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212 E. Fourth Street
Watkins Glen, NY 14891
Phone: (607) 535-4331

Elvin "Al" West

Monday, March 9th, 1953 - Friday, March 15th, 2019
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Elvin “Al” West
Age 66, of Trumansburg, NY passed away unexpectedly at home on March 15, 2019.

Al was born in Montour Falls and graduated from Watkins Glen Central School (Class of 1972). After high school, he enlisted in the US Marine Corps. Following his honorable discharge, he joined the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office where he completed over 20 years of dedicated service, retiring in 1997. In his retirement, he did everything from sailing the intracoastal to rafting the Grand Canyon. Elvin dedicated countless hours to helping others, giving back to his community and enjoyed working various jobs. He had a passion for the outdoors and always surrounded himself with family and friends.

He is survived by 3 sons, Beau West of Ithaca, Tyler (Erica) West of Clifton Park, and Travis West of Clifton Park; mother, Leona Sandusky of Montour Falls; 6 brothers and sisters, Judy Ebert of Corning, William West of Oakdale, TN, Virginia West of North Rose, Vicky (Tim) Levee of Dansville, Mary (Richard) Petty of Marion, and James (Mistie) West of New Woodstock; 2 grandchildren, Nolan and Tessa West; as well as countless family and friends.

The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, on Saturday (March 23) from 2pm-4pm; followed by a funeral service at 4:00pm at the funeral home; and a reception will be announced.

Memorial donations may be made to the New Hope Baptist Church, PO Box 154, Millport, NY 14864, or the Schuyler Humane Society, PO Box 427, Montour Falls, NY 14865 (

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  • Visitation

    Saturday, March 23rd, 2019 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Saturday, March 23rd, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home
    212 E. Fourth Street
    WATKINS GLEN, NY 14891
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  • Service

    Saturday, March 23rd, 2019 | 4:00pm
    Saturday, March 23rd, 2019 4:00pm
    Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home
    212 E. Fourth Street
    WATKINS GLEN, NY 14891
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  • Interment

    Montour Cemetery
    140 Mill St.
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donna and george mundt

Posted at 12:32pm
George and I met Al years ago and had the common interest of boating on Cayuga Lake and beyond. We have so many fun memories from that time. We just learned today of his death and were so shocked. Our condolences to all of his family and many other friends. He will be missed. Love, Donna and George Mundt

Love, Dan & Mable

Posted at 09:23am
May you be comforted by the outpouring of love surrounding you. We are so sorry we couldn't be here, you all are in our prayers.
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Justin Loxley

Posted at 04:11pm
I had the distinguished honor of supervising Elvin during his time volunteering with the US Forest Service in Sedona Arizona. Elvin on his drive out west a few years back, inquired about volunteer opportunities and after a 30 minute conversation, he was signed up as a volunteer on the spot. Elvin and I had many long winded conversations about how proud he was of his children, solving life's problems and celebrating life. It just seemed Elvin was in the place he needed to be in, he embraced the southwest and the new chapter in his life. Soon after his arrival Elvin was quickly adopted by his new Forest Service family and that winning smile and cheerful demeaner was welcomed by all. My last communication with Elvin only a few weeks ago, was very gracious and complimentary and I will remember him in that way. He asked to keep a spot open for him, but said he couldn't make it out for the upcoming season. You'll always have an honorary spot here my friend. Miss you buddy.
Justin Loxley
USFS Volunteer Coordinator
Sedona Arizona


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Posted at 04:48pm
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