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CANTON — Francis “Vic” Yerdon, 92, of Canton, passed away on July 22, 2015, at his home surrounded by his loving family and Hospice. 
A private prayer service for immediate family was held at the residence. There will be no calling hours or services.
Vic was born on Feb. 17, 1923, in East Hill, Cherry Valley, the son of Victor and Alberta (Clearwater) Yerdon.
He graduated from Cherry Valley High School and worked at Rury’s Food Store and several A&Ps in the area.
He proudly served his country in the United States Air Force during World War II. He then went to work for A&P in Cooperstown and Fort Plain. Vic attended Hartwick College.
On April 8, 1950, he married Alice Olmsted in Canajoharie Methodist Church.
Vic worked for General Electric in the Utica/New Hartford area and owned and operated a grocery store in Leonardsville, until he went to work for the State of New York Department of Mental Hygiene.
Vic began his career in mental hygiene at Marcy Psychiatric Center, was promoted to assistant business officer at Sunmount Developmental Center and retired in 1980 from Rome Developmental Center where he had been the business officer. He then owned and operated a grocery store in South Otselic.
He was an enthusiastic car club member of the New England MG Club. He enjoyed bowling, golfing and sporting events.
Surviving Vic is his beloved wife, Alice, of 65 years; two daughters, Laura Yerdon Martin of Tucker, Ga.; and Brenda and Edward Bennett of Massena; two granddaughters, Sarah and Derek Constantine of Hull, Mass., Jennifer Martin of Tucson, Ariz.; great- grandson, Theodore Albert Constantine. Also surviving Vic is a sister, Phyllis Van Alstine of Boulder City, Nev.; nephew, Reginald Van Alstine; niece, Karen and David Bateman of Oregon; sister-in-law, Roberta and brother-in-law, Thomas McCarthy, both of Cherry Valley.
Memorial contributions may be made to Cherry Valley United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 483, Cherry Valley, NY 13320; Canton Rescue Squad; or Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley.
Those wishing to share memories and condolences may do so at www.phillipsmemorial.com.
Arrangements are under the care of Phillips Memorial Home in Massena.
Published on  August 6, 2015
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