Portville, New York
The lovely watercolor in our toolbar (at above left) is a depiction of the office at 17 Maple Avenue.
The artist is Portville's very own talent, Marilyn Reynolds.
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This page was last updated on 03-24-08
In Memorium - Repeated from last week
Melvin H. VanCuren, Jr.
1939 - 2008
Recently, we lost our longtime friend and Portville pharmacist, Mel VanCuren. It was quite
unexpected by the family and a shock to our close-knit community when he passed away on
Saturday, February 8, 2008.
Mel was more than a pharmacist, he deeply cared about everyone he had associations with. He and
Ellie have provided a much needed service to Portville for so long that it is hard to imagine the
neighborhood store being closed. Always genuinely happy to see their customers and friends, they
always took the time to stop and visit with us, often times with Mel filling your prescriptions right
while you waited. They were extremely proud of their family, displaying the latest photos of their
grandchildren and, of course, Mel's latest "big catch," complete with stories to go along with them.
The fondness that everyone felt for Mel was obvious by the large number of people that attended the
visitation and memorial service. The family seemed to draw strength from their faith, as well as
family and friends, courageously enduring the long line of mourners. Many spoke of their hunting
and fishing experiences with Mel, and Joe Caya even did an imitation of the famous "Mel VanCuren
turkey call," a favorite among the local hunters. The moments of levity were a welcome relief from
the heavy sadness in our hearts.
We will all certainly miss Mel, and our thoughts and prayers are with Ellie and her family. Read his
obituary from the Olean Times Herald here.
|Downtown Portville, looking south down Main St. toward
Smith Parish Hardware in 1960's
|OTH photographer Darrell Gronemeier captures the scene days after the