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Garry E. Towne
Boylston
Garry E. Towne, 77, of Boylston, formerly of Weedsport, died May 2, 2013, at Upstate University Hospital. He was born January 14, 1936, in Utica, NY, to William and Verna Backus Towne. He graduated high school from Oriskany Central School, obtained his Bachelors Degree from Utica College of Syracuse University and his Masters Degree from Syracuse University. He married Dawn Scouten in 1961. Garry was an internationally know Basset Hound breeder and proprietor of Von Skauton Kennels in Weedsport, NY, for 48 years. He was in management for Seal Wright Co. for 5 years, then taught for 23 years, retiring from West Genesee Central in 1983 in order to expand his growing business. Garry retired to the Tug Hill near Sandy Creek-Lacona in 2010. He was an avid sailor on Lake Ontario and held a Captain's License. He was a life member and past treasurer of the Onondaga Kennel Association, member of the Basset Hound Club of America, Susquehanna Basset Hound Club, and member and chairperson of the Town of Brutus Zoning Board of Appeals for several years. As a youth, Garry became interested in race cars and rode with Chuck Mahoney, a well-known dirt track racer of the time. In later years, he spent time as Pit Crew Chief for Craig "Cricket" Keel. Garry worked his way through college, rising from dish washer to chef at Trinkaus Manor. He also worked on the St. Lawrence Sea Way. He enjoyed carpentry, built a row boat in high school, and later acted as his own contractor for both his first and second homes. He was an avid round dancer. He is survived by his wife, Dawn; two brothers, Wayne (Marie) Towne and Paul (Sue) Towne; a sister, Anne Smith; a brother-in-law, Roger Waterman; sisters-in-law, Betty Watson and Diana Hilts; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by a brother, Edwin Watson; a sister, Linda Waterman; and brother-in-law, Fran Smith. Funeral services are at 2 PM, Saturday, at Summerville Funeral Home with Rev. Mary Drake officiating. Friends may call Friday, 6-8 PM, at the funeral home, 1997 Harwood Dr., Sandy Creek, NY.
Garry E. Towne
Published in The Observer-Dispatch on May 8, 2013
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