Obituaries for Monday, March 12, 2012

Richard L. “Dick” Lawton 

BATAVIA — Richard L. ‘‘Dick’’ Lawton, 65, of Batavia died Saturday (March 10, 2012) at the United Memorial Medical Center surrounded by his family.

He was born in Batavia July 4, 1946, a son of the late Bernard Lawton and the late Betty (Ames) Lawton.

Mr. Lawton worked for many years at Coca-Cola in Rochester. He loved old movies, boating and barbeque. Dick was a real animal lover and will be missed by his two dogs and his cat.

He is survived by his wife Margery (LaBombard) Lawton of Batavia; son Brian (Karen) Lawton of Lawton, Okla.; daughter Shelly (Carl) Bish of Batavia; stepson Schoen LaBombard of Albany; stepdaughter Marcie (Brian) Yarbray of North Carolina; brothers Jack of Chili and Robert Lawton of Oakfield; sister Debbie (Robert) Post of Batavia; 11 grandchildren; along with several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc., 329-333 West Main St., Batavia, NY 14020, where services will follow at 2.

Memorials may be made to Volunteers for Animals, 3841 West Main Street Rd., Batavia, NY 14020. For more information or to sign the online guest registry please visit or call 343-8260. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, NY 14020.

John W. McElwain

MEDINA — John W. McElwain, 70, of Medina died suddenly on Thursday evening (March 8, 2012) at the Buffalo General Hospital.

Mr. McElwain was born in Medina July 14, 1941, a son of the late John W. and Albertina “Tina” (Cook) McElwain, Sr.  A graduate of Medina High School, class of 1959, he married the former Eileen Brennan.  He was a United Sates Navy veteran and served from 1959 to 1963.

A journeyman electrician, John owned and operated McElwain Electric for four years.  He was later employed by New York State Dept. of Corrections and became Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds for the Medina Central School District.  In 2006 he retired from VA WNY Medical Center in Batavia.

A lifelong Scout, John followed his father’s footsteps as the Scout Master of Troop 28. He attended the Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, N.M. and received the Order of the Arrow Award.  Active in the community, John was a longtime member and Past President of the Medina Lions Club.  He was instrumental in bringing the Lions S.E.E. program (Screening Eyes Early).  He was recognized with the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award for his tireless work with the Lions Club.

He also volunteered with the Special Friends of Albion and was awarded ARC’s “Best Friend Award.” The Decorate Medina Committee and the Village of Medina benefited from his many hours of community service.

Mr. McElwain was also a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Parish, an active member of Butts-Clark Post 204, American Legion, worked with Habitat for Humanity; enjoyed golfing, swimming and reading.

Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Eileen; his daughter Kate E.; 2 sisters-in-law, Patricia (Carl) Caleb and Mary (Paul) Woodruff; nephews, Sean (Kim) Carey, Michael Carey, CJ (Lynn) Woodruff, Jeffery (Mary) Woodruff; great nieces and nephews, Christie, Josie and Caleb Carey and Amanda and Brennan Woodruff.  Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Rodney L. McElwain.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Mass of Christian Burial on at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Holy Trinity Catholic Parish/St. Mary’s Church celebrated by the Rev. Daniel J. Fawls.  Interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery where military honors will be accorded by members of Butts-Clark Post 204, American Legion and Lincoln Post 1483, VFW.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Lions S.E.E., Inc., C/O Medina Lions Club, POB 511, Medina, NY  14103-0511 or Dollars for Scholars, POB 185, Medina, NY  14103-0185

Arrangements were completed by the Cooper Funeral Home, Medina.

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