Belmont, NY - Cecil J. Pierce of 160 Seneca Street passed away on Thursday, December 22, 2011, at Highland Park in Wellsville. He was born on August 23, 1918 in the Town of Alfred to Edson and Lelia Saunders Pierce. In January of 1938 he married Lucy Quant who predeceased him on September 7, 1980. In 1981 he married Irene Mosher who survives.
Cecil was a long time resident of the area. He graduated from Alfred High School and served in the US Army during WWII. Cecil was proud that he had participated in the Battle of the Bulge where he earned a bronze star. After the war he worked for the former Worthington in Wellsville and retired from there ( Dresser) after 39 years of years of service. Cecil was an avid hunter who especially enjoyed raccoon hunting. His memberships include both the Friendship and Belmont American Legions and a 65 year member of the IAM local 1580 of Wellsville.
Survivors include: 2 sons, Keith (Veronica) Pierce of Valatie and Kenneth (Cynthia) Pierce of Belmont; 4 daughters, Sharon Foster of Olean, Cecilia (Albert Wilmart) Peterson of Birdsall, Lelia (David Voit) Hadsell of West Seneca and Lynn (Dennis) Nunn of Allentown; 21 grandchildren, 22 great Grandchildren and 5 great great grandchildren; 2 sisters, Ethelyn Eason of New Hudson, FL. and Lillian Taylor of Harrisonburg, VA.; several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by a son, Theodore; 3 brothers, Lyle, Eldon and Kenneth Pierce; 2 sisters, Florence Beeton and Mary Tucker.
Friends are invited to call on Tuesday, December 27, from 11 am to 1 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Belmont. His funeral service will follow at 1 pm in the funeral home. Pastor Dick Helms will preside with burial in Forest Hills Cemetery. Memorials in Cecil's name may be made to the American Legion Post 808 in Belmont. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.