Jeffrey True, age 60, of Perry NY passed away on Thursday April 2, 2020 at Highland Hospital in Rochester after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born in Brockport, NY on November 27, 1959, a son to Ruth E. (Mosholder) True of Perry and the late Blair L. True.
Jeff was a 1977 graduate of Churchville-Chili Central High School and 1979 graduate of Alfred State College. In high school Jeff was a foreign exchange student and in return he and his family hosted an exchange student from Uzbekastan. He was a farmer his entire life working on the family farm in Spencerport and then moving to Perry in 1979, when his family purchased the former Todd Farm currently True Farms. Jeff was a member of the First Congregational Church in Perry Center where he was a deacon and a 30 year member of the choir. He was very active in the farming community. A former President of the Wyoming County Farm Bureau, serving on the board of directors for the Wyoming County Cooperative Extension, , chairman for the Wyoming County 4-H Dairy committee and dairy judging program. He provided leadership for the Wyoming County 4-H dairy show and open dairy show. Found great love for the Wyoming County Fair where he was active in many activities during the week. He helped out with the New York State Spring Dairy Carousal Show running shows and checking in NYS brown swiss, and exhibited cattle at the World Dairy Expo in Wisconsin. A member of the Wyoming County Jr. Holstein Club, Canton director for the NYS Brown Swiss Association, and a National Director for the Brown Swiss Associtation. Served on the board of directors for the annual Wyoming County Agri-Palooza . He was an advocate and had great passion for immigration reform, making several trips to Mexico to learn about their culture and to meet families. He had a commitment to the farming industry in working with research through Cornell University to help farmers to be more efficient. Found great joy in helping the Perry Central School host many events where he would drive his tractor and wagon for the annual Pumpkin walk and Memorial Day parade. In his spare time Jeff enjoyed sking, reading, socializing with friends, going to all his children’s school events, and spending time with his family.
He is survived by his wife: Stacia (Emo) True whom he married on October 11, 1997, daughter: Taryn L. True, sons: Tucker J.and Trenten J.True adopted daughter: Liana Ilardi all at home, mother: Ruth True of Perry, father-in-law: James Emo of Canesteo, sisters: Nancy (Philip)McGuire -Harnden of Spencerport, Ellen True of Livonia, brothers: Brian (Diane) True of Perry, Glenn (Amy) True of N.C. Barry (Sharon) True of Warsaw, brother-in-law: Ryan (Theresa) Emo of N.C. along with many nieces, nephews, , aunts, uncles and cousins.
Along with his father he is preceded in death by a mother-in-law: Judy (Zielazinski) Emo.
Private services will be held on Monday April 6th at the First Congregational Church in Perry Center at 11:00 am. (Services will be live streamed on Facebook and at the Silver Lake Drive –In for the public.) A public visitation and Memorial service will be announced at a later date.
He will be laid to rest in Maple Grove Cemetery in Ogden, NY.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First Congregational Church P.O. Box 156 Perry, Ny 14530, Wyoming County Fair Association P.O. Box 128, Castile, NY 14427 (directed to the new barn fund), Wyoming County 4-H Program 36 Center Street, Suite B, Warsaw, NY 14569, National Brown Swiss Association 800 Pleasant Street, Beloit, Wisconsin 53511-5456, or to the NYS Holstein Association 840 Hanshaw Rd. - Suite #5 Ithaca, NY 14850. For more information please call (585) 237-2626 or to leave a message of condolence visit www.eatonwatsonfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 North Main Street, Perry, New York 14530.