Reginald C. Scanlon
WEST EXETER — Reginald Clarence Scanlon, “Skip,” 63, of County Highway 22, passed away peacefully in his home on Sunday, June 30, 2013, following a courageous battle with cancer. He had the comfort and support of his loving family at his side.
Skip was born on Aug. 13, 1949, in Tupper Lake, son of Reginald T. Scanlon and the late Betty J. Wellington Scanlon. A lifelong area resident, he was raised and educated in Herkimer.
Following a 23-year courtship, he married the former Carol K. Hume on Aug. 11, 2001, in Bridgewater. They made their home in Bridgewater until 2003, when they moved to West Exeter.
Mr. Scanlon was employed by the village of Herkimer. He first worked as the superintendent of the Oak Hill Cemetery Association and then moved on to the Department of Public Works, spending 10 years with the street department and the past 11 years with the water department. He retired on Dec. 31, 2011, after more than 21 years of dedicated service.
He had a strong love for the outdoors and in his leisure time enjoyed hunting. When he was at home he found much relaxation and satisfaction in carpentry and woodworking.
To all who knew Skip, he will always be remembered as a down-to-earth, caring and honest man. Any conversation with him was straight and to the point but you always felt a warmth and friendship whenever you were with him. He will be sorely missed by his many friends and family especially his 13 grandchildren.
Surviving besides his loving wife, Carol, are three sons and their wives, Shawn Berberick and wife, Erica Hutton of Niskayuna, Robert Piersma Jr. and wife, Cisco of Cassville, Brian Piersma and wife, Teresa of Oriskany Falls; a daughter, Kimberly Baker of Edmeston; his father, Reginald T. Scanlon of West Winfield; two brothers and their wives, Dennis Scanlon and wife Sandy of Liverpool, Todd Scanlon and wife Barb of West Winfield; one sister, Sue Bongiorno of Herkimer; two brothers-in-law, Dennis E. Hume and his wife, Mary of Mount Vision, Bruce Hume of Edmeston; two stepsisters, Josephine Boswell of West Winfield, Mitzi Decker and her husband, Darryl of North Dakota; 13 grandchildren, Taylor Berberick, Keith Baker, Kevin Baker Codi Baker, Geoff Hutton, Kody Hutton, Ashleigh Hutton, Amber Piersma, Arjay Piersma, Kyra Piersma, Daniel Piersma, Brett Piersma, Bradley Sweet; several nieces, nephews and cousins; as well as his canine companions, Sassy and Ollie.
He was predeceased by his mother, Betty J. Scanlon and his stepmother, Sophy Scanlon.
Calling hours for Mr. Scanlon will take place from 3 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday at J. Seaton McGrath Funeral Home, 40 West James St., Richfield Springs. A funeral service will follow at the conclusion of calling hours at 7 p.m.
Interment will take place later at a time to be announced.
Memorial donations may be made to the West Exeter Fire Department or your local humane society. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.