The Portville Historical and Preservation Society
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Portville, NY 14770

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Portville, New York
Earl T. Parish
1910-2008
PORTVILLE - Earl T. Parish, 97, of
Portville and Natick, Mass., died Thursday
(Feb. 7, 2008) in Natick.  
Born Nov. 26, 1910, in Portville, he was the
son of the late Smith and Fanny Bell Parish
and a member of an early Portville family.  
His great-grandfather, Smith Parish, settled
in the village in 1847 and built the home that
is now the Portville Free Library.
He was a graduate of Portville High School
and after attending Fenn College in
Cleveland, Ohio, was employed by the First
National Bank of Olean.  He married
Josephine Powers on March 8, 1935, and
resided with her in Portville and Natick until
her death in 2005.
In 1942, Mr. Parish enrolled in Parks Air
College, a division of St. Louis University.  
After graduation, he served on the
meteorologist staff of Transcontinental and
Western Air in Kansas City and, with the
staff of that office, forecast for the pilots of
the Air Transport Command.
He returned to Portville in 1945 to act as
private secretary to Duncan Dusenbury and
took up duties as clerk-treasurer of the
village of Portville.
In 1962, he became the first manager of the
Portville office of the First National Bank of
Olean.  Mr. Parish was a lifetime member
of the Portville Fire Department.  
He served for over 40 years as a board
member and secretary-treasurer of both the
Portville Free Library and the Chestnut Hill
Cemetery Association.  He was a charter
member and president of the Portville
Kiwanis Club and a charter member of the
Portville Historical and Preservation
Society.      His interest in area affairs and
boards included the Portville Community
Men's Club, Portville Central School Board
of Education, Randolph Children's Home
and the Olean YMCA.  In 1991, he was
named Citizen of the Year by the YMCA.
He is survived by his son, David, and
daughter-in-law, Shirley, of Natick.
In addition to his wife of 70 years, he was
predeceased by two sisters, Mary Parish
and Ruth Scutt; and two brothers, David
and Robert Parish.
A memorial service will be held at the
convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made
to the Portville Untied Methodist Church,
Portville Free Library, Chestnut Hill
Cemetery Association, Portville Historical
and Preservation Society, Olean YMCA or
to a charity of the donor's choice.
Arrangements are under the direction of the
Guenther Funeral Home Inc.