Milford J. "Whitey" Ebert, a lifelong resident of Mettacahonts in Accord, N.Y., died Sunday, May 27, 2007 at home. He was 75.

Milford was born July 7, 1931 in Ellenville, N.Y., the son of the late Mildred (Hornbeck) and Joseph Ebert. Milford married the former Lucille Tetta in Samsonville, N.Y. on May 23, 1965.

Mr. Ebert was employed at Channel Master in Ellenville for over 35 years and served in the National Guard. He was an editor for the Accordian Newspaper and belonged to the Friends of Historic Rochester. He spent endless hours visiting old cemeteries, compiling information for the "Town of Rochester Cemeteries" book which eventually was published in 1997.

Milford was an outdoorsman who spent many days hiking several miles, particularly to his favorite spot at Mohonk, to swim in the icy water. Along the way he helped clean the environment by picking up thousands of empty cans and bottles. He played football, basketball, baseball and softball, and bowled in a league for many years. As a fan, he followed the Yankees games on TV, and enjoyed watching wrestling with his grandchildren. With no prior building experience, Milford built the house he shared with his family by "reading books and asking questions." He and "Lucy" enjoyed trips to Atlantic City casinos, shows, and buffets. Milford was a huge sports fan and also liked flea markets, and became a huge collector of Crosby and Sinatra records.

In addition to his wife Lucille at home, Mr. Ebert is survived by their sons, Christopher and his wife, Anita of Macedon, N.Y. and Scott and his wife, April of Accord; his grandchildren, Ryan, Lynette, Breeanna and David; and his dear cousin, Bruce Schoonmaker and his wife, Beverly.

Visiting will be held on Wednesday, May 30, 2007 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at H.B. Humiston Funeral Home, Kerhonkson.

Services are scheduled for Thursday at 11 a.m. in the Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Whitfield Cemetery, Accord.

Contributions may be made in his name to Friends of Historic Rochester, P.O. Box 229, Accord, NY 12404.

Arrangements by H.B. Humiston Funeral Home, Kerhonkson.