Lee R. Schwarting, 82, of West Main St., Smyrna, NY, passed away Monday, October 12, 2020 at Wilson Memorial Regional Medical Center in Johnson City, NY.
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He was born August 1, 1938 in Baldwinsville, NY a son of William H. and Clara F. Mey Schwarting. He received his early education in Fairmount and Solvay schools and was a graduate of West Genesee High School. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served from 1961 until his honorable discharge in 1964. On April 1, 1967, Lee married Barbara J. Northrup in Millport, NY, a loving union of over 53 years. He was a Trooper with the New York State Police from January 1965 until retiring in August 1985.
A master gardener, Lee was a Charter Member of the Gardeners of America which started as the Men’s Garden Club. He was a member and headed the fund raising for Trout Unlimited. He was also a former member of the Smyrna Grange and a 7th Degree in the National Grange. Lee was an avid bird watcher who enjoyed tracking the different species that visited the area. He was also an avid deer hunter and a member of the Eagle Falls Hunting Club at #4, NY.
Lee is survived by his beloved wife, Barbara; children, Brian and Tammie Schwarting of Earlville and Daryl and Catherine Schwarting of Sherburne; brothers, Willard and Jean Schwarting of Auburn and Fred and Debbie Schwarting of Weedsport; sister-in-law, Barbara Ann Schwarting of Jordan; grandchildren, Brandon Schwarting, Loren Schwarting, Breann (Lee) Moxley, and Kaitlin Schwarting; and great-grandchildren, Jayden and Braydon Schwarting; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by a brother, William.
Due to the current health pandemic, a gathering to honor his life will be held on his birthday in 2021.
Interment will be at the convenience of his family.
Contributions in his memory may be made to the Smyrna Library, PO Box 202, Smyrna, NY 13464 or to the Smyrna Fire Department, PO Box 23, Smyrna, NY 13464.
Lee put up one hell of a battle against cancer since 2002. His doctors helped him in his fight, but cancer had the last word.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Burgess & Tedesco Funeral Home, 10 S. Main St., Sherburne, NY.