Wellsville, NY - Richard A. Graves III, 58, of 3455 Jack Bridge Road died unexpectedly on Saturday, February 26, 2011 shortly after arrival at Waccamaw Community Hospital in Murrells Inlet, SC. He was born February 5, 1953 in Wellsville the son of the late Richard and Elaine (Bennett) Graves. On August 29, 1998 in Scio he married Roxanne M. Tierney who survives.
Dick was a lifelong resident of Wellsville and a 1971 graduate of Wellsville High School. He was formerly employed at Dresser-Rand Corporation in Wellsville and Olean. He began his 25 year career at Wellsville Central School as assistant Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds and was the Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds at the time of his death. He was a charter member and past president of Trout Unlimited where he was instrumental in the construction of the Genesee River handicapped access platform at Island Park in Wellsville. He was a former Wellsville Little League coach, a former member of the Wellsville rod and Gun Club and enjoyed hunting and fishing.
Surviving in addition to his wife, is one daughter, Jennifer (Bobby) Budinger and one son, Jesse (Magin) Graves both of Wellsville, three grandchildren, Emily and Annabelle Budinger and Riley Graves, two step grandchildren, Catherine Budinger and Autumn Bledsoe, three sisters, Dixie (Phil) Hyer of Wellsville, Karen (Jeff) Briggs of Andover and Beth (Kris) Carlin of Scio and two brothers, Dan Graves of Vaccaville, CA and Dean (Sondra) Graves of Mount Savage, MD, his former wife, Patty (Gary) Cook of Wellsville and several nieces & nephews.
Friends are invited to call on Wednesday from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. The funeral will be Thursday, March 3, 2011 at 11:00 am in the First Congregational Church, 289 N. Main Street in Wellsville with Rev. Ralph Eastlack presiding. Burial will be in Stannards Cemetery. Memorial donations are suggested to the SPCA Serving Allegany County or to Trout Unlimited. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneral home.com.