Samuel Folsom Selwood

January 16, 1939June 3, 2015

Samuel F. Selwood, 76 of Penn Yan entered the gates of larger life, peacefully at home on June 3. This good man was born on January 16, 1939 in Ilion, NY to Helen Graham Selwood and S. Folsom Selwood. While at Union College he was a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity and enjoyed the friendship of his brothers throughout the years. After graduating he began his career in insurance claims and eventually retired from Caliber (FedEx) in Akron, Ohio as the Risk Manager in 1997. He then moved to the house he had finished on Seneca Lake and began to pursue seriously his lifetime interests in archery and hunting, while continuing his woodworking. He especially enjoyed his ROMEO (Retired Old Men Eating Out) friends and working on the archery course at the Duck Club. He had truly enjoyed his 26 years in Penn Yan.

In those years, he took pride in his work on the Torrey Town Planning Board and in helping to construct the columbarium at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, where he will find his earthly resting place.

He is survived by Pat, his wife of 53 years, daughter Michele Shaar, son-in-law, Tom, their two boys Hasan and Mark Shaar, his two sisters Joan Annutto(John) and Diane Williams (Steve Newton), as well as nieces and nephews.

Samuel’s funeral service will be held on Friday, June 12, 2015 at 11:00am at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Penn Yan. Memorials may be made to St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, or Ontario-Yates Hospice. Both have given him and his family excellent and loving care in these last weeks.

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  • Funeral Service Friday, June 12, 2015

Samuel Folsom Selwood

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russ henderson

September 28, 2018

Our deepest sympathies.
Russ and Dorothy Henderson
Russ was an old neighbor in Norton.

September 5, 2015

Belated condolences Pat ( and Micki ). We just learned of Sam' passing. We remember, fondly, our days in Akron. Sam was my first manager and a great role model. He also was instrumental in getting me started in archery which has remained one of my main activities to this day. Very great memories................
Dave and Billie Hollenbaugh (Mercer, PA)

David Mead

August 1, 2015

Very sorry to learn of Folsom's passing and a bit late. Folsom and I were on the Ilion High track team and I knew him well. He was a good man, a decent man, and a great runner. Folsom, Bill Dack, Earl Tibbitts, and I were on the record setting 880 yd. relay at New Hartford. I believe that record still stands. After High School I never saw Folsom again but the Ilion High Track Championship team picture is on my office wall. I see him nearly every day.:) Glad he had a nice family and life. Sincerely, DAVE MEAD

Kelli Murphy

June 12, 2015

Pat I meet a lot of people doing my job but some how you and Sam took a special place in my heart. I wish I got to know Sam more but what little bit I did he was a wonderful man . you are a very special and loving women. You have my number and know where I am if you ever need anything. I will stop in and check on you to make sure you are doing good. I am sure Sam would want me to keep you in line and make sure you don't get hurt doing anything. :)

Kris Hicks

June 12, 2015

Pat and family, I will be with you in prayer Friday celebrating a life well lived. He has risen above the suffering. I will always be grateful to have spent many years as neighbors to Sam, Pat and Micki, and will cherish the memories of many holidays, vacations and picnics at the lake. Sam will forever be in my heart as a good father, and steward of the earth. He is now reunited with all heavenly beings including hunting dogs! I will miss him.

Kris Hicks

June 12, 2015

June 9, 2015

Saddened to read that Sam passed. Our condolences to Pat and the Selwood family. Many happy memories...Don and Bonnie Polsin Liverpool N.Y. And Venice Fla.

Nancy Needler

June 8, 2015

I so appreciated and will miss Sam's honesty, friendship, laughter, and ability to mix the best margarita a gal could have!!!

Betty Daggett

June 8, 2015

Dear Pat,
If donating time and talents for the benefit of others was on Sam's bucket list, he had that covered and then some! We are grateful for his long active service to the Town residents as a planning board member.
He was a true gentle and wise man
He will be missed deeply.
Our deepest sympathy,
His friends at the Town of Torrey.

roger hicks

June 8, 2015

As a kid in Norton, Ohio I remember that Sam and my dad Irl Hicks were good friends and neighbors. Sam helped me learn archery and took us bow hunting which gave me lots of good memories. I'm glad Sam had a chance to keep doing the things he loved during a long retirement in NY.