Biography: DR. RICHARD L. TORNATORE
CANASTOTA- Dr. Richard L. Tornatore, 87, of Canastota, passed away peacefully September 7, 2016.
Born in Canastota, on June 19, 1929, he was the son of Thomas and Alice Wilkinson Tornatore. Richard graduated from Canastota Central Schools and the University of Pennsylvania and its School of Dental Medicine. He was a captain in the US Air Force stationed in
Toul-Rosiers, France when he met a teacher on the base, Mavis Hovde. They married and he started his Canastota dental practice in 1957, serving his community nearly four decades.
Richard grew up and lived his entire life in Canastota; working the muck lands as a boy, ice-skating and fishing on the Erie Canal, playing on the football team, flying in his father's plane, and enjoying wonderful Italian food. He was a communicant of St. Agatha's
Church and a member the Cazenovia Country Golf Club. He enjoyed summers at Hatch Lake with family, traveling with life-long friends, and watercolor painting. Richard was a passionate amateur radio operator who made friends around the world as 'K2AK.'
He is survived by his wife, Mavis; his son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Eileene Tornatore of Honeoye Falls; his daughter and son-in-law, Beth and Jon Wurtmann of Saratoga Springs; his beloved grandchildren Kirsten, Matthew, Bryan, Jonathan, Tucker and Peter; his sisters Deborah Tornatore of Canastota and Mary Ellen Tornatore and her husband, John Smolenski of Skaneateles; his sister- in-law, Mary Tornatore of Canastota; and his nephew, Steven Tornatore. He was predeceased by his brother Sam Tornatore.
Funeral services will be held 9 AM, Tuesday from the Campbell-Dean Funeral Home, Inc., Canastota and 9: 30 AM from St. Agatha's Church, Canastota, where the Funeral Mass will be celebrated by the Reverend Stephen Wirkes, pastor. Entombment, with full military honors, will be in St. Agatha's Cemetery. Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home, 4-8 PM, Monday.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Agatha's Bereavement Committee, 329 North Peterboro Street, Canastota, NY 13032. To leave a message of condolence, please visit www.campbell-dean.com.
CAMPBELL-DEAN FUNERAL HOME, INC.