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Lawmakers to Consider Naming Rights Agreement in February
Batavia’s City Council may put McCarthy’s name on ice arena

DAVID McCARTHY
The city won't formally know for about three more weeks whether Batavia Ice Arena will bear David McCarthy's name, but city lawmakers will entertain the idea of a 10-year agreement when they meet Feb. 14th. To his family and friends with the foundation named in his memory, the David McCarthy Memorial Ice Arena would be the perfect name for the building.

"I saw that the naming rights were becoming available. I thought that having my friend, David McCarthy, who I played hockey with ... I thought his name should be on the building." Pellegrino Auto Sales owner Guy Pellegrino said Monday afternoon. "He was a class act and a great hockey player and a great friend."

Pellegrino said he met with the McCarthy Foundation's board, led by board President Brian McCarthy--David McCarthy's younger brother--and including David's father, Mike McCarthy. The pact would be between the city and Pellegrino AutoSales/the McCarthy Foundation.

"I asked if it would be OK, if I could put David's name on the building. They obviously were very happy to hear that," Pellegrino said. "I wanted to honor my friend and there's no better name that can go on that building, as far as I'm concerned."


REMEMBERING DAVID McCARTHY

Assistant City Manager Jill Wiedrick, who worked with Pellegrino and Brian McCarthy spoke about David McCarthy during Monday's meeting. She said David McCarthy grew up in Batavia and was a fixture at the ice , playing for the Ramparts in the Genesee Amateur Hockey Association (GAHA). At Batavia High School, he was captain of a varsity team that finished as the runner-up in Division I in 1994-95.

"David was a passionate leader throughout his career and Batavia Ice Arena was like a sanctuary for him" Wiedrick said. "If David wasn't home you could find him at the Arena at Skate and Shoot after school or at Friday night Open Skate."

David McCarthy, 29, was killed Nov. 2, 2006, a little over 15 years ago, in a motor vehicle accident. McCarthy is survived by his wife, Lori McCarthy, and three children--daughters, Madeline and Alli, and son Logan.

"One of the things I found the most heartwarming was that a foundation, out of a tragedy, was started," Wiedrick said, "Over the course of these years, since 2006, the foundation has donated over $80,000 to youth sports. They've had a huge impact in our area."

THE McCARTHY FOUNDATION

Brian McCarthy spoke on behalf of the McCarthy Foundation, recalling when Pellegrino approached them with his proposal.

"Our family was just blown away that he wanted to do this and we thought 'Well, what can we do'?" McCarthy told the Council. "What we bring to the table is ... a charitable foundation that is passionate about improving and supporting youth athletics in Genesee County. We're very proud of our long and diverse list of organizations that we've been able to support over the last 15 years."

The other thing the foundation brings to the ice rink is a following in and the support of the community, Brian McCarthy said.

"We're excited to takethat recipe and join forces with the people that have been working hard for years to make the ice rink an amazing place, maybe even add a little more to the equation," he said.

McCarthy said he and Pellegrino are both coaching their youngest sons in hockey at the beginner level.

"We've got an amazing hockey adventure we're just embarking on, coaching together. You talk about the future of the ice rink over the next 10 years, nobody's going to be more invested than these two guys," he said, referring to himself and McCarthy. "We're going to be living down the street here at the ice rink."

COUNCIL COMMENTS

Council President Eugene Jankowski Jr. thanked Pellegrino and Brian McCarthy for getting involved and thinking about a long-term agreement for naming rights, not just a deal for a couple of years.

"It (the arena) definitely needs some ownership from the public with the foundation and so on, to really put your elbow grease into the rink. We want to do whatever we can to help. We're limited in some ways. Any help you can provide is awesome."

Councilmember Tammy Schmidt said her son grew up at the rink and her grandson goes there now.

"I spent countless hours at the rink, running hockey tournaments," she said. "I'm very proud of this proposal and the name that's going on (the building) and I hope you're going to do great things."

Councilperson-At-Large Bob Bialkowski said it's great to see someone local getting involved.

"This could have some out-of-town person advertising some new soda or something," he said. "Than you guys."

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W. PETE MAIRS

W. PETE MAIRS
Walter D. “Pete” Mairs, 81, died peacefully on July 23, 2021. Born in Avon, N.Y., on Sept. 3, 1939, Pete was a longtime resident of Geneva, N.Y., and these past many years in Buffalo, N.Y., as well as his beloved Silver Lake. Pete is survived by his wife, Linda Bergstrom Mairs, a loving and true companion; children, Mimi C. Mairs, Jonathan B. Mairs; sisters, June Huff, Helen Dole; brother, Thomas Mairs; stepchildren, Daniel Brinkworth, Jennie Ramsey; sister-in-law, Anne Bergstrom, eight beautiful grandchildren, and nieces and nephews. A service and celebration of life is planned for the fall when all can share the joy of Pete’s life together. Arrangements by Stephenson – Dougherty Funeral Home, Avon, N.Y.

Editor's Note: It was a privilege knowing and working with Pete Mairs during his presidency of the Silver Lake Institute. He was a kind and gentle man, but also firm in his leadership. I served as Treasurer and Chaplain of SLI during those years and I could always depend on Pete's presence in the worship service. He was a man of faith and a gem of a human being. May he rest in God's care.

GERALD C. SAHRLE

GERALD C. SAHRLE
Gerald C. Sahrle, 80, of Perry, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021, at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. He was born on Oct. 10, 1941, in Wayland, N.Y., to the late Charles A. and Helen I. (Blowers) Sahrle. Gerry was a line foreman for 32 1/2 years for NYSE&G, working out of the Perry and Hamburg locations, and was a Town of Perry Councilman. He was a member of the Free and Accepted Masons of the Constellation Lodge -404 in Perry. He was an avid fisherman, hunter and woodworker. He is survived by his wife, Valary A. (Conley) Sahrle; 1 son, Gerald (Pamela) Sahrle II of Silver Springs; 2 sisters, Millie Edmond of Greece, Bonnie Fink of Winston-Salem, N.C., 3 brothers, Ronald (Linda) Sahrle of Dansville, Robert (Susan) Sahrle of Springwater, Kenneth Sahrle of Dansville; 5 grandchildren, Bradley Musscarella, Stone and Winston Sahrle, Conley and Cooper Gayton; along with many nieces, nephews and friends. Along with his parents, he is preceded in death by a brother, Thomas Sahrle, who passed away in 2012. Services will be held at the convenience of the family. Gerry will be laid to rest in West Perry Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Perry Center Fire Department, P.O. Box 204, Perry, NY 14530. For more information, please call (585) 237-2626 or to leave a message of condolence, visit www.eatonwatsonfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 North Main Street, Perry, NY 14530.

Editor's Note: Gerald and Valarie could always be seen in the family pew with Pamela, Stone and Winston at Perry First United Methodist Church and continue to be loved. Gerry will be sorely missed. Both were supporters of the Arts at the Silver Lake Institute and Valarie was active in painting and participating in the Annual Show in August. Valarie's presence was always valued and appreciated.

KATHARINE E. PRACZKAJLO ("Kathy P.")

KATHARINE E. PRACZKAJLO ("Kathy P.")
"Kathy P." passed November 8, 2021, of Hamburg and Boston, NY. Beloved daughter of Joseph and Barbara Michalak; loving sister of Daniel Michalak; devoted wife of the late Jeffrey Praczkajlo; cherished mother of Jennifer (Shawn) Jump; loving babcia of Lily Jump; also survived by many beloved family members and friends who became her family. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Editor's Note: "Kathy P." as she was better known to us at Silver Lake was an annual summer visitor for most of the last number of years at the invitation of Silver Laker Julia Hoffner. She stayed at the Hoffner Cottage, and became known as both the fun visitor with the vivacious smile to the neighbors at the intersection of Haven Ave. and the Ames Walkway. Kathy P. and Julie could be seen walking and talking between the cottage and the Hoffner boathouse where they could be close to the water. She was also occasionally seen at the Saturday morning breakfasts at Stoody Hall. Her stay was anywhere between 4 days and a week where she had the opportunity to develop a love for Silver Lake. She was not yet eligible for retirement when late last week she developed "a cold" and had to remain home from her job. She did not update her condition over the weekend so the local police made a wellness visit and found her deceased on Monday. She was one of those many people who found Silver Lake and friendship for brief respites where she also found new strength and energy to return to work. She is being particularly mourned by those in the Haven/Ames neighborhood. She will be memorialized next summer at the annual Celebration of Life Memorial Service at Epworth Hall.

BRENDA J. PADDOCK

BRENDA J. PADDOCK
Brenda Joan Paddock, 82, of Perry, born April 15, 1939, now resides in heaven with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Brenda met Jesus as her Savior in 1965. She met him in person on Nov. 14, 2021. She had a beautiful homecoming with music, singing and praying, leading her into Glory. Her last words were “I am well, I am well.”

Brenda’s greatest loves were her family and friends. Brenda had five children with her husband Roger: Don and Daelene Paddock of Florida, Jody and Tim Von Sanden of Pavilion, Bradley and Jeanie Paddock of Warsaw, Jennifer and Paul Guy of Massachusetts, and Nathan and Jill Paddock of Perry.

Brenda dearly loved her grandchildren: Jessica Morillo, Nikki and Clint O’Brien, Luke Paddock, Paul Paddock, Ian and Brooklyn Paddock, Joe and Louana Paddock, Burke and Megan Paddock, Aaron Paddock, Ellen Paddock, Andrew Paddock, Rachael Paddock, Abigail Paddock, Erik and Cassandra Von Sanden, Jacquelyn and Michael Jones, Tim Von Sanden, Brandon and Brandee Paddock, Jamey and Laura Paddock, Peter and Kara Guy, Candy and Jay Waitkevich, Marlo and Ryan Bolger and Jenna and Rory Peterson.

Brenda was blessed and loved her great grandchildren: Chloe, Olivia and Nicholas Von Sanden, Joshua and Jaxon Morillo, Jameson and Cassandra O’Brien, Atlas Paddock, Noah and Ezra Jones, Colton, Brantley and Charlotte Guy, Cameron Waitkevich, Amelia Bolger and Brennen Leonard.

Brenda is also survived by her brother and sister in laws; Frank and Emma Paddock, Viva and Jim Phillips-Richardson and Kurt and Lynn Paddock.

Brenda first started working as a secretary at Perry Central School. She then assisted her husband building Paddock’s Breeding Service. Roger and Brenda together built and ran the Sandsabarn teenage nightclub. Brenda was owner and operator of Serendipity Travel. Brenda’s pleasures included playing organ and piano. She played at a number of area churches along with performing for her loved ones. UPDATED -- Brenda also played with conviction at both indoor and outdoor services at the Silver Lake Institute where her grandson, Luke, sang at Epworth Hall on several occasions and was appreciated by all who heard his inspiring voice.

Brenda was preceded in death by her parents Noble and Freda Buckland, her husband Roger and son Bradley.

A Committal service at West Perry Cemetery will be held tomorrow, Wednesday, November 17 at 11 a.m., followed by a Celebration of Life at LaGrange Baptist Church at 4 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made in Brenda’s honor to the LaGrange Baptist Church 7092 LaGrange Rd. Perry, NY 14530 or to the First Congregational Church P.O. Box 156 Perry, NY 14530. Arrangements completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 N. Main St., Perry, N.Y. 14530. For more information or to sign the online guest registry please visit www.eatonwatsonfuneralhome.com.

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