CANISTEO: Clyde J. Carney, 93, of Russell St. passed away Wednesday morning (April 3, 2019) at Elderwood at Hornell following a brief illness.
Clyde was born November 12, 1925 in Canisteo to the late Clarence and Olive (Stephens) Carney. On June 29, 1954 in Andover he married the former Ruby Beihl who was the love of his life and “Little Gem”. Ruby predeceased him in December of 2010. He was also predeceased by an infant brother Larry Carney as well as three other brothers, Royce, Lester and Harry Carney and two sisters, Alberta Morse and Ina Emery.
Clyde was a life-long resident of the Canisteo Valley. His early academic years were spent in a one room school house on the top of Call Hill before attending Canisteo Central School. He worked for the Steuben County Highway Dept. for 12 years before being employed at the NYSDOT out of Hornell where he worked and retired after 32 years of employment.
He was a proud member of the former Hartsville and Canisteo Granges where he was a 70-year member and past master several times. He was also a member of the First Baptist Church in Canisteo.
Clyde was a country music fan of traditional songs and music and an avid reader who enjoyed many Western stories and novels. He will be remembered as a very generous man who was hard working and loved his family very much.
Clyde is survived by three children, Dale Carney of Canisteo, Debra (James) Smolos of Canisteo and Jim Carney (Karen Prete) of Hornell. Three grandchildren, Derrick Smolos, Brandon and Haley Carney and one Great Grandson, Zayden. Clyde is also survived by three brothers, Milburn Carney, Neil Carney and Roger (Diane) Carney all of Hartsville, two sisters, Ruth Davis of Canisteo and Gladys DuBois of Hartsville and several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 1-3 and 6-8 pm Saturday at the H.P. Smith & Son, Inc. Funeral Home, 29 East Main St. in Canisteo where funeral and committal services will take place immediately following calling hours at 8:00 pm. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Canisteo.
Memorial contributions in Clyde’s name may be made to either the Canisteo Ambulance, c/o Mike Wilson, 35 Main St. Canisteo N.Y. 14823 or to the Canisteo Police Club, P.O. Box 114, Canisteo, N.Y. 14823.
Online condolences and memories may be shared at hpsmithandsonfuneralhome.com.