RANDOLPH, N.Y. - Theodore A. "Ted" Searle Sr. Esq., 91, of Route 394, Randolph, passed away Sunday, (Aug. 11, 2013), in the home of his daughter and caregiver, Jane S. Cain and her husband, Tom of Randolph.
Mr. Searle was born Sept. 2, 1921, in Randolph, N.Y., the son of the late Robert and Florence Adams Searle.
He was a 1939 graduate of Randolph Central School, Hamilton College, class of 1943 and the Cor-nell School of Law. Mr. Searle served his country proudly during World War II, serving with the Army from Oct. 20, 1942 to Nov. 2, 1945, where he was a communications specialist in the European Theatre.
On Feb. 20, 1943, while on a weekend pass, he married the love of his life, Mary Visker. While living and working in the Denver, Colo. area they returned to Randolph. Ted began his career at the State Bank of Randolph as a teller, later becoming Vice President and Loan Officer. As Loan Officer, he will be remembered by many for his trust in a person's word and character. He retired from banking in 1975 and continued his law practice, well into his 80's.
Ted was a member of Grace Episcopal Church in Randolph, where he served on the Vestry and Senior Warden. His membership's have included; Conewango Folks Golf Course (Cardinal Hills) where he was a past club champion, New York State Bar Association (past president), International Brick Collector's Association (past president), Randolph Children's Home (New Directions Youth and family services), and board member and past president, Conewango Watershed Commission of Cattaraugus and Chautauqua County's. He was also a special friend to the Old Order Amish Sect in Conewango Valley.
Ted left behind a beautiful legacy through his love of people and nature, his story telling, love of golf, tennis, books and for the importance he stressed of higher learning and edu-cation.
He is survived by three sons: Theodore A. "Todd" Searle Jr. and wife, Kathy of Andover, N.Y., Tyler D. Searle and wife, Sheila and John J. "Jake" Searle and wife, Patty, all of Randolph; two daughters: Julia S. LeGrant of Marlborough, Conn., and Jane S. Cain and husband, Tom of Randolph; 13 grandchildren: Tara Searle, Gerrit Cain and wife, Cheryl, Paul Cain, William Searle and wife, Lisa, Adam Searle, Roberta LeGrant, Andrew LeGrant, Benjamin Searle, Catherine Searle, Tony Cain, Neil De-Laney, Chanell Miller and Tyler Cain; as well as many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded by his wife, Mary Visker Searle; a brother, William Searle; and sisters: Roberta Gartman and Mary Searle Wade.
A Memorial Celebration of his life will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday (Aug. 24, 2013), on the family pro-perty at the home of his daughter and son-in-law, Tom and Jane Cain, 12916 Route 394, Randolph. Inurnment will be in the Randolph Cemetery fol-lowing his gift to the University of Buffalo Ana-tomical Gift Program for use of his body for research. Visitation will not be observed.
Arrangements are entrusted to the VanRensse-laer & Son Funeral Home, 14 Church Street, Randolph, NY 14772. To leave a condolence, log onto: www.vanrensselaerandsonfuneralhome.com. Memorials may be sent to New Directions Youth & Family Services, C/O Shei-la Searle, Main Street, Ran-dolph, NY 14772.