Theodore F. Specchio
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Theodore F. Specchio
  • October 4, 1933 - October 12, 2014
  • New York

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Theodore 'Ted' F. Specchio, age 81, of Burdett, NY passed away unexpectedly at his home on Sunday, October 12, 2014.

Ted was born on October 4, 1933 in Watkins Glen, NY the son of the late Lawrence and Mary (Chiacchierini) Specchio. Ted served in the US Army from 1955-57. He retired as a civil engineer with the NYS DOT in Hornell, NY and later worked for Hunt Engineers. He was a member of the Watkins Glen Fire Dept. since 1955, serving as a past Chief and Fire Commissioner. He also served as Deputy Fire Coordinator for Schuyler County as "Car 5". Ted was a proud member of the BPOE Watkins Glen Lodge #1546, where he served many offices, including as a Past Exalted Ruler, VP of the NYS PEF union. Ted was also a communicant of St. Mary's of the Lake Church in Watkins Glen and volunteer for the Office of the Aging and American Red Cross. Ted loved spending time with his family, traveling to Arizona, his years in fire service and the ELKS, especially his many casino bus trips.

Ted is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Barbara (Lee) Specchio; his children, Larry Specchio (Laura) of Chenango Forks, Laurie DeNardo (Robin) Watkins Glen, and Karen Walther of Horseheads; granddaughters, "Dr. Pat" DeNardo and Alyssa; grandson, Dylan Walther (Tianna); great-grandson Aiden; brother, Lewis Specchio; brothers in law, Philip Smith; Robert (Laura) Lee; sisters in law, Patricia Angelo, and Shirley Ormsbee; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to his parents, Ted was predeceased by his sisters, Carol Symes and Julia Smith and son-in-law, Jeffrey Walther.

Calling hours will be held on Thursday, October 16 at Haughey-Wood Funeral Home, 119 Fifth Street, Watkins Glen 4-6 p.m. with Elks Service at 6:15 p.m. Mass will be celebrated at St. Mary's Of the Lake Church, 905 Decatur Street, Watkins Glen at 11 a.m. on Friday, October 17th with interment services immediately following.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Ted's memory to the ARC of Schuyler County, 203-205 12th St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891 or to the Watkins Glen Elks #1546 Banquet Fund, PO Box 346, Watkins Glen, NY 14891.