Frederick L. Warner of Franklinville, a retired dairy farmer and maple syrup producer, died unexpectedly Tuesday in Olean General Hospital. He was 65.
Born in Cuba, he graduated from Ten Broeck Academy in Franklinville in 1958.
Mr. Warner began dairy farming while in high school and bought a dairy farm on Abbotts Road in Lyndon in 1960, operating it until 2001. From 1987 to 2001, he also was superintendent of buildings and grounds for Franklinville Central Schools.
For most of his life, he produced maple syrup. With his wife of 42 years, the former Judith A. Rumpl, he owned and operated Maple Haven Farms Restaurant & Country Store, which also had a bakery and cider mill that allowed tours.
In his high school years, Mr. Warner was active in Future Farmers of America, attending state and national conventions. He received the Empire Farmer of the Year Award. He continued to work with the FFA after high school and helped with its fund-raising.
Mr. Warner showed dairy cattle at several county and state fairs. He also was a beekeeper.
He enjoyed country music.
In addition to his wife, survivors include two sons, Richard and Ronny, both of Franklinville; a daughter, Donna of Franklinville; two brothers, George of Belmont and Thomas of Franklinville; four sisters, Helen Rogosienski of Cuba, Lois Weatherly of Virginia, Kathryn of Sandusky and
Phyllis Ezell of Cuba; and five grandchildren.
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Friday in Mount Prospect Cemetery.