Monday, May 31, 2010

Bernard J. "Sweeney" Sweeney

West Almond, NY - Bernard J. "Sweeney" Sweeney, 67 of 3386 County Road 2A died peacefully, Saturday May 29, at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester surrounded by his loving family and friends. He was born on November 1, 1942 in Auburn to Alvin Sweeney and Viola McNabb. On May 13, 1989 in Belmont he married Patricia Winterhalter who survives him.

"Sweeney" was a 1960 graduate of Union Springs High School. He retired from the NYS Department of Corrections in December of 2000 having served as a Corrections Officer at both Attica and Groveland Correctional Facilities. Sweeney was a member of the Belmont American Legion and was an avid hunter and fisherman who loved the rural life and our great outdoors. His finest moments were spent tying his own flies for fishing, his hunting camp on Stewart Road, canoeing on Allen and Hemlock Lakes and time spent with his beagles.

Surviving in addition to his wife: his mother, Viola McNabb of Auburn; two sons, James Sweeney of Auburn and Joseph Sweeney of Panama City, FL.; a daughter, Colleen (Michael) Burns of Marteville; a step daughter, Julie (Scott) Sharp of Corning; a brother, Gary (Trudy) Sweeney of Cayuga and a sister, Dawn McNabb of Auburn; 2 brothers in law, Richard Winterhalter and Michael Winterhalter; 5 sisters in law' Judy Bliven, Anne Winterhalter, Lynda Jones, Carol Anne Winterhalter and Teresa Winterhalter; 9 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his father; a son Patrick Sweeney and a sister Jeannie Carson.

Friends are invited to call on Saturday June 5, 2010 from 11 am to 1 pm in the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Belmont. A memorial service will follow calling hours in the funeral home at 1 pm with Deacon Frank Pasquale presiding. A celebration of "Sweeney's" Life will be held following the service at the Belmont American legion.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations in Sweeney's name be made to either the Angelica Rescue Squad of the SPCA (or Animal Rescue Shelter) of your choice.

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