111 Main St. in Geneseo on Saturday, Aug. 5 from 10 a.m. - noon. Graveside services will follow visitation at Union Cemetery in Scottsburg, N.Y. Memorials may be made to the Livingston County Humane Society, P.O. Box 233, Avon NY 14414 or the Alzheimers Association, 435 E. Henrietta Road, Rochester NY 14620.

Judith Ann Handy

Mt. Morris resident

Judith Ann “Judy” Handy, 62, of 445 Park Lane (formerly of 54 Murray St.) in Mt. Morris, died July 29, 2006 at her home. She was born July 5, 1944 in Mendon, N.Y. the daughter of Milton and Helen (Shellman) Hollenbeck. She was employed at Bellamy House as a Developmental Aid for over 30 years, retiring in 1999. She is survived by her four children, Donald (Kathy) Handy, Greg Handy, both of Mt. Morris, Lisa (Bruce) Carney of York and Christopher (Stacey Dale) Handy of Mt. Morris; five grandchildren, Joshua, Kaeleigh and Kristina Handy, Elias and Emily Carney; five sisters, Bernice Echevarria of Mt. Morris,Phyllis (Dale) White, Donna Shepard and Cathy (Norman) Gaston, all of Honeoye and Betty (Steve) Moore of Hemlock; several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband Donald in 1998. Friends called Monday at the John W. Martin Funeral Home, 37 Chapel St. (Route 408) in Mt. Morris where Funeral Services were held following calling. Burial, Richmond Center Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to one's favorite charity. Condolences may be emailed to

Regina A. Herlihy

Mt. Morris/Nunda - Regina A. Herlihy, 87, formerly of Readville, MA, died July 27, 2006. She was born the daughter of Leo and Bertha Will Herlihy in Jacksonville, Fla. on Sept. 26, 1918. She was predeceased by her parents. She is survived by her cousins, Jane Hogan of Geneseo, Anne Hogan of California and William Hogan of Delevan, N.Y and Mary King of Lee, MA. The family would like to thank the Austins, Creekside ICF and the staff of the Livingston County Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation for their kindness and care of Jean. No prior calling. Friends attended her Funeral Mass at St. Mary's Church in Geneseo on Wednesday. Interment, St. Mary's Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the charity of one's choice. Arrangements: Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home, Inc. in Livonia.

David R. Mathewson

World War II Naval veteran

Syracuse - David R. Mathewson of Point Penninsula, N.Y. died July 17, 2006. He was born in Syracuse, N.Y. in 1925 and lived there for 65 years. He was a World War II Naval veteran and a survivor of the USS Meredith DD726. He is survived by his wife Jane (Fouquet) Mathewson; children, Richard (Barbara) of Virginia Beach, Va., Christy (Carole) of Rochester; Terry (Mary) of North Syracuse, Mary (Gary) Bajus of Canaseraga, Timothy (Carol) of Cicero, Linda (Mike) Bellamy of Skaneateles, David (Debbie) of North Syracuse; 22 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren; brother Howard (Mary) Mathewson; several nieces and nephews. No prior calling. A celebration of life will be held at Valley Wesleyan Church in Canaseraga, N.Y. Memorials may be made to the Vincent House, P.O. Box 566, 310 Second Ave., Wayland NY 14572. Arrangements by Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home, Inc. in Livonia.

William G. McCoy Sr.

Conesus resident

William G. McCoy Sr., 79, passed away early Wednesday evening at his home at 6977 Stagecoach Road in Conesus. Bill was born May 1, 1927 in Grafton, W. Va. the son of William and Sela (Hinkle) McCoy. He grew up in Grafton and graduated from high school there. After residing in West Virginia for a few more years, Bill moved to the North Chili/Rochester area where he lived for several years. Over 30 years ago he moved to Conesus where he has remained ever since. Most of Bill's employment career was spent at Lightning Mixers as a Quality Control Inspector of mixing equipment for the food and pharmaceutical industry. Of significance during his tenure there was that he worked on equipment that was used for one of the Apollo Missions. Bill and Freda Estel were married in August 1951 and although they parted several years ago, they remained friends ever since and have looked after each other. Bill loved to hunt and fish—turkey and mushrooms in Ohio while staying at his cabin and fishing in Florida. Whatever season was in he was there. He was also an avid bowler as evidenced by the many trophies he earned and he was a member of the Chamber of Commerce Bowling League in Wayland. Bill's granddaughters mentioned that his first car was a Model T Ford that he was very proud of. They also mentioned that one of his favorite sayings was 'Gone Fishing.' Bill was predeceased by both of his parents, along with a sister, Mary Ellen Knight. He is survived by his former wife and friend, Freda “Fern” McCoy of Dansville; children, Regina (Phillip) Noce, MD, William (Gemmalyn) McCoy of Wayland; granddaughters, Alisha and Allison McCoy, both of Wayland; siblings, Frank (Virginia) McCoy of Chili, Norman (Carolyn) McCoy of Ohio, Louise (Brady) Carrol of West Virginia, James (June) McCoy of Ohio, Richard (Dottie) McCoy of Ohio; along with several nieces, nephews; great nieces and great nephews. Bill's family and friends called Saturday at the St. George-Stanton Funeral Home, 109 W.Naples St. in Wayland. Bill's Funeral Service was conducted Sunday at the funeral home with Rev. Mark Kilbourne of South Dansville United Methodist Church officiating. Interment and committal prayers at Erwin Cemetery in Websters Crossing.

Frances H. McLaughlin

Perry resident

Frances H. McLaughlin, 90, of 12 Dolbeer St. in Perry, died July 18, 2006 at Wyoming County Community Hospital in Warsaw. She was born the daughter of Charles F. and Florence (Redmond) Welch on Jan. 18, 1916 on Cuylerville. She was predeceased by her husband William in 1972. She is survived by three children, Robert (Maryanne) McLaughlin of Kenmore, David McLaughlin and Carol McLaughlin, both of Perry; and nieces and nephews. Services and interment to be held at the convenience of the family. Memorials may be made to Homecare & Hospice, 204 N. Main St., Perry NY 14510. Arrangements by the John W. Martin Funeral Home, 37 Chapel St. (Route 408) in Mt. Morris. Condolences may be emailed to

William D. Percival

U.S. Army Korean War veteran

William D Percival, 76, of West Lake Road in Geneseo, died July 22, 2006 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. He is survived by his wife, Ruth Pieringer Percival; daughter Kathryn (Mark) Stefanik of Greece, N.Y.; son Hugh Percival of St. Cloud, Fla; two granddaughters, Amy and Lisa Stefanik; sister Bette (Ken) Eldridge of Portville, N.Y.; many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his daughter-in-law, Shelley Percival. He was born Dec. 10, 1929 in Olean, N.Y. the son of Donald and Mary Johnston Percival. He was a graduate of SUNY Fredonia and received his Masters Degree from Iowa State University. He was a U.S. Army Korean War veteran. Bill retired from Honeoye Falls/Lima Central School where he was Band Director. While teaching Bill was active in the Honeoye Falls/Lima Community Band, Geneseo United Methodist Church music programs, motorcycle camps (Super Trail), and the Rochester Area Multiple Sclerosis Bike Tour. After retirement he became involved with the Youth Music Programs of various overseas Mission Schools in Haiti, Central and South America, Papa New Guinea, India, and Nome, Alaska. Visitation was held at the Geneseo United Methodist Church on Wednesday where Memorial Services were held with Rev. Douglas Wilson officiating. Interment, Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Geneseo at the convenience of the family. Memorials may be made to the Geneseo United Methodist Church Organ Repair Fund, 4520 Route 63, Geneseo NY 14454 or the Honeoye Falls Community Band, 94 East St., Honeoye Falls NY 14472. Arrangements by Rector-Hicks Funeral Home in Geneseo.

Charles G. Prinzi Sr.

World War II veteran

Charles G. “Charlie” Prinzi Sr., 86, of 25 Bonadonna Ave. in Mt. Morris, died July 20, 2006 at his home. He was born the son of Samuel and Carolyn (Castiglio) Prinzi on March 18, 1920 in Avon. He married Jennie Fici on Jan. 12, 1946. Prior to his retirement in 1982 he was employed for the Town of Tonawanda for 11 years as a maintenance worker. After his retirement he moved to Mt. Morris and worked 18 years as the night custodian at Mt. Morris Central School. He was a veteran of the Army during World War II. He was a member of St. Patrick's Church and Civilian Conservation Corps. He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Jennie; two sons, Charles G. “Chuck” (Peg) Prinzi Jr. of Perry and Sam (Susan) Prinzi of Warsaw; five grandchildren and four great grandchildren; three brothers, Frank (Ann) Prinzi of Tonawanda, Carl (Dorothy) Prinzi of Silver Creek and Joe (Joe) Prinzi of Avon; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two brothers, Sam and John and three sisters, Laura Fici, Mary LaBarbera and Josephine Mendola. No prior calling. Funeral Mass was held Monday at St. Patrick's Church. Burial, St. Patrick's Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Mt. Morris Ambulance Fund or the Livingston County Hospice Fund. Arrangements by the John W. Martin Funeral Home, 37 Chapel St. (Route 408), Mt. Morris NY. Condolences may be emailed to

Richard F. Smith

Retired professor

Richard F. Smith, 77, of Oak St. in Geneseo, died on June 29, 2006. Richard was born in Lockport, N.Y. on Jan. 31, 1929. He graduated from Allegheny College in 1950 and received a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Rochester in 1954. He was a Professor of Chemistry at SUNY Albany from 1956-1965. From 1965 until his retirement in 1992 he was a Professor of Chemistry of SUNY Geneseo; in 1974, he was named a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor. He also taught as a visiting professor at Dartmouth College, Wesleyan University and Hobart and William Smith College. In addition to his teaching and research in chemistry, he was very active in the arts. He presented several piano recitals sponsored by the Music Department at SUNY Geneseo, and he served on the board of the Genesee Valley Council on the Arts and Friends of Music. He is predeceased by his brother, Harrison. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Eleanor; son and daughter-in-law, Kenneth and Maureen of Lakeville; daughters and sons-in-law, Marilyn and Walter Putter of Syracuse, N.Y., and Janet and Jon Goldberg of Newton, MA; and grandchildren, Patricia, Leanne, Sean,Rosalie and Arnon. No prior calling hours. A Memorial Service will be held Sunday, Aug. 6 at 3 p.m. in the Lederer Gallery of Brodie Hall on the campus of SUNY Geneseo. In lieu of flowers, contributions maybe made to the Genesee Valley Council on the Arts, Livingston County Campus, Bldg. 4, Apt. 1, Mt. Morris NY 14510 or Friends of Music/Geneseo Foundation, P.O. Box 284, Geneseo NY 14454. Arrangements by Rector-Hicks Funeral Home in Geneseo.

Harriet Holcomb Spain

Harriet Holcomb Spain, 78, wife of Alson J. Spain, died Feb. 15, 2006 at Samaritan Hospital in Troy, N.Y Born in Albany, N.Y. she was the daughter of the late Frederick and Harriet Fort Holcomb. She graduated from Geneseo Central High School in 1945. She was a graduate of Russell Sage College in Troy, where she earned a bachelor of arts degree in education. While at Russell Sage, Mrs. Spain met her husband and they were married upon her graduation in 1949. Harriet's father, Frederick Holcomb was principal of the Holcomb School of Practice in Geneseo from 1932-43. The present Holcomb Campus School is named after her grandfather, Winfield Holcomb, third principal of the Geneseo Normal School. In addition to her husband she is survived by her children, Jeffrey H. (Janice) Spain, Alson J. (Maribeth) Spain Jr. and Nancy C. Spain, all of Wynantskill, N.Y.; grandchildren, Jeffrey (Danielle) H. Spain Jr. of Rochester, Christopher M. Spain of Irvine, Calif, Amy K. Spain of Wynantskill, Sarah M. (Eric) Franchi of Hoboken N.Y., Patrick A. J. (Anna) Spain of Winthrop, Mass. and Nathan A. Spain of Wynantskill; and many nieces and nephews.