Stratton, Thomas E.
Thomas E. Stratton, age 66, of South Bradford, NY passed away unexpectedly Thursday, January 30, 2014 at Corning Hospital. Tom was born August 21, 1947 in Corning, NY. He was the son of the late Earl R. and Phyllis I. (Merithew) Stratton. He married Bonnie (Drake) Stratton on February 14, 1976 at the Campbell Methodist Church. They are longtime residents of South Bradford. Tom graduated from Corning West High School in 1965. Following graduation he served in the U.S. Air Force until 1969. He retired from Mercury Aircraft in Hammondsport, NY as a Welder in 2002. Tom enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, and the outdoors in general. He liked traveling and woodworking and was an avid card and dominos player. Tom had a big personality and enjoyed meeting new people and telling stories. He served on the Bradford Town Board for many years and supported Bradford Boy Scout Troop #45. Most importantly, he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. Thomas is survived by his wife, Bonnie Stratton of Bradford; daughter, Lynn (Fred) Bordley of Fairless Hills, PA; six sons, Todd Richards of Los Angeles, CA; Michael Stratton of DE, Jason (Jennifer) Richards of Webster, NY, Brent (Anna) Stratton of Shortsville, NY, Clinton (Julie) Stratton of Horseheads, NY, and Olin (Jennifer) Stratton of Syracuse, NY; daughter-in-law, Debbie Bender-Richards of Culver City, CA; sister, Schelene Stratton of Painted Post, NY; grandchildren, Frederick, Matthew, and Lisa Marie Bordley, Talia and Ezra Richards, Maya and Max Richards, James, Matthew, and Katherine Stratton, Grace and Olivia Stratton; and one grandchild on the way; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Calling hours will be Monday, February 3, 2014 from 5:00PM to 7:00PM at Phillips Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 17 W. Pulteney St., Corning, NY. The funeral will be held at 10:00AM on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at Phillips Funeral Home & Cremation Service with Rev. Chris Durham officiating. Burial will be in South Bradford Cemetery in the spring at the family's convenience. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Bradford Ambulance Corp., 7603 County Route 20, Bradford, NY 14815. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.phillipsfuneralhome.com
Phillips Funeral Home and Cremation Service
17 W. Pulteney St. Corning, NY 14830
Published in Star-Gazette from Feb. 1 to Feb. 2, 2014