Samuel Parry DeMay – October 9, 2017


Geneseo/Rochester:  Formerly of Howard, NY, a resident of Lake Demmon for many years.  Sam was born on 11/3/1923 and passed peacefully on 10/9/2017 at age 93.  Predeceased by his parents Clarence & Ruth DeMay, his sister Joy Kyper, and his son-in-law Gerry Giehl.  Survived by his wife of 43 years Marge (Neener) DeMay and his children;  Elizabeth Wemple and Gary DeMay; step-children, Patrick (MaryEllen) Quinlan, Daniel Quinlan, Barbara Giehl, John (Kathy) Quinlan, Michael (Linda) Quinlan and Terence (Gina) Quinlan.  25 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and many nieces & nephews.

Sam was the past owner of the 3rd generation Samuel R. Parry Machine Company of Rochester, NY until his retirement in 1993.  He was a long time member of the Rochester Ad Club, the National Paper Box Association, and the Avon American Legion.  Sam proudly served in the US Navy during WWII and the Korean War.

Friends may call on Thursday, October 12th, from 5-7pm at the Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home Inc., 21 Big Tree Street, Livonia, NY.  A Graveside service will be held on Friday, October 13th, 1pm at Bath National Cemetery, Bath, NY with military honors.  In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the School of the Holy Childhood, in memory of Dennis Marshall, 100 Groton Parkway, Rochester, NY 14623.  To send a condolence or share a memory please visit:


8 thoughts on “Samuel Parry DeMay – October 9, 2017

  1. We will miss you, Sam, at out 49ers lunches. You always greeted us with a haqppy smile.

  2. Dear Marge, Beth & Gary – I just want to extend the sympathy of my family to all of you. We all became friends when we first rented the cottage at Lake Demmon from Ethel Bebout in the early 1960s and then we eventually bought a cottage just 2 down from you. We all have many fond memories of Sam and all of you. He was a great guy and good friend!

  3. Marge, we are so sorry to read of Sam’s passing. He was a really fine man and we enjoyed so much our talks with him at WHS reunions. He was an interesting guy!
    We are unable to attend his services. We wish you peace and strength.

  4. Marge, Sorry to hear of Sams passing, He was one of the most likeable men that we have ever met. We won’t be here for the wake or the funeral but want you to know that we will be thinking of you
    .Dick and Sue

  5. Marge, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and family. We always enjoyed our visits with you and Sam at Lake Demmon and at our home during Fall Foliage. May your many happy family memories help you through this time. Hugs, John and Carol Williams

  6. Dear Marge,
    So sorry about Sam. I met you both when I was planning “Sentimental Journey” at the National Warplane Museum. I had such a nice visit when I came to the house with the tickets. Sam was the first man I met who served in both wars! So sorry for your loss.
    Donna Walker

  7. My husband and I met Sam year’s ago at Lake Demmon. He was a fine, wonderful man who loved his daughter, Beth, so very much. Our deepest sympathies to Marge, Beth, Tracy and the whole DeMay family.
    Best Regards. Strength to you all.

  8. Dear Marge, My thoughts and prayers are with you! Sam was very special to me, I have very special memories of him! So sorry for your loss! Fondly, Joyce H.Clark

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