Warren "Snapper" Bintliff, 78, of Richmondale, died Wednesday at home. His wife is the former Rosemarie Graytock, formerly of Forest City. The couple celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on April 1.
Born in Edgewater Park Twp., N.J., on Nov. 12, 1934, son of the late Leonard and Pearl Orcutt Bintliff, he was a graduate of Wilbur Watts High School, Burlington, N.J. He started his career in Beauknit Mills, Beverly, N.J., learning to weave and design fabrics. He then went on to the carpentry trade with his brother and brother-in-law. He was also a mechanic with Shorten Dodge, Scranton. Snapper found his true calling in 1971 when he became a police officer
for Fell Twp., serving until February 1990, when he became ill. From 1983 to 1986, he served as the police chief. He had a rapport with the younger generation and called many the "Simpson Boys." He always spoke highly of them saying, "You guys know who you are."
While he was ill, he ventured on to a new trade, from Michael Tomaine, owner of "The Best of Time" clock shop in Forest City. He enjoyed learning to repair clocks and watches. During the Forest City centennial, he joined the "Hometown Club," brothers of the brush and was involved with the club's activities until it was disbanded years later.
Also surviving are three daughters, Kathy Merritt and husband, Barry, Quakertown; Marie Elena Bintliff, Simpson; and Rebekah Hagan and husband, Sean, Forest City; 13 grandchildren, Charles Brown and wife, Laurette; David Brown and fiancée, Laura Walsh; Liam Hagan, Courtney and Kristen Barney, Jesse Marie Danaker, Emily Merritt, Walker, Sky, Sage, Sierra, Leah and Richard Bintliff; a great-great-grandchild, Caleb Brown; a sister Bette Bintliff, Ambler, Pa.; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. He was also preceded in death by two sons, Warren B. Bintliff Jr. and Richard Bintliff; a sister, Shirley Elbertson; and a brother, Leonard Bintliff.
The funeral will be Saturday at 1 p.m. in the Joseph W Scotchlas Funeral Home Inc., 621 Main St., Simpson, with services by Pastor Thomas Davis, Grace Christian Fellowship, Scranton area. Friends may call Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. For directions or condolences, visit www.scotchlasfuneralhome.com