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We Remember....... / Ronald C. Cook
« on: February 02, 2017, 12:21:39 AM »
Ronald C. Cook, 70; Member
Of CNY Stock Car Hall Of Fame
Ronald C. Cook

ONEONTA – Ronald C. Cook, 70, the Oneonta native who earned induction into the Central New York Stock Car Hall of Fame, passed away Jan. 20, 2017, at his home in Port Charlotte, Fla., with his family by his side.

He was born on Sept. 25, 1946, in Oneonta, son of Shirley Raymond and Hilda Marie Cook.  He graduated from Laurens Central School in 1965 and enlisted in the Air Force, serving Stateside and in Vietnam.

He was self-employed during the 1980s and ’90s, operating Mr. Fixit.  He relocated to Florida in  1999, and was maintenance supervisor for the State of Florida’s Gulf Coast Center in Fort Myers until his retirement.

Many fans will remember Ron as Modified Dirt Car Racer at Midstate Speedway Rookie of the Year in 1964.  He pursued this interest throughout New York and Pennsylvania, leading to his induction into the Hall of Fame in 2008.

As Florida became home, he enjoyed the warmth of the sun, the sound of the waves and the beauty of Charlotte Harbor sunsets. He enjoyed spending time sipping coffee with his wife at a nearby park talking about the day and watching the sun disappear into the water.

He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Patricia Cook; two sons, Ron (Alyssa) Cook (and first grandson William Shirley Cook) of Daleville, Ala., and David Cook of Port Charlotte; and three sisters, Edee Cook and Elsie Terpenning of Oneonta, and Evelyn Wade of Otego. Also, several nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends who remained very special to him through out his life.

He was predeceased by his parents, Shirley Raymond and Hilda Marie Cook.

Ron will be laid to rest in the Wall of Honor at the Sarasota National Cemetery, Sarasota, Fla., in March, with full Military Honors..

Arrangements are with Taylor Funeral & Cremation Services, Punta Gorda, Fla.

Racing Discussion / Old Late Models
« on: June 12, 2014, 07:28:32 PM »
This is aimed to KT folks. I was going to send him a PM but couldn't get the picture to attach!!!
A picture showed up on Retired Racing Vehicles and Abandoned Race (Ghost) Tracks today. It's a 57 Plymouth late model with the number 6 on it. Since we both spent a lot of time at the old tracks in Florida in our younger days, I'm wondering if maybe you might remember it.

Racing Discussion / Cards for Denny Decker
« on: July 27, 2012, 09:11:36 PM »
Thanks to Charles Miller for sending me this information.
Wilson Hospital has an 'E' card service for their patients and I think it would be great if we could all send Denny cards of support and well wishes.
Here is the link:
Denny's room # is 4-ICU.
Thanks everyone for all your thoughts and prayers!!!!!
If everyone would do this on all the pages they belong to, I'm sure we can flood Denny with well wishes and let him know just how many are thinking of him and his family in this time! Thanks, Dave

Classified Ads / 96 Pontiac Grand Am
« on: November 25, 2011, 08:21:34 PM »
Solid car that would make a good race car. 2.4L motor, auto trans. Motor that is in the car has a knock but do have an extra motor. $750 and it's yours.

Racing Discussion / Penn-Can
« on: October 15, 2011, 10:15:52 PM »
Any updates from the track at all? I wasn't able to go tonight.

Racing Discussion / NASCAR Hall of Fame
« on: June 14, 2011, 04:13:28 PM »
Cale Yarborough, Darrell Waltrip, Dale Inman, Ritchie Evans!!! and, Glen Wood. I'm so glad Ritchie's made it!!!

Everyone, I'm writing in hope of starting something  here. Mr. Frank Buckles was the last American Veteran of World War 1. He passed away last weekend at age 110. The Senators of his home state of West Virginia have requested that he be allowed to Lie in State in the Rotunda of the US Capitol. The leaders of the House and Senate, Mr's. John Boehner and Harry Reid have denied this request! There is only ever one last Veteran and this Gentleman should be honored. I beseech you all to write and or call all of your elected officials and ask them to put the pressure on Mr's. Reid and Boehner and also President Obama to let this Old Soldier lie in state in our Nation's Capitol in honor of both his service to his country and that of being the Last Man. I have also written the American Legion, VFW and state veterans administration. Please help, what the leaders have done is an affront to all Veterans both living and gone on before! I'm sending this to my entire mailing list and hope that you might be so inclined to do the same. I would also ask that any of your friends that don't have computers to write or call and make this happen. Mr. Buckles funeral is planned for March 15 so there isn't a lot of time to get this accomplished. Thanks, David

Off Topic Discussion / Only two remain
« on: February 28, 2011, 02:48:24 PM »
America's last WWI veteran passed away yesterday, leaving just two alive now.  Cpl. Frank Buckles passed away at age 110.  Claude  Choules and Florence Green of Britain are the last two confirmed veterans still alive.
We are at the end of another era folks!!! For those  that are of the Masonic Brotherhood, Mr. Buckles was also a brother. On Sept. 24, 2008, he was presented the Knight Commander of the Court of Honour. On Veterans day 2007, he was also presented the Patrick Henry Medalion. Please pause for a moment in honor of Mr. Buckle's memory today. Dave

Racing Discussion / 'Moose' Cary
« on: December 03, 2010, 03:44:11 AM »
I hate to say this folks but we've lost another member of the fraternity. Moose Cary passed away Tuesday at the Veterans home in Oxford. I've posted his obituary in the We Remember section for everyone to read. It is in today's edition of the Oneonta Daily Star.
I never got to watch him race but, have been told many stories of him and have seen at least one of his cars that a friend has lovingly kept up and takes it to many of the local events. I did get to meet him at Fonda one night during the annual 'Old Timers' reunion and got to talk for a few minutes.
He's taken his final Checkered flag and is in very good company. Rest easy Mr. Cary.

We Remember....... / 'Moose' Cary
« on: December 03, 2010, 03:33:40 AM »
Kurzon 'Moose' Cary

SCHUYLER LAKE _ Kurzon "Moose" Cary, 85, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010, at the New York State Veterans Home in Oxford, with his family at his side.

He was born Feb. 12, 1925, in Cooperstown, the son of Alfred Lee and Mabel (Snyder) Cary. He married Hannah Root on Feb. 13, 1943. They shared a union of 56 years until her death in 1999.

Moose was a W.W.II veteran serving with the Army Pipeline Construction Unit. He helped to construct the Burma Road in India. He was awarded an Asiatic Pacific Service Medal and W.W.II Victory Medal.

He worked as a lineman for Bell Telephone Co. until his retirement in 1981.

He was a member of the Cooperstown Vets Club and the Milford American Legion.

Moose was an avid stockcar driver for many years racing at tracks such as Morris Speedway, Five Mile Point, Lebanon Valley and Skyline Raceway. He loved watching NASCAR and football.

Moose is survived by his daughter, Bonnie and her husband, Dan Barringer of Richfield Springs; a son, Donald and his wife, Darlene of Apopka, Fla.; two very special grandsons, Kevin Laymon of Richfield Springs and Brian Laymon of Schuyler Lake; a grandson, Donald Cary Jr. and his wife, Jodie of Apopka, Fla.; several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a brother, Arnold of Melbourne, Fla.

In keeping with Moose's wishes there will be no public calling hours or services.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Ottman Funeral Home, Cherry Valley.

Racing Discussion / Schenevus Fireman's Carnival
« on: July 14, 2010, 03:31:27 AM »
This Thurs. Fri. and Sat. is the annual Schenevus Fireman's Carnival. There is live music all 3 nights. Probably the best fireworks in the area on Fri. night and, parade Sat. night. The parade usually lasts at least an hour and has fire dept's. from all over the region. There is always lot's of good food at very reasonable prices too. Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Hot Sausage, Cotton Candy, Snow Cones and, a Chicken BBQ Sat. afternoon. Our fire dept. has an antique carousel and ferris wheel that will be running. Games of chance, bingo and a Chinese auction Sat. afternoon. Thurs. night the Masonic lodge is giving out 1000 ride tickets along with doing their Child ID program.
Come on out and have a good time with us. We're right off I88 exit 18.

Racing Discussion / NASCAR Hall of Fame
« on: June 29, 2010, 11:04:55 PM »
Two of the great Modified drivers are on the list for the next 'class'! Richie is there again along with Jerry Cook. I already know where my votes are going!!!!!

Racing Discussion / 16th Annual Masonic Cruise-In For Kids
« on: May 07, 2010, 12:13:48 AM »
 Sunday Sept. 12 the Schenevus Masonic Lodge is holding their 16th annual Cruise-In for Kids. This is our best fun raiser of the year and it is always a lot of fun. I would like to invite everyone to come out, bring your cars, trucks, bikes and especially, race cars and help us raise money for all the children's programs we support. If you have trophies, please bring them too and show them as well. This is a family event so the kids are welcome too. No bicycles on the show field is all we ask. Borst field, where the Cruise-In is held has an antique carousel that will be in operation also.
 We do our own food and something will be available all day. Donuts, hot dogs, Spicy Pete's hot sausage, Dave and Doug's hush puppies, soda, coffee and water is available all day also. We also keep our prices reasonable!!!

 There are several churches in our village for anyone that is so inclined. Baptist, Episcopal and Methodist churches are right here in town. The Catholic church is just a few miles up the road in Worcester. We keep things quiet in the morning so the services aren't disturbed.

 We will also have a flea market with all kinds of stuff for sale! There are approximately 30 spaces so if you are a vendor or have things for sale, bring them along too!

 Admission is free and it only cost's $5.00 to enter your vehicle or to reserve a vendor spot. We are right off I-88 exit 18 and there will be signs all over the place to get you to the show.

 If you have any questions, please call me, Dave Jones at 607-638-9286 or 607-434-4685 or call the lodge at 607-638-6033 and leave a message. Someone will get back to you. I have a flyer that I will be glad to send you. I was going to attach it but it is the wrong format and I just don't know how to change it!!! If anyone has that know-how, please contact me!!!

Racing Discussion / Suitcase Jake
« on: February 25, 2010, 10:08:22 PM »
Now I'm like most of you and don't really have too much good to say about NASCAR these days but I do remember when it was the ultimate series. There's been a lot of 'characters' involved over the years too. Yesterday, one of the best left us, Jake Suitcase Elder passed away at age 73.
Anyone that remembers The King, Silver Fox, Jaws, Ironhead, Buffet Benny knows who he was and just how good he was at getting a car to handle. There are several good articles about him at That's Racin'  that tells about his life and accomplishments.
Rest easy Jake, you deserve it!

Racing Discussion / We've lost another friend.
« on: February 09, 2010, 02:39:27 AM »
David C. Yager         
ONEONTA _ David C. Yager, 64, of Oneonta, passed away Sunday, Feb. 7, 2010, at M.I. Bassett Hospital, Cooperstown.
He was born May 16, 1945, in Susquehanna, Pa., the son of the late Raymond and Evelyn (Markel) Yager.
David proudly served his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam War.
On Aug. 28, 1999, David married Kathryn Cornish in Oneonta.
David was a machinist at Amphenol in Sidney for 28 years. In his early years, he owned a body shop and was an excellent mechanic. He could fix anything and was always tinkering. His current project was his 1932 Chevy Confederate pick up that he was restoring.
David was currently a member and the Vice President of the Oneonta RC Flyers, a member of the Mid State Antique Stock Car Racing (he was the driver of the No. 3.) In the 1960s and 1970s he drove at local race tracks. He was also a member of the Laurens Masonic Lodge and the Tri-Valley Riding Club.
He was an avid hunter. He enjoyed camping especially the campfires at night; playing cards, golfing, NASCAR (his favorite driver was the late Dale Earnhardt Sr.,) anything to do with trains, planes and automobiles; cooking; playing guitar in a band, but most of all, David enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.
David is survived by his loving wife, Kathryn Yager; four children, Barbara Frederick and grandchildren, TJ and Autumn, David and Pauline Yager and grandchildren, Steven and Meagan, Daniel and Kerry Yager and Dawn Yager; stepdaughter, Holly and Ben Doty and grandchildren, Kyle and Madeline; one brother, Richard (Sara) Yager; one sister, Sharon (Phil) Cook; father-in-law, Howard Cornish; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Brian Cornish and Maria Carr; sisters-in-law, Carol (Larry) Kessler and Janice Eichler; two aunts, Peggy Freeland and Florence Yager; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by two sisters, Barbara and Ed Haney and Gail Finch; one brother, Donald Yager; and mother-in-law, Mary Cornish.
Calling hours will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2010, in the Bookhout Funeral Home, 357 Main St., Oneonta.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010, in the funeral home with Betsy Jay, Chaplain at M.I. Bassett Hospital, officiating. Memorial donations in David's name may be made to the American Heart Association, Central Region, 120 Lomond Court, Utica, NY 13502.
To light a candle or send the family an online condolence please visit

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