Monday, December 12, 2022

Clair Eugene Heysham, 78

Hilton, NY – Clair Eugene Heysham, 78, of Hilton, passed away on Wednesday, December 7, 2022 at Strong Memorial Hospital. He was born on February 3, 1944 in Wellsville, the son of the late Harold and Doris (Stillman) Heysham. 

Heysh” was a 1963 graduate of Wellsville High School. Upon graduating, he enlisted with the United State Air Force. After his honorable discharge in 1968, he worked for Kodak, in Rochester for many years before moving his career to Harris Seed in Chili, NY. He was a former member of the Trinity Lutheran Church of Wellsville. He very much enjoyed attending the Wellsville Balloon Rally each year; however, he tended to keep mostly to himself. 

He is survived by: three nieces, Michele Whitesides, Cindy Ray, and Lorrie Smith, as well as several great-nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his sister, Nancy Greene. 
Friends will be invited to a Graveside Service with full military honors at a later date with Reverend Dr. Eric Ash Sr. presiding. Please consider memorial donations to a charity of your choice. To leave online condolences please visit


  1. My sympathy goes out to the Heysham family. Nancy was my sister, Sandy's, best friend. I met Clair when I was helping his parents through the Office for the Aging services. RIP Clair!

  2. To Clair's family, my name is Debi Camardo and Clair worked for me in the seed packaging department at Harris Seeds. He was my glue man for many years. I tried reaching out to him on his birthday this year by email with no answer back. Then I tried to call and his number is no longer in service. So I googled him and found he had passed. I am so sorry for your loss. Clair touched many lives at Harris Seeds especially Sharon Farrell and myself. Take care and I am so sorry I did not know of his passing sooner.

  3. My condolences go out to Clair's family. He was a kind neighbor, and we were very sad to hear of his passing. He was always good for a friendly chat and will miss catching him on his walks. ~Ann Williams