Philip J. Sperry

Philip J. Sperry, 81, of 49 High Acres Drive, Bemus Point, N.Y., passed away unexpectedly Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, in his home.

He was born May 21, 1932, in Corry, Pa., the son of the late Earl H. and Margaret Shields Sperry Sr.

Philip was a veteran of the US Air Force, serving from 1950 to 1954. Prior to retirement, he was employed at Weber Knapp Corp for many years.

He had a great love of airplanes, and was an avid Buffalo Bills fan. He also enjoyed bowling, gardening, photography and was a talented pencil sketch artist.

Surviving are his first wife and the mother of his children Dorothy May Sperry of Mayville; his three children, James Sperry of North East, Pa.; Jeanne Sperry of Ellington; Amy Sperry of Dewittville; three step children, Larry (Karen) Ford and Rick (Debbie) Ford, both of Jamestown; Bonnie (Brian) Whalen of Bemus Point; 17 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; two sisters, Theresa Massa, Mary Ann Sperry; and a brother, Kenneth (Joyce) Sperry, of Pa.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Bernice Rosalinda Sperry, whom he married Dec. 14, 1974, and who died Jan. 2, 2011; and two brothers, George Sperry and Earl Sperry Jr.

The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday Dec. 27, 2013, in the Fluvanna Community Church. The Rev. Dayle F. Keefer, pastor, will officiate.

Burial will be in Lake View Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the Lind Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the Fluvanna Fire Department, Fluvanna Ave. Ext., Jamestown, NY 14701.

You may light a candle in remembrance of Philip at www.lindfuneralhome.com.