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K.L. Sharp Funeral Home
Saturday January 23rd, 2016

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Hugh H. Comfort

Hugh H. Comfort, 79, of South Otselic, NY, passed away on Tuesday, January 19, 2016, at his home, while surrounded by his family.

Born in Painted Post, NY, on January 1, 1937, Hugh was the son of the late Harold and Olive Denison Comfort.  A longtime resident of South Otselic, he attended the South Otselic United Methodist Church.  He proudly served in the U.S. Air Force during the early stages of the Vietnam Conflict and was a member of the Perry Cook American Legion Post #973.  He was a 53-year member and past chief of the S. Otselic Fire Department and Emergency Squad where he held every office, including the first safety officer in the history of the department.  He was also a member of the Otselic Valley #659 F & AM and the Otselic Valley Grange.  For several years, he served as the Justice of the Peace and Town of Otselic Councilman.  He had been employed at Brewer-Tichnor, Cortland, for 25 years and eventually retired from Simmons Precision, Norwich.  In his spare time, he served as a member and leader for 4-H and volunteered as a coach for both baseball and soccer.  He was proud to be a foster parent to over 60 children and also hosted several exchange students during their stay at Otselic Valley.

He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Mary Elizabeth Locke Comfort; and sons, Harold (Diane) Comfort and Malcolm Comfort, all of S. Otselic.  He also leaves behind an adopted daughter, Kathy Stevens, of Cortland; grandchildren, Olin, Erie, Emily, and Jessica Comfort; brothers, Howard “Crunch” Comfort of Cortland and Dale (Melody) Comfort of Altadena, CA; a sister, Delia “Deedee” Walberger of Phoenix; a special nephew, Ken Comfort of Bath, NC; and several other nieces, nephews, and cousins.

The family will be present to receive friends at the K.L. Sharp Funeral Home, Cincinnatus, NY, on Friday from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a Masonic Service to be held at 6:30 p.m.  Funeral services will be held at the South Otselic United Methodist Church on Saturday, January 23, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. with Reverend Carl Johnson officiating.  Burial will be in Valley View Cemetery at a later date.  Expressions of sympathy in memory of Hugh may be directed to the S. Otselic Fire Department, P.O. Box 41, S. Otselic, NY 13155.

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I was devastated to hear of Hugh's passing. He was a wonderful cousin and person with whom I had far to little time, mostly when we were young and then recently at reunions, I will miss him more than you can imagine, such wonderful memories of days on his family's farm with him and Howard and dale and deeded. My grandfather built their barn on the farm. I am so overcome by all that he did for the community and all those children but not surprised in least. There is a hole in my life that no one can replace. Still thinking of him and praying for Mary and the kids. Have lost my address book with her address and dales and deeded. Wish I could find it so I could be in touch. Wish I could have come to the service......... Still thinking about that. Would love to hear from Mary and dale and melody. We were too far apart for too long. I have picture of mike and Hugh and me on my refrigerator, so glad I have that whenever I go past the refrigerator. My address is 1975 Woodbury rd., Bethlehem, pa 18017 or jce2@lehigh.edu. I would especially like to know about Kenneth comfort, who was named for my dad? Who was a wonderful man, like all the Comforts, I didn't know I had a cousin I presume named for Dad, must be Dad's connection with the inland waterway he often talked about. Probably no one will ever see this, too late unless they come back for the year but it is too late for that, I have not been well. Much love and prayers to you all. Jeaniene

Jeaniene eisenberg Feb 12 2017 12:00 AM

It was wonderful to read your message. It is always nice to hear how much Hugh's presence in life positively affected others.

Dale & Melody Comfort Apr 17 2016 12:00 AM

Hugh Comfort filled our days with laughter working together at Simmons Precision in Norwich until he retired. I never met a man that could remember more jokes than Hugh. I still remember some of them today. So many good memories. I loved to hear the fishing stories of going to Canada. The antics of his little grandson. He was a kind and hard working man. Rest Now my friend and I will hold on to the memories we shared!

Dale & Margaret Hunt Jan 27 2016 12:00 AM

Dear Mary and family, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Hugh was a wonderful husband, father and an import part of the community. He will be missed by many. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time and in the coming months. May your happy memories comfort you now and in the days to come. Sincerely, Dorothy

Dorothy (MacLean) Kiefer Jan 25 2016 12:00 AM

We are so sorry to hear of Hugh's passing. He was a great neighbor for many years. Our sincerest condolences to you, Mary, and family.

Ken & Vicki Morse Jan 23 2016 12:00 AM

Dear Mary, Harold, and Malcolm,

Hugh was a lovely man. I always enjoyed seeing him when he brought my calendar every year. I'm sorry you've lost him and am thinking of all of you.

Much love to all your family.

Joyce Church Jan 22 2016 12:00 AM

Sorry to hear of your loss. I remember him from spending time with Kathy for 4-H.

Dora Boise Wilcox Jan 22 2016 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss. Hugh was a pillar in the valley community and our family loved him! Our thoughts are with you, Mary. Lifting you up in prayer now and in the coming days.

Carol Nauman Fisher Jan 21 2016 12:00 AM

was judge with hugh ,good freind

frank faulkner,sherburne Jan 21 2016 12:00 AM

So very sorry about Hugh's passing. Our thoughts & prayers are with you all at this difficult time.

Mike & Alicia Marconi Jan 21 2016 12:00 AM

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