Duane Dodge, 74, of Old Almond Road, Hornell, passed away Saturday (Nov. 8, 2008) at his home after a three-month struggle with cancer.
Duane, who had many nicknames including “Thunder,” “Squibby,” “Rip,” and “Romeo,” was born on May 28, 1934 in his home on “Misery Mountain” (The Almond Turnpike Road).
He graduated from Alfred-Almond Central School, then enlisted in the Army. He also served in the National Guard. He will forever be remembered as a lover and a master of the great outdoors, an avid and awe-inspiring horticulturist and landscaper, a beautiful poet, a captivating entertainer, a wise-cracker, a joker, a prankster and an all around cad.
He was a hillbilly in the most definitive sense of the word, and most importantly, he was an honest, loving, passionate and generous man who would literally give you the shirt off his back.
He probably had more friends and admirers than the greatest of Hollywood celebrities, and was in fact a very dear friend to Lydia Mendosa, the nationally acclaimed Spanish guitarist and singer.
His memory will live on in the hearts of so many people, and he will be missed more greatly than words could ever express.
He is survived by one son, Gregory Paul Dodge; two daughters, Elisabeth “Lizzy” Dodge and Andrea Dodge; several grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews.
At his request there will be no funeral service. There will however, as per his request, be a memorial party to take place in his memory.
The date, place and time will be posted in the Hornell Evening Tribune and the Hornell-Canisteo Pennysaver at a later date. Watch for it in the Boredom Busters and announcement pages.
If you have any questions please contact Liz Dodge at 281-0147 or the family at his home 324-5612.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a contribution of a tree (or many trees) be planted in his honor through the National Arbor Day Foundation (1-888-448-7337) or Trees Instead (1-866-972-TREE).
Friends wishing to send a remembrance may visit www.brownandpowersfuneralhomes.com
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the Bender-Brown & Powers Funeral Home, 354 Canisteo St., Hornell.
Submitted by Annette Campbell; Obituary from HORNELL TRIBUNE Website