TICONDEROGA — Rolland H. Yaw, 89, of Ticonderoga, died from a broken heart to be reunited with his wife of 60 years, on Thursday, June 5, 2014, at Heritage Commons Residential Healthcare of Ticonderoga.
Born in Bennington, Vt., March 18, 1925, he was the son of the late Harvey and Lillian (Becker) Yaw.
Mr. Yaw was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, having served during WWII in the European and Asiatic-Pacific Theaters. Rolland enlisted, with the permission of his parents, at the age of 16, immediately following the invasion of Pearl Harbor. He fought in the Battle of Iwo Jima. He was a proud plank owner of the U.S.S. Blair, DE 147. He also served in the N.Y.S. National Guard.
Mr. Yaw was a Ticonderoga resident for most of his life and was a 25 year member and past president of the Ticonderoga Fire Department. He was instrumental in the formation of the Ticonderoga Little League and was a life member of the Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks and the Knights of Columbus, both of Ticonderoga.
Rolland was a loyal and dedicated paper maker for International Paper Company for 40 years and was a member of the Company's Quarter Century Club. He was a communicant of St. Mary's Catholic Church of Ticonderoga.
Rolland enjoyed golfing at the Ticonderoga Country Club and has the distinction of having a portion of the course named after him. Unfortunately, "Yaw's Corner" is located in the woods on hole # 14. He was also an avid hunter and fisherman.
He was pre-deceased by his beloved wife, Genevieve Agnes (Catlin) Yaw on Sept. 17, 2013. He was also pre-deceased by three sisters, Marie Blowers, Consuella Yaw and Priscella Morin.
Survivors include one son, R. Stephen Yaw and his wife, Sue of Ticonderoga; one daughter, Maureen Stormer of Ticonderoga; one brother, Harvey Yaw of Ticonderoga; and four sisters, Frederica Sharpe of Virginia, Lillian Lawrence of Connecticut, Wilhemina St. Pierre of Connecticut, and Harriett Cole of Hague. He is also survived by seven grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.