Obituary of Burnett Haylor
Burnett "Bud" D. Haylor, lifetime resident of Syracuse, passed away at home on February 28, 2018, at the age of 92. He was born April 25, 1925, to Burnett and Evelyn (Hovey) Haylor of Syracuse, New York, the first of two children.
After graduating from Onondaga Valley Academy, Bud attended Cornell University for a year before serving in the United States Army in France during World War II. Following his discharge, he returned to Cornell to complete his college education, earning a degree in administrative engineering.
He joined his father (one of the founders of the firm) at McClusky, Haylor & Haun Insurance Co., eventually becoming president of Haylor, Freyer & Coon. During his 42 years at the agency, the firm grew to be a proven leader in the insurance industry, with approximately 200 employees and six corporate offices.
Bud gave back to his community by serving as chairman or member of boards, including the YMCA, Red Cross, Campfire Girls, Jr., Chamber of Commerce, Citizens Foundation, Community Foundation, Oakwood Cemetery, and SCORE Association. He was chairman for 25 years of the Red Cross County Disaster Response committee. Bud greatly enjoyed being on the Everson Museum trip committee, serving as treasurer and planning trips to destinations across the country.
He was a dedicated member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church on Valley Drive in Syracuse, where he attended services regularly, was actively involved in the operations of the church, and taught adult Bible study for 31 years.
He was a member of the Thursday Morning Roundtable, Bellevue Country Club, and Century Club.
Family was always important, Bud provided opportunities that helped each of his children grow to be the successful adults they are today. Weekends gave him solace maintaining his amazing gardens and property. He was an avid traveler, reader, and loved the arts.
He is predeceased by his parents, sister, Mary Ann (Haylor) Coon, and daughter, Tracy Haylor Rainbow. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Nancy Knodel Haylor; daughters, Deborah Haylor McDowell and Linda Haylor Mikula (Joe); son, John Haylor, and two grandchildren, Vincent Mikula and Sonia Rainbow, plus many nieces and nephews.
The family thanks Hospice of Central New York and Katie Holcomb for all the kind and wonderful help. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made in Bud’s name to your favorite charity.
Calling hours will be Friday, March 9 from 11 am – 1 pm and 4 – 7 pm at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 2200 Valley Drive, Syracuse, New York. Services will be held at the church Saturday, March 10 at 10 am.
Arrangements are with Fairchild & Meech DeWitt Chapel.