Aug. 25, 1931 – Feb. 9, 2018
Dr. Ovid Dean Knight, a physician in Franklinville for many years, died Feb. 9 in The Pines Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, Olean, after a period of declining health. He was 86.
Born in Franklinville, his father owned an auto dealership selling Hudson and Essex cars. After graduating from Ten Broeck Academy in 1949, he enlisted in the Navy and served until 1953.
He had many jobs before he graduated from the University of Buffalo Medical School in 1961.
As a boy, he delivered groceries and swept a local clothing store in the mornings and worked evenings in a movie theater. He decided to become a physician while caring for his ailing father, who died in 1946.
During college, he worked at the Wende Correctional Facility and Penitentiary. He was a groundskeeper at Ischua Valley Country Club, an auto plant production worker and a bottler at Iroquois Brewing Co.
Dr. Knight first saw patients in his home on Pine Street in Franklinville and made house calls. Later he built an office on Riggs Street. By the time he retired in 2009, he delivered about 4,000 babies.
He was a Cattaraugus County coroner, the last physician to hold the post. He was Franklinville school physician and a charter member of the Cattaraugus Community Services Board, serving as chairman from 1976 to 2010. He also was one of the original advocates for establishing the Rehabilitation Center.
A dog lover, he bred, showed and judged black and yellow Labrador retrievers. Registered with the American Kennel Club, he produced numerous international champions, beginning with Sampson and Delilah.
An Olean resident in recent years, he also had a summer home at Cuba Lake.
He and Sally A. Tellner were married in 1955 and divorced in 1977. He met his longtime companion, Sally Jadlowski, in 1985.
Survivors also include two sons, Eric and Kurt, and four grandchildren.
Visitation, including a service with military honors, will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday in Babbitt and Easton Funeral Home, 7 N. Main St., Franklinville.