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     John "Jack" Henry Gregory, Jr. of the Town of Sennett passed away peacefully at home on July 4, 2017. He was 86. Jack is preceded in death by his parents John H. Gregory Sr and Iva Hoag Gregory, his younger brother G. William Gregory, and his first wife Linda L. LaPointe. Jack is survived by his wife of 48 years, Angela Maria Martino-Gregory; his younger brother Robert Gregory of Skaneateles; his four children, A. Lynne Gregory of Marcellus (Robert Farrell), John H. Gregory IV of Honolulu, HI (Jodie Eversman), Laurie L. Kulis (Michael) of Skaneateles, and Lisa H Kahle (Charles) of McGraw; and grandchildren Jack H. Gregory V, Shannon Bay Gregory, PFC Tyler M. Mix, Shelby L. (Mix) Martin (Andrew), Gabriel T. Kahle, Zachary T. Kahle, Gregory Jordan, and Jessica (Jordan) Giangreco (Kevin) as well as, great granddaughter, Aurora June. Very special children, Shawn Quiqley, Bill Perkins, and David Short.

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 Born in Syracuse, NY on June 19, 1931, Jack was raised in the village of Skaneateles. While personally reserved, Jack had an abiding love of his country which was the foundation stone of his character. Molded by his father's example of military service during both World War I and II, Jack himself served as a First Lieutenant (1LT USA - Engineer Corps) during the Korean War; afterwards, Jack was a life-long member of the American Legion Post 239. After the war, Jack returned to Central New York to pursue his passion for the land on his new farm along Route 20 outside Skaneateles. Jack had gotten the smell of the earth in his lungs and, whether raising first milk cows, and then later beef cattle, he was captivated by working the land. Jack affectionately referred to the farm as Poverty Acres in recognition of the financial realities of running a small farm, but Jack was by no means a poor man. Together, Jack and Angie built a welcoming tradition where their doors and kitchen were always open to friends and family. For nearly fifty years, year-round, the farm saw a near endless stream of visitors making their own memories "on the farm". The same was true on the day that Jack Gregory died when, even though his passing was sudden and on a national holiday, family and friends of all ages put aside their normal July 4th celebrations to, once more, come to the farm and honor their ties to Jack.

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Jack served his community as the Sennett Town Justice for 24 years. Jack's exceptional tenure was the result of dispensing common-sense justice from the bench which earned him the reputation among his fellow magistrates of being one of the "fairest judges around". Jack was also a life-long member of the Town of Sennett Fire Department with 56 years of service, 5 years of which were as the Fire Chief. Despite these accomplishments, Jack is perhaps most widely known for his collection of over a dozen vintage Korean War military vehicles (including a Walker Bulldog tank) that are exhibited at various community parades in Cayuga and Onondaga counties. Although hailing from a generation of few words, Jack would want the men who worked side by side with him in restoring these vehicles to know how grateful he was for their friendship and the memories.

Jack loved this country.

Photo 1: Jack and Angie's M41 Walker Bulldog light tank, at an Easy Company meeting on their farm. Photo 2: Their DUKW.

Jack's obituary

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      Jack Downing of North Syracuse passed away on Monday, July 11, 2016. Jack was 84. He was a long time NY-Penn member with Easy Co. Jack served in the US Marine Corps and fought at the Chosen Reservoir during the Korean War. I believe his rank was Sergeant. Many years later he retired from New Process Gear so he probably helped build the transmission or transfer cases in one of your vehicles. He was a regular at the local parades and shows often seen with his WWII USMC Jeep or 1948 Marine Corps Chevy pick-up. He hosted the club meetings in his garage about once a year, the last one being about 2 months before he left us.
 
 photo (info corrected --->) - Leon (L) and Jack (R) at the 2015 Geneseo Airshow.

Jack Downing obituary


 
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JohnC.jpg    John C. Kolanchick, 93, of Knox, NY, passed away peacefully Monday September 10, 2018. John's memorial service was held at the Knox Fire House. When WWII broke out he lied about his age and joined the Navy, becoming a quartermaster on a training submarine in the Atlantic. After the war John worked as a lumberjack and a truck salesman, first at International Harvester, then at Trailmobile trailers, and finally at Mack trucks where he stayed until retirement in the mid '90s. John had six sons and was the local Boy Scoutmaster of Troop 79. John was an avid member of NY-Penn's Hudson Mohawk Co. and had a passion for restoring World War II army vehicles including many trucks, a DUKW, Weasel track vehicles, and an armed half track.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John C. Kolanchick obituary


 
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 David M. Pozzi, 47, of Baldwinsville, passed away Saturday Feb. 12, 2011 at St. Joseph's Hospital from complications of a new coronary stent. Dave was born in Syracuse and worked at Orchard Earth and Pipe as a heavy equipment mechanic.
 
Dave was a member of the MVPA and a long time member of NY-Penn often hosting Easy Company meetings in his shop. Dave enjoyed
collecting and restoring military vehicles and had a large and diverse collection including a M-59 dump truck, a 5 ton wrecker, a few M35A2's, M1009, bobbed deuce, M422 Mighty Mite, Hawk missile carrier, D8 bulldozer and about a dozen trailers. Dave had a nice old orange Chevy pickup with a trick 454. He often complained about how much gas it used but the problem may have been just a heavy right foot. He was always busy and lived life to the fullest. Dave left us much too soon and is missed by all.
  

 photo- Dave in the drivers seat of Jack Gregory's M-41 Walker Bulldog, at an Easy Company meeting hosted by Jack and Angie around 2006.
  
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David M. Pozzi obituary

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GarryNeighmond.jpg     Long time Hudson Mohawk Company club member Garry B. Neighmond left us on July 26, 2019 after a 17 year battle with cancer. He was born on November 22, 1940 to Garry Bernard Neighmond and Henrietta Baranowska Neighmond in Hackensack, NJ where he spent his early years. After a brief period in Provo, UT his parents settled on the farm in West Leyden, NY. When he wasn't doing farm work he enjoyed hiking and fishing on the property and developed a love of all things mechanical from his father. In 1959 he graduated from West Lyden Central School and left for Clarkson University. He graduated in 1964 with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. During his time at Clarkson he was an active member of the OPiO fraternity, he cheered for the Clarkson hockey team at every home game and played goalie on a club hockey team.

After college he worked as a Professional Engineer at several companies including GE working on steam turbines and Hamilton Standard testing spacesuits for the Apollo missions. Later he dedicated his life to Civil Service embarking on a 35 year career with the NYS Department of Environment Conservation. His work in the Department of Air Quality greatly impacted smog reduction in New York City, bettering the health of people and the planet. During this time he also earned his MS from RPI.

He loved cars, particularly restoring Land Rovers and racing MGs. He was a master carpenter who designed and built the family home with the help of family and friends. A prolific creator of fine woodworking pieces from furniture to turned bowls. He traveled extensively with family and friends on road trips across the US and Canada, Italy and Ireland. All his life he was an avid reader on a quest for knowledge believing that "life is too short for fiction". But he did make an exception for Science Fiction, and was a big fan of the book Dune by Frank Herbert.

He had many other hobbies and passions including the NY-PENN Military Vehicle Collectors Club, model trains, coin and stamp collecting, gems and minerals, Star Trek and Science Fiction, RC planes, Irish music, hiking and camping in the Adirondacks, kayaking, history, photography and scouring flea markets for old tools and furniture to fix.

Extremely sharp and quick witted he was making us laugh right up to the end with his dry, sarcastic sense of humor. He was never afraid to 'tell it like it is' because he loved us so much. He cared very deeply for his family and friends and was always looking out for others.

Being of the toughest Irish and Polish stock there was he fought cancer for 17 years, never giving up, he completed over 77 orbits of the sun despite all odds. He is survived by his loving wife Janice Marie Hornbach, his daughter Erin Kathleen Hall (Clarkson '89 BS Mechanical Engineering) and her daughters Meghan and Jenell Hall, his son Dr. Keir Neighmond and wife Dr. Abigail Neighmond, their two daughters Hayley and Audrey Neighmond, his daughter Brie Keely Neighmond (Clarkson '04 BS Mechanical Engineering) and the family dog Brogan AKA "Rex". He is forever remembered and deeply missed.

photo- Garry in a pub somewhere in Ireland

Garry's obituary

 

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Chad (Charles / Boots) Waybright, age 79, of Kirkville NY, peacefully passed away Wednesday evening, November the 27th, 2019, in the presence of loved ones. Born in 1940 to Mary Elizabeth Waybright and John Jennings Waybright, Chad found an early love of drumming and, in particular, jazz music. It was a love that lasted throughout his life. After briefly attending Berklee School of Music in Boston, he then joined the United States Army in 1961. Specializing in cryptography, he was stationed in Pirmasens, Germany. He was honorably discharged in September, 1964. Chad was driven by a curiosity for anything with gears, parts, or electricity. After returning to the US and graduating from RCA Institutes in NYC he moved to Vermont and started CF Electronics, Inc. Here he sold and serviced TVs and founded and constructed local TV service for the Londonderry, VT area. For many years afterward, he worked as a lineman. But he was most passionate about Utility Equipment Resources, a company he founded to travel the country and provide linemen with thorough and effective safety training seminars.

Chad was a tinkerer and a man of many hobbies. He was proud to be involved with his local school district, East Syracuse Minoa. He joined the ES-M marching band boosters when his daughter was in the band and stayed active and on the board for many years even after she graduated. Soon into retirement he became a school bus driver for the district. He took great pleasure in riding his Harley Davidson, his John Deere, and in driving his Chevy pickup. Though he wasn't one to cook much, he made a "world famous" grilled cheese and insisted (to his children's horror) that peanut butter and pickles makes for an excellent sandwich.

Later in life, Chad became passionately interested in the history of WWII. He devoured books on the topic and made trips to Europe to further study and pay his respects. He was an active member of The American Legion, American Legion Riders and the Military Vehicle Preservation Association. He became the proud owner of "The Deuce," a 1954 US Army 2 ton truck, which he personally restored back to its 1971 appearance. He took great joy in sharing its history with younger generations. He was a strong supporter of the National Museum of the US Army, The National WWII Museum, Clear Path for Veterans and Wounded Warrior Project.

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Chad is survived by Karen Bocchino, his partner these past 13 years. He is also survived by his son, Jeremy Waybright and his wife, Kristen Waybright, his son, Ethan Waybright, his daughter, Elizabeth Waybright Taylor and her husband, Oliver Taylor, his grandchildren Nicholas Waybright and Elliana Taylor, sisters, Joan Cullen, Deborah Heller, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and loving friends.

A celebration of his life is being planned for later this spring (2020). In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Clear Path for Veterans, a local non-profit that serves Veterans and their families.

photo: Chad's beautifully restored M35A2 


 

 

 

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Mark Snyder, 65, of Endicott, passed away January 29, 2021. He was the son of the late Carl and Elizabeth Snyder and brother of the late Bruce Snyder and Dale Snyder. He is survived by two sisters-in-law, Cindy and Maggi, and nieces and nephews Marsha, Randy, Jennifer and Frankie. He worked with his family at Snyder's-Fix-It Shop. Established in 1951 it became an authorized Snapper sales and service shop and worked on other tractors. Mark's collection of military vehicles was badly damaged during the Southern Tier flood of 2011.

He is buried in the family plot at Prospect Hill Cemetery, Peckville, PA.

 

Photo - Mark Snyder (right) with Dave Pozzi.