In Loving Memory of Arthur "Art" J. Babcock
July 31, 2019
Arthur “Art” Babcock, age 86, a lifelong resident of Mexico, NY passed away on Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at St. Joseph Medical Center in Syracuse, NY surrounded by his family.
Art was born December 25, 1932 as the oldest of six children to Arthur Lawson Babcock and Virginia LaMontagne Babcock in Syracuse, NY.
A 1952 graduate of Mexico Academy and Central School, Art was involved in athletics where he excelled in baseball, basketball, and football. His love of sports carried throughout his life as he shared his time and talents coaching his sons and many local youth. Coach Babcock was honored by the Mexico Little League in 2009 for his 20+ years of coaching and support of the league.
Art served in the United States Navy as Electrician’s Mate Second Class during the Korean War. Upon his honorable discharge, he worked for Carrier Corporation for 35 years and was a long standing Sheetmetal Union Steward. After retirement from Carrier, he served 35 years as a Code Enforcement Officer for the Village of Mexico. Art was a member of the Free and Accepted Masons, Mexico Lodge 136 for over 50 years.
His personal priority and loyalty were with his family, first and foremost to his wife, Peggy, of 64 years, their five children, twelve grandchildren and ten great grandchildren.
Art is survived by his wife, Peggy Babcock; four sons, Arthur Babcock II and wife Gretchen of Orwell, NY, Bruce Babcock of Niantic, CT, Kenneth Babcock and wife, Donna of Lake Charles, LA, and Kevin Babcock and wife, Daphne of Fate, TX; one daughter, Caroline Hendrick of Mexico, NY; twelve grandchildren and ten great grandchildren; two sisters, Agnes “Aggie” Sheldon of Brandon, FL, and Patricia “Pat” Congdon of Oswego, NY; two brothers, Robert “Bob” Babcock of Brandon, FL, and Richard “Dick” Babcock of Mexico, NY.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Virginia Babcock and one brother, Lawson “Red” Babcock.
Visitation will be from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. immediately followed with a Celebration of Art’s life at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, August 5, 2019 at the First Baptist Church of Mexico, NY. All attendees are invited to attend a reception at the church immediately following the services. Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at the Mexico Village Cemetery.