Clyde J. Downey, 97, of Albion, passed away on March 19, 2017. He was born May 1, 1919, in Holley to the late Jesse and Edith (Adams) Downey. He remained in the area his entire life. Clyde was a long-time employee of Harrison Radiator in Lockport before retiring. He played the saxophone, and performed locally in musical combos for most of his life for dances and special events. In addition, he enjoyed golfing, bowling, listening to big band music, riding his motorcycle, watching old movies and spending time with his family. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Avis (Hollenbeck) Downey; and son-in-law, Sebastian “Buddy” Chiaramida. Clyde is survived by his children: Grant (Jan) Downey, Marcia “Marcy” Downey, and Vicki (Syd) Houseknecht, all of Albion. Also surviving are his brothers: Everett “Frenchy” Downey of Albion and Keith Downey of Kentucky; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins. The family will receive friends at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 21 W. Ave., Albion, on Sat., March 25, 2017, from 2-4 p.m. Clyde’s Memorial Service will be held at the Gaines Congregational Church, 14023 Ridge Rd., Albion, on Sun., March 26, 2017, at 2 p,m. Interment will be private in Mt. Albion Cemetery. Memorial contributions in Clyde’s name may be made to Gaines Congregational Church, 14023 Ridge Rd., Albion, NY 14411; or to Hospice of Orleans, P.O. Box 489, Albion, NY 14411. To share a special memory of Clyde, please visit www.christophermitchell.com.
Mr. John R. Fox, Sr., of the Town of Ridgeway, passed away on March 15, 2017, at the Martin-Linsin Hospice Residence. Mr. Fox was born in Buffalo on April 12, 1942, a son of the late William and Charlotte (McGowan) Fox. A graduate of Barker High School, he married the former Carol Sevenski in November 1969. John served with the Army Reserves. He owned and operated John R. Fox & Son, General Contractors, for many years. The company built many local projects including Medina Pizza Hut, Lake Plains Eye Clinic, Orleans County Administration Building, Medina Kentucky Fried Chicken, rebuilding of Sacred Heart Church following the fire, among others. In the early 1980s, he became the Town of Ridgeway Code Enforcement and Zoning Officer and retired in 2003. John coached baseball for 16 years; was a NASCAR fan; enjoyed his garden; and enjoyed snowmobiling. He was a member of Medina Chamber of Commerce and the Lyndonville Lions Club. Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Carol Fox; four sons: John R. (Apryl) Fox, Thomas (Jill) Fox, Jeffrey (Landa) Fox and Aric (Emily) Fox; grandchildren: Brayden, Carly, Dylan, Madison, Tommy, Caleb, Hannah, Aric II and Adalynne; three brothers: William, James and Richard Fox; his sister, Jane Schumacher; and several nieces and nephews. Friends called on Mon., March 20, 2017, at the Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W. Center St., Medina. The Rev. Daniel J. Fawls officiated his Mass of Christian Burial on Tue., March 21, 2017, at Holy Trinity Parish/St. Mary’s Church. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Orleans. Share condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com.
Roger D. Hinkley, born Nov. 29, 1946, went into rest on March 19, 2017. He was the son of the late Kenneth and Virginia Hinkley, and the beloved husband of Inge Klier-Hinkley. He is also survived by his daughter Debbie Toms (Steve); brother Chester Hinkley; nephew, Jason Hinkley, his mother-in-law, Rose Caley; and six grandchildren. Roger was predeceased by his daughter Heidi Caton (Rick); and his brothers Roland and Rodney Hinkley. Roger served our country from 1968-1969 in the Marine Corps. He enjoyed nature, the outdoors and gardening. The family will be present on Sat., April 1, from 10-11 a.m. to receive friends at the Merrill-Grinnell Funeral Home, 39 Geddes St., Holley, where a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. If desired memorial donations may be made to Orleans County Veterans, 13996 Route 31 West, Albion, New York 14411; or Batavia Veterans, 222 Richmond Ave., Batavia, NY 14020. Please share condolences www.merrillgrinnell.com.
Frank Matos, 59, of Holley, died Wed., March 16, 2017, at his home surrounded by his loving family. Frank was born Oct. 28, 1957, in Buffalo, N.Y., and lived in this area for the past six years with his foster family. Frank enjoyed fishing, spending time with his family and going to the local 4H Fair and the N.Y.S. Fair, where he loved eating ice cream. He attended The Arc of Genesee and Orleans Day Habilitation. Frank is survived by his family: Susan and LeVerne Lear, Skip (Gloria) Lear, Annette (Greg) Mrzywka, Robert Yunke, Mary Jo Duggan, Natalie and Nicole Mrzywka, Trevor (Tamara) Schutz, Janie Schutz, Rylie Lear, and Eli Schutz; and many friends. The family received friends at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 21 W. Ave., Albion, on Tue., March 21, 2017, where Frank’s Funeral Service followed. Interment was in Lynhaven Cemetery in Lyndonville. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of your choice. To share a special memory of Frank, please visit www.christophermitchell.com.
Thomas W. Michael, 46, of Holley, died March 16, 2017, in Hospice Buffalo. He was born Jan. 21, 1971, in Albion to Eugene and Diana (Kupczyk) Michael. He was a life-time resident of this area. Tom loved the outdoors, enjoyed fishing and going to the cabin with his friends. He also liked cars and trucks…as long as they were good looking and clean. Tom was a person who truly cherished and enjoyed the company of his friends. Mr. Michael was predeceased by his mother, Diana. He is survived by his sister, Michelle (Tim) Michael-John of West Seneca; his father, Eugene (Jennifer) Michael of Holley; nieces and nephews: Kayla Michael-Lane, Olivia Michael, Jayden and Donovan John, Jake and Gregory Rightmyer; as well as best friends: Peter and Cheryl Rightmyer. The family received friends at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 16650 State Route 31, Holley, on Sun., March 19, 2017. Family and friends attended Tom’s Mass of Christian Burial Mon., March 20, 2017, in St. Mary’s Church. Interment was at the family’s convenience. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the American Lung Association, 1595 Elmwood Ave., #B1, Rochester, NY, 14620. To share a special memory of Tom, please visit www.christophermitchell.com.
Paul E. Navarra, 57, of Eagle Harbor Road, Albion, died unexpectedly in his home March 21, 2017. He was born March 8, 1960, in Albion to Vincent J. and Rita (Caleb) Navarra and was a life-long resident of this area. Paul was a member of Holy Family Parish, and was the owner of Navarra’s Farm Market and Greenhouses. His many affiliations include the NRA, NYS Floral Industry Association, and the FFA of which he was a long-time supporter. Paul also attended the Rochester Public Market for many years, enjoyed John Wayne movies, liked anything Disney, lived the motto, “Don’t Tread on Me,” and had a great love of animals. Paul was a traditionalist in every sense of the word and ALWAYS put family first. Mr. Navarra was predeceased by his parents, Vincent J. and Rita Navarra, as well as a niece, Anne Mary Mrzywka. Paul was devoted to his parents while they were living and to keeping their memory alive after their deaths. He is survived by his siblings: Vincent James (Barbara) Navarra, Pamela (David) Lusk, Joan Navarra-Mrzywka, Janet Navarra-Salvatore all of Albion; eight nieces/nephews: Kathryn, Elizabeth, Peter, Courtney, James, Amanda, Jenna, and Markus; and a great-niece, Emma. The family received friends at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 21 W. Ave., Albion, on Fri., March 24, 2017. Family and friends met at Holy Family Parish-St. Joseph’s Church, on Sat., March 25, 2017, for Paul’s Mass of Christian Burial. Interment was in St. Joseph’s Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Navarra Family.
Christian A. Sager, born Sept. 17, 2003, went into rest on March 20, 2017. He was the beloved son of Frederick G. Sager and the late Cynthia (Adams) Sager; brother of Debra Webster, Thomas Cuerve, Christopher Sager, Danielle Robinson, Eleanor Sager, Dorothy Sager, Alonzo Sager, Frederick Sager Jr., Paul Werner and the late Robert; grandson to Pastor Eddie Adams and Elizabeth Brady. Christian will be remembered for his kindness. He was very caring and always wanted to help people. The family will be present on Sun., March 26, 2017, from 12-2 p.m. to receive friends at the Bates Wallace and Heath Funeral Home, 38 State St., Middleport NY 14105, where a funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. If desired memorials may be made to the Sager Family. Please share condolences www.bateswallace.com.