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Lyle F. Foster

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BOMBAY – Mr. Lyle F. Foster, 100, formerly of County Route 9, peacefully passed away Wednesday afternoon, July 2, 2014 under the loving and gentle care of the Highland Nursing Home. Lyle had been a resident of the nursing home for the past four years.

Lyle was born February 12, 1914 at the family home in Bombay, the son of the late George and Frances E. Smith Foster and attended schools in Bombay.

Lyle was a self-employed farmer, operating the family farm for many years. In addition to farming, Lyle worked for Dewitt Trucking during the construction of the St. Lawrence Seaway. Mostly, he was a jack-of-all trades and was able to do carpentry, mechanic work, able to fix anything, and was a well driller. He loved his farm life and all that came with it, tinkering with machinery and cars made him happy. Lyle enjoyed helping his neighbors throughout the years and also had a great love for horses. Lyle will be fondly remembered as a man who never said a bad word about anyone and saw the good in all people.

He is survived by his nieces and a nephew, Laura Beaudette and Priscilla McCabe, both of Bombay; Darrell Yaddow of Frankfort, NY; Mellisa Foster and Beth Foster, both of Pennellville, NY; many great nieces and nephews; and dear friends, Shirley Taillefer and the Elliott Family.

He was predeceased by his longtime loving companion, Gladys Elliott on June 28, 2007; his brother, Harold Foster on December 16, 1988; his sisters, Gwendolyn Foster at age 1; Beulah LaTulip on February 1, 2000, Marilyn Castleman on November 25, 2008; and Phyllis Yaddow on March 12, 2012.

Friends may call Saturday from 10:00 -12:00 PM at the Donaldson Funeral Home, Massena, where funeral services will be held at 12:00 PM. Burial will be in Sunnyside Cemetery, Brushton, at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the Highland Nursing Home Activities Fund.

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