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DeGolierD1 DeGolierD2FORESTVILLE:  Dexter A. DeGolier, Sr., 87, of Hopper Road, Forestville, died Friday, January 27th, 2017 at the VA WNY Healthcare System, Buffalo, following a short illness.  He was born in Sardinia, NY on March 16, 1929, the son of the late Elmer and Winona (Witherell) DeGolier.

Mr. DeGolier was a graduate of Brocton High School, Class of 1947 and served in the U.S. Army as a Sergeant during the Korean Conflict.  He worked as a Supervisor for the former Al-Tech Specialty Steel Corp Dunkirk, for 33 years, operated a farm on Hopper Road and owned DeGolier’s Maple Syrup, Forestville.  Mr DeGolier was a lifetime member of the Forestville Baptist Church, for over 60 years, where he was a Deacon at one time.  He enjoyed his family, camping and traveling-spending many winters in Florida & Tennessee.  He also loved his dog “Chloe”.

Survivors include his wife Beverly R. (Cave) DeGolier, of Forestville, whom he married on August 16, 1952, in Maryland, four daughters, Sylvia (Tim) Domenico, and Diane (Ken) Wassell, both of Forestville; Mary Field, of Dunkirk; Lucinda (David) Lewis, of Spring City, TN; two sons Dexter DeGolier, Jr., of Port Charlotte, FL; Tom (Christina) DeGolier, of Forestville; ten sisters, Joyce Smith, Joan  McCargo, Wanda Kelley, Sheila Jackson, Sharon Barone, Charlene Plymyer, Janeen Noetling, Ardys Price, Rosella Homuth, Glora Ulrop, four brothers, Carl, Keith, Reed and Dennis DeGolier.  Also surviving are 27 grandchildren, 48 great grandchildren and several nieces & nephews.  Besides his parents he was predeceased by 3 sisters Valerie Caudle, Beverly Reynolds, Theora Gens and by 2 brothers Gordon and Warren DeGolier.

Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Monday from 2-4 PM and 7-9 PM.  Funeral Services will be held Tuesday morning at 11 o’clock from the Forestville Baptist Church, Prospect Street, Forestville, with Rev. Michael Pollock officiating.  Interment will follow in Cassadaga Cemetery, where Graveside Military Services will be conducted by members of J. Carter Knapp American Legion Post #953, Forestville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made either to Forestville Fire Dept. Emergency & Rescue Squad, PO Box 299, Forestville, NY 14062 or to J. Carter Knapp American Legion Post, #953, PO Box 492, Forestville, NY 14062.  To post condolences go to



5 Comments on Obituary Notice – Dexter A. DeGolier, Sr.

  1. Noel DeFrank says:

    Dear Aunt Beverly,

    I’m so sorry to hear of the loss of Uncle Dexter. Our life on this earth has taken us down many journeys and too infrequently have they crossed. I think of times as a youth at Grandma and grandpa’s in the summer, hanging out under the big heart leaved tree, snagging the pods and using them as swords to torment the girls (I was a terrible child), as the men talked of the weighty things of the world.
    It’s a sad day for us all, but none compares to the grief of you and your family at this time, and for that, I too grieve.

    It is with hope that there is a time in the not to distant future that I might visit with you and my cousin, should circumstance prevail.

    Until that time, Peace be with you and your family.
    With love,
    Noel and family

  2. Michael Grisanti says:

    Dear Beverly and the DeGolier family,

    Our hearts are heavy with your loss, but look forward to seeing Uncle Dexter in heaven, alongside my parents. Beverly, you and Dexter were such a blessing to my parents as well as to me and my family. We always viewed you as special friends. We will surely miss Dexter. We are praying that you know God’s grace and strength during this time. I wanted to come for the funeral, but class commitments prevented me from doing that. The Grisanti family sends their heartfelt love to each of the DeGolier family.

  3. Stephen Grisanti says:

    Dear Aunt Beverly and family…it saddens me to hear of a great man passing. He was a blessing to your family, to me and my parents. He was a shinning example of a family man and hard worker who loved life and God.
    It has been an honor to have known Uncle Dexter.

  4. Sylvester cleary says:

    Dear DeGolier family,

    I’m so sorry to hear about the passing of Dexter, a man who meant so much to so many. I pray God would shine his light on your entire family as you walk through the grieving process. May you all fine peace through this transition period.

  5. Beth Schunk says:

    Dear Degolier family
    I am so sorry for your loss. I’m grateful I got to know Mr Degolier and your family. You will be I my thoughts and prayers

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