SALAMANCA - Mr. Terry DeBoy, 64, of West Avenue, Salamanca, died Thursday morning (Dec. 20, 2012) at his home following a long illness.
Born Jan. 12, 1948, in Salamanca, he was a son of the late Richard DeBoy and Eunice Lucille Robison. He was married Aug. 14, 1999, to the former Susan Wright, who survives.
Terry was a 1966 graduate of Salamanca High School. He went to Lafayette College on a full scholarship for football. He earned his bachelor's degree in elementary and early secondary education from Cortland College and a master's degree in professional studies and public administration from Alfred University.
He was employed as a beloved sixth-grade teacher at Salamanca Central School District, teaching math beginning in 1997 and retiring in 2009 due to his illness. Previously, he was employed by the New York State Division of Youth as a recreation therapist, unit counselor, senior counselor and facility director at Jamestown Group Home. Also, he had been employed in local manufacturing at Bush Bros. Industries and Highland Plastics. In his early employment, he was the local YMCA physical director. He started county soccer leagues for age groups from 5 to adult. He was also director of summer camp at Allegany State Park. Finally, he taught literature and recreation in summer school for court-adjudicated teenagers from around the state.
Terry enjoyed gardening and had an enduring love of working with children.
Surviving besides his wife are two sons, Chad (Alyssa) DeBoy of Salamanca and Kyle DeBoy, serving in the Peace Corps in Africa; a stepson, Darby (Lindsay) Monahan of Salamanca; two step-grandchildren; four brothers, Dennis (Cheryl) DeBoy, Bruce (Cheryl) DeBoy and Donald DeBoy, all of Great Valley, and Dana (Linda) DeBoy and Salamanca; two sisters, Carol DeBoy and Diane (Lester) DeBoy-Kenneson, both of Salamanca; and several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.
Friends may call from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today at the O'Rourke & O'Rourke Inc. Funeral Home, 25 River St., Salamanca. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday (Dec. 22, 2012) in St. Mary's Episcopal Church with the Rev. Michael Lonto, pastor, officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the
or HomeCare & Hospice, 1225 W. State St., Olean, NY 14760. E-condolences can be sent to email@example.com or posted to facebook.com/onofh.
Published in The Olean Times Herald from Dec. 21 to Dec. 22, 2012