Monday, October 28, 2013

J. Timothy Embser

Wellsville, NY - J. Timothy Embser, age 80, of North Main Street passed away on Friday, October 25, at the Highland Hospital in Rochester. He was born in Wellsville on May 11, 1933 to Walter and Katherine O'Brien Embser. Tim married the former Marilyn Metzger on August 31, 1957 in Ithaca who survives.
Tim graduated from Wellsville High School in 1951 and from Cornell University in 1956 with a degree in civil engineering. After serving in the US Army Tim graduated from Cornell University School of Law in 1960. He was admitted into the Bar Association in 1961, which began his 52 year career as a lawyer, and joined with Don Cummings to form the law office of Cummings and Embser. In 1974 Marc Woltag was hired and in 1980 joined the firm forming the partnership of Cummings, Embser and Woltag. After the retirement of Don Cummings, Tim and Marc became Embser and Woltag PC where he remained active until his death. Tim had been the Town Attorney for the towns of Wellsville, Whitesville, Scio and the Village of Alfred. He also had been the attorney of Wellsville and Whitesville Central School Districts. Tim currently was the administrator of the Allegany County Assigned Counsel Plan. He served on the David A. Howe Library Board as well as the First Trust Union Bank Board of Directors. He was a member of the New York State Bar Association, Estate Analysts of Western, New York, Past president of the Allegany County Bar Association, the American Arbitration Association, the Allegany Eye Foundation, the Wellsville Country Club, the 12 Man Dinner Club, Elks Lodge 1495 of Wellsville, the Cuba Lake Yacht Club, where he had been the Commodore and the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville. Tim enjoyed an active life with daily trips to the Texas Hot, watching sports including Cornell and Alfred Saxons Football, sailing and racing c scows on Cuba Lake, golfing and traveling with his family.

Surviving besides his wife are 2 daughters, Susan Embser-Kay of Bury St. Edmonds, England and Kristen (Carl) Cadoff of Chagrin Falls, OH; 2 sons, James Timothy (Sarah Gulaga) Embser of Kuala Lanpur, Malaysia and Jon Richard (Karen) Embser of Arnold, MD.; grandchildren, Abigale and Molly Katherine Embser-Kay, Elizabeth Marie, Nicholas Brien and Katherine Amina Embser, Henry James and Isabel Annick Cadoff; His sister, Joan Gardner of Wellsville; many dear cousins and friends as well as several nieces and nephews.

Tim was predeceased by his parents and his brother W. Joseph Embser.

Friends are invited to call on Friday November 1, from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home, 34 West State Street in Wellsville, New York. On Saturday a prayer service will be held at 10:15 am in the funeral home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11  am in the Immaculate Conception Church with the Reverend Thomas Roman as Celebrant. Burial with full military honors will take place in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Memorials, in lieu of flowers, may be made to the David A. Howe Library in Wellsville. To leave on line condolences please visit


  1. My father always said Tim was his first friend. I always joked that they looked and acted more like brothers. From their white hair and glasses to their love of golf and everything Wellsville, they were truly kindred spirits. I will always remember my visits with Tim during his frequent trips to Coudersport for his Chiropractic adjustments. He always stayed an extra hour or so for a sandwich or cup of coffee and to share a lot of laughs and stories about life in the Holy City. Tim and my father both passed away in 2013. I am sure it is no coincidence and that they were just anxious to continue their friendship in Heaven.

  2. Marilyn, We are so sorry for your loss. You and your family our in our prayers! You were the most wonderful neighbors to us! Our thoughts and prayers remain with you and your family.

  3. Marilyn, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. You were such wonderful neighbors to us.

  4. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  5. Marilyn and Family.
    Fondly remembering cousin Tim with wonderful memories of his visit to Kinsale and Old Head Golf Course with Jon, Jim and his golfing friends. Also Tim's visit to the ancestral home.
    Our treasured holiday in Wellsville and Tim taking Quentin and I, to the Wellsville Balloon festival at 5.30 in the morning.
    With much love and heartfelt sympathy from the O'Connor family, Billy, Mary, Madeline, Quentin and his girlfriend Noirin and also the O'Brien family at the homestead, Curraghs, Liscarroll, Co Cork. Ireland.

  6. Marilyn, our deepest thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I'm sure Rochester was very trying especially with what brother Joe went through. I trust Tim is at Peace and did not have a lot of physical suffering before he passed. I will truly miss Tuesday golf with the occasional cigar followed by BetterDays' dinners. We surely solved all of the world problems each tuesday! TwelveMan will never be the same ( and thank you for doing all the invitations!). Tim was kind to many organizations like The Comfort House and all of Wellsville has lost a friend and advocate. Condolences to the entire family and we hope your sadness will lessen in time. Joe and Fa Felsen

  7. Tim will be missed. He was a good man who had a quiet way about him. I have many memories of seeing him at the golf course with Doc Felsen. He was a good attorney who always had time to help a colleague. My condolences to the family.