LaVerne Billings

Obituary of LaVerne Harold Billings

LaVerne Harold Billings , age 90, of Boynton Beach, FL passed away on September 1, 2021. Vern was born November 30, 1930 in Avoca, New York, but he grew up and attended school in Bath, New York. After highschool, he served honorably in the U.S. Navy for 4 years during the Korean War. Upon his discharge, he received a degree in building construction from Alfred State College. After college, he married his wife of 60 years, Mary Lou. Vern’s construction career started at Leva Brothers Tile and Marble in Binghamton, New York, but he returned to Bath in 1965 to join his father Rumsey at R. C. Billings Paving Contractors. He expanded their construction business to include Valley Asphalt and Knight Settlement Sand and Gravel. He was considered a tough but generous employer, who provided stable well paying jobs in the Bath area for many years. His passions were his businesses, world travel, and golf. After his father’s death, Vern donated a considerable portion of his inheritance to establish a scholarship fund for Haverling BOCES students to attend Alfred State College, and study the building and construction trades. Each year the scholarship funds three Haverling students. He also donated land adjacent to Knight Settlement to the VA to expand the Bath National Cemetery. He has further donated money directly to Alfred State College for building and equipment costs for their equipment operating engineer program. He is survived by his wife, Mary Lou, his sister, Jo Ann Axtell, his children; Jo Ann(Doug) Shartrand, Jennifer(Leo) Young and Charlie(Patti) Billings. Seven grandchildren, including Scott (Madison) Billings, Phillip Billings, Emily Shartrand, Christopher Shartrand, Brett Billings, Kristina (Dan) Sacchitella, and Megan (Tom) Billings. Also, three great grandchildren, Aria, Livy, and Esme Sacchitella. Vern was preceded in death by his son Mike Billings (Cheryl Fellicitti). In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the R.C. Billings Scholarship Fund, and mailed c/o Jo Ann Shartrand, 16 Sierra Trace, Ballston Lake, New York 12019. A memorial service will be held at a later date at the Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Bath, New York.
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