In Memory of
Melvin G. "Mel" Partridge


AVOCA-Melvin G. “Mel” Partridge, 85, passed away Saturday (Jan. 10, 2015) at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira, following a short illness.
Born in Wheeler on Dec. 15, 1929, he was a son of the late George and Marjorie Edwards Partridge.
He is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, the former Erma Jean Billings; his three children, Neil Partridge, Jacquelyn Partridge (Pat MacDonald) all of Wheeler and Douglas (Kathleen) Partridge of Bath; his six grandchildren, Lisa (David) Partridge-Johns of Wheeler, Daniel (Tammy) Partridge of Avoca, Chad Partridge of Corning, Elizabeth Partridge of Geneseo, James (Andrea) Wilson of Virginia and Chris Buckley of Bath; his nine great-grandchildren, Michaela and Marina Partridge of Bath, Casey and Samantha Buckley of Bath, Brenden and Noah Hughes of Avoca, Emily Johns of Rochester, Amanda Johns of Sodus and Laura Johns of Wheeler; his sister, Virginia Burrett of Hornell; his three sisters-in-law, Carolyn Partridge of Penn Yan, Darlene (Robert) Dodds and Martha Cleland all of Avoca; his two brothers-in-law, Sonny Billings and Maurice Billings both of Bath; also several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his four brothers, Spencer, Gilbert, Carl and Edward Partridge; his daughter-in-law, Lois Partridge and granddaughter, Julie Partridge.
Mel worked at Haines Manufacturing in Avoca for several years. He also owned and operated a car repair and inspection business in Wheeler along with a saw sharpening business. He served as a Judge in Wheeler for 26 years, served on the Wheeler Town Board for 12 years, was an assessor for one year and served as a Wheeler Town Supervisor for six years. He also loved to rebuild David Bradley tractors and enjoyed attending tractor shows, stamp collecting, the history of the New York area and most of all spending time with his family.
The Avoca Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Melvin G. “Mel” Partridge.
Calling hours are from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday and 10 a.m. to Noon Thursday at the Avoca Funeral Home, 22 N. Main St., Avoca, where a funeral service will be held following calling hours at Noon Thursday, with Pastor Barre Butts officiating. Committal services and interment will follow at Valley View Cemetery, Avoca.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing may contribute in his memory to CareFirst, 11751 East Corning Road, Corning, N.Y. 14830-3657 or at
Online condolences or remembrances of Mel are welcomed at
Bishop & Johnson Funeral, Inc.
285 Main St, Homell NY
(607) 324-2700
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