Austin United Methodist Church
Friday May 18th, 2018
Harold F. Bledsoe
Harold F. Bledsoe “beloved father, grandfather, and uncle”
AUSTIN, Pa.---Harold F. Bledsoe, 88, of Austin, formerly of Wellsville, N.Y. and Hudson, N.Y., passed away on Monday, May 14, 2018, in Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport, after a long illness.
Born on October 28, 1929 in Whitesville, N.Y., he was a son of George and Laura Langdon Bledsoe. On July 2, 1954, he married Myra Harrington of Shinglehouse, who passed away on June 6, 2010.
Harold was a graduate of Whitesville Central School and attended several AIB classes and received a certificate of Senior Management from Fairfield University in Fairfield, CT. He was employed at the Hudson Branch of National Commercial Bank from 1954 to 1958 and retired as Vice President of the Hudson City Savings Bank Institution (now First Niagara) in Hudson, N.Y. in 1983. After retirement, Harold became a certified Home Health Aide and personal care worker for several years.
Harold was an active member and past Master of Hudson Widow Sons Lodge #7 F. & A.M., past patron and District officer for the Order of the Eastern Star of the Amity Friends Chapter #192. In 1991, he was Grand Royal Patron of the Grand Court of New York, Order of the Amaranth. He was a board member of the International Order of Rainbow Girls and was presented with the Grand Cross of Color. He was also a member of COARC and Home for the Aged, an adult care home, for several years.
After returning to Wellsville in 1998, he was a volunteer transporter at Jones Memorial Hospital and was active in the Auxiliary. His greatest hobby for the past 30 years was crocheting afghans and lap robes for his family members, nursing homes, and the Christmas House in Coudersport.
The Bledsoes moved to Austin in 2006.
Surviving are a son, Robert (Jayne) Bledsoe of Sheboygan, Wisconsin; a daughter, Rosemary (Kenneth) Glover of Monroe, N.Y.; a granddaughter, Lauressa Faythe Glover; a grandson, Scott Logan Glover; a brother, Carol (Sherry) Bledsoe of Zephyr Hills, Florida; several nieces and nephews, including special a nephew and his wife, Paul and Pat Perry of Austin; and good friend and neighbor, Kris Rees of Austin.
In addition to his parents and his wife, Harold was predeceased by twin grandsons, Drew and Drake Glover; three brothers, Eugene Bledsoe, Charlie Bledsoe and George Bledsoe; a sister, Donna Smith; and a special niece, Henrietta Harrington.
Friends may call from 10am to noon on Friday, May 18, 2018 at the Austin United Methodist Church, Turner Street, Austin, where funeral services will follow at noon with the Rev. Todd Lamer, pastor of Genesee-Ulysses United Methodist Churches, officiating. Burial will be in Whitesville Rural Cemetery, Whitesville, N.Y.
Members of Eulalia Chapter #148 O.E.S., Coudersport, will conduct a memorial service at 11:45am on Friday in the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Harold’s name may be made to the Patient Activity Fund at Sweden Valley Manor, 1028 East Second Street, Coudersport, PA 16915.
Harold’s family has entrusted his care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.
To express condolences or share a fond memory of Harold, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com
A candle was lit in memory of Harold Bledsoe
Joan Fisher Jun 1 2018 12:00 AM
Rosemary and Robert and all family of Myra and Harold Bledsoe we are very sorry to learn of Harold's passing and extend our sympathy, prayers and many great memories of your parents. Thanks for putting something in the Register Star--we don't get it every day but did get the important news tis time.
Babs and Hank Croteau
NSDAR and Hudson Livingston Masonic Lodge No 7.
Beatrice (Babs) and Henry Croteau May 19 2018 12:00 AM
Fond memories of Harold and Myra. Did not know of her passing until today. We taught together. Very kind, gentle people. Condolences to Rosemary and Robert and their families.
Mary Julia Coons May 17 2018 12:00 AM
Harold was the calming senior when I landed a job at HCSI, a true gentleman who cared about those around him. RIP kind sir.
Carol Goold May 17 2018 12:00 AM
So very sorry to learn of Dad Bledsoe's passing. He was a treasured and beloved member of our Rainbow family. Our thoughts and prayers are with all his friends and family, and we extend our deepest sympathy in his loss. - Wendy Nack-Lawlor and family
Wendy Nack-Lawlor May 17 2018 12:00 AM
A PEDESTAL ARRANGEMENT was ordered on May 17, 2018
Expression of Sympathy May 17 2018 12:00 AM
I am Harold's cousin from Wellsville Edward Flurschutz. My mother, Flossie was Laura,s sister. I lost track with Harold years ago. I'm sorry to hear of Harold's passing and I'm sorry that ,because of my wifes health I will not be able to attend the services. I would like to say hello to Carol. We used to run into each other often when he was in Wellsville. My address is 49 Fassett Lane, Wellsville, n y 14895. So sorry again.
Edward Flurschutz, 49 Fassett Lane,Wellsville 14895 May 16 2018 12:00 AM
You were a great and gentle man, Harold. Thanks for being my Dad's friend. Love to your family and friends.
Jodi Banfelder May 16 2018 12:00 AM
A candle was lit in memory of Harold Bledsoe
H.L. Caroline Frank-Lee PRM May 16 2018 12:00 AM