Patrick M. Counter Sr.
KENNEDY — Patrick M. Counter Sr., 66, of Bowen Road, Kennedy, N.Y., passed away on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, at home, after a two-year courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.
Pat was born Oct. 27, 1952, in Minneapolis, MN and grew up in Onamia, MN. Pat is survived by his wife Sue A. Counter (Hann). Pat will be greatly missed by his fur babies, Toby and Sissy, many family and friends, especially Robert King aka “Kinger” of Cattauraugus, N.Y.
Pat was owner/operator of P.M. Counter Trucking of Kennedy, N.Y., as a truck driver for forty-eight years. Pat was also a life-time member of the Western New York Gas and Steam Engine Association located in Alexander, N.Y. Pat competed in many semi-truck pulls with his 1985 Mack Superliner “Just Pocket Change” with the stacks breathing fire.
Pat is the father of Patrick M. Jr (Susan) and Jason Counter of Jacksonville, Fla. Grandfather to Leo E. Counter also of Jacksonville, Fla. Step-father to Kelly A. Dawson (Keith Martin) of Jamestown, N.Y., and Eric Ippolito (Amber Sexton) of Anderson, S.C. Step -grandfather to Kylee, Airyn, and Kyndall, all of Anderson S.C.
Pat is also “adopted” father and Poppa to the Jackson family from Sugar Grove, Pa., and the Claudette Haynes family from GA and Wellsville, N.Y., which includes Heather and Josh Pye, Jordan Nyman and Jim Maxwell, Bradley Nyman and Kala Crowe.
Many thanks for the great care Pat received from a wonderful, caring, and supportive nurse Suzanne English from VNA.
Extra special thanks to a great friend and Part II of the “Two OLD Men Trucking” Raymond Hayes of Randolph, N.Y.
Pat was predeceased by his parents, Leo and Iona Counter.
Pat has decided to donate his body to the University of Buffalo Anatomical Service, hoping that research may save someone in the future from this horrible disease. Therefore no visitation will be observed.
A Celebration of Life and luncheon will be held Saturday March 16, 2019, from 1-3 p.m. at the Randolph VFW Post 6533, corner of Routes 394 & 242.
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Memorials if desired may be sent to Kallies Krusade, P.O. Box 224, Falconer, NY 14733 or to the McKean County Special Olympics, P.O. Box 101Bradford, Pa., 16701 in memory of Pat.
Patrick’s family would like to thank Howie Van Rensselaer of VanRensselaer & Son Funeral Home in Randolph for his assistance.