Sunday, November 30, 2014

Classmate Sandy Traniello passed away Nov. 24

FROM the Lind Funeral Home website:

Sandra L. Scott, 67, of Jamestown, passed away Monday, November 24, 2014 in the Roswell Park Cancer Institute.
She was born July 22, 1947 in Jamestown, the daughter of the late Al and Vera Nichols Traniello, and was a graduate of Southwestern Central School.
Sandra worked at several jobs after graduating, marriage and raising her children. First she was employed as a cashier and posting clerk at the former Printz Co. in Jamestown for four years. She then worked at Maas Brothers in Tampa, Florida as an inventory control clerk, Tampa Office Supply as a sales clerk, and as Senior Auditor for Southern Wholesale Floral Shop in Houston, Texas. Sandra then served as Senior Front Desk Clerk at the Holiday Inn of Jamestown, bank teller at Security Trust Bank in Jamestown, and most recently as Customer Service Representative at Anderson Cleaners in Jamestown.
Sandra enjoyed puzzles, cards, shopping and especially spending time with her children and grandchildren, whom she loved dearly and was so very proud. She was also very fond of her cat, Alley.
She is survived by a daughter, Michelle (Mike) Marcellino of Laurel, MD and a son, Jason Scott of Raleigh, NC; three grandchildren, Michael, Michela and Matthew Marcellino of Laurel; two brothers, Dave (Liane) Traniello of Clermont, FL and John (Donna) Traniello of Sinclairville, NY; and a sister-in-law, Betty Traniello of Jamestown.
In addition to her parents, Sandra was preceded in death by her husband, Roderick B. Scott whom she married July 25, 1980 and who died December 13, 2009; two brothers, Frank and Robert Traniello; and an infant granddaughter, Marisa Marcellino.
A private family service will be held in the Lind Funeral Home. Visitation will not be observed. Burial will be in Lake View Cemetery.
The family suggests memorials may be made to Hope Lodge, 197 Summer St., Buffalo, NY 14222; or to the Roswell Park Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 631, Buffalo, NY 14240-0631.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Mr. Dominey from SWCS has passed away

LAKEWOOD, NY - I received word from Dan Beckstrom that the Jamestown Post-Journal ran a death notice for Gordon S. Dominey, better known to us as simply MR. Dominey from SWCS.

I don't have access to the full obituary since the PJ has put up a firewall to keep non-subscribers out.

You might think they would let people see the obits. But...

In any event, what follows below is a Class of '66 post from 2012 about, yes you guessed it, Mr. Dominey:


LAKEWOOD, New York - Classmate Jim Nelson was in Jamestown recently and ran into former SWCS teacher Mr. Dominey.

Like most of our teachers, none of these people ever seemed to have first names (unlike Dalton Berringer). I think his first name is Gordon, but I wouldn't bet my retirement checks on it.

Here's part of Jim's report on his close encounter:

I was with my mother waiting for my wife to conclude some shopping at the Chautauqua Mall when an elderly gentleman and his wife came out of the store.  My mom recognized this guy as an old golf league partner and neighbor.  She asked me if I knew who this gentleman was.  The man looked familiar, but I couldn't quite place him.  

It turned out to be Mr. Dominey from 8th grade Social Studies who is now 90 years old and living in a retirement home in Gerry, NY.  He looked great considering that I took his class 50 years ago.  After talking about the class, he recounted how he kept students in line with a pinch on the shoulder (similar to the Vulcan nerve pinch utilized by Mr. Spock) and, at some point, was told that he could not do that anymore by the powers that be.  After hearing that, he then told the administration that he would be retiring in two years.  

For the record, I never was on the receiving end of the Dominey nerve pinch and always thought Mr. Dominey was a great teacher.

Jim Nelson 


Also for the record, I never got one of those pinches, but I did recall them years later when I had my children. My daughter was an angel (of course!!!) and my three boys were well-behaved. But there were a few times when I used a little gentle Dominey pressure on the back of their necks to keep them under control. (Usually from whacking each other.)

Here's Jim's photo:

Sunday, March 09, 2014

SWCS grad Scott Terry has passed away...

 ASHVILLE, NEW YORK - Back in 1966-67, when I was a lifeguard at Lakewood Beach, there was A kid who lived just up the street in Lakewood who hung around every day, longing to ride my motorcycle.

It was a stretch to call my Yamaha 80cc motorbike a motorcycle, but, hell, we all did - Buddy Hooper, Bob Fulcher. I think Jim Carr had one of those Yamahas, too. John Rupp rode a Honda 50.

Anyway, one afternoon, Scott Terry asked to borrow my bike - just to take it for a spin up into the village. And so I gave him the keys and off he went. He was a good kid, always helped me setting up and tearing down stuff at the beach.

When he got back after a half hour or so, he had a Lakewood Police Department cruiser right on his ass, lights and siren and everything the cop could do to embarrass the crap out of this almost 16-year-old kid. He was more embarrassed when he couldn't produce a driver's license.

Scott was terrified that the ticket he received would mean he would never become a cop - a goal of his even at that tender age.

I'm sad to see this guy pass away. But I'm happy that he made it to his desired career, despite my carelessness that day in giving him keys.

Rest in peace, Scott. In heaven, there's no need for driver's licenses. And I hope the motorcycles have more juice than a Yamaha 80.


C. Scott Terry, 63, of Butts Road, Ashville, N.Y., passed away unexpectedly at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, 2014, in his home.
A lifelong area resident, he was born June 24, 1950, in Jamestown, N.Y.
He was a 1970 graduate of Southwestern Central School and a graduate of the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Department Police Academy at Jamestown Community College. He also took many classes over the years and became certified in many aspects of police work.

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C. Scott Terry
He became a police officer for the town of Busti on July 19, 1976 and became a Lakewood-Busti police officer on Jan. 1, 1983, when the departments combined services.
He retired from the Lakewood-Busti Police Department as an investigator on June 3, 2005. He was involved in many aspects of police work including animal control officer for the town of Busti, and was a certified firearms instructor. In 2009, he was hired by the Chautauqua County Sherriff's Department as a court officer. Prior to his years as a police officer, he was a dispatcher for the Jamestown, Lakewood and Busti Police Departments.
He was a member of the Jamestown Moose Lodge, the Lakewood Rod and Gun Club and the Lakewood Fire Department. He was a former president of the Lakewood Police Benevolent Association and former president of the Chautauqua County Police Officers Association. Scott also volunteered for the St. Jude Telethon and the Chautauqua County Humane Society.
He had a keen interest in cars and enjoyed going to classic car shows. He also had an extreme love for animals and is survived by his dog, "Cubby" and his cat "Owen," and he always remembered his former dog, "Striker." He will always be remembered for his joke telling and his off-colored humor.
Surviving are a brother, Craig (Jackie) Terry of Lakewood, N.Y.; three sisters,: Cindy (Jan) Agnew of Warren, Pa., Judy D'Angelo of Jamestown, and Lee Anne Terry of Florida; as well as several nieces and nephews.
Scott was preceded in death by his father, Howard M. Terry, who died April 15, 2005; his mother, Vivian S. Andersen Terry, who died July 23, 2001 and a sister, Susan D. Terry Madura who died May 22, 1994.
The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Lind Funeral Home. Peter Dawson, fire service chaplain will officiate.
Friends will be received from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Chautauqua County Humane Society, 2825 Strunk Road, Jamestown, NY 14701.
You may light a candle in remembrance of Scott at