Channing H. Rockwell

Channing H. (Rocky) Rockwell entered into eternal rest following a courageous and valiant battle with mesothelioma lung cancer, surrounded by the love of his family.

He was born on April 7, 1926, the son of George L. and Ada B. Rockwell at the family home in Edinburg, N.Y. He attended school at Northville Central and subsequently entered the Army Air Corps, serving from 1944-1945, at which time he was honorably discharged. He worked in several different positions, and retired from General Electric Company after 33 years of service. Channing was married to Gladys M. Novotny on January 25, 1952, and made Northville his home. They shared 39 years of marriage.

Channing was a giving, loving man who devoted his time to his family. He was actively involved in the American Legion Post in Northville, devoting most of his retirement years to building the Legion Pavilion and maintaining and caring for the property. He was involved with the Northville Historical Society and was proud of the accomplishment of relocating and assisting with the Red School House. Channing spent many happy hours metal detecting in the area, and he found many “treasures,” as well as assisting friends and others who lost precious possessions. He loved time spent helping his family members with projects, and prided himself on a job well done. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends, especially his morning coffee group at the Kitchenette in Northville, especially dear friends Terry, Barb, Brenda and Jim, with whom he spent many happy hours.

Channing is survived by his loving daughters, JoAnn (Gene) Holcomb of Seffner, Florida, and Terri Wood of Lassellsville, N.Y. Beloved grandchildren Christopher, Ryan, LeighAnn and Tara, and cherished great-grandchildren Austin, RyLeigh, Rebecca, Ethan, Nataleigh, Colby, Nick, Connor and Libby. He also is survived by: brothers Leon (Donna) Rockwell and Bob Rockwell, sister Betty Rulison, as well as several nieces, nephews and their families. He was predeceased by wife Gladys, and brothers Charles and Horace.

The family would like to express gratitude and thanks to community hospice and nurses Carol Slater and Joann Bradt for their loving care given to our father.

Family and friends may call on Monday, April 22, 2013, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Northville Funeral Home, where a funeral service will be held on Tuesday, April 23, 2013, at 11 a.m. Burial will be held in Prospect Hill Cemetery, Northville, at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to the Community Hospice of Amsterdam, 246 Mannys Corners Road, Amsterdam, NY 12010 or the Broadalbin American Legion Post 337, 19 N. Main Street, Broadalbin, NY 12025.

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