Stephen A. Potter
1934 - 2021
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FILLMORE - Stephen A. Potter, of 11813 Armison Road, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Monday (March 1, 2021) in his home.

He was born Sept. 17, 1934, in Gouldsboro, Maine, a son of the late George Edward and Myrtle Inez Torrey Potter. On June 14, 1969, he married Janet Kay Wright, who survives.

Steve moved to New York at the age of 13 and graduated from Fillmore Central School, Class of 1953. After graduating he served in the U.S. Army from 1957 to 1959.

He was a former employee of the Kittinger Company for 19 years, making Prince-of-Ease Recliners. He later went on to work as a carpenter for numerous construction companies, where he helped build bridges for the Southern Tier Expressway, different projects in Rochester and numerous projects around Western New York. He also was an all-around handyman working on roofs, cement work and all types of carpentry jobs. Steve enjoyed being busy.

Steve loved his home, enjoyed taking care of his lawns, his gardens, plowing snow and cutting/splitting wood. He had special feeling for animals including pigs, ducks, chickens, cats, horses and dogs. His favorite dog, who predeceased him, was Mia, an American Standard Bulldog; and his dog Bella was with him when he passed.

Our favorite memories include Potter Days and Potter Nights; campfires; bonfires; driving every machine and watching the younger generations chasing each other with four-wheelers, garden tractors, go-karts and dirt bikes; and in the winter months, snowmobiles, garden tractors with snow discs in tow and snowball fights.

Steve will be sorely missed by all who really knew him, but we have wonderful memories to cherish and hold in our hearts.

Surviving in addition to his wife are five children, Cynthia J. Nichols of Perry, Douglas M. (Robin) Potter of Gainesville, Jacqueline S. (Tom) Rich of Ohio, Brandon M. Potter of Fillmore and Brynn E. Jackson of Fillmore; 11 grandchildren, Lindsay (Stephan) Kaszynski, Bethany Nichols, Chris (Janel) Nichols, Josh (Jocelyn) Nichols, Julie (Benjamin) McCauley, Karime (Kevin) Morley, Becky (Mark) Pruett, Libby (Robby) Brundage, Alainna Rich, Dalton Rich and Matthew Stephen Jackson; 23 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Terry (Claudette) Potter of Maine and David (Judy) Potter of Maine; a sister-in-law, Sydney Potter of Fillmore; two stepsisters, Loreen and Belinda of Maine; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a son, Andrew James Potter; a brother, Melvin Potter; and a son-in-law, John Nichols.

Due to COVID-19, there will be a small private family gathering later this week and hopefully in July a public celebration of life will be held.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Kopler-Williams Funeral Home, 21 N. Genesee St., Fillmore.

Memorials if desired may be made to Fillmore Rescue Squad, with many thanks from the family, P.O. Box 238, Fillmore, NY 14735.

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Published in Olean Times Herald from Mar. 2 to Mar. 3, 2021.
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