Canandaigua - Roy J. (Bud) Farnsworth, 92, loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, patriot, and friend died peacefully Friday (June 14). Friends may call Thursday (June 27) from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Fuller Funeral Home Inc. 190 Buffalo Street, Canandaigua. A celebration of Bud's life will be held at the First Presbyterian Church, 59 West Main Street, Shortsville on Friday (June 28) at 10 a.m.
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In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to either the First Presbyterian Church, 59 West Main Street, Shortsville, N.Y. 14548 or to F.F. Thompson Foundation, 350 Parrish Street, Canandaigua, N.Y. 14424.
Bud grew up and lived most of his life in Shortsville, N.Y. before moving to Canandaigua when he retired in 1986. He entered the US Army Air Corps and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant pilot in December 1943. In May of 1944 he was assigned to the 8th Air Force Heavy Bomber Group in Tibenham, England, flying 35 missions with his crew of ten in his B24 Liberator, "Fearless Fosdick." During his active duty in the military Bud received the Distinguishing Flying Cross, the Air Medal with four battle stars and numerous other military honors before receiving an honorable discharge as a Major in October 1945. Visit YouTube.com and search Bud Farnsworth to see a video of Bud's wartime story produced by Keith Cutri. Bud came into the family automotive business in 1946, and became the Chevy-Olds Dealer in 1953 and the Chevy dealer in Canandaigua in 1977. He was a member of the Turner-Shrader American Legion Post for over 65 years, past President of the Shortsville Chamber of Commerce and served on the Board of Directors of the State Bank of Shortsville (currently Bank of America). He was a member of the Shortsville Lions Club and life-long member of the Presbyterian Church of Shortsville. His passion for selling Chevrolets, Buicks, GMC's, Cadillacs and discussing his military service was legendary. Bud cared deeply and will be dearly missed by his family, friends, and the employees of Farnsworth Chevrolet, Randall Buick-GMC-Cadillac and Randall Chevrolet and his lifelong customers.
Bud leaves behind his son, Randy (Margaret) Farnsworth; his daughter, Martie Farnsworth Buttaccio; and his three granddaughters, Stephanie Buttaccio, Jennifer Buttaccio, and Alexandra Farnsworth. He also leaves behind two sisters, Laura Philley and Carolyn (Tat) Segbers and many nieces and nephews.
Bud was predeceased by his wife of 64 years, Dorothy; his daughter, Janet Elaine; his parents Roy A. and Ella May Farnsworth; his sisters and brothers-in-law, Mignon and Richard Coon, Ethel and Earl Geer, May and Robert Gordon; and brothers-in-law Pete Philley and Bill Segbers.
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Published in Finger Lakes Times from June 21 to June 23, 2013