|Birth: ||Feb. 23, 1928|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Jan. 23, 2009|
New York, USA
LE ROY — Wilbur ''Bill'' Sovocool, 80, of Le Roy passed away Friday evening (Jan. 23, 2009) at United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia after a brief illness.
Born March 23, 1928, in Oneonta to the late Lewis and Mary (Downie) Sovocool, Bill lived a rich and full life. He graduated from Cornell University in 1950. Upon graduation, he served in the U.S. Air Force as a pilot, followed by a brief time as a commercial airline pilot. He continued his love of flying as an Air Force Reserve pilot of C-130 aircraft out of Niagara Falls. He relocated his family to Le Roy in 1959 where he established a successful dairy farm. Bill later founded Genesee Star Agency and was well-known and well-regarded in the community as a skilled building and electrical inspector.
Bill was involved in many organizations that allowed him to share his experiences with aviation and building construction, including FLBOA, GVC/MOAA and the Geriatric Pilots.
Survivors include his beloved wife of 20 years, Louise; children, Robert Sovocool, Sharon (Gary) Harris, John Sovocool, Wayne (Joan) Sovocool, Daniel (Ber O'Donnell) Sovocool, Charles Sovocool, Kathleen (Frank) DelPlato, and Kenneth (Kathy) Sovocool; stepson, Mark Friske; 17 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a sister, Janet (Eric) Gardell; many nieces, nephews, in-laws and cherished friends. He is also survived by his loyal best friend "Patches."
He was predeceased by his parents; daughter, Patricia Sovocool; and brother, James Sovocool.
Family and friends may call from 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Cameron Brady & Steuber Funeral Home, 111 Wolcott St. (Route 19 South) Le Roy. A memorial service will be held at 10:58 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Interment will be at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Cornell University Endowment Fund c/o John Sovocool, 201 Rose's Hill Rd, Richfield Springs, NY 13439 or to the United Memorial Medical Center Comfort Care Unit, 127 North St., Batavia, NY 14020.
Created by: Tom Morosco
Record added: Jan 30, 2009
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