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Edward S. Newsham

September 13, 1934May 6, 2020

Edward S. Newsham, 85, of Oneonta, passed away Wednesday, May 6, 2020, in A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital.

Ed was born September 13, 1934, in Erie, PA, the son of the late Frederick and Susan (Harriger) Newsham. He married June Mellor September 7, 1957 in Woods Hole, MA. Ed and June moved to Oneonta in 1965 when Ed accepted a position as Professor at SUNY Oneonta teaching Chemistry where he enriched and touched the lives of many students over the years until his retirement in 1997. Ed was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Oneonta where he served on various boards and committees.

Ed had a long and distinguished career in the Masonic Fraternity. He became a Free and Accepted Mason in Oneonta Lodge #466 in 1968. He served the Lodge as Master in 1977 and was appointed District Deputy of the Otsego Schoharie District in 1992. He also was a member and served as the presiding officer in the following Masonic Concordant Bodies: Oneonta Chapter #277 Royal Arch Masons, Oneonta Council #87 Cryptic Masons, Otsego Commandery #76, United York Rite College #127 in Utica ,NY, Utica Conclave Red Cross of Constantine, Crusade Priory #57 Knights of the York Cross of Honor, Trinity Tabernacle XXIV Holy Royal Arch Knight Templar Priests, Glencarin Council #14 Knight Masons, and Charles Smith Council #324 Allied Masonic Degrees. He also was a member of the Marine Lodge in Falmouth, MA and the Martha Chapter #116 Order of the Eastern Star where he served as Patron a number of times and twice as District Grand Lecturer. He was elected Grand High Priest of the Grand Chapter State of New York Royal Arch Masons in 1998. He received the order of the Purple Cross (33 Degree in York Rite Masonry) and served as Grand Governor of the State of New York for the York Rite Sovereign College of North America. He was Director Emeritus of the Masonic Medical Research Institute in Utica, New York. In his retirement years he and June served on the Auxiliary Board at A.O, Fox Hospital. In his spare time, Ed enjoyed playing bridge and doing needle point art. He participated in the General Clinton Canoe Regatta, enjoyed scuba diving, and loved his cats. Ed was always willing to volunteer or help someone out in need.

He is survived by his loving wife June of Oneonta. His children Mark (Sharon) Newsham, Traverse City, MI, Janet (Robert) Blatchley, Baltimore, MD, and Kathy (Aden) Reese, Woods Hole, MA; 6 loving grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren as well as 2 nephews and 1 niece.

A service to celebrate Ed’s Life will be held at a later date. Contributions may be made in his name to

A.O. Fox Hospital, First Presbyterian Church of Oneonta or the Masonic Medical Research Institute in Utica, New York.

To light a candle or send an online condolence, visit www.bookhoutfuneralhome.com

Arrangements are by the Bookhout Funeral Home, Oneonta.


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Nancy Read Hendricks

May 12, 2020

Hello, June - Sorry to hear of Ed's passing. He was such a dependable and warm presence at First Pres. It was great to have his and your help when I was there last summer for my dad's funeral. And it was always good to know that you both were just up the street when we needed anything. Thinking of you at this time of transition.

Larry Jaeger

May 11, 2020

Ed was a dear friend and Masonic Brother to my departed father Henry Jaeger. They enjoyed many good times together in the Masonic Circles.

Alan Morgan

May 9, 2020

I first met Ed in 1992 when we both served as Grand Officers for the Grand Lodge of New York. Over the next few years our friendship grew as did our Masonic paths and in 1998 as Grand High Priest he appointed me the District Deputy of the 21st Capitular District. On my road to the East in the Grand Line of Royal Arch, Ed was always there to help and provide wise counsel and in 2006 as Grand High Priest Ed was their as my Grand Secretary and was instrumental in supporting my efforts to recognize our counter parts in Prince Hall. To June and his family, Ilene and I express our deepest condolences on your loss. A good man, mason, friend and counselor, his like will be missed, but never be forgotten by those who knew him.

Phyllis Gunther

May 9, 2020

I just wanted to send condolences from the Wednesday Duplicate Bridge group. We will miss playing bridge with Ed. He was always fun and enjoyable to play bridge with.
Again we are so sorry,
Phyllis Gunther

Michael Coccoma

May 9, 2020

Dear June,
With sadness we read of Ed’s passing. We have many fond memories of his sense of humor on the many occasions he visited our office to accompany you home. We send our deepest sympathies to you and your family for your loss. Be well. All our best, Ellen and Mike Coccoma


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