Hugh "Sonny" P. Ely

Friday, June 11th, 1937 - Friday, February 28th, 2020
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Hugh "Sonny" P. Ely of Arcade, NY died February 28, 2020 at Mercy Hospital in Buffalo at the age of 82.

He was born June 11, 1937 in Arcade, NY a son of the late Leon and Charlotte (Sugg) Ely. He was a member of the Arcade United Church of Christ, Congregational. He was a United States Army Vietnam Veteran and served from 1961-1966. He was the former Arcade Mayor from 1984-1986 and was an Arcade Trustee for 8 years from 2002-2010. He also served on the Arcade Beautification Committee and was the 2003 Person of the Year.

He was a bank auditor in the financial department of Financial Institutions in Warsaw, NY. He also sold insurance for many years for Equitable Life and Allstate Insurance.

Hugh is survived by his wife - Janet (Whitbeck) Ely whom he married on June 16, 1961 in Arcade; daughters - Michelle (late Michael) Zilak of Orchard Park, Lori Bernard-Szpaicher of Orchard Park; a son - Jeffrey (Joanne) Ely of Arcade; Six Grandchildren - Nathan (Alejandra) Zilak, Derek (Shannon) Bernard, Brandon (Deonica Olvera) Bernard, Curtis (Zena Robert) Bernard, Jaclyn (Holden) Heineman, Justin Ely; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a Grandson - Joshua; his siblings - Eleanor Barkewitz, Philip Ely and Ronald Ely.

There will be no calling hours. A private service will be held at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Arcade Fire Dept or Arcade Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 303, Arcade, NY 14009.
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    Arcade Rural Cemetery
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Private Condolence

Terri Bailey Climenhaga

Posted at 08:10am
Knowing the Ely family for most of my life, this is heartbreaking. He was a patriarch of Arcade and Arcade was better from having his love and guidance through the years. Please know Ely family, that you are in my family's thoughts and prayers, always.

Donna Russo

Posted at 11:40am
We are praying for you and your family, that God will continue to give you all peace and comfort.
your Kingdom Bound family.

Jean(Lowden) Sullivan

Posted at 09:13pm
I worked with Hugh at Wyoming Co Bank many years ago ,what a nice fellow he was. I'm sure you have many great times to remember sharing with him. My deepest Sympathy to the family.
Jean (Lowden) Sullivan

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