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William Briar, age 51, of Susquehanna, PA, left this world peacefully on March 10, 2010. He was born on December 26, 1958. He was raised in Croydon, PA and married his best friend Debbie, when he was 19 years old on July 8, 1978.
Bill and Deb spent 31 happy years together and made the family that he left far too soon. He was survived by his wife Debra Briar; parents Robert and Elizabeth Briar; brothers Robert and James Briar and wife Anna; mother-in-law Joyce Long; three daughters Mandi, Erika, and Jessica Briar; three grandchildren Sophie, Holden, and Macie, and several nieces and nephews.
Bill lived a happy life and dreamed big dreams he wasn’t afraid to chase. He was a soldier, plumber, business owner, truck driver, and DJ but the roles closest to his heart were loving son, husband, father, and poppop. He will be greatly missed and forever in our hearts.
A memorial service will be held for Betty Gorton at the Thompson Methodist Church, Thompson, PA on Friday, March 26 at 11:00 a.m.
HARRY A. SLOCUM
Harry A. Slocum, a faithful servant of the Lord, loving husband and father, passed away on February 18, 2010 at the age of 80.
Born in Oakland, PA, he grew up in Thompson, PA graduating from high school in 1947. As a youth, he delivered newspapers, loved skating on the Mill Pond, helped his father in the green house and on the strawberry farm.
It was an emotional, but proud send off from his Dad, father of 10, when Harry left Thompson in 1948 to join the Army. While in the Army, Harry was commissioned as an Officer in the Army Security Agency. He was an honorable military man and gentleman who served his country well. He remained a true American Patriot all his life.
In 1955, after military service, he came back to his hometown area and began working for Remington Rand Company and then worked for Prudential Insurance Company, retiring after 30 years of faithful and devoted service.
Harry had tireless energy for causes that meant a great deal to him and was actively involved in making a great impact in community affairs where ever the family lived. He was instrumental in fund raising for a new fire truck for the Thompson Hose Company and acquiring the recipe for the basting sauce still used by that company in their Fourth of July Chicken BBQ dinners.
Later he became President of the Chamber of Commerce in Sidney, NY and Watertown, NY. He was also a member of the Rotary, Elks Club, American Legion, and Masonic Lodge. He was the Director of Community Chest, served on the Sidney Development Committee and was President of the Sidney Joint Parent Teacher Committee.
A very important part of Harry’s life was church service. He served on the Vestry, was Treasurer, in addition to helping on fund raisers for the many churches in which his family belonged. In his retirement, he very much enjoyed the Bible Study classes.
Harry received numerous awards and Presidential Citations. In 1970, he was awarded his Charter Life Underwriter’s Degree after months of study. For him, it was a lifetime wish and great honor to achieve.
His passion for photography has left us with wonderful memories. He was well known on the Woman’s LPGA Tour for his photo opts, where he was well liked by many players, their families and caddies.
He was an avid outdoorsman. He loved boating and received his Captains License while living in Delaware. He enjoyed playing tennis and golf and followed the professional football and baseball teams.
His love of gardening and horticulture was a result of his father’s influence, and with his wife’s help, their grounds at each of their homes were beautifully landscaped.
A great traveler to many countries far and near, he made a special trip to New Zealand to visit a very close family friend, who when she was in high school, stayed with the Slocum family as a Rotary Exchange Student.
Harry will be greatly missed by all who knew him for his loving, caring, and generous heart. His great sense of humor and quick witted “sayisms” made him well known where ever he went.
With wife Sally, his wife of 59 years, he raised a wonderful family. Their marriage was richly blessed by the Lord and was a beautiful love story. He was the epitome of a family man where devotion to wife, children and grand children were of the utmost importance. He gave sound advice, was an excellent example of morals and ethics and showed by example, how one should live. He was very grounded in the Lord and how he lived his life and raised his family was a reflection of that.
His parents, Scott and Sattie Slocum; a step-mother, Edna; sisters - Marion Burman, Ruth Phillips, Edna Eller; brothers - Wilbur, Scottie and Walter predeceased him.
He is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Sally; children - Linda, Debra, Pamela, and Stephen; grandchildren - Emily, Julie, Jessica, Jason, Robert, Tanya, Elizabeth, and Melissa; great grandchildren - Madison, Cole, Liam, Aiden, and Jonas; one sister - Ella Mae Stone and two brothers - Gene and George and countless relatives and friends.
Harry touched the lives of so many in such a positive way and the lives of those who knew him were blessed and enriched in countless ways. He will be greatly missed.
A beautifully, moving celebration of Harry’s life was held at All Saints Episcopal Church on Saturday, March 6, 2010 at 11:00 a.m.
For those who so desire, donations in Harry’s memory can be made to either: All Saints Episcopal Church, “Discretionary Fund,” 1700 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs, FL 34688; or The Hospice of the Florida Suncoast, 5771 Roosevelt Blvd., Clearwater, FL 33760.
VINCENT J. PAGANO
Vincent J. Pagano, 87, of West Main Street Susquehanna, passed away Saturday March 13, 2010 at the Ideal Living Center in Endicott, NY.
Vincent was born in Susquehanna the son of the late James & Genevieve (Sabrese) Pagano. He was predeceased by three sisters and a brother-in-law Mary Pagano, Antoinette Pagano, Louise & Angelo Fabrizi.
He is survived by three nephews Angelo & Susan Fabrizi, Joseph & Tammy Fabrizi, James & Marianne Fabrizi; niece Anne & Carl Bartlow; special friends Bob & Mary McNamara and Anna Melkulcok; several great nieces and nephews.
Vincent was a member of the St. John’s Church, Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge #794 and American Legion Post #86 all of Susquehanna. He serviced in the US Army during the Korean Conflict and retired from the Erie Railroad after many years of service.
The funeral service will be held on Tuesday March 16 at 9:30 a.m. at the Hennessey’s Funeral Home 747 Jackson Ave., Susquehanna, and 10 a.m. at the St. John’s Church in Susquehanna where a mass of Christian Burial will be offered by Rev. David Cramer.
Burial will be in the St. John’s Cemetery in Susquehanna.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to St. John’s Church of Susquehanna, PA 18847
The family wishes to thank the staff at the Ideal Living Center for the excellent care given to Vincent during his stay.
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