Sad news on two fronts

Syracuse Post Standard, September 7, 2018
Charles Meagher Major was born in Syracuse on August 30, 1933. He was educated at CBA, Le Moyne College, Syracuse University, and Saint Bernard's Seminary among other opportunities.

Ordained as a Diocesan priest in 1959, his assignments included associate pastor at St. John the Evangelist Parish, in Syracuse; biology teacher and athletic director during the beginning years of Bishop Ludden High School; faculty and dean of discipline at Wadhams Hall Seminary, Ogdensburg; The Diocesan Director of Vocations'; co-founder of Aquinas Seminary at Lemoyne College. From 1977 to his retirement in 2011, he was Pastor of his beloved community, St. Joseph the Worker Parish, Liverpool. 

Fr. Charlie left the following words to express his appreciation for his days on this earth:

(Rev.) Charles M. Major, having successfully completed his allotted time on spaceship earth, has gone on to more profound realms. His accomplishments were modest, his enthusiasms were varied, his devotion as a pastor was warm, profound and personal; his mistakes were many, his offenses were garden variety-not an original sinner but practiced in imperfection. 

Charlie was devoted as friend, resourceful as companion, restless and inquisitive as student/learner. There was always more to do than time to do it. Gratitude loomed large in his spirit and expectancy marked his attitude. He relied on others in hosts of different ways and in a variety of circumstances. Remember him as a cheerleader, ever so appreciative of what has been and open to what will be. 
Nunc Dimittis.

Charlie's death — on September 5 — was caused by an undetermined neurological event that his body could not heal. As a man of faith in medical science and in spirit, he donated his body to SUNY Upstate Medical University.
He was predeceased by parents, Dr. Stanley J. Major and Margaret Regina Major; by his siblings, Barbara and Bill Major and Jean Major Lovas. 

His family includes numerous cousins, especially Bill Cuddy (Pat Hoffmann); niece, Mary Barbara Lovas, (John Sharon), great-niece and nephews, Rory, Rebecca, and Brendan Sharon, many friends, especially Ellen McDonald, Jack Heagerty, Chuck Fahey, Jane Hugo, Ellen Golden and Jack Sipple.

Celebrations of Charlie's life will be held at St. Joseph the Worker Church, 1001 Tulip Street, Liverpool. Calling hours will be Friday, September 14 from 3-7 p.m. with a Vigil for a Deceased Priest to follow at 7:00 p.m., led by Msgr. Charles Fahey. 

Liturgy will be held on Saturday, September 15, at 11:00 a.m. Led by Bishop Thomas Costello, Fr. Peter Major (Charlie's cousin), Msgr. John Heagerty, Dc. Steve Manzene. All other brother priests, vested or not, are welcome to sit among the people of the God. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Jail Ministry, 259 East Onondaga St., Syracuse 13202, Food Pantries at St. Lucy Parish, 432 Gifford St., Syracuse 13204 or St. Joseph the Worker Parish, 1001 Tulip St., Liverpool, 13088 or The Maryknoll Sisters, PO Box 311, Maryknoll, NY 10545. 


Mary Major Chard passes away
Mary Elizabeth Major Chard died August 23, 2018, in Naples, FL, after a brief illness. She was 75. Mary was the adored daughter of Stanley "Buster" Major, former Mayor of Solvay, NY, and Helen Smolinski Major. Mary was the beloved wife of Frederick J. Chard for 53 years, and the loving, supportive and incredible mother to Brian and Danielle.

She grew up in Solvay, NY before marrying Fred, they eventually settled in the community of Westvale. After both of their mothers' passed, Mary and Fred followed their daughter Danielle to Naples, in 1998.

Mary is survived by her husband, Fred; her brother, Jack (& Olinda) Major and his family; her son, Brian and his family; her daughter, Danielle, and her Smolinski cousins and family; as well as Kenga, the last in a long line of dogs that Mary doted on.

For those wishing to remember Mary, or express condolences the family suggests that contributions be made to The Humane Society of Naples, FL or your local no-kill animal shelter.

Arrangements were under the direction of Gendron Funeral & Cremation Services Inc., located at 866 99th Avenue N, Naples, FL 34108. 239-596-5288

Published in the Syracuse Post Standard from Aug. 28 to Aug. 30, 2018

More about Mary:

Invisible friends

Seeing stars

Three Major brothers emigrated from Ireland in the 1860s. About forty years later, three Smolinski brothers left Russia-occupied Poland. This is an attempt to trace several generations of relatives who settled in Central New York. Other names prominent in our extended family: McLaughlin, O'Hara, O'Neill, Dougherty/Doherty, Kane, Kaldowski, McGinn, Maltby.

A trip down Memory Lane with several members of the Major and Smolinski families, including:

Buster Major: prankster, athlete, politician
Charlie Major: the judge who puts out fires
Oel Johnson: he survived the Bataan death march


Several stories originating in Solvay, New York, or having a strong Solvay connection, including:

Shootout near St. Cecilia's Church.
Big bang in Split Rock
Prequel to 'The Blob' "
Solvay goes to war
Did Capone send them?


A collection of stories, some with a Solvay connection, some with a family connection, and others that we simply found interesting.

Tragic World War Two blunder
Tony Kane's last voyage
Before Trump, there was W.E.D. Stokes
Empress of the Galopagos


The fellow who put this website together used to be an entertainment writer. He remembers some celebrities he interviewed, including:

Jack Lord
Barbara Streisand
Bill Cosby
Ozzie and Harriet
The Three Stooges


Childhood memories, adult pet peeves, odd interests.

Baseball's Ethan Allen: The original spin doctor.
Road rage began with right turn on red
Sleeping with snakes
Nicknames are an endangered species
Home is where your taste buds are
We're descended from space aliens