Saturday, May 8, 2021

Robert W. Prior, 79

Allentown, NY - Robert W. Prior, 79, of 5844 State Route 417 passed away on Thursday, May 6, 2021 at Jones Memorial Hospital, with family at his side. He was born January 1, 1942 in Mount Claire, NJ, the son of Gordon M. and Sophia T. (Chiera) Prior. On August 21, 1983 in Allentown he married Linda L. Gerringer who Survives.

Bob was a graduate of the Wellsville High School, after which he served with the U.S Air Force from 1961 to 1965. Upon Returning from serving his country, Bob helped on the family farm. In June of 1965 he began his career with Worthington Corporation, after 39 years Bob retired from Dresser- Rand Corporation in 2004. He devoted his life to helping others, he spent 52 years as a vital member of the Allentown Volunteer Fire Company, where he served many roles including, Fire Chief, and at the time of his passing he was the company treasurer. In 2011 he felt a new calling and joined the Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps, where at the age of 70 he achieved his very first EMT certification, a mile mark in today's society. Bob served many years on the Allegany County Fire Advisory Board and the EMS Council. He loved planes, and spent much of his free time working with the War Plane Museum in Corning, NY, and  traveling with the historic B-17's.

Surviving in addition to his wife Linda, are seven children, Donna Prior, Scott (Cara) Prior, Robert (Amy) Prior Jr, Jeannie Prior, Kevin (Shawn) Rex, Michelle (Todd) Taylor, Leisa (Tom) Foley, six grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, as well as several nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to call on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 from 2:00 to 4:00pm and 7:00 to 9:00pm at the Allentown Volunteer Fire Company. On Wednesday May 12 at 1:00 pm there will be a celebration of life at the Allentown Volunteer Fire Company with a Luncheon to follow. Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Andover at a later date.

Please consider memorial donations to the  Allentown Volunteer Fire Company, PO Box 82, Allentown, NY 14707, the Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps, P.O. Box 206, Wellsville, NY 14895, or Allegany County Cancer Services, 100 S. Highland Avenue, Wellsville, NY 14895

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Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Patrick J. “The Captain” McKinley, 60

Wellsville -, NY - Patrick J. “The Captain” McKinley, 60, of 152 Pine Street, passed away at home surrounded by family on Tuesday, May 4, 2021. He was born the son of the late James M. and Ann (Brown) McKinley in Hornell on June 17, 1960. 

He was a life long resident of Wellsville who graduated from Wellsville High School in 1981. Pat was God's gift to his family, he loved Wellsville and the surrounding area. He had a heart of gold and was a friend to so many people. He was very involved in the community, he held various jobs but his favorite was driving people home safely. His nickname was “The Captain”. 

He was a member of the Emerald Hook & Ladder Company, The Elk's Lodge #1495, Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps., The Moose Lodge #601, The Ancient Order of Hibernians, Sons of the American Legion Post #702, and Immaculate Conception Church. He received various community service rewards, but most recently was from Mayor Randy Shayler declaring April 12th  as “Pat 'The Captain' McKinley Day”. Pat loved everybody and everybody loved Pat! 

He is survived by: four brothers, Dennis (Kathy) McKinley of Raleigh, NC, Michael McKinley of Wellsville, Timothy (Kim) McKinley of Anchorage, AK, and James (Tonya) McKinley of Wellsville; four sisters, Mary George of Hornell, Maureen (Jason) Sibble of Wellsville, Margaret (Aaron) Whitehouse of Amherst, and Kate (Jim) Murphy of Wellsville; several loving nieces and nephews, Casey, Jaclyn, Keely, Brittany, Tessa, Miki, Connor, Jill, Megan, Laura, Jessica, Jimmy, Liam, Morgan, Mallory, Brooke, Sean, Jana, Sarah, Richie, and Gavin; several great-nieces and great-nephews, Nora, Lexine, Ella, Norma, Aubrey, Liam, Daxton, Rebel, Emery, Jayden, Alec, and Carley; and several Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins. Pat was predeceased, in addition to his parents, by: a brother, William “Billy” McKinley. 

Friends are invited to call on Friday, May 7, 2021 from 2-4pm and 7-9pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home, 34 West State Street, Wellsville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be on Saturday, May 8, 2021 at 11 am in the Immaculate Conception Church, 36 Maple Avenue, Wellsville, with Reverend James Hartwell presiding. The service will be available via Facebook live stream on the J.W. Embser Sons Facebook page. Burial will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to the Father Brown Mission Club, P.O. Box 464, Wellsville, NY, 14895, or the Emerald Hook & Ladder Company, in care of Timothy Colligan 54 Herman Avenue, Wellsville, NY, 14895. To leave online condolences please visit

Chad M. Jordan, 49

Wellsville, NY - Chad M. Jordan, 49, of 135 Pine Street, passed away on Monday, May 3, 2021 at home. He was born October 31, 1971 in Hornell, the son of Gary K. and Barbara D. (Costello) Jordan.

Chad was a 1990 graduate of Wellsville High School, and served in the U.S. Army from 1990  to 1992.  He was employed by Wholesale Tire of Belmont and was a former member of the Belmont Volunteer Fire Department.

In addition to his parents, Chad is survived by a brother: Matthew (Rita) Jordan of Wellsville; a sister: Carrie (Kenny) Fanton of Keystone Heights, Florida, as well as three nephews, one niece,  a great-nephew, and a great niece.

A private graveside service and burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Wellsville.  In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial donations to the SPCA  Serving Allegany County. To leave on-line condolences, please visit

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Donald G. Collins, 88

Belfast, NY - Donald G. Collins, 88, of South Street, passed away on May 2, 2021 at home, surrounded by his family. He was born the son of the late Harold L. and Leona (Lewis) Collins on August 6, 1932 in Belfast. On April 9, 1955 he married Barbara A. Doner, who predeceased him, after fifty-nine years of marriage, on February 19, 2015. 

Donald spent his younger years growing up on the family farm in Friendship however, he spent the majority of his lifetime as a resident of the Belfast area. He served in the United States Navy during the Korean conflict and was a member of the Seabees battalion in the Pacific theater. Upon his return, he became a 1964 graduate from Alfred State College of Agriculture. He was always working, including at Worthington Corp. in Wellsville, and the NYS DOT, from which he retired as Foreman on February 18, 1988. He also owned and operated a Case Dealership in Belfast, and was a self-employed contractor. He was an avid motorcyclist, at the age of seventy-five, he and his brother took a cross-country motorcycle ride. Beyond his careers, he was also a member of the Robert Howden American Legion Post 1504 of Belfast for over fifty years, and a member of the Honda Gold Wing Club. 

He is survived by: three daughters, Laurie (Wayne) Symonds, Janie (Mike) Harrington, and Amber (Jeff) Craig; nine grandchildren, Howard (Heather) Lyon, Kyle (Shannon) Lyon, Casey (Margaret) Symonds, Andrew (Alicia) Symonds, Kristen (Joseph) Burress, and Trevin, Corbin, Alexa, and Kira Craig; several great-grandchildren; a brother, Rodney (Louise) Collins of North Carolina; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents and wife, he was predeceased by: a sister, Gladys Williams.

At this time a memorial service is being planned for a later date. Burial will take place in St. Mary's Cemetery in Belmont, next to his wife. Please consider memorial donations to the SPCA serving Allegany County. To leave online condolences please visit

Daniel J. Kemp, 62

Albany, NY - Daniel J. Kemp, 62, of Albany, NY, passed away suddenly on December 17, 2020. Dan was born on May 17, 1958 in Hornell, NY and was raised in Wellsville, NY. He graduated from Wellsville High School, Corning Community College, and Buffalo State, earning a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. He served as a police officer in Wellsville, a corrections officer at Danbury CT Federal Correctional Institution, and as a U.S. Marshall. After Dan left law enforcement, he co-founded the real estate firm of Kemp and Gallagher in Albany, NY, and later had successful careers in sales and property management.

“Danny” will be fondly remembered as a man that loved to laugh, with a personality as big as his smile. It was absolute and infectious. Dan was a kind and gentle person, who loved to tell funny stories – of which, he had many! Whether he was reflecting on time spent with family and friends (particularly in Wellsville and on Loon Lake) or making new memories in the moment, Dan held a distinctly special way of connecting with people.

More than anything else, he spent his time talking – to anyone who’d listen – about his two sons, Tim & Bill, whom he loved fiercely. Nothing made him happier than spending time with his boys, especially during the holidays. He most notably spent that time discussing his (alleged) scratch handicap, his most recent take on the Buffalo Bills and without fail, how “unbelievably proud” he was of each of them. 

Dan was predeceased by his father, Kenneth D. “Bud” Kemp; stepfather, John Robarts; brother-in-law, Damon Lawrence; sister-in-law, Karen Kemp. He is survived by his children, Timothy Kemp; William (Rachel) Kemp. He is also survived by his mother, Martha Robarts. Dan is survived by his siblings, Ken Kemp; Liz Lawrence; Cathy (Chris) Weinman. He also leaves behind the many members of the “Goober Club,” including nieces Sadie Dexter, Abby Lawrence, and Jehna Kemp; nephews Brandon Lawrence and Matt Kemp.

Friends of Dan are invited to a public graveside service at Woodlawn Cemetery in Wellsville, NY on May 7, 2021, at 2:00pm. In lieu of flowers or donations, his family asks those reading to reach out to your family, friends, or even a lost connection, simply to say hello. During a time where so many are searching for hope or joy, a phone call or letter may be exactly what they need. 

Cheers, Danny. You will be forever in our hearts.

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Monday, May 3, 2021

Charles F. Van Gorder, 68

 Wellsville, NY - Charles F. Van Gorder, 68, of Maple Avenue, passed away on Thursday, April 29, 2021 at Strong Memorial Hospital after a short illness. He was born the son of the late Walden and Ruby (Clair) Van Gorder. 

Charles was born in Addison and was a graduate of the Addison High School. 

He is survived by: his sister, Sandra (John) Cleary of Pittsford; two nieces, Lee Ann Fish, and Janet Julien, both of Fairport. 

The family would like to extend a special thank you to all the people who cared for him during his lifetime. A private graveside service in Forest Hills Cemetery, Belmont, is being planned for a later time. Please consider memorial donations to Allegany ARC. To leave online condolences please visit 

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

David W. Walsh, 84

Wellsville, NY - David W. Walsh, 84, of 5696 Hog Brook Hill Road, passed away on Sunday, April 25, 2021 in his home surrounded by family, following a long battle with cancer. He was born in Wellsville, on March 27, 1937 the son of the late Walter G. and Jennie A. (Hoyer) Walsh. On June 14, 1958 he married his loving wife of sixty-two years, Sandra E. Moreland – who survives. 

Dave was a graduate of Scio Central School, and continued his education at the State University of New York at Brockport. He was employed at Dresser-Rand Corporation in Wellsville for thirty-five years, retiring in 1998. He was a member of the Scio Central School, Board of Education, and St. Joseph's Catholic Church. He was an avid outdoors-man. He also enjoyed bowling, golfing, fishing, and especially hunting. One of his greatest joys was hunting with his grandsons Derek and Matt. Dave never missed any of his granddaughter Lacey's Go-Kart races. He loved his grandchildren so very much. 

He is survived, in addition to his wife Sandra, by: two sons, David C. (Melissa) Walsh, and G. Scott (Theresa) Walsh; a daughter, Jenae (Chris Shuttleworth) Austin; nine grandchildren, Jessica K. Walsh, Joshua D. Walsh, Heather A. Gaynor, Jermey C. Walsh, Katie J. Baldwin, Roy W. Astin, Derek M. Austin, Matthew D. Austin, and Lacey C. Shuttleworth; six great-grandchildren, Logan, Kenzell, Eleanor, Braddock, Quinton, and Griffin; a sister, Diana (Jerry) Hillard of Scio; a sister-in-law, Adele Walsh of Wellsville; as well as several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Dave was predeceased by: two brothers, John C. Walsh and James G. Walsh. 

A private service is being planned for a later date. Please consider memorial donations to the American Cancer Society. To leave online condolences please visit