Date of Birth August 16, 1963
Date Deceased January 1, 2023
Hometown Hornell
Home State N.Y.
Service Date January 9, 2023
Service Time 1:30 p.m.
Service Location St. Ann's Church, Hornell
Interment Location St. Mary's Cemetery, Town of Fremont

Richard James “Rick” Sutfin

HORNELL-Richard James “Rick” Sutfin, 59, was surrounded by his loving family, when he passed away late Sunday morning (Jan. 1, 2023) at his home on Gypsy Hill Road, after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.

Born in North Hornell on Aug. 16, 1963, he was a son of the late Robert and Gloria (Allen) Sutfin. Besides his parents, he was also predeceased by an infant brother, Steven Sutfin and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, William and Joanne Rohan.

A lifelong resident of Hornell, Rick was a graduate of Hornell High School, class of 1981.

He was employed by the United State Postal Service (USPS) for 28 years as a letter carrier; 19 of those years he spent in the Village of North Hornell.

Rick loved animals and volunteered for the Hornell Area Humane Society. He was a talented woodworker and liked to garden. An avid Green Bay Packers fan, he enjoyed playing golf, loved Harleys and traveling; Rick especially enjoyed cruises and trips to the casinos.

He is lovingly survived by his wife of 37 years, Colleen (Rohan) Sutfin, who he married on Aug. 3, 1985 at the former St. Ignatius Loyola Church in Hornell; four brothers, Gary (Kurt Miller) Sutfin, Charles (Dawn) Sutfin, Dave (Arlene) Sutfin and Bill (Karen) Sutfin all of Hornell; two sisters-in-law, Chrissie (Larry) Valentine and Bridget (Joseph) Griswold all of Hornell; two brothers-in-law, Steve Rohan of Hornell and Kevin (Kathy) Rohan of Horseheads, NY; many wonderful nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews; five aunts, Lucille Lockwood and Linda Allen both of Canisteo, NY, Helen Fisk of Clifton Springs, NY, Onnollee Sutfin of South Dansville, NY and Mary O’Connor of Dansville, NY; also several cousins; as well as Rick and Colleen’s rescued fur babies; three dogs, Jax, Clarence and Ella; four cats, Yogi, Boo, Frankie and Baxter.

The family would like to express their heartfelt appreciation to their relatives and friends for their support during Rick’s illness; also to CareFirst, St. James Hospital in Hornell and Noyes/Wilmot Cancer Center in Dansville, NY

Calling hours are 2-4 p.m. Sunday (Jan 8, 2023) at the Bishop-Johnson & DeSanto Funeral Home, 285 Main St., Hornell. Relatives and friends are invited to join his family at St. Ann’s Church, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1:30 p.m. Monday (Jan. 9, 2023). Committal prayers and interment will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Town of Fremont.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing may contribute in his memory to either the Hornell Area Humane Society, 7649 Industrial Park Road, Hornell, NY 14843 or to Gordy & Friends (a group of volunteers who help chained and penned dogs), P.O. Box 41, Honeoye, NY 14471. Envelopes for memorial contributions will be available at the funeral home.

The Bishop-Johnson & DeSanto Funeral Home is honored to assist Rick’s family with the arrangements.

Online condolences or remembrances of Rick are welcome below in the comment section or on the Facebook page of Bishop-Johnson & DeSanto Funeral Home.




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14 Responses

  1. Rest in Peace Rick. You were a good neighbor and will be missed. The whole hill is in mourning.
    We will look out for Colleen.
    Tell the gang I said hi.

  2. Rick was a true good guy. This is so sad. Hornell is missing a hell of a good guy. Our prayers are truly with his family…

  3. Such a good guy. Always made you feel special. Quick with a funny story. A better guy you will never find. My heart is broken for you Colleen. Words are just not enough. Sending love your way.

  4. Colleen-I’m so sorry to hear of your and Prayers to you and all Rick’s extended loving family.

  5. My deepest condolences, Colleen. He was such a ray of sunshine and an amazing mail courier who always had time for his customers.

  6. I am very sorry, Colleen. My heart goes out to you at this difficult time. Rick was one of the best letter carriers a community could have. He was so dedicated in serving the North Hornell residents as he went above and beyond every day.

  7. I am shocked and saddened to hear about Rick. He was my mail carrier when I moved to North Hornell and continued for several years after. Always smiling, always friendly, he played a key role in helping North Hornell to feel like home.

  8. Colleen, so sorry to hear about Rick. I can’t make it to calling hours but you will be in my thoughts.

  9. Colleen I am so sorry for your loss. Rick was a great guy. Tramp and I always looked forward to him delivering the mail at the animal hospital. He always took the time to chat and you both always opened your home to anyone. Your Halloween partys were fun and Rick always enjoyed making drinks at the bar. You are in our thoughts. Andrea

  10. Colleen, this just breaks our hearts. Rick was such a great guy. Sending love, prayers & many furry hugs. 😘

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