Roderick (Rod) Mawhir, 84, of Brocton, N.Y., went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ early Sunday evening, Jan. 5, 2014. He was a beloved husband, father, papa and uncle, and he passed away peacefully at home with his family by his side.
He was born in Brocton on Dec. 5, 1929, the son of the late William Frederick and Reba (Sunday) Mawhir. He lived in the Brocton area his entire life. He was a 1947 graduate of Brocton Central School and while he was in high school, he worked delivering milk for Wolcott's Dairy. Upon graduation, he joined the U.S. Navy and was stationed in Memphis, Tenn. He was a naval veteran of the Korean War. He was a member of The American Legion John W. Dill Post 434 of Brocton N.Y. Rod also worked earlier in his life for the Ford Motor Co. in Buffalo N.Y.
Later, as part of the GI Bill Study Program, he worked for the Pognant Lumber Co. of Brocton, N.Y. which is where he learned his skills in the carpentry trade and where he became the wellknown and respected selfemployed carpenter that he was in the area. During his life he had worked for the New York State Thruway and was once a Brocton Central School bus driver. He also worked for the Village of Brocton as an employee and at one time was public works superintendent. Rod was an active member of the Brocton Baptist Church since 1959 where he had served as a Sunday school teacher, Deacon and trustee. Rod worked with the Boy Scouts of America and in the 1960s, he was active in the Little League of Brocton. Later, he was instrumental in building the current Arthur Bud Miller Memorial Little League complex. Rod was an avid supporter of Brocton Central School sports and was often seen riding to and from events in his customized Bulldog golf cart. Rod also was a retired fireman for the Brocton Fire Dept. and served at one time as Brocton Village Police Justice.
Rod is survived by his loving wife, Billie J. (Judy) (Hensley) Mawhir whom he married on March 3, 1951 in Memphis, Tenn; two sons: Steve (Sylvia) Mawhir of Brocton, N.Y., and Stan (Linda) Mawhir of North Tonawanda, N.Y.; two daughters: Peggy (Chuck) Mangus of Fredonia, N.Y., and Patty (Todd) Matteson of Portland, N.Y.; 12 grandchildren and four greatgrandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Fredora Manzella of Portland, N.Y., and several beloved nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his daughter, Jane Wright; his brother, William Mawhir; and his sister, Vivian Burnside.
Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday Jan. 10, 2014, at the Brocton Baptist Church in Brocton, N.Y. The Rev. Larry Morrison will officiate. Military services will be performed by the John W. Dill Post 434. Interment will follow at the Portland Evergreen Cemetery. Friends are invited to call at The Morse Funeral Home 51 Highland in Brocton, N.Y., from 24 and 79 on Thursday Jan. 9, 2014. The family will be also present at the Brocton Baptist Church from 9:3011 a.m. to receive friends prior to the service. Flowers are respectfully declined. Memorials in Rod's honor may be made to The Brocton Fire Dept., Lake Ave. Brocton, NY, 14716; The Brocton Baptist Church Memorial Fund 33 West Main St., Brocton, NY 14716; and/or Hospice of Chautauqua County 20 West Fairmount Ave. Jamestown, NY 14750.