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Obituary Notice- Theodore W. Stebbins

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StebbinsTSHERIDAN:  Theodore W. Stebbins, 89, of Main Road, Sheridan and Largo, Florida, died Sunday, February 2nd, 2014, following a brief illness, at Brooks Memorial Hospital, Dunkirk.  He was born in Silver Creek on April 21, 1924, the son of the late Charles T and Marie C. (Nordblum) Stebbins.

Mr. Stebbins was a graduate of Silver Creek High School, Class of 1942 and was a graduate of Bryant & Stratton in Buffalo with an AAS Degree in Accounting.  He served in the U.S. Army Air Force with the 1080th as a Cpl in WW II and received the Distinguished Unit Badge, European-African-Middle Eastern Service Medal & Good Conduct Medal.  Mr. Stebbins worked as an Accountant for Welch Foods, Westfield, for 28 years and was a member of Samuel Cimino VFW Post #6472, Silver Creek, the Disabled American Veterans, Charles Tinley Memorial Post #142, Dunkirk, American Legion Post #7 Turner Brandon, Clearwater, FL, Sheridan United Methodist Church and a member of the Sheridan Happy Seniors.

Survivors include his wife Ruth E. (Richter) Burmaster Stebbins, whom he married on June 11, 1977, in Sheridan, a son, Paul E. Stebbins, of New York City, a daughter, Julie A. Stebbins, of Mount Tremper, NY, two step daughters, Lucinda K. Coon, of Fredonia, Bonnie J. Burmaster, of Hamburg, a step son, Gary S. Burmaster, of Sheridan, two brothers, William C. Stebbins, of Plant City, FL and Richard L. Stebbins, of Trenton, NJ.  Also surviving are 2 grandchildren Julie and Wesley Stebbins both of Arlington, Texas, 1 step granddaughter Bethany Margolis of Silver Creek, 1 step great grandson Isaac Evan Margolis and several nieces & nephews.  Besides his parents he was predeceased by his first wife S. Ruth (Trudnowski) Stebbins, by a brother Donald L. Stebbins and by a step granddaughter Amanda Burmaster.

There will be no visitation observed.  Graveside Services will be held Saturday afternoon (May 24, 2014) at 1 o’clock in Glenwood Cemetery, Silver Creek.

The family suggests memorial donations may be made either to the Sheridan Fire Dept., PO Box 122, Sheridan, NY 14135 or to Sheridan United Methodist Church, Main Road, Sheridan, NY 14135 or to the Charity of one’s choice.

Arrangements are by Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, Forestville.  To post condolences go to



  • Karen DeLeon
    Posted February 4, 2014 at 8:09 am

    When I started out as a young woman, Ted was my supervisor at Welch’s in the Accounts Payable department. He was a wonderful, caring individual who took an interest in teaching we ‘raw recruits’ as much as he could. The solid underpinnings of my working life are a result of the opportunities and investment he made in me. He will always be remembered!

  • Judy Thompson
    Posted February 4, 2014 at 9:32 am

    Dearest Ruth and Family,

    We were deeply saddened to hear of Ted’s passing. May you all find peace and strength in the wonderful love you all shared together.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you always.
    Much love,
    Judy, Karlie, Abbey and families

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