Michael Elliott had a way of making every day a nice day, Martha Davis said Sunday morning.
Davis, standing outside the Gateway Apartments on Fennell Street in Skaneateles, was speaking to a small crowd of close friends, family and members of the American Legion. All were gathered in front of the apartment complex to honor Elliott's life and dedicate a flagpole and the American flag.
"Michael, you will live on," Davis said as she looked at the flag flying high above her head.
Elliott, a long-time member of the Skaneateles community, passed away in January. He served most memorably to many as a 23-year bartending veteran at The Krebs on West Genesee Street. Before that he was a librarian working for the New York State Department of Corrections at both the Attica and Auburn correctional facilities, said friend and county Legislator Jim Rhinehart. He then went on to work as a librarian at Auburn High School.
"It's my honor to be here today," Rhinehart said as he gently held a plaque honoring Elliott's life. "We all knew Michael a long time."
Elliott had a strong interest in local history and it was unusual if someone asked him a question that he could not answer. He had a way of working the conversation on to a different topic so the person asking would forget what the question was to begin with.
Elliott's son, John Boyd, spoke briefly and said Elliott would be "very honored" with the flagpole dedication.
"We'll miss Mike terribly," Boyd said
Sons of the American Legion Squadron Commander Clark Horan said Elliott was a man who liked to cook and liked to travel, especially to Ireland. A few years ago Horan, Elliott and a few others took such a trip and in their travels they visited a mountain in Wales.