John C. Bridge, 85, passed away Wednesday (Oct. 28, 2015) at Jones Memorial Hospital, following a lengthy illness.
Mr. Bridge was born on May 21, 1930 in Andover to Clark and Louise (Will) Bridge. He graduated valedictorian from Andover Central School in 1948. From 1951-53, he served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. On Sept. 26, 1959, he married Elizabeth L. Cuddeback, who predeceased him on May 13, 2005.
John served the Village of Alfred as their village clerk from 1974 until his retirement in 1989. Previously he worked for Burrows Furniture in Wellsville for 20 years.
John is survived by two daughters, Lorie Pohrte of Cheektowaga and Kristy (Lee) Brown of Andover; one son, Jeff (Julie) Bridge of Andover; one sister, Liz Leonard of Andover; 13 grandchildren, Joseph (Stephanie) Pohrte, Robert Pohrte, Amanda (Joseph) Shepard, Jamie Lynn Pohrte, Jessica Bridge, Kaylee Bridge, Jordan Bridge, Josh Bridge, Taylor Brown, Shelbie Brown, Kaleb (Alicia) Brown, Ashley Brown and Daniel Brown; 13 great grandchildren, Tyler Shepard, Dylan Shepard, Tristin Shepard,Cole Shepard, Chayse Shepard, Joseph Pohrte, Ethan Pohrte, Nico Pohrte, Dario Pohrte, Connor Pohrte Alexis Pohrte, Aleeah Brown and Zoey Hood; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by a son, Randy John Bridge.
John enjoyed the art of antiquing while searching for that yet undiscovered treasure. He and his wife loved to western round dance and square dance. His favorite season of the year was decorating and celebrating Christmas with his family. It was these times with family and the treasures of the memories of spending time with them that will be most missed and fondly remembered.
Additionally, John was a member of the Wellsville American Legion and Andover Presbyterian Church and past member of the Andover Lions Club and Andover Masonic Lodge.
Friends and family will gather for a time of visitation on Monday from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at Baker-Swan Funeral Home in Andover. The funeral service will be held on Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Chris Mattison of the Andover Presbyterian Church, officiating. Burial with full military honors will immediately follow the funeral service in Hillside Cemetery. Online condolences may be offered at www.baker-swan.com.
Memorial contributions in John’s name may be made to Alzheimer’s Association of WNY, 2805 Wehrle Drive, Suite 6, Williamsville, NY 14221 or Allegany County Cancer Services, Attn: Lori Ballengee, 100 South Highland Ave., Wellsville, NY 14895.