Robert Hall McNinch (1919 - 2018)

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BELMONT - Robert Hall McNinch, age 99, passed away Thursday (April 19, 2018) at the Manor Hills in Wellsville.

He was born Jan. 30, 1919, on the family farm in Belmont, to Harry T. and Florence Hall McNinch. On July 19, 1941, in Fleming, he married Elizabeth Huey, who predeceased him one year ago to the day, on April 19, 2017.

Robert was born on the farm in Belmont where lived for 95 years. Along with his wife, he wintered in Florida from 1975 until 2000, first in Fort Myers and later in Lakeland. He was a dairy and poultry farmer for 33 years and then took a job at the former Citizens National Bank as the Farm Loan Officer, retiring from Key Bank as the branch manager in Belmont.

He was an Eagle Scout, a member of the Belmont F&AM, charter member of the Belmont Rotary Club, a Paul Harris Fellow, a member of the Archaeological Society of Ohio, Sons of the American Revolution, Dairyman's League and the Andover Presbyterian Church, where he served as elder.

In 1961, he was the recipient of the Hugh D. Chamberlain Soil Conservation Farmer of the Year. He was a member of the former Belmont Presbyterian Church and a member of the Men's Club that helped build the Parish Hall. He served as Justice of the Peace and supervisor for the Town of Amity. He also served as a member of the first Allegany County Board of Legislators for two terms.

He and his wife enjoyed traveling cross country in their motorhome, staying at 13 different elder hostels.

Survivors include a daughter, Meredith (David) Chilson of Belmont; two granddaughters, Denise Chilson of Victor and Jennifer (Sean) McMahon of Penfield; seven grandchildren, Gates Robert McMahon, Emma Chilson-Cline, Christopher Robert Chilson-Cline, Aidan McMahon, Jacob Chilson-Cline, Faith McMahon and Maia McMahon; and many nieces and nephews.

Robert was predeceased by his parents; his brothers, James T., John G., Louis A. and Harry T. Jr.; and sisters, Louise A. Morris and Mary I. Rhodes.

Friends are invited to call from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday (April 22, 2018) at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Belmont. His funeral service will be held at the conclusion of the calling hours at 3 p.m. in the funeral home, with Pastor Chris Mattison presiding. Burial will take place in Forest Hills Cemetery.

Memorials in Robert's name may be made to either the Belmont Library or to the .

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J W Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc
17 Schuyler St
Belmont, NY 14813
(585) 268-7311
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Published in The Olean Times Herald on Apr. 20, 2018
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