Arthur C.  Strong
MILFORD - Arthur C. Strong, 91, of Milford, passed away early Friday morning, Oct. 11, 2019, at his home in the Town of Westford.
He was born May 21, 1928, at Parshall Hospital in Oneonta, a son of Milo and Florence (Wood) Strong.
Art attended kindergarten at Bugbee School in Oneonta, then Middlefield School No. 2 in Westville and graduated from Milford Central School with the Class of 1946.
During his school years, he was a member of the Boy Scout Troop in Westville that was led by T. Fulton Patterson, Scoutmaster.
On July 19, 1952, Art married Bernice E. Virtell in Pennsylvania and they settled into their home in Milford.
For many years he drove fuel oil delivery trucks for Agway and Beart Corp.
After retiring from the oil business, Art delivered for Meals On Wheels in Otsego County for many years.
He also enjoyed the many hours he spent working in his gardens.
Art is survived by six children, Lewis Charles Crawford of Rineyville, Kentucky, Evelyn Marie Lacey and husband, William of Vine Grove, Kentucky, Robert Arthur Strong and wife, Laurie of Milford, Vickie Leah Konchar of Maryland, Michael Brian Strong and wife, Sandy of Milford and Carla Maureen Strong of Maryland; 19 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; one sister, Helen Southworth of Cooperstown; two sisters-in-law, Elizabeth Virtell of Milford and Judy Virtell of New Jersey; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife of 65 years, Bernice E. Strong, who died May 23, 2017; and a sister, Edna Schaffer.
Art's family extends special thanks to his caregivers, Jess, Sean and Amanda.
The family will receive friends at Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home, Cooperstown, from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20.
A funeral service will be offered at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 21, at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown, with the Rev. Sylvia Barrett, pastor of the Milford United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will follow in Westville Cemetery.
As an alternative to flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made to the Milford United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 127, Milford, NY 13807, or Milford Emergency Squad, P.O. Box 359, Milford, NY 13807.
Arrangements are under the care and guidance of the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown.
Published on October 14, 2019


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Nancy Coulehan
Oct 14, 2019
Art became my buddy many years ago when I would be out for my walk and he’d be strolling with his beautifully carved walking stick. We would walk together briefly and I’ve been waving to him every time I pass his house ever since. Great man ;love and condolences to his family.