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Nayman, Francis S. (1938-2014)

Francis S. Nayman

b: January 24, 1938 d: December 12, 2014

ALBION) Francis S. Nayman, age 76 of Brown Road, died suddenly on December 12, 2014. He was born January 24, 1938 in Albion to Frank and Marie Romanowski Nayman and was a lifetime resident of this area. Mr. Nayman was a Veteran of the United States Air Force Reserves, a member of Holy Family Parish, a graduate of RIT, and retired as an Engineer from RG&E. Fran was the Owner/Operator of Nayman's Garage since 1959 and was a well know figure in Local Democratic Politics having served many years on the Orleans County Democratic Committee.

As a Public Servant, he served on the Orleans County Board of Supervisors in the late 70's and then served as an Orleans County Legislator for 1 term in the early 80's. Mr. Nayman also served as a Village of Albion Trustee, and for many years held the Office of Supervisor for the Town of Albion. Fran was also a former member of the Oak Orchard Yacht Club where he taught boating and was very active in his community on various committees and in many organizations including the Albion Fire Department Hart Hose Company. He truly enjoyed socializing and spending time with people as well as helping out where and when he could. He is survived by his cousins: Donald (Florence) Skinner of Batavia, Robert (Jane) Skinner of FL and John Nayman formerly of Brockport.

There are no prior calling hours. Family and friends are invited to attend Fran's Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, January 3, 2015 at Holy Family Parish-St. Joseph's Church beginning at 10 a.m. Interment with Military Honors in St. Joseph's Cemetery will follow. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Hospice of Orleans or a charity of your choice. Arrangements were made by Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc. - Albion.

Nayman Inspired Many With Determination

Orleans Hub - December 17, 2014

ALBION – He battled a stroke and other health scares, but Fran Nayman wouldn’t let those issues keep him down. He stayed committed to his customers and his community.

“The things he dealt with would have broken most people,” said Nayman’s friend Gary Kent. “He just pushed himself and kept going. He amazed me.”

Nayman was 76 when he died Friday in a fire at his shop. Nayman’s, a small engine repair business, was a presence on Main Street since 1959.

Nayman was active in local politics, serving as a village trustee, Albion town supervisor and an Orleans County legislator. He had been out of public office for about three decades, but Nayman stayed supportive in the background, encouraging candidates and offering advice and money for their campaigns.

That’s how Kent became close with Nayman, beginning in 2001 when Kent made his first run for public office. Kent grew to admire Nayman, especially his iron will. Nayman committed to physical therapy to improve his health so he could come back home after stays in an assisted living facility and also the county nursing home.

“It was a testament to his endurance,” Kent said.

Nayman graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology and retired as a engineer at RG & E. At Nayman's, he fixed small engines for lawnmowers, snowblowers and other equipment.

Even when he was limited to a wheelchair, he had friends drop him off at his shop so he could work.

“He died doing what he wanted to do,” Kent said. “There’s where he wanted to be.”

Nayman was a life-long bachelor. He quietly supported many civic causes and organizations, Kent said.

“His death is a big loss for Albion,” Kent said. “He could be counted on for a lot of things. He had a gruff exterior, but he was like a cupcake inside.”

Jeanne Crane, the Orleans County Democratic Party chairwoman, said Nayman took out many ads supporting Democratic candidates. He also opposed the sale of the county nursing home and took out ads stating his opinion on that sale.

His shop was in a prominent spot on Main Street and let both Democratic and Republican candidates put their campaign signs on his property.

He might disagree with local officials, but Crane said Nayman always took the high road.

“He was opinionated but I never saw him get angry,” she said. “He was so even-tempered.”

Crane worked with Nayman for about four decades in local politics, trying to build the Democratic Party. Nayman told Democrats they only had a chance at winning if they were committed to public service and a zealous campaign.

“He always used to say, ‘If you’re going to run, you need the desire to win or else you’re not going to win,’” Crane said.

Even as he struggled in recent years, Nayman sent Crane birthday cards and called at least monthly to check in on the Democratic doings. He wanted the party to be thinking early about fielding candidates for local elections.

“He was someone who was always in the background,” Crane said. “He was always there for us.”

Brad London sold Nayman his ads for The Lake Country Pennysaver. Nayman regularly took out ads in recent years, letting the community to know he was still in business.

“He was always optimistic about serving his customers,” London said. “I really looked up to him. He had a determination and drive.”

Nayman always ran a holiday ad in The Pennysaver, thanking his customers.

"The friendships we've made throughout the years have been our greatest pride," the ad would state. "Holiday greetings and thanks to all."

Police Identify Victim in Albion Fire

Orleans Hub - December 13, 2014

ALBION – The victim in Friday’s fire at Nayman’s, a small engine repair shop at 205 North Main St., has been identified as the business’s owner, Francis Nayman, 76.

The fire and death have been ruled accidental with no foul play suspected, Albion Police Chief Roland Nenni said.

“This determination is based upon the evaluation of the scene combined with an autopsy performed by the Monroe County Medical Examiner’s Office,” Nenni said.

Police and fire investigators believe the fire was caused when Nayman came into close proximity of a portable propane heater. That caused Nayman’s clothing or the wheelchair he was sitting in to ignite, Nenni said.

Nayman is a long-time owner of the business. He suffered a stroke several years ago and was limited to the wheelchair. He inspired many in the community with his work ethic. He also was active in the local Democratic Party for decades.

Albion Police and the Albion Fire Department were dispatched to Nayman’s at 3:51 p.m. on Friday for a possible structure fire. Firefighters entered the building with smoke and a fire on the floor in the center of the mechanics area of the business.

The fire was quickly extinguished and the smoke was ventilated. Nayman’s badly burned body was found on the floor by a wheelchair that was also heavily damaged, Nenni said.

The incident was initially ruled suspicious due to limited physical evidence initially observed and the circumstances surrounding where the body was located, the police chief said.

The official case ruling will be made when lab results are returned following additional forensic tests to be performed, Nenni said.

The incident was investigated by the Albion Police Department, Orleans County Fire Investigation Unit, New York State Police ID Unit, New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control, Orleans County Coroner’s Office and the Monroe County Medical Examiner’s Office.