ONEONTA - Eugene A. Bettiol Sr., 85, of Oneonta, passed away suddenly on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, at Albany Medical Center, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born Aug. 24, 1932, in Oneonta to Anthony and Fannie Bettiol.
He married Elizabeth Ann Bump on June 27, 1953, in Otego.
He was raised in Morris where he helped his family operate their farm. After graduating from Morris Central School, he attended Hartwick College for one semester before needing to return home to resume farm operations. Eugene then spent his career as an entrepreneur and dedicated himself to making the Oneonta area a thriving community.
Early on, he held a variety of jobs including machinist at Bendix and owner/operator of Mr. Softy ice cream trucks. Eugene also worked for Mirabito Fuel Company which then led him to become self-employed and established Bettiol Fuel Company.
He, along with his late son, Eugene Jr., built and operated the first of what would become 26 Red Barrel convenience store locations throughout the central upstate New York area.
He played a vital role to the Oneonta community by developing areas that would later become the Walmart Superstore, Hannaford Plaza, Southside Mall, Home Depot and the FoxCare Center. In addition, he was an original partner for the BK Coffee Company in Oneonta.
Eugene was instrumental in the team who brought the Foothills Performing Arts and Civil Center to Oneonta. Because of his dedication to this vision, the theater was named in his honor.
Eugene not only believed in his community, he believed in family.
He was predeceased by his son and business partner, Eugene Bettiol Jr.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Elizabeth Bump Bettiol; daughters, Janet Laytham of Raleigh, North Carolina and Jaci Bettiol of Oneonta; daughter-in-law, Patricia Bettiol of Delray Beach, Florida; grandchildren, Ryan Laytham, Amanda (Matt) LoPiccolo, Scott Laytham, Carleigh Bettiol, Brooke Bettiol, Eric Michelitsch; great-grandchildren, Owen and Eli LoPiccolo; brothers, Walter (Violet) Bettiol and Arthur (Annaliese) Bettiol; several nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.
A memorial service will be held at Foothills Performing Arts and Civic Center in Oneonta from 1 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 10. Attendees are asked to arrive at 1 p.m. and will be seated in the theater.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Foothills Performing Arts Center, 24 Market St., Oneonta, NY 13820.
Funeral arrangements are being made by the Johnston Funeral Home of Morris.
Published on December 10, 2017