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William C. “Bill” Emery, 74, Andover


William C. “Bill” Emery, 74, passed away peacefully at home in Andover surrounded by family on Friday (Jan. 22, 2021.)

            Mr. Emery was born on December 2, 1946 in Hornell to Donald and Carolyn (Smith) Emery. He was a 1964 graduate of Andover Central School. On March 29, 1966 at the First Baptist Church of Andover, he married Bonita F. Bickford, who survives. Bill served his country in the United States Navy.

            Bill was a machinist and worked at Dresser-Rand in Wellsville for 44 years, retiring in 2008.

            In addition to his wife Bonnie of 54 years, Bill is survived by his daughter, Michelle (Michael) Luque of Eagle, Idaho; two sons, Mark (Tammy) Emery of Whitesville and Tim (Aubrey) Emery of Washington, Pa.; a brother, Robert (Susan) Emery of Andover; two sisters, Susan (Steve) Roeske of Kodak, Tenn., and Mary (David) Nevol of Andover; a grandson, William Emery of Andover; a granddaughter, Onalee Emery of Whitesville; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

            Bill treasured spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. Most weekends during the summer were spent camping at Sun Valley Campground in Arkport. A good day for Bill was to mow the yard, wash his car and sit on the porch shooting the breeze with friends and neighbors. His “mild-mannered” side would often come out if drivers passed by the house going too fast. Bill was one of those special people who served as a father-figure to his children’s friends.

            Bill was a member of First Baptist Church of Andover, the Andover Lions, and served the community of Andover as a Village Trustee.

            Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday (July 10) at 2:00 p.m. at the Andover First Baptist Church. Full military honors will be rendered immediately following the service. Arrangements are under the direction of Baker-Swan Funeral Home in Andover and online condolences may be offered at

      Memorial contributions in Bill’s name may be made to Allegany County Cancer Services, Attn.: Lori Ballengee, 100 South Highland Ave., Wellsville, NY 14895. © 2021 Baker-Swan Funeral Home.

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