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PostHeaderIcon AVTANDIL MAKHAROBLISHVILI of SHUTESBURY, MA, December 29, 1924 – November 24, 2015

 

 

Avtandil Makharoblishvili, most adoring father of two daughters Marina and Tamara (Tamuna), and a dedicated grandfather to Lawrence, Nino, Ilya, Salome and Gio, died at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton on November 24th, 2015.  Avtandil was 90 years old. He was born and brought up in the Republic of Georgia.  He served in the Soviet Army during World War II, and was a very successful civil engineer, important to the modernization of Georgia’s capital city after the War. He was loved deeply by his wife, Babilina Dolidze (d. in October 2001), by his elder brother Vakhtang, and by his large extended family. He moved to the USA to be with his daughters and their families in 2002.  All of us – his colleagues, his friends, and his family members, will always remember Avtandil as the most loyal friend, loving parent, devoted brother and doting grandfather.  He made a difference in all our lives.

 

 

Marina, Tamuna, Stephen, Gogi, Dato, Manana, Darejan, Levan, Kathleen, Lawrence, Nino, Ilya, Salome, Gio, Vato, Atuka, Datuna and Tornike.

 

 

PostHeaderIcon DONALD T. LASHWAY of AMHERST, May 30, 1926 – November 30, 2015


Amherst, Donald T. Lashway, 89, life-long resident of Amherst, died Monday, Nov. 30, 2015 at Cooley Dickinson Hospital. He was born, the oldest of ten children, in Amherst, May 30, 1926, son of the late Leo E. and Anna L. {Reynolds} Lashway. 

He worked for many years driving truck with his father and brothers in the family lumber business. Later in life he was employed at Hampshire College in the custodial department until his retirement. Donald continued his truck driving with his sons at Berkshire Blacktop, and drove until his was 82 years old. He was recognized in Cushman and throughout town for his several daily trips with his cocker spaniel Snoopy riding shot-gun. Donald was a tough as nails guy who could out work the best of the best, and be ready for more. He treasured the little things in life. 

He was predeceased by his wife, Helen {Ryznic} Lashway, a grandson Michael and two brothers {Leo and Buddy} and three sisters Shirley, Bev and Marion. He is survived by two daughters, Kathy {Ernie} Weaver and Terry, six sons, Donnie, David, Peter {Linda}, Chris, John and Jim; ten grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. He also is survived by a brother, Ronnie {Cyndy} Lashway, Sr., and three sisters, Doris {Ed} MacDonald, Patricia {Richard} Connly, and Loretta {Jim} Hurston, and a host of nieces and nephews. 

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015, at 11:00AM from The Douglass Funeral Service, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 12:00 noon in St. Brigid’s Church. Burial will follow in St. Brigid’s Cemetery. Calling hours are Friday from 5:00-8:00pm at the funeral home. 

Memorial Gifts may be made to Dakin Animal Shelter, 163 Montague Rd., Leverett, MA 01054.

 

 

 

 

 

 

PostHeaderIcon DONALD T. LASHWAY of AMHERST, May 30, 1926 – November 29, 2015


Amherst, Donald T. Lashway, 89, life-long resident of Amherst, died Monday, Nov. 30, 2015 at Cooley Dickinson Hospital. He was born, the oldest of ten children, in Amherst, May 30, 1926, son of the late Leo E. and Anna L. {Reynolds} Lashway.

 

He worked for many years driving truck with his father and brothers in the family lumber business. Later in life he was employed at Hampshire College in the custodial department until his retirement. Donald continued his truck driving with his sons at Berkshire Blacktop, and drove until his was 82 years old. He was recognized in Cushman and throughout town for his several daily trips with his cocker spaniel Snoopy riding shot-gun. Donald was a tough as nails guy who could out work the best of the best, and be ready for more. He treasured the little things in life.

 

He was predeceased by his wife, Helen {Ryznic} Lashway, a grandson Michael and two brothers {Leo and Buddy} and three sisters Shirley, Bev and Marion. He is survived by two daughters, Kathy {Ernie} Weaver and Terry, six sons, Donnie, David, Peter {Linda}, Chris, John and Jim; ten grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. He also is survived by a brother, Ronnie {Cyndy} Lashway, Sr., and three sisters, Doris {Ed} MacDonald, Patricia {Richard} Connly, and Loretta {Jim} Hurston, and a host of nieces and nephews.

 

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015, at 11:00AM from The Douglass Funeral Service, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 12:00 noon in St. Brigid’s Church. Burial will follow in St. Brigid’s Cemetery. Calling hours are Friday from 5:00-8:00pm at the funeral home.

 

Memorial Gifts may be made to Dakin Animal Shelter, 163 Montague Rd., Leverett, MA 01054.

 

 

 

 

PostHeaderIcon WILLIAM ALEXANDER DARITY, SR. of AMHERST, MASS, January 15, 1924 – November 29, 2015

 

Northampton, William Alexander Darity Sr. (1924-2015), Emeritus Professor Public Health and founding Dean of the School of Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts–Amherst died on Sunday, November 29 at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton. He advanced the fields of public health and advocacy as well as tobacco control. He was preceded in death by his wife of 44 years, Evangeline Royall Darity, who died in 1994. 

A native of North Carolina, Dr. Darity was a leader and pioneer in the fields of international health inequities and the health status of marginalized populations. He advanced the fields of public health and advocacy as well as tobacco control.


William Darity Sr. was born January 15, 1924 in East Flat Rock, North Carolina, the son of Aden Randall Darity and Elizabeth Smith Darity. Neither of his parents had had the opportunity to complete schooling beyond 6th grade but, nevertheless, managed to send three of their four children to college. Darity completed a Bachelor of Science degree from Shaw University and a Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) degree from North Carolina Central University. In 1964 he became the first black recipient of a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, taking only two years to complete his doctorate in Public Health.

 
After working for two years with the antipoverty agency the North Carolina Fund, Darity accepted an Associate Professor appointment at the University of Massachusetts– Amherst in 1965. At that time, the small Department of Public Health, which offered a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree with a concentration in Environmental Health, had three full-time faculty members. He was appointed head of the department in 1968 and then Dean in the School of Health Sciences in September 1973. In addition to the Division of Public Health (an accredited School of Public Health) and a Division of Nursing (an accredited School of Nursing), this newly created School of Health Sciences included a Department of Communications Disorders, which offered majors and graduate study in audiology and speech and language disorders. At his urging upon his retirement, the Division of Public Health became a School of Public Health with its own dean, and the Division of Nursing became a School of Nursing with its own dean.


His last major responsibility at the University of Massachusetts was to serve as Principal Investigator of a $3.4 million, five-year research study on Smoking and Cancer in Black populations, funded by the National Cancer Institute. This important investigation explored the factors affecting smoking adoption and accompanying health risks among middle-income and low-income blacks. After retirement, he served as Senior Associate and Deputy Director for the Asia and the Near East for the Population Council of New York and a consultant on several research projects at University of Maryland’s School of Medicine in Baltimore.
 

Prior to pursuing his doctorate degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Darity’s international experience included 10 years with the World Health Organization (WHO). During his tenure at WHO, he taught at the American University of Beirut’s School of Public Health in Lebanon and the University of Alexandria’s Higher Institute of Public Health in Egypt. Darity also served as a Health Consultant with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Arab Refugees and as a WHO Regional Advisor for 17 countries in the Eastern Mediterranean Region, which included 11 Arab countries, as well as Israel, Cyprus, Iran, Ethiopia, Somalia, and Pakistan and West Pakistan (now Bangladesh) with an emphasis on malaria eradication.  

Darity served as a member of the Board of Trustees at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill between 1985 and 1991. He was honored as an outstanding alumni by Shaw University in March 2015 and inducted into the Golden Rams Society at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in November 2014. Earlier he was named a Distinguished Alumnus by the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill in October 1996 and received the Alumni Achievement Award from Shaw University in 1997. He also received an Honorary Doctor of Science Degree from Shaw University in 1990 and was given a Distinguished Service Award from the University of North Carolina’s School of Public Health Alumni Association in 1977.  

He is survived by his wife Trudy Whisonant Darity, his daughter Janki Evangelia Darity, his son William Darity Jr., daughter-in-law Kirsten Mullen, and grandsons Aden Lowell Mullen Darity and William Otis Mullen Darity.  

The family is grateful for the love and support of friends and the expert care provided by the medical teams at Bay State Medical Center and Cooley Dickinson Hospital over the course of many years.  

Calling hours with the family will be held from 5-7 PM on Thursday, December 3rd, at the Douglass Funeral Home in Amherst. Funeral services will be held at 10 AM on Friday, December 4th, also at Douglass Funeral Home, Amherst. Burial will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Amherst. 

 

 

 

 

PostHeaderIcon VICTORIA C. PRATT of AMHERST, MASS, April 20, 1920 – November 21, 2015

AMHERST, Victoria C. Pratt, 95, life-long resident of Amherst, died Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015 at the Center for Extended Care at Amherst. Vicki was born in Amherst, daughter of the late Charles, and Blanche {Ciesluk} Ryznic. She attended Amherst Schools and for her whole life was the designated baby sitter for her entire family along with the Lashway family and any other of the local, Cushman Village people. She cherished this role in life, as much as she did her beloved Red Sox. She watched the Sox games faithfully; even when they were on the west coast she would watch them the following day on tape. She was a communicant of St. Brigid’s Church. Her husband Harold Pratt died in 1995, and also was pre-deceased by an infant daughter Linda, four brothers, and three sisters. She is survived by two daughters, Teresa Pratt of Amherst, and Ann, and her husband Robert MacDonald of Leverett. Also, four grandchildren; Michael Keyes, Jessica Lamson, Kim and Shawn MacDonald, and five great-grandsons. Funeral services will be Saturday, at 9:00AM from the Douglass Funeral Service, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 in St. Brigid’s Church. Burial follows in St. Brigid Cemetery. Calling hours will be Friday from 5:00 – 7:00 PM at The Douglass Funeral Home. Obituary and register at www.douglassfuneral.com

PostHeaderIcon LOUISE F. PARK of AMHERST, MASS, February 24, 1922 – November 16, 2015

 

         Amherst, Louise F. Park, age 93, passed away peacefully at the Center for Extended Care at Amherst on Monday, November 16, 2015.

 

Born in York, ME on February 24, 1922 she was the daughter of Ruby R. (Bracy) and Bernard G. Freeman.

 

Louise served in the Woman’s Army Corps (WAC)during WWII. She married the late Andrew Park IV in 1949. Both Louise and Andrew were stationed in Japan and lived there for a few years. They also lived in NYC before making their home in Amherst, MA.

 

Louise had many interests which included playing golf, playing bridge and traveling. She also had a love for animals. Louise volunteered at the Cooley Dickinson Hospital in the coffee shop for many years. She also volunteered her time for the Dakin Animal Shelter.

 

She is predeceased by her stepdaughter Kathryn Park Benson. Survivors include her sister Alberta Johnson of CA; three grandchildren, William Benson Jr. of Bridgeport, CT, Laura Casiano of Charleston, SC and Donna Lee of Amherst, MA; five great-grandchildren; one great-great grandson and two nephews.

 

Private burial will be at the Wildwood Cemetery in Amherst.

 

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory can be made to the Dakin Animal Shelter, 163 Montague Rd, Leverett, MA 01054.

 

PostHeaderIcon GERALD T. O’NEIL of LEEDS, MA, February 10, 1934 – November 20, 2015

 

 

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Gerald T. O’Neil, 81, a lifelong resident of Amherst, MA, died peacefully at Linda Manor Assisted Living on November 20, 2015. He was born in 1934, to the late Eugene F. O’Neil, Jr., and Geraldine {Brodeur} in the house he lived in throughout his adult life. He graduated from Amherst High School in 1952, and received an Associate Degree from the Stockbridge School of Agriculture at the University of Massachusetts in 1954.  He served in the US Army from 1955-57, and then became a police officer at UMass Amherst, retiring in 1991 after 34 years of service, as the university’s Director of Public Safety. He was an active parishioner and member of the Church Council of St. Brigid’s Church, Amherst. He was a 4th Degree Knight of Columbus in Chicopee, MA, and a member of the Amherst Council in various positions. 

 

He was predeceased by Lorraine Whittemore, his wife of 48 years, and his son, Eugene Harold O’Neil, and is survived by his daughter, Kathleen O’Neil Morton and husband Keith, son Dennis O’Neil and wife Donna, son William O’Neil and wife Deborah, and son Michael O’Neil. He was predeceased by his brother Edward O’Neil, and is survived by Ed’s wife Mary, his brother Jack and wife Jean, and sister, Betty Ann Koslo.  He leaves grandchildren William and Meaghann O’Neil, Brenna and Sarah Morton, and Shane and Sean O’Neil, and step great-grand-daughter, Kourtney Komosa, and many nieces, nephews and extended family.  He leaves behind his friends and the van rider gang at Linda Manor Assisted Living. 

 

Mr. O’Neil’s family would like to extend its deep appreciation to the residents and staff of Linda Manor Assisted Living, who welcomed him into their community this last year; and to the staff of Fresenius Medical Care and dialysis center for their constant care and friendship over the last eight years.  

 

Visitation will be at the Douglass Funeral Service, Amherst, on Tuesday, November 24th, 5-8pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at St. Brigid’s Church, Amherst, Wednesday, November 25th at 10am. Burial will follow in the parish cemetery, Rocky Hill Rd., Hadley. Reception to follow.  In keeping with Mr. O’Neil’s wishes, the family asks that donations be made to St. Brigid’s Parish in lieu of flowers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PostHeaderIcon WINFIELD FIRMAN of AMHERST, MA, September 15, 1919 – November 17, 2015

Amherst, Winfield Firman died peacefully at his home on November 17, 2015. Win was born in Oak Park, Illinois in 1919. Among the many elements of his full and rich life was his scouting, as an Eagle Scout and Scoutmaster. He also worked with and supported young people in little league, as president of the Child Development Research (Great Neck, NY), and as the president of the School Board in Port Washington, NY, where he and his growing family spent many years. 

 

Win was deeply involved in every community he lived in, participating in theater groups, becoming a Senior Warden of his church, serving on the board of Goodwill and serving as both the president of both the Landings Association in Savannah and the Amherst Woods Association.   

 

Win graduated from Amherst College in 1941 and later earned an MA in psychology. He married Julie Fisher in June of 1941 and went to war as a bomb disposal officer in the Pacific Theater, where he received the Bronze Star. (In his 90’s he wrote a small book about his Bomb Disposal experience.) He worked as a personnel executive, for many years with Sears Roebuck and in his later professional years as Senior Vice President of Mullin Associates, LTD.  

 

On retirement, Win took his business skills into volunteer work with the International Executive Service Corps where he volunteered his time in both Brazil and Indonesia. Julie, his beloved wife of 71 years, predeceased him in 2012.  

 

Win leaves three children, eight grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. He was a fine and honorable person, a good father, loving husband, and steadfast friend. He will be deeply missed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

PostHeaderIcon DANA PAUL EUGENE SNYDER of AMHERST, MA, April 29, 1922 – November 18, 2015

 

Dana Paul Eugene Snyder, an Amherst farmer who made his career as a professor of zoology at the University of Massachusetts, died peacefully in his sleep on November 18, 2015 surrounded by his loving family.

He was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada on April 29, 1922, the son of Golda Tie Crum and Mark Eugene Snyder, and was raised in Modesto, Illinois. He earned his Bachelor of Science from the University of Illinois and went on to earn his PhD in Zoology from the University of Michigan. He did his dissertation on the field study of small mammals, his favorite of which was the eastern chipmunk.

In his freshman year of college, he was called to service in the United States Army, where he served from 1942 to 1946. He subsequently returned to his studies.

Dana married Mary Elizabeth Sumner in Brushton, Pennsylvania in June, 1952. They both worked at the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh, she for ten years and he for two, before moving to Amherst, where they settled and raised their four children.

He was a professor of zoology at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst from 1955 until his retirement in 1985. One of his greatest loves was working on his farmland. For many years, into his nineties, Dana could be seen at all hours of the day riding his tractor, haying, wielding his chainsaw, or just walking with Mary on the land. In later years, he and Mary leased their farmland to Brookfield Farms, a local CSA farm.

Dana took great pride in restoring his and Mary’s 1760s-eras old saltbox house and barns on Bay Road. He was meticulously careful to maintain the historic integrity of the house as it was restored.

He served on many local committees, including the Amherst Farm Committee and as an Amherst Town Meeting member. He was a lifelong proponent of preserving open space, farmland and protecting water sheds. In the 1970s, he was the co-leader of the Amherst Growth Study Committee, an effort to restrict overdevelopment in Amherst. Dana and Mary’s sixty-acre Amherst farm was among the first to be part of the Agricultural Preservation Program.

He leaves his wife of 62 years, Mary Snyder; his four children, Mark Snyder and his wife Denise of Geneva, Illinois, Amy Snyder and her husband Gordon Gieg of Charlotte, Vermont, Tod Snyder and his wife Deborah of Mansfield, Massachusetts, Ellen Snyder and her husband Srini Srinivasan of Newmarket, New Hampshire, and seven grandchildren, Reid Snyder, Brynn Hanson, William Snyder, Robert Snyder, Jason Snyder, Lia Gieg and Rosie Gieg.

Those who wish to call on the family may do so on Friday, November 27, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at their home in Amherst. An outdoor memorial service will be held in spring of 2016.

Donations in Dana’s memory may be made to the Kestrel Land Trust, P.O. Box 1016, Amherst, MA 01002.

PostHeaderIcon GILBERT L. TERRELL of AMHERST, MA, January 26, 1944 – November 15, 2015

  Amherst, Gilbert L. Terrell died November 15, 2015 at his home. He was born in Winfield, Alabama in 1944. In the 1950s he moved to Holyoke with his family where he attended Holyoke schools and graduated in 1961. While attending Holyoke schools, he was a part of the Holyoke Boys & Girls Club and attained Golden Gloves Champion. He also marched in a Holyoke parade with John F. Kennedy.

 

Gilbert moved to Detroit and worked as a truck driver for Oriental Provision for 16 years during the 1960s and 1970s. While truck driving by day, he would deliver Chinese food to customers by night. Some customers were the likes of the Reverend and Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, Maceo Parker, James Brown, and a host of other big named stars of the day.

 

Gilbert moved back to Massachusetts to the Holyoke and Springfield areas in the late 1970s. He came to the Amherst area in the late 1980s and made his life working as a gas attendant, doing auto repair, and detailing cars. He also worked at a local laundromat and enjoyed the camaraderie of his customers.

 

Gilbert is survived by his sons Isaiah Terrell and Darrick Wilson and his longtime partner Leslie Burke, he is also survived by his brothers Robert, Bill, Benard, William and Duke Stewart; his sisters Elaine, Hazel, Gloria and Dorothy Stewart. He was predeceased by his brother Sean Stewart.

 

Calling hours will be held Thursday, November 19, 2015 from 4:00-6:00PM at the Douglass Funeral Service in Amherst. Burial will be private.

 

 

 

 

 

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