Thursday, November 11, 2010

John E. Dunford Sr.

Belmont, NY - John E. Dunford Sr. of Noble Street passed away at home on Wednesday, November 10, 2010.He was born on June 14, 1939 to Irven E. and Esther Mitchell Dunford in Rochester, MN. On September 24, 1960 in Belmont he married Margie Hollister who survives him.

John graduated from Rochester Senior High School in 1957 and joined the US Navy serving until 1961. He was a machinist for Dresser Rand in Wellsville for 36 years and retired in 2001. John was very involved in his community; at the time of death he was the commander of the American Legion Post 808 in Belmont, an active member of the Scio Rod and Gun Club, a former 40 year member of the Belmont Fire Department and a member of the former Belmont Conservation Club. John was a member of the Belmont United Methodist Church and had served as trustee for the church. Along with his wife of 50 years John traveled extensively including visiting all 50 states. He loved to hunt, fish, read books and was a member of the NRA.

Surviving besides his wife: a son John (Yame) Dunford Jr. of Powhatan, VA.; a daughter, Sherry (Phil) MacLaughlin of Fillmore; a grandson, that he and Margie raised, Robert John (Tabitha) Bliven; 2 granddaughters, Cassandra (Tim) Jarrell and Samantha (David) VilledaLopez; 3 great grandchildren; 2 brothers, Donald Kobi and Gary Kobi; 2 sisters, Carol Michaleson and Madelon Krough; as well as several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a brother and a sister.

Friends are invited to call on Sunday, November 14, 2010, from 1 to 3 pm at the Belmont United Methodist Church. John's Funeral Service will take place at 3 pm in the church following visitation with Rev. Ronald Sellers presiding. Memorials in John's name my be made to; Amity Rescue Squad; or the American Legion Post 808 in Belmont; or the Scio Rod and Gun Club; or to the charity of the donor's choice. Arrangements are under the direction of the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Belmont. To leave online condolences please visit


  1. Dear Marge and children
    I am so sorry to hear about John, he was such a good man.
    I am sure you and all of your friends will feel your loss, he will be missed greatly.
    If you need someone to talk to, call me..
    Janet Thurston

  2. Our deepest sympathy to Marge and her family.
    John was a great guy and we will miss him.
    We had a lot of fun through the years when we were neighbors on Noble Street. Rest well dear friend.
    Vic & Gail

  3. We will miss your sense of humor at morning coffee at Coops. You were well liked by all who knew you. And of course condolences to your family I'm sure will miss you most.
    Gary Wightman
    Coops Morning Coffee Club

  4. When you try to describe a "good person" you sometimes have trouble with words and it is easier to use someone as an example. This is how we will remember John Dunbar. A prime example of "a good person" in every way possible.
    May you rest in peace John.
    You will be greatly missed by all who knew you.
    Jim and Linda Wilcox

  5. Mr and Mrs James AmesNovember 15, 2010 at 9:04 PM

    We send our deepest sympathy to Marge and her family.Our prayers are with you. Mr and Mrs James Ames

  6. Beverly Culbertson FlatenDecember 2, 2010 at 1:15 PM

    To John's family, I graduated with John in 1957. you have my deepest sympathy, my prayers with you.

    Beverly Culbertson Flaten El Cajon, Ca

  7. John and I grew up in Golden Hill during the forties and fifties . This ia part of Rochester, Minn. We had a lot of fun during
    these years. After he left for the Navy I did not
    see him much, but I will always remember him as a great guy. May he rest in peace.
    Bob Swenson

  8. john cotton said...

    to john's family i knew john in high school,and graduated with have my deepest sympathy and my prayers are with you.god bless.