|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.
Mary Harriett Downie Sovocool (1897 - 2000)
Wilbur Sovocool (1928 - 2009)
James Eugene Sovocool (1930 - 1988)*
Created by: Tom Morosco
Record added: Jan 30, 2009
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