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March 26


My father passed peacefully at a rehab center in Syracuse 2 weeks ago. (Click for obituary.) As you all know, he was very fond of the club members and had many great memories of the 20+ years of meets in Cazenovia. He always made a big deal of the banquet which he had me attend as well as other friends and family members that he would invite.
I would like to personally thank you all for being a big part of his life. He was sad that he was not able to attend the last meets.

Michael D. Episcopo

February 14

Vincent Terry Fitch, 77, passed away gently and gracefully on February 12, 2024 at Rome Health. He was born in Boonville on July 22, 1946 a son of Harold and Doris Draper Fitch. Terry grew up in Boonville and graduated from Boonville High School, Mohawk Valley Community College and Simmons School of Mortuary Science, Syracuse. He was united in marriage with Mary Ladock in May of 1970. She died in May of 1977. In October of 1978 he was united in marriage with Patricia Buffardi, a blessed marriage of 47 years. Terry operated Fitch Funeral Home until 1997 when the business was sold. He was a school bus driver and transportation director at Adirondack Central School for many years. Terry was a member of the Boonville Elk’s Lodge, Boonville Lion’s Club of many years ago, the Knights of Columbus, the Boonville Chamber of Commerce and Dodge-Pratt-Northam Art and Community Center. Terry served on the Boonville Village Board for 17 years, he was instrumental in rebuilding Erwin Park and the little Village Park after the tornado in 1983. He served as president of Erwin library board for 10 years. While on the board he oversaw the construction of the parking lot and the new entrance at the library. He was also a member of the Franklin Automobile Club, the Pierce Arrow Society, Carousel Organ Association and the Carousel Museum.

He believed a life is determined by the things you love: family, friends and Boonville. Terry enjoyed collecting history of Boonville. He collected antique musical instruments and owned 60 antique automobiles throughout the years and enjoyed going to the Hershey Car Show and numerous other car shows, as well as estate sales. He loved animals and rescued many. He owned 20 racehorses, as well as llamas, alpacas and a ram.

Surviving are his wife, Patricia; children, Melissa Fitch, Jim (Megan Bogacz) Fitch, Stacie (Fred) Bancroft; brother, Harold (Nancy) Fitch; eight grandchildren, Megan and Katie Sheehy, Caleb, Brock and Bryn Fitch, Paxton, Asher and Flora Bancroft; nephews, Darren and Damon Fitch; sister-in-law, Maureen Winney and two loyal friends Cooper and Merwin. He was predeceased by his parents and a grandson, Aidan Bogacz.

Calling hours will be Thursday, February 15, 2024 from 2-7 p.m. at Mills Funeral Home, 301 Post Street, Boonville with a service to follow at 7 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Erwin Library, 104 Schuyler Street, Boonville, NY 13309. For an online message of sympathy please go to