Elliott J. Ellis Jr.

SPRING HILL, Fla. — Elliott J. Ellis Jr., 86, of New Albion Road, Cattaraugus, passed away, Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018, in Spring Hill, Fla.

He was born Aug.7, 1932, in Gowanda, N.Y., the son of the late Elliott J. and Mary Catherine Wells Ellis Sr.

He was a 1949 graduate Pine Valley Central School and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

Mr. Ellis retired from the Local 66 Carpenters Union, where he served as business agent. He also served for 13 years as a Cattaraugus County Legislator, where he was the department of public works chair. He served as the former New Albion building inspector and tax assessor.

Mr. Ellis was a member of St. Johns United Church of Christ in Cattaraugus, a life member of the Little Valley American Legion Post 531, a member of the Little Valley Lions Club, Otto Masonic Lodge, a life member of the Cattaraugus Rod & Gun Club and an honorary member of the Cattaraugus Fireman’s Club.

He additionally was the co-founder of the Skyline Pool in Cattaraugus, charter founder of the Cattaraugus Little League football program and co-founder of the Cattaraugus Snow Bounders snowmobile club. He enjoyed traveling, hunting, golfing and will be remembered as a wonderful husband and caregiver to his late wife, Maryann.

Elliott is survived by two sons: Elliott (Rachelle) Ellis III of Spring Hill, Fla., and Kevin (Nancy) Ellis of Gowanda, N.Y.; three grandchildren: Chavi, Zachary and Serena Ellis, three stepgrandchildren: Marissa, Jenna and Lacy; six great-grandchildren; two brothers: Jerome “Jerry” Ellis of Leon and Gordon Ellis of Jamestown; and three sisters: Theresa Frost of Perrysburg, Shirley Kota of Gowanda and Nancy Rudny of Jamestown.

He was preceded in death his wifem Maryann Gebhardt Ellis, whom he married July 16, 1955, and who preceded him on June 23, 2018; three brothers: John, Douglas and Lawrence “Butch” Ellis.

As per Elliott’s wishes, visitation will not be observed. Full military honors will be conducted at 5 p.m, Sept. 13, 2018, at the Little Valley American Legion, followed by a celebration of life and buffet to honor both Elliott and his wife, Maryann, from 5-7 p.m.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the VanRensselaer & Son Funeral Home, Randolph. Memorials, if desired may be sent to a charity of choice.

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