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Terry Rafter

Terry W. Rafter

Friday, January 26th, 1951 - Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021
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MADRID – Terry W. Rafter, 70, a longtime resident of State Highway 345, passed away Wednesday evening, February 3, 2021 at The Unity Hospital of Rochester after a lengthy illness.

Terry was born on January 26, 1951 in Potsdam the son of Geraldine (Planty) Rafter and the late Merlin J. Rafter. He was raised in the Madrid-Waddington area, graduating from Madrid-Waddington Central School. On August 15, 1970, he married Linda J. Parmeter in Waddington. In 1971, he entered the United States Air Force, where proudly served his country until his honorable discharge in 1974.

After returning home from the military, Terry did carpentry work for various companies including his own. He later went to work for Op-Tech Environmental Services, retiring in 2004. He was proud member of the American Legion Post 420 in Waddington and enjoyed hunting, fishing, visiting with his friends, and cherished the times he was able to spend time with his family during the holidays and birthdays.

Terry is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Linda; his children and their spouses, Shawn and Jenn Rafter of Waddington and Sherry and Scott Carlin of Russell; his grandchildren, Jessica, Michelle, Michael, Matt, and Austin; and his great grandchildren, Gavin, Isabella, Jaxson, Kaleb, Tobias, and Luna.

He is also survived by his mother, Geraldine Gale of Madrid; his sisters, Linda Dixon of Madrid and Judy and Lloyd Hargrave; his mother-in-law, Betty Parmeter of Waddington; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his father, he was predeceased by a son, Scott Rafter in 1986 and a brother, Ricky Rafter in 1975.

There will no calling hours. A celebration of his life will be held at a time to be announced.

Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the American Heart Association.
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Melissa

Posted at 07:14pm
Terry was always a quiet soul. He was always kind, smiling, and joking around with family. My fondest memories are waking up to the smell of coffee and breakfast cooking. Terry would be sitting at the table, quietly visiting as he sipped his coffee. Dad really enjoyed those days! Rest In Peace Terry. You will be forever remembered ❤️

Yvonne Sharlow

Posted at 06:31pm
Gerrie and Judy, Sorry for your loss. Thinking of you. Yvonne Sharlow (Tyndall)

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Amber Murphy

Posted at 02:16pm
Hunting season always meant we would be awoken as kids to the sounds whispering and not so whispering voices at the kitchen table, Terry and my dad talking about where they were going hunting that day or what they saw the day before. There was always the smell of eggs, bacon, and coffee. Terry was great person and always so calm and easy going, I know that anyone that I have spoken too that knows Terry knew what a kind man he was. He will forever be missed, I am very sorry for your loss Linda, Shawn, Sherry and families. Rest in Peace Terry.
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EDWARD PARMETER

Posted at 06:45pm
Terry was one of a kind. Never had a harsh word or negative thought towards anyone. Always there to lend a helping hand. A great husband, father, grandfather and brother-in law. Some fond memories would be him driving his Little Red Express truck, being the best at doing the twist on the dance floor, Southern Tier trips, and camping together to name a few. If todays world could have more people like Terry in it, think of what that world would be . Prayers for Linda and family. Rest in peace Terry. He will truly be missed.
Ed, Darlene and family.
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Tim and Laura

Posted at 02:30pm
We truly lost one of the most caring and quiet souls in our lives. We will always remember his great sense of humor and laughter. Terry was one we could always rely on and turn to in times of need. He had a heart of gold and saw the good in everyone. We will always be grateful for everything he did for us and feel blessed to have had him in our lives. We will miss him dearly. May he rest in peace.
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