William Arthur ‘Billy’ Gushue Sr.

Mr. Gushue

William Arthur “Billy” Gushue Sr., age 64, of Johnstown, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, January 20, 2019.

He was born on June 2, 1954, in Herkimer, a son of the late Cyril Gushue and Rose Massocco Gushue.

Billy was a high school graduate of Richmondville Central School. He was employed as a truck driver for the Johnstown Water Department for 40 years until his retirement in 2009. Mr. Gushue also worked part time at the admissions gate of Fonda Speedway and enjoyed watching the races at the track. Billy enjoyed spending time with his family and also loved to travel, especially to Utah.

He is survived by his fiancee and love of his life, Melinda Rose Ackerknecht of Johnstown; two sons, William Arthur Gushue Jr. (Jonnie) of Layton, Utah and Jamey R. Gushue (Deborah) of Perth; one daughter, Alicia R. Gushue (Andrew Weigle) of Mayfield; six brothers, Howard Gushue (Nola), Vince Gushue (Debi), Mike Gushue (Patty), Jimmy Gushue, Anthony Gushue and Gene Gushue; one sister, Bonnie Desjardins (Dan); four grandchildren, Kaidan, Devin, Kaleb and Jordan; three great-grandchildren, Dax, Mykah and Oliver; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be conducted at 4 p.m. on Thursday, January 24, 2019, at the A.G. Cole Funeral Home Inc., 215 E. Main Street, Johnstown, with the Rev. Dr. R.W. Williams officiating.

Visitation for family and friends will be prior to the service on Thursday, January 24, 2019, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Billy’s memory may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

Condolences to the family may be made online by visiting our website at www.agcolefuneralhome.com.

By Josh Bovee

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