Wellsville, NY - Francis L. Sawyer, 91, of 1984 Dutch Hill Road died on Wednesday, August 10, 2011 at the Wellsville Manor Care Center with his family at his side. He was born December 24, 1919 in the Town of Willing the son of Lee and Myrtle (Keagle) Sawyer. On June 27, 1942 in the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville, he married Helena O'Hara who predeceased him on December 17, 2008.
Fran was a graduate of Wellsville High School and was elected to the Wellsville Sports Hall of Fame for his many accomplishments in athletics. He served with the U.S. Navy from 1944 to 1945 in the Pacific Theater of Operation. He was employed at Worthington Corporation and Air Preheater Company in Wellsville, retiring in 1981. He was involved in the reality business for many years and founded "Sawyer Reality" in 1977. He was a life member of the Wellsville Elks Lodge # 1495, a member of the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville; where he served as an usher and the Holy Name Society.
He is survived by a daughter-in-law, Sandy Sawyer and a grandson, Patrick Sawyer both of Wellsville, a sister-in-law, Phyllis Sawyer of Whitesville as well as several nieces & nephews.
He was predeceased by his son, James Sawyer and a brother, Robert Sawyer.
A Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated on Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at 11:00 am in the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville with Rev. Sean DiMaria as Celebrant. There will be no prior visitation. Interment will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Immaculate Conception Church or the Hart Comfort House. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.