Broome Artists In Memorium 2016

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At this week’s Heart of the Arts Celebration, we remembered some of the men and women who were lost to the arts community in 2015 and 2016. The following is an expanded list, gleaned from the obituary notices in the Press & Sun-Bulletin. Please feel free to make additions and/or offer remembrances in the comments area.


Dr. Delos “Jerry” Aumock Jr., April 3, arts supporter and founding member of Ti-Ahwaga Players

Lucille S. Fenning, 89, July 5, founder of Landmark Society of Broome County

Dennis Bock, 65, July 7, drummer

Jean Milano, July 7, music teacher

Bruce MacGregor, 83, July 18, musician and educator

Robert White, 67, July 29, musician (The Stoutmen)

Donald Godfrey, 82, July 29, saxophonist and music store owner

Paul S. Griffiths, 77, July 30, choral singer

Ralph Hall, 77, July 30, theater producer, educator and former executive director of BCAC

Harold P. Hingos Sr., 88, July 31, union stage hand

Ann P. Kolata, 98, Aug. 6, choral singer

Rhoda Lerman, 79, Aug. 30, author

Barbara J. Hand, 81, Sept. 1, pianist and music teacher

Joseph H. Lindsley, 95, Sept. 8, artist and framer

Merritt Duane Payne, 93, Oct. 11, barbershop singer

Roger W. Taylor, 91, Oct. 26, barbershop singer

Jeanette van Dorsten Stahl, 96, Oct. 27, pianist, choral singer and former president of the Harmony Club of Binghamton

Elsie Mae Williams, 90, Oct. 29, pianist and country singer

Harriett Storozow, 83, Oct. 21, pianist and church organist

Judith I. Tippin, 72, Nov. 1, band teacher

Neil H. Garges, 82, Nov. 1, saxophonist and clarinetist with community ensembles

Wayne “Bucky” Walter, 75, Nov. 6, member of country and bluegrass bands

Elizabeth Freed, Nov. 9, painter

William L. Davis, 82, Nov. 15, community singer and performer

Marilyn Gaddis Rose, 85, Nov. 15, literature professor and philanthropist

Marie A. Antoni, 56, Nov. 16, Summer Savoyards volunteer

Marguerite Perfetti, 88, Nov. 22, choral singer

Joseph J. Wallikas, 91, Dec. 2, special effects film maker

Theodore “Ted” C. Wrench, 81, Dec. 18, fiddler and host of Wrench Wranch Bluegrass Round-Up

Dennis J. Holmes, 64. Dec. 27, drummer

Michael Putrino, 60, Dec. 23, bass player and audio engineer


Dale Campfield, 85, Jan. 3, Tri-Cities Opera chorister and comic actor

Anne Marie Convertino, 86, Jan. 6, choral singer and former Anderson Center assistant director

Leon J. Bill, 86, Jan. 7, director

Doris B. Romich, 91, Jan. 10, musician and co-founder of the Mello-Dears Drum and Bugle Corps

Donald W. Yates, 80, Jan. 10, choral singer

Ann B. Van Atta, 72, Jan. 11, board member: BCAC, Binghamton Ballet, Southern Tier Zoological Society and Roberson Center; Roberson Director of Development

Paul Goughary, Jan. 12, musician

Cornelius “Mac” McGhee, 79, Jan. 15, blues musician

Susan M. Allen, 71, Jan. 29, Binghamton Symphony Orchestra board member

William J. “Bill” Garrett, 90, Feb. 1, musician

Elynor “Noni” Smith, 89, March 1, actor and 2006 HOTA Lifetime Achievement Award winner

Clinton (Abe) Lainhart, 86, March 7, country and bluegrass musician

Larry Denniston, 70, March 22, longtime member of the Binghamton Downtown Singers

Frederick Gerard (“Gerry”) Hough, 68, May 22, TCO board member

Steven M. Stein, May 27, co-founder of the local chapter of USA Dance Club

Beverly Darling McLean, May 26, artist and supporter of the arts

Andrew B. Chupka, 75, June 5, choral singer

Angelo Roma, June 7, drummer

Lyla J. Vining-Wolford, 67, June 12, community musician

Alan Arthur Katz, 68, June 24, photographer and set designer

Denise Murray, 76, July 1, Binghamton Philharmonic board member

Doris H. Aldrich, 96, July 3, BC Pops/TCO/BPO volunteer

Bernard J. “Bernie” Bingel, 70, July 10, community theater volunteer and performer

Sofia Moore, 86, July 16, community singer

John “Jack” A. Caton, 87, July 20, barbershop singer

Jessie A. Godfrey, 88, July 23, opera singer

Richard. A Friend, 92, July 27, pianist and arts supporter

Margaret D. Louden, 97, July 30, pianist and music instructor

Mary Naugle, 84, Aug. 2, music teacher

Joseph A. “Joey” Campo, 57, Aug. 8, rock musician

Erwin “Smitty” Smith, 81, Aug. 27, musician

Isidore O. Okpewho, 74, Sept. 4, author and academic

Russell A. Hawkes, 81, Sept. 13, arts supporter, TCO stalwart and co-founder of the BC Pops

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