Tuesday, December 12, 2017

William F. “Bill” Culbert

Scio, NY - William F. “Bill” Culbert, age 80, of 3860 Cottage Bridge Road passed away on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville. He was born on October 3, 1937 in Wellsville to Joseph and Clara Felton Culbert. On June 19, 1965 at Blessed Sacrament Church in Andover he married Ruth Padden who survives.

Bill was a lifelong resident of Scio where he graduated from High School in 1956 and later was a veteran of the US Army. He was a 35 year employee of Dresser Rand retiring in 1999. He was a dedicated member of St. Joseph’ Church where he served as Eucharistic Minister and greeter. In 2002, in Buffalo, he received the Lay Award of St. Joseph. When St. Joseph’s Church became an Oratory he joined the Holy Family Catholic Church in Belmont. He was a member of the IAM Local 1580 in Wellsville and enjoyed 25 years of smiles from children and adults while playing Santa Clause. Bill had a passion for sports and dedicated many years to youth sports by organizing, coaching, and officiating. He started many teams and leagues including Scio youth baseball, softball, soccer, flag football, and the Scio Sports Booster Club. For many years he officiated High School soccer, softball, and baseball and was elected into the Allegany County Sports Hall of Fame.

Survivors include: Ruth, his wife of 52 years; 2 daughters, Tina Culbert of Rochester, and Stacey (Jeff) Erdmann of Whitesville; a son William J. (Daisy) Culbert of South Fork, PA.; 5 grandchildren, Jacob and Jessica Erdmann, Brandon, Corey, and Danielle Culbert; A sister, Nancy Norton of Whitesville; a brother, Joseph Culbert Jr. of California; several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was predeceased by his parents; a sister, Mary Lou Grossman; 2 brothers, Dennis and Robert Colbert.

Friends are invited to call on Thursday, December 14, 2017, at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville from 2-4 and 7-9 pm. On Friday and Prayer Service will be held in the funeral home at 10:15 am followed by a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 11 am at St. Joseph’s Church on Cottage Bridge Road in Scio. Burial with military honors will he be held in St. Joseph’s Cemetery and memorials in his name may be made to the Scio Memorial Library or to the charity of the donor’s choice. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.


  1. we are very sorry for your loss ... our thoughts and prayers go out to you.

    Bob and Mary Lou

  2. My heart is broken. He was a great man and impacted my life in so many ways. Rest in peace and in the hands of our Lord Mr. Culbert.

  3. very sorry to the culbert family i grew up with all of them bill was a great dad and friend sadly missed my sympathy to the family.as im still grieving my father.

  4. I grew up and lived down the road from Bill for many years. We even shared the same birthday just different years. I have a lot of fond child hood memories growing up with Bill playing Santa. When I got older I had the privilege to be and elf for him when he played Santa for Preheaters holiday for the kids at the movie theater, bowling alley, and skating rink. he was a staple at the mini mart every morning to get his paper. My condolence to Ruth and family Bill was an amazing man and friend. He will be missed by me but also our little town of Scio.

  5. Dear Ruthie, My heart goes out to you as you face the loss of the love of your life! I can still see him coming to visit you in the office at Ames with a kind word or perhaps a joke for all......Bill will always be with you in your heart!!! <3 <3

  6. So sorry to hear of Bills passing. I grew up knowing Bill and his family. We played softball together and had many visits from “Santa”. He will be missed by many. My heart goes out to you all Culbert Family. May your wonderful memories help bring you peace ❤️

    Lisa (Hamlin) Splawn

  7. Santa will be missed but never forgot, A great Husband, Father and fan of all sports. The support of our teams while in High School and beyond are priceless. God Bless Bill his family.

  8. Sincere condolences to the entire family. What a blessing Bill was for so many people. He had the rare ability to make you feel good just by his positive personality. He dedicated his life to service whether it was youth sports, umpiring, being Santa or any of his other ventures. He touched more people than one can imagine. I always appreciated his support and more importantly his friendship. The greatest gift that Bill leaves us might be that whenever you hear his name it makes you smile. That is pretty powerful when you can live that type of life.

    God Bless

    Pat & Carl Atwell