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Loyd J Chilson

CATTARAUGUS – Loyd J. Chilson, 80, died peacefully Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at the home of his son, Jonathan L. Chilson, in Rochester, NY.  He was born April 28, 1940 in Susquehanna, Pennsylvania the son of Lester J. and Irene (Walker) Chilson.  He lived in Cattaraugus for 54 years.

Loyd graduated from Susquehanna High School in 1958, Mansfield State College in 1966 and received his Masters in Education from SUNY Fredonia.  He taught mathematics at Cattaraugus Central High School for 29 years.  He was a member of Roberts Memorial Free Methodist Church and served as treasurer for many years.  He was a Councilman on the New Albion Town Board then later served as Town Supervisor for several terms.  He was a member of the American Federation of Teachers and Lets Travel Club in Cattaraugus.  He was enlisted in the Army from April 4, 1960 and discharged on March 31, 1966.

He was predeceased by his father, Lester J. Chilson, his mother, Irene (Walker) Chilson, his brother, Boyd L. Chilson, his sister, Norma J. (Chilson) Glover and his wife Ruth E. (Reese) Chilson whom he married on April 13, 1963.  Loyd and Ruth were high school sweethearts and married 43 years at the time of her death.

He is survived by a son, Jonathan L. (Alissa) Chilson of Rochester, NY, a daughter, Rebecca I. Piegari of Naples, NY, four granddaughters, Sarah F. (Spencer) Jensen of Columbia, SC, Abigail R. (Joseph) Palmer, Rachel E. Chilson both of Rochester, NY, Rochelle E. Piegari of Naples, NY, three grandsons, Nathanael L. Chilson, Samuel J. Chilson both of Rochester, NY, Julian R. Piegari of Naples, NY, one great-granddaughter, Ruth F. Jensen of Columbia, SC.

A funeral service will be held by invitation only on Saturday, January, 16, 2021 at 11:00 A.M. at Roberts Memorial Free Methodist Church in Cattaraugus, NY.  The funeral service will also be broadcast live on the Roberts Memorial Church Facebook page.  There will be no visitation to comply with New York State COVID-19 guidelines. 

Burial will be in the Nichols Cemetery in April 2021. 

 In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to Roberts Memorial Free Methodist Church, 111 South Street, Cattaraugus, NY 14719.

Arrangements entrusted to DiStasio Funeral Home Inc.


My heart is heavy to hear about Loyd's passing. I was truly blessed and am honored to have known him for quite a while.
We both worked with saws and other small engines and shared solutions, stories and laughs. How he missed his dear wife for so many years. What a tough yet tender gentleman. We need more like him in this world. Rest in peace my friend, until I see you on the other side.

Lee Sluga Jun 30 2022 10:33 PM

Jonathan and Rebecca and families, sending hugs and deepest sympathies. When I think of Cattaraugus, I think of so many good memories with your family. Your dad was a shining example of integrity and honor at school and in our church family; Psalm 37:23 seemed to be written with him in mind "The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way." He was such a good man and it was a joy to know him and learn from him.

Cindy (Swauger) Aronson Feb 23 2021 12:00 AM

Jonathan and Rebecca, I'm so very sorry to hear your Dad has passed. He was one of my very best neighbors. I always loved stopping and talking with Loyd. My heart breaks for all of you.

Vanessa Frentz Jan 21 2021 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear this! I was so fortunate to teach with your dad and got to know him very well. What a greta man and shining example!

Dale Wickham Jan 21 2021 12:00 AM

Jon, Rebecca, and families,
My deepest sympathies. Your dad was a great teacher and member of our community. He will be greatly missed.

Beth Briggs McIntyre Jan 21 2021 12:00 AM

Mr Chilson, like his co-worker Mr Agnew and others, tickled my imagination and curiosity, and more importantly, set me on a path of building critical thinking skills that would serve me well both in my professional and personal life. It is impressive that teachers such as these could achieve such success in classes of students with widely varying interests and talents. Kudos. He lives on in our memories and the effects we in turn have upon the world. Thank-you Mr. Chilson!

Nicholas J Gimbrone Jan 17 2021 12:00 AM

I am grateful to have had Loyd as my brother-in-law. He was a godly man, a man of integrity, hardworking, warm, kind, and respectful. Though a quiet man, his speech was often characterized by a gentle humor. My sympathies go out to the rest of the family, especially to his son and daughter and their families as they mourn the loss of a truly fine man who was so dear to them.

Heidi Reese Jan 16 2021 12:00 AM

Loyd was the most patient person I have met. He could explain abstract concepts well, and even got me through calculus. He was one of the outstanding teachers we had.

Charry Luce Hemmings Jan 15 2021 12:00 AM

Mr. Chilson inspired me to become a teacher, his patience and willingness to explain mathematical concepts gave me the courage to go and further my education. I remember calling him when I got my first job in this area. I asked if he would like to give me some advice and he told me he would love to discuss math but I didn't need advice! He was a wonderful person.

Sue Gilman Jan 15 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Loyd Chilson

Dan and Bette DiSTasio Jan 14 2021 12:00 AM

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