Arthur H. Drake III, 77, of Orwell, NY passed away September 21, 2018 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse, NY after a long battle with injuries resulting from an ATV accident in September of 2015. Arthur was born March 15, 1941 in Oswego, NY, the son of Darlene (Gregory) and Arthur H. Drake, Jr. He attended Pulaski High School. After his marriage in 1961, he moved to Orwell, NY where he resided until his death.
He joined the Orwell Volunteer Fire Company in 1962, and was an active member for 56 years, 12 of those years, he served as chief. He was an honorary member of the Redfield Volunteer Fire Company, a member of the Oswego County ATV Club, and a charter member of the Stavemill Sportsmen’s Association. He retired from Laborers Union local 633. He owned and operated Drake’s Sharpshooters in Orwell, NY.
Arthur was predeceased by his Sons Timothy (1984), Shawn (1990), and Scott (2013), and by his wife of 45 years, Jane (2006), and his brother David Drake (1987).
He is survived by a sister, Sharon Coday of Clovis, New Mexico, 2 grandsons, Timothy and Shawn Drake, both of Florida, 1 niece, 6 nephews, and many close friends and colleagues.
Calling hours will be Tuesday Sept. 25 from 4 to 7 PM. Funeral service will be Wednesday, Sept.26 at 11 AM, both to be held at Summerville Funeral Home, 1997 Harwood Dr., Sandy Creek, NY.
Contributions in Art’s memory can be made to the Orwell Volunteer Fire Company or the Redfield Volunteer Company.