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WoolleyJWebFORESTVILLE:  Jared A. Woolley, 79, of Farrington Road, Forestville, died Saturday, January 28th, 2017, at Brooks Memorial Hospital, Dunkirk.  He was born in Utica, NY on March 26, 1937, the son of the late Robert M. and Alfreda (Black) Woolley.  He was a graduate of Forestville Central School, Class of 1955, attended Cornell University for 1 year and graduated from Alfred State College in 1958, with an Associate’s Degree in Animal Husbandry.

Mr. Woolley owned & operated Mapl-Camp Dairy & Sheep Farm in Arkwright, worked as a Bus Driver for Forestville Central School, for 29 years, worked as an Insurance Agent for Chautauqua Patrons, a substitute custodian for Forestville Central School and as Secretary for the Chautauqua County Fair, Dunkirk.

He was the oldest & longest active member of the Forestville Fire Department (59 years), where he served in many offices and was a founding member of the Forestville Emergency Squad.  Mr. Woolley was a member of the Forestville United Methodist Church, the former Dairylea Cooperative, an over 50 year member of Hanover Masonic Lodge #152 F&AM, Forestville, where he was Past Master in 1964, member of the former Chautauqua IOOF Lodge, Order of Eastern Star, Forestville Chapter #247, where he served as Patron in 1965, an over 60 year member of Subordinate Grange, starting with the former Arkwright Grange #1249 and currently with the Villenova Grange #604, South Dayton, 50 year member of Chautauqua County Pomona Grange #3, member of New York State Grange, serving on the Agriculture Committee, 50 year member of the Chautauqua County 4H and currently serving on the Sheep Committee, member of the Chautauqua County Fair Board, joining in 1972, served as Arkwright Town Supervisor, was involved with the Erie County Fair Sheep Department, member of the Chautauqua County Antique Equipment Association, member of the Alfred State College Alumni Choir, bowled at the former Forest Lanes, Forestville when it first opened in 1960 and continued for many years, founding member of the original Forestville Band Boosters and regularly attended the Empire Livestock Auction in Cherry Creek.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Martha L. (Radley) Woolley, whom he married September 12, 1959, in Central Park Baptist Church, Buffalo, a daughter, June (James) Prince, of Forestville; two sons James (Ellen) Woolley, of Belfast; and Mark (Ann) Woolley, of Forestville.  Also surviving are 6 grandchildren- Jared (Valerie Buchnowski) Prince, Joshua (Tracy Knapp) Prince, Jessica (Alex) Murns, Robert Woolley, Michael Woolley, Lynanne Woolley and 4 great grandchildren.  Besides his parents he was predeceased by a great granddaughter Angela Woolley.

Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Tuesday evening from 7-9 PM, and on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 PM, from where Funeral Services will be held Thursday morning at 11 o’clock, with Rev. Rebecca Ward officiating.  Interment will follow in Arkwright Summit Cemetery, Town of Arkwright.  A Fireman’s Service will be conducted in the Funeral Home on Tuesday evening at 7 PM by members of Forestville Fire Department.

The family suggests memorials may be made either to Forestville Fire Dept. Emergency & Rescue Squad, PO Box 299, Forestville, NY 14062 or to Villenova Grange #604, % Neva Woolley, Treas. 9239 Silver Creek/South Dayton Rd. Forestville, NY 14062 or to the Forestville United Methodist Church, 3 Park Street, Forestville, NY 14062.  To post condolences go to


51 Comments on Obituary Notice – Jared A. Woolley

  1. Randy & Randi Brown says:

    Dear Martha & Family,
    We are so saddened to learn of Jared’s passing. He was a good and decent man, and his heart was always in the right place. We loved him and offer our deepest sympathies to all.
    God Bless,
    Randy & Randi Brown

  2. david kolstee says:


    I was sorry to hear of Jared’s passing away. When I was working at the bus garage with Jared we always had a good time. He did a good job driving bus over the years for the school. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  3. Randy & Candy Good says:

    Our most sincere condolences to Jared’s family. Jared was the kind of man anyone could sit down with and talk about ANY subject.

  4. Dale Smith says:

    Dear Martha,
    I am surprised and saddened to learn of Jared’s passing. My first memories of Jared are from more than 60 years age. He was kind to, and patient with the little kid who followed him around; to the Las Vegas trip the two of you made. I will miss visiting, during my infrequent trips home.

  5. Janice Gray says:

    Dear Martha,

    I was saddened to hear of Jared’s passing. He was a good and respected man in his community and will be missed by everyone.

    Thinking of you and your family at this difficult time, Janice

  6. Mary and Bill Bratt says:

    So sorry to hear of Jared’s passing on. He was so helpful to my kids with they 4-H sheep project and helping them start their own small flock.
    Hugs and prayers for all.

  7. Nannette and Kent Knappenberger and family says:

    Dear Martha, Mark and the Woolley family,

    We are so sorry to hear the news of your loss!!!! You will be in our prayers. We have many special memories of Jared related to the fair and 4-H. May God be with you as you grieve and may He give you comfort!

    With deepest sympathy,
    Nannette, Kent, Lucy, Amanda, Esther and Carolina Knappenberger

  8. Judy (Smith) Lederer says:

    Martha, I am so sorry to hear about Jared. I have so many wonderful memories of our two families so very many years ago. Your family will certainly miss him.

    Judy (Smith) Lederer

  9. Roger and Ginger Cardot says:

    Dear Martha and family,

    I have always enjoyed my talks with Jared involving the many different subjects that we shared an interest in. His wealth of experience and knowledge that he shared will be a great loss to our community as another of our patriarchs has been called home.

  10. Rochelle Newton Hulton says:

    Martha & family I am so sorry to hear of Jared’s passing. He will be missed by all those who had the privilege of knowing him ! Thinking of you all !

  11. Leslie Rathbun says:

    Dear Sister Martha and Family: Our deepest sympathy on your loss.Jared will be missed by all who were touched by his life.Or thoughts and prayers are with you all. Fraternally Leslie and Dorothy Rathbun

  12. Richard & Joan Snyder says:

    Dear Woolley Family,

    We are so sorry about Jared’s passing! I know God has a special plan for him, we will never know until we get up there with him. He was one of the nicest men on Earth! Always a “Hi Joanie1″ He was one of the few people allowed to call me Joanie. The fair isn’t going to be the same without him! He was so special to so many people! You are a lucky family to have him in your lives! We will miss him so much!

    Love always,

  13. Donald Lynskey says:

    Dear Martha, Jim, Ellen and family-

    So sorry to hear of Jared’s passing. We enjoyed making music with our choir family at Alfred Alumni weekends over many decades, as well as at family milestone events. Such a kind and genuine soul. Thinking of you all this week and sending love ~

  14. Norm & Opal Sprague says:

    Martha & Family,

    You are in our thoughts and prayers. Many memories from many years past in Fair, 4-H and Grange. Weather permitting, will see you in the next couple of days.

    Our best -
    Norm & Opal

  15. Theresa DeRush says:

    My Dearest Martha and Family. My heart goes out to you at this time of grief. Jared was such a good kind-hearted man. I will always remember his smiling face in the halls of Forestville Elementary. Always a smile and words of encouragement, from a man who will be truly missed.

    Theresa DeRush

  16. Sylvester cleary says:

    Dear Martha and Family

    You all have my deepest sympathy in the passing of a GREAT man. I believe God put men like Jared on this earth, to teach the rest of us how to live, how to give, how to love, and how to share who we are, and what we have. In the quietness of his power he set the example of what it truly means to live a life of service to any and all who crossed his path. He is one of the Forestville HEROES I wrote about some time ago. We may no longer be able to see that infectious warm smile of his on this side of heaven , but for those of us who loved him, he will for ever be present in our hearts.

  17. Chapman Family says:

    Dear Woolley Family,

    I enjoyed Jared through out my life judging my sheep and watching him judge my kids sheep this past year. Jared was a person I always looked up too as I started out 30 years ago and still today. He will be missed through out but definitely in the sheep world! I know we will miss him greatly!!

    The Chapman Family.

  18. Susan Chiappone says:

    My thoughts go out to all of you. I have fond memories of Mr. Woolley. He was always considerate when he shared information with me and I was so impressed with his many community service contributions.

  19. Richard and Joyce Church says:

    Dear Martha and family: How saddened we are to learn the news of Jared’s passing. What a full life he lived of serving and leadership. He will be missed by many. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Dick and Joyce Church

  20. Krista Jackson says:

    Martha Mark and families,

    So sorry to hear of the passing of Jared. I will always remember the 4-h days with him in the sheep barn. I am so glad I came up to the fair last year. We had a great visit, same Jared:). Love you all

    Krista Styers

  21. James and Carol Dill says:

    Our sincere sympathy to the family during the time of despair with the passing of Jared. Jared and his family have always meant a great deal to us. The love of God be with you. Jim and Carol Dill

  22. Dear Mark and Family,

    My deepest condolences to you and your family. May you find peace and comfort in the days ahead.

    Kelly Fiorella

  23. Marie Wing says:

    Martha and family,
    Sorry to hear of Jared’s passing. I have a great many fond memories of time spent in Chautauqua County visiting with you and Jared at Grange meetings and also at the fairgrounds. He was a fine man and will be greatly missed. My love to you all.

  24. James & Eleanor Gould says:

    Dear Martha and Family, Am so sorry to learn of Jared’s passing. In later years I always looked forward to seeing him at the fair, and remember fondly our work on the 4-H sheep committee. He was a loyal supporter of 4-H, and worked hard to make the sheep program a success. And of course, I will always remember his threat to “sheep dip the 4-H agent!”
    With deepest sympathies, Jim and Eleanor

  25. Sean Baker Strong says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with your family in this great loss. Jared was a great person that was always willing to help out. We appreciate all of your support and may he rest in peace.

    The Baker Family
    Sean Baker Strong
    Leon, NY

  26. Elaine (Smith) Hall and Family says:

    Dear Woolley Family,

    Please accept our condolences on the passing of Jared. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

  27. Bonnie Sausaman Ellman says:

    Dear Martha and Family,

    I too am very saddened to hear this sad news. He was a wonderful man in every way. I enjoyed catching up with him at my sister Lorraine’s funeral, as I hadn’t seen him in many years.
    My deepest sympathy, to you, and the entire family. Prayers for
    all of you.
    Bonnie Sausaman Ellman

  28. Dale McMillen and family says:

    Martha,Mark and family – Our sincere condolences on your loss. Jared was always a joy to be around and so willing to help everyone. The good times shared with him and your entire family will be long remembered. As a youth it was always fun to be involved with him at the fair and other events. Our prayers go out to your entire family. God Bless! Dale&Pam McMillen and family

  29. Elsie Livermore says:

    The world will not be the same without Jared.I’ll miss our reminiscing
    at the auction barn. Our thoughts & prayers are with you. Love, Elsie & Lee Livermore

  30. Donald Puder says:

    I wanted to send to the family of Jared Woolley my condolences on Jared’s passing. I got to know Jared belonging the young men’s organization, The Order of DeMolay in Dunkirk in the late fifties. Lost contact until about six years ago when I visited Hanover Masonic Lodge when we met again. It was good to remember our past good times in DeMolay. My prayers go out to the family.

  31. William Forbes says:

    Mrs. Woolley, I want to send my condolences to you and your family. I enjoyed visiting with Jared about 3 weeks ago at the Empire Livestock market in Cherry Creek NY. He was well versed on many subjects and was interesting to talk to. He will be missed.

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