William L. “Bill” LAFFERTY, 94, formerly of Wellsville, NY, died Sunday, July 23, 2017 in Hospice of Orleans Home, Albion, NY, following a brief illness.
Born June 12, 1923, in Wellsville, he was the son of Lewis W. and Florence Robinson Lafferty.
He was married to the former Virginia Halsey, who predeceased him on January 26, 2010.
A World War II Veteran, he served honorably with the US Navy.
Bill was a lifelong resident of Wellsville and retired from National Fuel Gas Co. of Wellsville. He was a life member of Dyke Street Hose Co. of Wellsville and a member of Frank B. Church VFW Post #2530 and the Wellsville Moose Lodge.
Surviving are: two daughters, Linda Sweeney of Friendship, NY and Mary Jo (Don) Bentley of Kent, NY; six grandchildren, Alesia (Vong) Boussa of Wellsville, Christine (Jeremy) Goulet of Biddeford, ME, Danielle (Tony) Clingerman of VA, Ashley (Jim) Jawkins of Kent, NY, Brandon (Molly) Bentley of Rochester, NY, and Chad (Libbey) Bentley of Kent, NY; several great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by two sons, Robert and Billie.
He enjoyed time spent with his family and his Friday nights with his great-grandson, Justin. They would have a fish fry, watch Bonanza and Gunsmoke and then Grandpa would tell Justin about the good old days. Occasionally, they would go into the workshop and work on projects. Justin was the apple of his Grandpa’s eye.
Visitation and funeral services were held Thursday, July 27, 2017 in the Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home, Wellsville, NY. Pastor David Beach, of the Gaines Carlton Community Church of Albion, officiated. Interment, with full military rites accorded by members of Wellsville American Legion Post #702, was in Knights Creek Cemetery, Scio, NY.
Memorials may be made to the SPCA serving Allegany County, P.O. Box 381, Wellsville, NY 14895 or the Purple Heart Homes, c/o Jamie L. White, 284 Farnum St., Wellsville, NY 14895.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.wellsvillefuneralhome.com.