Caneadea --- Kellogg “Philo” Furniss of 7723 Route 243 died Sunday, May 14, 2023 in his home. He was born on October 19, 1926 in Buffalo, a son of the late Edmund and Hazel Kellogg Furniss. On October 9, 1971, in Caneadea, he married the love of his life Clarice Balcom who predeceased him on September 25, 2015.
Philo was a graduate of Rushford Central School, class of 1945, and was proud to be the goalie for the Class C State Soccer Champions in 1945.
In 1949 Philo joined the United States Army and spent time serving in Virginia and Texas where he was moved from the motor pool to driving for the Commander.
He was the owner and operator for Scott Brothers Milk Trucking in Rushford from 1972 until he sold the business and retired in 2003. Philo enjoyed working on and showing his John Deere tractors and having coffee with his many friends and family.
Philo was very active in his community and was a member of the Belfast United Methodist Church, served 45 years on the Caneadea Town Board where he held several different offices during his tenure, a board member of the Caneadea Cemetery and the First Burying Ground Cemetery.
Surviving is a sister-in-law, Ola Lou Gordon. Uncle Philo will be greatly missed by his ten nieces, six nephews, many great nieces and nephews and his dear best friend, Kathy Hayes.
In addition to his wife and parents he was predeceased by a sister, Floy Meacham, a brother, William Furniss, two sisters-in-law, Esther Furniss, Helen Balcom and two brothers-in-law, Charles Balcom and Charles Gordon.
Family and friends may gather from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 20, 2023 at the Kopler-Williams Funeral Home, 21 N. Genesee Street, Fillmore and from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 21, 2023 at the Belfast United Methodist Church where a funeral service will follow at 4:00 p.m. Pastor Craig Buelow will officiate. Burial will be in Caneadea Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials if desired to: Belfast United Methodist Church, Caneadea Cemetery Association, First Burying Ground Cemetery Association or White Cemetery Association.
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