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‘Sweet man’ Dana Coye honored for 50 years of giving

Dana Coye, seated center, listens as Skaneateles Rotary Club President Chuck O'Neil reads from the organization's 50-year-old minutes about the year that Coye was inducted into the Club.

Dana Coye, seated center, listens as Skaneateles Rotary Club President Chuck O'Neil reads from the organization's 50-year-old minutes about the year that Coye was inducted into the Club.

— “I am an adventurer who likes to travel the world, even though I was born only twenty miles from where I now live. I attended a one room school house through the eighth grade and was about age 13, attending Church service, when I looked across the aisle and first noticed the pretty young girl who would later become my wife.

“I graduated from Onondaga Valley Academy high school at age 16 and then attended Central City Business Institute to take business courses. After completing my education, I worked briefly for the Remington Rand Company, until Uncle Sam offered me an all-expense paid extended trip to the South Pacific at age 19.

“Following the war, I returned to this area and after a few years worked in accounting, inventory control and production control for the Continental Can Company in Syracuse. However, after 14 years with the company, management announced they were closing the plant, but had a job waiting for me in Chicago. My wife and I, however, decided we did not want to move to Chicago, nor raise our two children, a daughter and son, there. Instead, my wife and I decided it would be great to own our own business.

“Eventually, we found a business (and building) for sale in Skaneateles, a business in which we had NO experience. Nevertheless, we worked pretty hard, the business became successful, and after about 30 years we were able to retire.

“My wife and I have been fortunate to have visited all fifty states, and all of the continents, except for the Arctic ones during our marriage, 65 years as of the last day of this month. And even though we have seen much of the world over the years, we were never sorry we made the decision to settle in Skaneateles. Incidentally, my wife and I have attended over twenty Rotary District Conferences, one as close as the Hotel Syracuse and another as colorful as the Playboy Club in New Jersey. I will be celebrating my 50th year as a Rotarian next year. I am also a Past President of the Club.”

Lori Ruhlman is a Skaneateles Rotary Club member.

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