Fay H. Ace, 86, formerly of the Kysorville Byersville Road in West Sparta, passed away early Tuesday morning, Oct. 19, 2010, at Noyes Memorial Hospital in Dansville.

Fay H. Ace, 86, formerly of the Kysorville Byersville Road in West Sparta, passed away early Tuesday morning, Oct. 19, 2010, at Noyes Memorial Hospital in Dansville.


He was born in Auburn, Pa., on Feb 21, 1924, a son of the late Fred and Maude (Mericle) Ace. On April 13, 1950, he was married to Dorcas (Foust) Ace, who predeceased him just three months ago. He was also predeceased by a granddaughter, Stacia Davies Vogt; and siblings, Vemon, Ray, Leigh and Hilda.


Fay was a machinist by trade and had worked for Piper & Paine Machine Shop in Nunda for nine years and spent the rest of his career at General Railway Signal in Rochester until he retired in 1986.


Fay was a World War II U.S. Army veteran serving with the Ninth Army that traveled thru Belgium and Holland into Germany, where the most intense fighting was during the Battle of the Bulge. He was a member of the Nunda American Legion and the Nunda VFW where he served as quartermaster and commander.


Fay and Dorcas moved to West Sparta from Nunda after he retired and he became active with the West Sparta Fire Department, where he held offices and was still considered a lieutenant in the fire police and was known to everyone as “Grandpa.” He was a member of the Livingston Volunteer Firefighters Association, the Livingston County Fire Chiefs Association, a life member of both the Western New York Volunteer Firefighters Association and the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York. He was a charter member of the Nunda Ambulance Corps and Nunda Fire Department where he was a past assistant chief and known as “Pappy.” In 1983, he was awarded the Firefighter of the Year award in Nunda and in West Sparta he received the award six different years. In 2005, Nunda and West Sparta fire departments recognized Fay with his commitment of more than years to both departments. The Town of West Sparta in 2000 recognized Fay as Senior Citizen of the Year for his activities in the town including serving as a member on the town board and his attendance at board meetings. In September of 2009. Fay was chosen to participate in Honor Flight and visited the World War II memorial on the national mall in Washington, D.C.


He is survived by three daughters, Nancy (Anthony) Regatuso of Mt. Morris; JoAnne Moudik of Texas; Joyce (David) Davies of West Sparta; a son, Roger Leslie of Florida; a sister, Doris (Jeremiah) Dooley of Arizona; seven grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, a great-great-granddaughter and several nieces and nephews.


Friends called 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. Thursday at the Hindle Funeral Home, Inc., 271 Main St., Dansvillc. where services were Friday at 11 a.m., with the Rev. James Stevens officiating. Interment was in Oak Lawn Cemetery, West Sparta. Online remembrances may be left at HindleFuneralHome.com. A fireman’s memorial service was performed at the funeral home on Thursday evening.


In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the West Sparta Fire Department, 4461 Red School House Rd., Dansville, NY 14437; Dansville Ambulance Fund, P.O. Box 235, Dansville, NY 14437; or the Nunda Fire Department P.O. Box 551, Nunda, NY 14517.