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  Updated Dec 28, 2016 | By Bob Fugett

    Ezra Decker

      [  1980 Brochure  |  Fred Ungar  |  Ezra Decker ]

At 97 years of age Sugar Loaf resident Ezra Decker stood atop a ladder repairing the north chimney of his double occupancy home.

It was 1985.

He did not fall.

Three years later Sugar Loaf would celebrate Ezra's 100th birthday; then two years more and he would be gone.

After finishing the repair he descended to his front porch where he regaled Mary Endico and Bob Fugett with Sugar Loaf tales of a bygone century—now a second century past.

He also made the items below:
 

Wooden Figures by:
Sugar Loaf, New York, Resident/Artisan
Ezra Decker



photo above provided by:
Judith D Predmore, Ezra's granddaughter
 

Wooden Figures by:
Sugar Loaf, New York, Resident/Artisan
Ezra Decker

 

 

 

Mary Endico traded watercolors for these small wooden figures.

None are for sale.

We wouldn't let you buy them even if they were.

Mary still keeps pencils in the pencil holder pig.

Ezra lived to 102 minus 2 months.

A newspaper article said 101, but we were told 106 by those whom we thought would know, so we split the difference at 103 until finally learning his actual age from his granddaughter (Judith D Predmore) when she sent us the owl shown at the top of this page.

Judith wrote (06/22/13):

Hi Bob,

My grandfather
[Ezra] died just two months [shy] of turning 102. I don't know if you know, that he is buried in Warwick Cemetery in the Decker family plot along with his sons, daughter, mother and wife (over the years he had three wives).

Besides myself there is also my brother, Stanleigh Planson.

Judy
 

It had been just another standard misrepresentation of the Sugar Loaf state of affairs.

Now somebody new owns his house.

Historic Ezra Decker family photos provided by Ezra's granddaughter Judith Predmore Oct. 8, 2014:


in front of the garage, Judith far right bottom, her brother in the black cap


Ezra with 2nd wife May
Judith does not have photo of first wife Rose
(no divorces, Ezra just lived a long time)


Ezra with a State Record catch
from the pond behind his house
photo taken by Jarvis Boone
attested to by Clay Boone 10/10/2014


Ezra with 3rd wife Elizabeth
remember no divorces involved
just the tolls of an inordinately long life

 

 

 

© Photos 2 - 9 by: Mary Endico, Sugar Loaf, NY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

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