June 11th, 2012
Jeffrey A. Baker, 55 of Bradford, formerly of Kane, passed away on Sunday, June 10, 2012 at the Bradford Regional Medical Center.
Â He was born on Nov. 21, 1956 in Port Allegany, the son of the late Robert and Delores â€śHoneyâ€ť Townsend Baker.
He attended Kane area schools.
He was an avid hunter and fisherman who just loved to be outdoors whether it was throwing horseshoes, playing softball or sitting around a campfire. In his spare time he enjoyed playing Yahtzee.Â He loved all of his faithful dogs that he had throughout his life.
Jack M. Archer, 82, of 6 West End Dr., Bradford, passed away Saturday, June 9, 2012 at The Pavilion at BRMC.
Born on March 20, 1930, in Butler, he was a son of the late Morris and Wilma (Prigg) Archer.
On Sept. 1, 1957 in Kane by the Rev. Clark Cochrane, at the First Congregation Church he married Margaret "Peggy" (MacEwen) Archer who survives him.
Earlier this year I wrote about fishing charters and photography. In that article I recommended that taking a camera, either on a small Lake Erie charter, or a larger ocean charter, can be quite worthwhile. You never know what you may encounter and without a camera to record it, no one may believe you. After all, fishermen are known to tell tall tales!
Raymond "Ray" Hillard, formerly of Kane, passed away early Thursday morning, June 7, 2012 in Palm Coast, Fla.Â
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Lois and their son Darrel.Â He proudly served his country as a second lieuetant in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II. Mr. Hillard retired from the timber management division of the U.S. Forest Service before moving to Florida to spend time with his family.Â He enjoyed woodworking, gardening and bird watching during his free time.Â
Donald Chittester, 84, of 43 Brickyard Rd., passed away Saturday, June 9, 2012, at Heinz V.A.Â Hospital in Aspinwall.
Born April 12, 1928, in Brandy Camp, he was a son of Oran and Nellie Daugherty Chittester.
Mr. Chittester had been employed as a truck driver for Kane Manufacturing and alsoÂ had been previouslyÂ employed as a driver for JB Hunt.Â In addition,he had taught truck driving at Dublin Tech College in Georgia and had worked for the California Forestry Service.
Don was the present Commander of King David VFW Post 1132 in Kane and had served in the U.S. Navy, retiring as a Seabee.
Diplomas were awarded Friday to 60 graduating seniors at the 122nd commencement for Kane High School.
The program at the packed high school auditorium featured the presentation of more than $80,000 in scholarships.
State Senior Judge John Cleland, a 1965 Kane High graduate who has lived in Kane most of his life, delivered the commencement address.
In his remarks, entitled â€śUnfinished Business,â€ť Cleland told the graduates they are â€ślucky to have grown up in a small town.â€ť
LaVerta M."Bootsie" Rose, 85, formerly of 3 Southgate Rd., passed away Friday, June 8, 2012, at the Bradford Manor.
Born in Russell City on Aug. 23, 1926 she was a daughter of the late Emanuel and Reba (Clawges) Cunningham.
On Feb. 24, 1949 in Kane, she married Francis G. Rose, who died on February 23, 2010.
Mrs. Rose attended Bradford schools. She had worked for many years as a waitress at the Emery Hotel and DeSoto Holiday House. She later worked at AirCo. Speers and and prior to her retirement at Top's Market's in the deli department.
Carl Melvin Davidson, 87, loving husband of Susan Jane Landfair Davidson, of 207 Amethyst Way, Seneca, S.C., died Thursday, June 7, 2012 at Cottingham Hospice House of Seneca, S.C.
A native of Kane, Mr. Davidson was the son of the late Hugh and Margaret Brigger Davidson. He was a veteran of the US Navy Amphibious Force where he took part in the D-Day landings on Omaha Beach during WWII.
Bob "Robert" Car Whippo, 70, of Tucson and formally of Kane, went to be with the Lord on May 16, 2012.
Born Aug. 27, 1941 in Kane, he was the son of the late Carl Whippo and Louise Deemer. He was a 1959 graduate of Kane Area High School. He served in the USAF for four years. He had varied jobs throughout his life and finally retired several years ago.
Tom Cecchetti may be ending a 36-year career as a popular physical education teacher in Kane, but he isnâ€™t quite ready to give up coaching track.
â€śI plan on being the boysâ€™ track coach again next spring,â€ť Cecchetti said as he winds up his career as a high school teacher and school district athletic director.
â€śI still have that passion to watch our kids excel,â€ť he said. â€śI love to watch our kids progress. Iâ€™m definitely hooked.â€ť
Cecchetti has built a reputation as one the most successful high school track coaches in Pennsylvania.