Ferdinand S. Thering
HARTWICK — Ferdinand S. Thering, a life-long area resident who will be remembered for his dedication to farming, rural life and the Town of Hartwick, passed away in the presence of his family Saturday afternoon, Sept. 21, 2013, in the family homestead at Rolling Acres Farm on Thering Road. Ferd, as he was known by just about everyone, was 86.
Born Feb. 12, 1927, in Schenevus, he was a son of Henry and Clara (Gartung) Thering. In his youth, he attended a parochial school in New York City and lived for a time in his father’s native Germany. In 1941, Ferd’s father purchased what became Rolling Acres Farm in the Town of Hartwick.
After moving with his family to the farm, Ferd attended Hartwick High School and graduated with the Class of 1944. A basketball player during his school years he was known to finish up chores on the farm and then run from there to the school to play ball with his friends and schoolmates.
On June 14, 1952, Ferd married the former Marjorie Bachanas in a ceremony at St. Mary’s “Our Lady of the Lake” Roman Catholic Church in Cooperstown, where Fr. Patrick J. Whelan was the presiding pastor. Ferd and Marge then lived on and worked the family farm, which later earned the distinction of being a 50-year Dairylea Cooperative Family Farm. For many years, Ferd was also an active member of the Farm Bureau.
Ferd truly loved Hartwick and for many years served his community well in several capacities. For more than three decades, he served as chairman of the Town Planning Board, and was the sole assessor for the Town of Hartwick, a role he filled especially well and one in which he will be remembered for the fairness in which he conducted his duties.
Much of Ferd’s success in being able to talk to just about anyone on any subject, which helped him become so good at what he did for area towns, came from his successful completion in 1969 of the Dale Carnegie Course in Effective Speaking and Human Relations, an accomplishment of which he was justifiably proud.