Elmer Niles

Elmer "Buzz" Niles

Saturday, March 16th, 1940 - Wednesday, March 13th, 2019
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Elmer Stanley Niles 1940-2019

Elmer “Buzz” Niles, 78, passed away on March 13, 2019 at St. Elizabeth Medical Center. He was born in Utica on March 16, 1940, the son of the late Elmer and Verna Shirley Niles. He received his education in Utica’s Theodore Roosevelt School and Chadwicks Union Free School.
On May 26, 1962 he was united in marriage with Bonny Twitchell in the Messiah Congregational Church in Washington Mills.
In early years, Buzz worked as a truck driver for local businesses, including Ludlows Sand and Gravel, Eastern Rock Products and White’s Farm Supply. He also drove bus for the Sauquoit Valley Central Schools. Prior to his retirement in 1994, he was employed with Utica Corporation as a final inspector, where he had worked for 14 years. During his retirement, he served on the Town of Paris Zoning Board of Appeals.
Buzz had an interest in history and cared deeply about his community. He was a member and trustee of the Town of Paris Historical Society and the Oneida County Historians Association. He was a member of the Bridgewater Historical Society. He was also a member of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War and served as past commander of Camp 114, Bridgewater. Buzz was also a longtime member and trustee of Cassville Community Baptist Church. Other interests included gardening, genealogy research, and keeping up with current events.
Buzz is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 56 years, Bonny, two daughters and sons in law; Christine and Richard Williams of Clayville and Elizabeth and Frank Fiss of Nashville, TN, two sons; Elmer Niles of Utica and Eric Niles of Brentwood, TN., his two adored grandchildren; Alexander Williams and Shealy Niles as well as several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his sister; Jane St. Germain of Albuquerque, NM.
Buzz’s family will receive relatives and friends on Monday, March 18 from 2-4 pm at the Smith Funeral Home, 3022 Oneida St. Sauquoit with a Celebration of Life service following immediately at 4pm.
Bonny and her family would like to thank Patrick Dooley and his staff at Faxton Pulmonary Rehabilitation and Drs. Tatyana Antonevich, Roger Norton and Mark Blaker for all of their care and compassion to attending to Buzz’s chronic illness over the years. The family would also like to thank Lincare, Edwards Ambulance, Jody and Mary with the Visiting Nurses Association, Abby Britton, his care attendant at Faxton-St. Luke’s Healthcare and St. Elizabeth Medical Center Cardio Thoracic ICU for their special care and compassion in the late stage of his life.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donations in Buzz’s name to the Tammy Twitchell Crafts Foundation Inc. (local support for those affected by Cystic Fibrosis). Tammy and her uncle Buzz shared not only their birthdays but respiratory illnesses. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Monday, March 18th, 2019 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Monday, March 18th, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Smith Funeral Home
    3022 Oneida St.
    PO Box 104
    SAUQUOIT, NY 13456
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  • Service

    Monday, March 18th, 2019 | 4:00pm
    Monday, March 18th, 2019 4:00pm
    Smith Funeral Home
    3022 Oneida St.
    PO Box 104
    SAUQUOIT, NY 13456
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    Crown Hill Memorial Park
    State Rt. 12
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Interment will be at a later date.


Donations are being accepted for: Tammy Twitchell Crafts Foundation.


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Andrea Broadbent

Posted at 04:17pm
Bonnie, we are so sorry to hear of Elmers' passing. We will surely miss his smiling face and optimistic outlook on life. Such a great kind man with never a bad thing to say about anything or anyone, even with his health issues, it was always a good day. We will miss him dearly but glad he's no longer suffering. Our prayers and love are with you and your family!! Lots of Love and prayers, Dave & Andrea, Sauquoit Auto

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Posted at 05:48am
To The Niles Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We are sending you love and comfort from Nashville.
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Joseph P. Bottini

Posted at 05:11pm
Condolences to Bonnie and family.
Another Godly man goes home.
He will be missed from all the history events, both in the Town of Paris and the OCHA meetings and doings..

Dan Sherry

Posted at 02:18pm
My sympathies to the family - We'll all miss 'the Buzzard'.
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Posted at 12:28pm
For Liz and Frank and Family from TWRA -Fisheries with our deepest sympathy.
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