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AFTON - Richard J. Vernon, born March 20, 1946, passed away Nov. 10, 2017, surrounded by his loved ones.
He was predeceased by his mother and father, Marjorie and Clifford Vernon.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Margaret Vernon; son, Ted Vernon (Tina Gould); daughter, Libbie Wallace (Greg Wallace); grandchildren, Penelope, Maggie Rose, David, Darren, Jacob, Annette, Hunter, Nicholas and Robyn; great-grandchild, Cole; brother, Gordon Vernon (Bobbie Vernon); sisters, Donna James and Janice Stuart (Doug Stuart); nieces and nephews; and many friends.
Richard grew up in Whitney Point and graduated from SUNY Cortland. He was a high school teacher for 34 years at Afton Central School, where he taught biology and physics. He demonstrated great interest in his students, inspiring them to continue their education and to be responsible community members. He also enjoyed a successful coaching career, leading many championship teams on the golf course and wrestling mats.
He was an avid outdoorsman and had a passion for deer and turkey hunting. Richard enjoyed many hours on the archery range as a member of the Black Feather Archery Club in Sidney. He encouraged and helped others to develop hunting skills, including those he taught as an instructor for the New York State archery hunter courses.
Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 14, at the C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, 21 Main St., Sidney. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. before the service.
If desired, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association online at www.alz.org or by mail to 441 West Kirkpatrick St., Syracuse, NY 13204-1361.
Condolences and memories may be shared online at www.landersfh.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, Sidney.
Published on November 12, 2017
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