May 9, 1931 - January 12, 2012
Age 80, of Main St., Portageville, died January 12, 2012 at the Wyoming County Community Hospital in Warsaw.
He was born May 9, 1931 in Portageville, son of the late Lloyd West and Martha Brogan West Passamonte. Bill was employed for many years with the Town of Genesee Falls Highway Department and was highway superintendent for several years. He was a dedicated fire fighter and a member of the Genesee Falls Fire Department for over 60 years and served as chief for 25 years. He was a member of the Wyoming County Volunteer Firemen’s Association and the Western New York Volunteer Firemen’s Association. Bill was a lifelong member of the former Church of the Assumption in Portageville.
Surviving are his wife of 63 years, Harriette Buchinger West whom he married on July 24, 1948; his daughter, Becky West Smith of Portageville; his grandson, Kenneth L. Smith; his great grandchildren, Rischandra Smith, Kendra Smith and Hayley Smith; his brother, Francis West of Perry; his sister, Nancy Covert of Brockport.
There are no calling hours. Services will be at the convenience of the family. Memorials may be made to St. Michael’s Church, 171 N. Main St., Warsaw, NY 14569. Arrangements are being completed by Harmon-Watson Funeral Home, Castile.
Jan 23.12 from David Vasile:
Our friend,We will never forget your leadership and kindness.Thanks for what you have given.History will prove how much you will be missed.THE OLD GENESEE FALLS FIRE COMPANY HAD ITS BEST DAYS BECAUSE OF YOU.Thank you Bill for the best part of our lives for many of us.
Jan 19.12 from chasta casselberry grisewood:
Hi this is wanda's daughter i'm very sorry for your loss i'm glad i had the pleasure of knowing him and the family. i remember you two were at my wedding and i'm very thankful for that i will have those memories my heart goes to you and your family love chasta grisewood
Jan 19.12 from wanda casselbery:
I'm sorry to hear about your loss he was a great guy. I enjoyed visiting him when i was working we had a lot of laughs and great talks. my thought and pryers are with you i'm sure you will miss him terribly and i'm very sorry i was unable to visit him in the hospital. i will be thinking of you and your family. love wanda casselberry
Jan 18.12 from Donna Forsyth:
Dear Harriette,Becky and family,
I was so sad to hear of your loss. I always enjoy seeing you at the store and remember Bill coming in to play his Lotto. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Jan 17.12 from dorinda bennett:
he was a very good man and will be sadly missed
Jan 17.12 from Ray and Corinne (red) Houtz:
Sorry to hear about your grandpa. To the family of the West and the Smith family.
Jan 17.12 from Bob and Chris Starr:
Harriet & Becky and Ken and girls--so sorry for your loss. You all will be in our thoughts and prayers.
Jan 17.12 from Darlene Gelser:
Our sincere sympathy to the family of Bill West. He must have been a remarkable, loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather as I have had the pleasure of knowing his daughter and grandchildren and they are a true example of a great upbringing. The love they had for him was shared in many ways. May Bill rest in peace and may the family be comforted by the beautiful memories they have had through the years.
Jan 17.12 from Dave and Sally Simmons:
Our condolences go out to Bills family. Bill was a very caring and giving person. He did much for the residents of Portageville (as highway superintendent), always there for us, he did an outstanding job. A life long member of the Fire Co. and long time fire chief. Under his direction the dept. was successful and great. Bill was the Genesee Falls Fire Co. We have lost a great person.
Jan 17.12 from Roxie (Buckley) Nourse:
So sorry to hear of Billy's passing, he was such a great guy. You know of the love we felt for him. Hope he gets to hang out with dad. You are all in our thoughts.
Jan 16.12 from Edna Mayer:
I was so sorry to hear of Bill's death. You know we all loved him. It's almost like losing a part of dad all over again. Know we're all thinking of you.
Jan 16.12 from Brenda McNulty:
I knew Bill several years ago when I lived in Portageville and he was one of the kindest, sweetest people I've ever met. My condolences to his family. Go in Peace, Bill and enjoy your next journey. God Bless.
Jan 16.12 from Craig & Connie Mullikin:
Sorry to hear of your loss. I bet Bill and his Dad Loyd are riding around Heaven in a "FORD" Convertible smiling from ear to ear. Bill was a great guy and will be missed. Peace be with you and your Mom.
Craig & Connie Mullikin
Jan 15.12 from Jim and Sharon Mitchell:
Sorry to hear of your loss. We will always remember "Billy West" He was a great man. I can always remember the fine cars he had through the years. We always seemed to bump into each other some place in our travels. Peace be with you.
Jan 15.12 from sandy bugman:
i just read the paper and see your loss. He was a very nice man. he always made me smile. God bless you and your mom.