The Funeral of Vernon C. Porter of Andover, who died of injuries received on a Saturday when he fell from a freight train in Corfu, NY., was held on the following Wednesday with services at 2 pm, at the Croswell Funeral Home, North Reading. Rev. Roland C. Marriott, pastor of Union Congregational Church, North Reading, officiated and conducted committal services in Riverside Cemetery, that same town, where the burial took place.
The bearers were; Joseph Rayball, Roland Gallant, Donald May, and Joseph McDonald.
He was 37.
Find Andover Man Dead Near Railroad Track
BATAVIA, N.Y. - Genesee County Coroner, Dr. Sidney L. McLouth, said Sunday that a body found beside nearby railroad tracks Saturday was that of Vernon C. Porter, about 37, of Andover, Mass.
McLouth said identification, tentatively made Saturday through papers on the body was confirmed Sunday with authorities and Porter's family in Massachusetts.
The body was found in the town of Darien by the crew of a Delaware, Lackawanna & Western freight train. Authorities said Porter died of a head injury apparently suffered when he fell from a moving freight.
Porters last known address was that of his sister, Mrs. Claire (Porter) Gallant, wife of Roland J. Gallant , who was notified by state police of the accident.
Mr. Porter lived in North Reading for many years, and served for several years in the Merchant Marines. He was the son of the late Carl and Ethel (Kimball) Porter.
In addition to his sister, he leaves a son, Carl, 15, and a daughter, Patricia, 18; of Michigan and a brother Kenneth.
Funeral arrangements, which are incomplete, are under the direction of the Croswell funeral home, North Reading.