Rev. Harry C. Lycett

DUNKIRK – Rev. Harry C. Lycett, 96, of Cherry Street, South Dayton, formerly of Smith Mills, died Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013, at the Absolut at Dunkirk.

The Rev. Lycett was born in the town of Carrollton, N.Y., on Sept. 9, 1917, the son of the late Harry J. and Enola (Hough) Lycett.

He was a graduate of East High School, Buffalo, and graduated from Clear Creek Bible School in Pineville, Ky., in 1953. The Rev. Lycett moved to Smith Mills in October 1954 and started Gage Chapel Community Church, serving as pastor for a total of 29 years (from January 1954 to November 1958 and January 196892, when he retired). He was also a pastor at Maryland Bible Church, Onieda, N.Y., for three years, Hayts Corners Bible Church, Hayts Corners, N.Y., for four years and in 1966 started a new church at Onieda BeachFellowship Baptist, where he served for three years. He worked at Odosagih Bible Conference in Machias, N.Y., and attended Family Church in South Dayton. The Rev. Lycett was a former member of Faith Baptist Church, Dunkirk, a former member of Gage Chapel Community Church, Smith Mills and at one time worked for Forestville Central School as a custodian.

Survivors include a daughter, Linda Rose of Silver Creek; two sons: John (Priscilla) Lycett, of South Dayton, and Thomas Lycett, of Dunkirk. Also surviving are 12 grandchildren; 16 greatgrandchildren; three greatgreat grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents he was predeceased by his wife, Ruth (Rolloff) Lycett, whom he married April 13, 1940, in Buffalo and who died Oct. 14, 2001; by a daughter, Sally Peebles; and by three sisters: Doris Gearmon, Betty Reilly and Helen Burghstahler.

Friends are welcome to call at the Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main St., Forestville, on Wednesday from 24 p.m. and 79 p.m., from where funeral services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Michael Pollock, pastor of Gage Chapel Community Church, officiating. Interment will follow in Balltown Cemetery, town of Hanover.

The family suggests memorial donations may be made either to the Forestville Fire Department Emergency & Rescue Squad, Chestnut Street, Forestville, NY 14062 or to the American Cancer Society, 101 John J. Audubon Parkway, Amherst, NY 142281198. To post condolences go to