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Elton Harold Sage, a retired tool and die instructor for Harrison Radiator, now known as Delphi Harrison Thermal Systems, and the co-owner of Sage Nursery in Newfane, died Tuesday (June 19, 2001) in Newfane Rehabilitation and Health Care Center after a lengthy illness. He was 80.

Sage, a former resident of Olcott and Bradford, Pa., was born in Newfane.

A World War II veteran, he served in the U.S. Navy in 1944 and 1945 and was assigned to PT boats that took part in liberation of the Philippines.

Sage worked at the Harrison Radiator plant in Lockport for 22 years as a tool and die instructor, retiring in 1983.

He was also a nurseryman and along with his late father, Harold H., was co-owner of Sage Nursery on Lockport-Olcott Road in Newfane.

He was a hunter and fisherman in both New York and Pennsylvania, with hunting camps in both states.

Sage was a member of Olcott United Methodist Church, the National Rifle Association, the United Auto Workers and Post 8438, Veterans of Foreign Wars, in Newfane.

His wife, the former Mary Louise Woods, died in 1994.

Sage is survived by three sons, Richard of Akron and James and Randall, both of Burt; a dear friend, Marie Marasco of Bradford; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandson.

Services were held today in Kenneth H. Sherrie Funeral Home, Newfane. Burial was in Cold Spring Cemetery, Lockport.


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