Nathan D. Post, 31, of 11 Park Lane, Jamestown, N.Y., and formerly from Ripley, N.Y., went to sleep on Tuesday night and only a few hours later awoke in Heaven wrapped in the arms of Jesus and released to walk, leap and run for the first time.
He was born June 12, 1980, in Rochester, N.Y. He will be dearly missed by his parents, Michael and Sharon Post, other family members, friends, and care-takers. Although he could do little for himself, he al-ways managed to capture the hearts of those who took the time to discover his wonderful personality and great sense of humor.
The name Nathan means "gift of God," and he has definitely fulfilled that meaning and his purpose in life. In 1992 Nathan was the first person to be named the Saint Catherine's Right to Life Child of the Year. He attended the New York State School for the Blind in Batavia, N.Y., and the LoGuidice Center in Fredonia, N.Y., graduating in 2001. For the last 10 years he has been involved in day habilitation pro-grams, mostly at Aspire of Western New York but also at The Resource Center. Nathan loved going to church where he would in-terject the occasional "Praise the Lord!" or "Hallelujah!" He immense-ly enjoyed the music, espe-cially the choir. However, different sounds at church often bothered him to the point that he would have to leave. Therefore, in 2008, at his parents' request and with the help of the loving pastors and congregation at Busti Church of God, Re-joicing Spirits, a monthly worship service especially designed for people with developmental disabilities, was established in his honor.
Nathan D. Post
Nathan is survived by his parents Michael and Sharon Post of Ripley, N.Y., brothers Jason (Sa-mantha) Post and Adam Post, sisters Amy (Steven) Scott and Jessica Post, nieces and nephews Court-ney and Xavier Post, Cam-eron and Sarah Scott, Za-chary Crump, Dylan and Taylor Young; maternal grandmother Maribelle Bemis, paternal grandmoth-er Joyce Post and also by his caretaker, Ricky White.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfa-ther, the Rev. C. Lyle Bemis, paternal grandfather Howard C. Post and an un-cle, Timothy Kuhn.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. to-day at the Spitzer Funeral, Sherman, N.Y., and from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday at Busti Church of God. The funeral service will be held at noon at the church with Pastor Roy Ferguson and Pastor David Bemis offici-ating.
Interment will be at Hol-land Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to, Rejoicing Spirits at Busti Church of God, 996 Forest Ave. Ext. Jamestown, NY 14701, and Aspire of Western New York, 140 Mall Blvd., Lakewood, NY 14750.
Arrangements are being handled by the Spitzer Fun-eral Home, Clymer, N.Y.