ARKPORT/HORNELL-Earl O. “Bud” Estey, 91, a former resident of Arkport and Green Acres Mobile Home Park in Hornell, passed away Thursday morning (June 23, 2016) at Elderwood of Hornell, where he has resided for nearly the past two years.
Born in Turlock, Calif. on May 17, 1925, he was a son of the late Wilmot and Myrtle (Wright) Estey. Besides his parents, he was also predeceased by his three sisters, Irene Smalley, Madeline Baird and Alice England; also his two brothers, Patrick Estey and Rudolph Estey.
A former resident of New Brunswick, Canada, Bud attended school there and was married in Centerville, New Brunswick, Canada in 1950 to the former Fernand J. “Fern” Boucher, who survives.
His love for farming began at an early age when he assisted his family on their farm, later after moving to Arkport, where he resided for 61 years, he was employed by the Goodwin Potato Farm from 1954 to 1972 and worked part time for the Jenkins Farm. In 1972 he began his employment with Arkport Central School and retired as the head of maintenance in 1992.
Bud was an active member of the Bishopville United Methodist Church and enjoyed volunteering at the church breakfasts; where he could often be found in the kitchen washing dishes. He was also a former member of the Arkport Exchange Club and the Buds and Blossoms dance group.
He especially liked to keep busy and spent time gardening, raising raspberries and mowing lawns for private residences and commercial properties.
His loving family includes his wife of 66 years, Fern; his three children, Jane Roselie (Neal) Estey-Harris of Black Mountain, N.C., Robert (Sandy) Estey of Montour Falls and Richard Estey of Caledonia; his four grandchildren, Marcy (Sam) Brubaker, Heather (Shane) McHale, Jennifer (Eric) Woodworth and Christopher (Holly) Estey; also his eight grandchildren and his brother, Fred Estey of Fairport; as well his nieces and nephews.
His family would like to express their sincere appreciation to the staff of Elderwood of Hornell for the wonderful care he received while he resided there.
The Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc in Hornell is honored to serve the family of Earl O. “Bud” Estey.
Calling hours are 2-4 p.m. Tuesday at the Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc., 285 Main St., Hornell, where a funeral service will be held in his memory following calling hours at 4 p.m. Tuesday, with Pastor Pam Carey officiating. Private interment will be in Heritage Hill Cemetery, Arkport.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing may contribute in his memory to the Bishopville United Methodist Church, 8528 Bishopville Road, Arkport, N.Y. 14807. Envelopes for memorial contributions will be available at the funeral home.
Online condolences or remembrances of Bud are welcomed at the Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home.