Local Matters

Recent comments

Community Sponsors


macklem.jpg  Richard A. Macklem, 63, of Batavia passed away peacefully on Friday August 21, 2020 at Suzanne’s Comfort Care Home in Perry. He was born on July 29, 1957 in Buffalo to the late Robert W.D. and Marion (Dodd) Macklem. In addition to his parents, Richard is predeceased by his son in law; Isaac M. Styer “Ike”.

Rick was a loving father and grandfather. He always made family his first priority and he enjoyed spending quality time with them. His favorite hobby was restoring classic cars. He enjoyed playing chess with his kids and euchre with his friends at work. He had a great sense of humor and a kind heart. He was a hard and dedicated worker his whole life. He was a proud painter and rolls operator at Graham Corporation for the past 29 years. 

He is survived by his children; Christina Macklem of N. Chili, Jennifer Styer of Batavia, Robert Macklem of Attica and Joshua (Christy Chamberlain) Macklem of Batavia; siblings Brian Macklem of Hilton, Vincent Macklem of TX., Denise Macklem of OK., and Robert Macklem of Batavia; 4 beloved grandchildren, along with several nieces and nephews.

There will be no prior calling hours and Services will be private for the family. Rick will be laid to rest in Grandview Cemetery in Batavia.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Suzanne’s Comfort Care Home 167 N. Main St. Perry, NY 14530. To leave a message of condolence please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com or for more information call (585) 343-8260. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020.


Paul F. Gaylord, 71, of Batavia, died tragically at the Buffalo VA Medical Center at 4:47 a.m. Tuesday, May 26, 2020.

He was born Aug. 7, 1948, in Niagara Falls, N.Y., to the late Harry R. and Ruth (Botts) Gaylord, also preceded in death by his brother, Gerald Gaylord and granddaughter, Hannah Michelle.

Paul served his country honorably with the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War. He has been serving as the commander of the DAV and was an active member of the Joint Veterans Honor Guard of Genesee County, Vietnam Veterans of America, American Legion and the VFW. He served as a veteran mentor for the Genesee County Drug Court, a member of Ascension Parish and a 4th Degree Knight/Grand Knight with the Monsignor Kirby Council of the Knights of Columbus.

Paul will be remembered as a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and a man of faith in the Lord. He was a friend to all that knew him, just met him and those who had not. Paul, the world is a little less bright knowing that you have gone home to rest in eternal peace with the Lord.

Surviving is his beloved wife, Michelle (Zanghi) Gaylord of Batavia; children, Christian Gaylord, Oliver (Karen) Gaylord, Shawn Gaylord, Aaron (Jessica) Gaylord, Joshua (Joyce) Gaylord and Samantha (Emmett) Maguire; 13 cherished grandchildren, Brandon, Olivia, Cambrie, Trey, Ethan, Lily, Dominic, Sebastian, Rocco, Vincent, Thomas and Christianna Jean; siblings, Peggy (Nick) Falanga, Carol (James) Brandes, Robert (Millie) Gaylord, Donna (Sherman) Gaylord; sisters-in-law Rosanne (Robert) Wray, Mary Ellen (Jeffrey) Wilber, brothers-in-law Philip Zanghi, and the late David Zanghi, along with many nieces and nephews.

Because of the COVID-19 epidemic, Paul’s visitation has been scheduled for Sept. 2, 2020 from 3p.m. to 8 p.m., at Michael Tomaszewski’s Funeral Home, limiting visitation to 33% capacity. A memorial service will be at Michael Tomaszewski’s Funeral Home on Sept. 3, 2020, at 11 a.m. Paul will be laid to rest in the future Western New York Veterans Cemetery. Memorials in his memory are suggested to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Please share words of comfort with Paul’s family at www.tomaszewskifh.com or for more information, please call Michael at (585) 343-7500.

The family of Paul F. Gaylord is being cared for by the Michael S. Tomaszewski Funeral & Cremation Chapel, LLC, 4120 W. Main Street Road, Batavia NY 14020.

barbarajvanson.jpgBarbara J. (Switzer) Van Son, 73 of Attica, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, August 21, 2020 while vacationing with family. Barb was born January 25, 1947 to the late Bernard (Evelyn Ward) Switzer. She is also preceded in death by sisters Shirley Weatherbee, Patricia Van Son and brother Melvin Switzer, all who she dearly missed.  

Barb was an Attica famous bartender working at several local establishments for over 25 years, she was also a sewing machine operator and childcare provider. She loved camping, going to Chinese auctions, gun raffles, bowling, spending time with family, baking, knitting and chocolate making. Barb loved hosting family events including an annual Easter Egg Hunt at her home.

Barb was married to her loving and devoted husband Douglas R. Van Son of Attica, for 55 years. She is also survived by her children Stephen (Teresa) Van Son of Darien Center; David (Kathleen) Van Son of Akron; Michelle (Harold) Trapper of Clarence; grandchildren Jordon (Cassy) Janiszewski, Joshua (Oliva) Van Son, Nicholas Van Son, Savannah (Jordan) Phillips, Tyler Janiszewski, 3 great-grandsons and 3 great-granddaughters with another arriving soon. Siblings Dennis (Inez) Switzer, Kenneth (Sue) Switzer, Darryl (Nina) Switzer and Laurie (Mike) Corcimiglia.

There will be no prior calling hours. Services will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital www.stjude.org. For more information please call (585) 591-1212 or to leave a message of condolence visit www.marleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC. 135 Main Street, Attica, New York 14011.


sutherland_william_-_photo1.jpgWilliam J. Sutherland, 71 of Batavia passed away unexpectedly on Sunday (August 23, 2020) at his residence.

He was born May 14, 1949 in Batavia, a son of the late William S. and Mary A. Freeman Sutherland.

For 41 years, Coach Sutherland shaped the hearts and minds of generations of Notre Dame students. During his storied tenure he taught Global Studies and Physical Education.  Coach served several stints as Director of Athletics.  In addition, he filled in as acting Principal in 1994 when dear friend and beloved Principal Nick Borrelli was hospitalized and ultimately passed away.  The lives he touched are too numerous to list. 

In 2007 the Section V Hall of Fame rewarded the legendary coach on the completion of his stellar career which included 7 GR League Football titles, 13 GR League Baseball titles as well as Section V Titles for Football in ’78, 80, ’81 and ’99.  Section V Baseball Titles in ’79, ’80, ’86, ’87, ’02 and ’03.  Retirement kept coach active as he added Sectional Titles for Golf in ’12, ’13 and ’14.  Coach’s teams won big games.  In 15 Section V Championship appearances, his teams won 14 times.  While pursuing his Masters Degree in History at SUNY Brockport, Bill was hired in 1986 as Offensive Line Coach, and later Offensive Coordinator for the Brockport Golden Eagles, where he was instrumental in reviving the longtime program.  Coach was always proud to have been selected as Coach for the prestigious Eddie Meath All Star Football game in 1996 alongside fellow legends Mike Monacelli of Cal-Mum and Brian Moran of LeRoy.  In addition to the Section V Hall of Fame, Coach Sutherland was also enshrined in the Notre Dame High School Hall of Fame and the Western NY Baseball Hall of Fame.  He was an avid golfer and a proud member of Batavia Country Club, where he spent numerous days in the warm weather golfing with friends and family.

Of all of his accomplishments, Coach Sutherland was most proud of the coaches that learned at his side, and later continued on with successful careers of their own, including Coach Denny Tresco and more recently ND great Rick Mancuso, who walked the sidelines next to him for most of 30 years.  A proud member of the local community, he was always happy to have spent his life here in Batavia with childhood pals and coaching greats Jim Briggs and Jim Fanara.

Survivors include his loving wife, Melanie Montague Sutherland of Batavia. Son, Billy (Ashley) Sutherland of Batavia. Daughter, Jen (Kevin) Forsyth of South Alabama. Grandchildren Nora Ryan Forsyth and Patrick William Forsyth. Siblings, Kathleen (Chris) George of Batavia, Ann (late Corky) Pringle of Batavia, David (Annie) Sutherland of Rochester, Mary Sutherland of Batavia and Jim (Tracy) Sutherland of Batavia. Sisters in-law, Judy Della Penna of Batavia and Wendy (Charles) Pero of Atlanta, GA. Also survived by his canine companion, Molly and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was the uncle of the late Ryan Sutherland.

Family and friends are cordially invited to share thoughts, condolences and fond memories on Wednesday (Aug. 26th) and Thursday (Aug. 27th) from 4-8pm in the gymnasium of Notre Dame High School, 73 Union St., Batavia. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, 11am at Notre Dame High School. Interment will be in St. Brigid’s Cemetery in Bergen.

Wearing of a face covering and social distancing will be enforced throughout visitation and funeral service.

Memorial contributions in his name may be made to the family for distribution to various charities. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at: www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net.




Mary L. Knowlton, 81, of Corfu, passed away Wednesday, August 19, 2020, at United Memorial Medical Center, Batavia.

Mary was born on September 21, 1938, in Akron, a daughter of the late Robert and Maybelle Rosenthal Brady. She was the wife of the late William C. Knowlton and grandmother of the late Kelsey N. Milks.

Mary was a devoted wife and mother. She loved being in the kitchen and was known for making the best coffee. Mary loved attending all the party’s that were held at 400 Towers when she lived there and doing puzzles.

Mary is survived by her son, Randy (Antionette) Savage; daughters, Robin Parks and Roxanne (Greg) Milks; sister, Annette (Frank) Pfalzer; brother Robert (late Barbara) Brady; 7 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Several nieces and nephews also survive. 

Family and friends may call Friday, August 28, 2020, from 11 am to 1 pm at the C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Inc., 4 East Main Street, Corfu. Graveside services will immediately follow at 1 pm in Evergreen Hill Cemetery, Corfu. A face covering is required at the funeral home and capacity limited to 33% due to  COVID-19 restrictions.

BRACKETT - Phillip W. “Joe”, of Batavia, NY, died peacefully at Premier Genesee Rehabilitation Center on Wednesday, August 19th, 2020 in Batavia, NY at the age of 82. He is survived by his children, Sharon Brackett of Baltimore, MD and Jeffrey Brackett and wife, Marcy of Webster, NY; grandchildren, Elizabeth, Emily, and Erica Brackett of Webster, NY and Steven Brackett of Baltimore, MD and Jessica Brackett of Laurel, MD; sister Donna Hatcher of Akron, NY. His wife Doris preceded him in death in 2017. 

Joe was born on February 2nd, 1938 in Akron, NY to Wilbur and Gladys Brackett. He graduated from Akron Central School in 1956. Following high school, Joe found himself working as an orderly at Genesee Memorial Hospital where he met his future wife, Doris, a nurse. They were married in Batavia, NY in 1960. Leaving the hospital in the early 1960’s Joe then worked for many years at McAlpine-Barton and later Charles Mens Shop in Batavia until his retirement. In that role he dressed and outfitted many people from around Western NY who would seek him out for his keen eye on professional attire. Even after retirement he could be found still working at the store around holiday times and for many years designed and laid out the store windows. Always having a creative spirit you would find him with projects like painted birdhouses or colorful drawings.  In his retirement he became known for crocheting hundreds of winter caps and donating them to charities like the Salvation Army or Community Action of Orleans & Genesee. Joe was a kind, generous, and gentle soul who loved everybody he met.  He often said if you cannot say something nice about somebody then say nothing at all. We will all miss him greatly.

Due to COVID-19 concerns a private memorial service will be held on August 27th, 2020 at the Ross Funeral Home, 10 Eckerson Ave, Akron, NY 14001, with internment in a private ceremony at the Pioneer Cemetery in Akron, NY immediately following the service. Pastor Bobby Dean will officiate the ceremony. We ask that in lieu of flowers, you please send donations to the Community Action of Orleans & Genesee.  Donations should be made out to Community Action of Orleans & Genesee, 5073 Clinton Street Road, Batavia, NY 14020, or online (https://www.justgiving.com/communityactionoforleansandgeneseeinc). Please reference "In memory of Joe Brackett" on your check. Arrangements were made by ROSS FUNERAL HOME OF AKRON, LLC. Please visit rossakorn.com.

Alfreda M. SAWDEY, 64, of Wellsville, NY, formerly of Batavia, died Monday, August 17, 2020 in her home.

Born October 16, 1955, in Warsaw, she was the daughter of Alfred and Mary Ellwood Bigelow. On April 29, 1989, she married William E. “Bill” Sawdey, who predeceased her on October 1, 2013. A graduate of Warsaw High School, she worked in various factories and was last employed at the Batavia VA Hospital. 

Surviving are: three sons, Brandon Sawdey of Silver Springs, Shannon (Sarah) Sawdey of Colorado, and Joe (April) Durkee of Alexander; five grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; four siblings, Terry Showns of Batavia, Dorothy (John) Dorvitt of Belfast, Edna Schramm of Batavia, and Norma Bigelow of Buffalo; nieces and nephews. 

Friends are invited to a celebration of life on Saturday, August 29, 2020 from 12:00 – 4:00 PM at Letchworth State Park, Castile entrance. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. 
Cremation was at Olney-Foust Crematory. Arrangements are entrusted to Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home, Wellsville, NY. Online condolences may be expressed at www.wellsvillefuneralhome.com.

Paul R. Avino, 47, of Batavia, was called home to the arms of his loving Savior, on August 20, 2020.

Paul was born January 7, 1973, in Batavia, the son of Diane (Sterling) Burroughs of Batavia and the late Gene Avino.

Paul was an avid sports fan. He loved the New York Giants and Yankees. Paul had a hidden artistic talent and a funny sense of humor. He over came his life struggles and served his Lord. He loved spending time with his family and friends. WNY Concrete was his extended family where he was employed.

Survivors include his mother and step-father, Diane (Ron) Burroughs of Batavia; sister, Gina Avino of Batavia; step-brothers, Greg (Christine) Burroughs of South Windsor, CT and Wayne (Darlene) Burroughs of Alexander; step-sister, Sherry (Michael) Lucien of Phoenix, AZ; uncles, aunts, cousins and a special friend, Christina Scopano.

Services for Paul will be held privately and he will be laid to rest in St. Joseph's Mausoleum, Batavia.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Paul's memory may be made to Genesee Cancer Assistance, 127 North Street, Batavia, NY 14020, www.geneseecancerassistance.org/donate as well as American Heart Association, 5488 Sheridan Drive, #300, Williamsville, NY 14221, www.heart.org.

Please leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements for Paul were entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Batavia, (585) 343-8868.

Byron - Richard C. "Barney" Barnard, Sr., 88, passed away Thursday, August 13, 2020, at New York State Veteran's Home.

Mr. Barnard was born September 1, 1931, in Byron, son of the late George and Elsie Airth Barnard.

Known as "Barney" to many, he was loved by his family and was a friend to all who he came in contact with. He was a lifelong Genesee County resident who spent the majority of his life in Byron on Mill Pond Road in the family homestead that was built by his father. A lifetime member of the South Byron Fire Company, Barney was a member of the Sackett-Merrill-White American Legion Post 575 in Bergen for 23 years. A machinist by trade, he loved to tinker with anything. Barney was an avid golfer and skilled bowler well into his 70's. He proudly served his country with the United States Air Force during the Korean War.

Survivors include his beloved wife of 65 years Helen Kwasniak Barnard; his children: Vicki (late Gene) Austin of Batavia, Michelle (Peter) Yasses of Byron Richard (Pam Pera) Barnard, Jr. of Barre and Mary (Joe) Hawken of Brentwood, Tennessee and his sister: Arlene Boldt of Byron. Barney is also survived by ten grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

He is predeceased by his siblings, Burton Barnard, Stanley Barnard, Lois Watson, Leone Sadler, Lester Barnard and Dean Barnard.

Barney's family wishes to extend their sincere appreciation and gratitude to the staff at the New York State Veteran's Nursing Home for the caring and compassionate care he received while he was a resident.

Friends may call from 5:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. on Friday at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia where members of the South Byron Fire Company will meet at 7:30 p.m. for services. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home with Rev. Harold N. Coller officiating. Burial, with military honors will follow in Byron Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Richard’s name to the New York State Veteran's Home, 220 Richmond Avenue, Batavia, New York 14020 or to Sackett-Merrill-White American Legion Post 575, 21 North Lake Avenue, Bergen, New York 14416. To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle in Barney's memory, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

John P. Farley, 84, of Corfu, passed away peacefully at his home, Friday, August 21, 2020.

John was born on December 8, 1935, in Elmira, NY, a son of the late John E. and Ida Mathew Farley.

He was the husband of the late Sonja Farley and father of the late John Edward Farley.

John was a corrections officer, retiring from Attica Correctional Facility. He, along with his late wife Sonja, were longtime caretakers of St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Crittenden. John served in the United States Navy.

Surviving are: his children, James A. (Dawn Crull) Farley, Jerald M. (Dawn) Farley, Jeffrey E. (Margaret) Farley and Judith A. Farley; his siblings, Mary Feldman, Theresa Striegel, Matthew (Theresa) Farley and Ida (Anthony) Dandrea; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Many nieces and nephews also survive.

Family and friends may call on Monday, August 24, 2020, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary Inc., 4 E. Main St., Corfu, NY. (A face covering will be required and capacity of the funeral limited to 33 percent per COVID-19 regulations.)

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, August 25, 2020, at 11 a.m. at St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish, 18 W. Main St., Corfu, NY. All COVID-19 regulations will be followed at the church. Burial will be in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Crittenden, NY.


Copyright © 2008-2022 The Batavian. All Rights Reserved. Privacy Policy | Terms of Service

blue button

News Break