2014 Honor A Veteran
|January 13, 2014
|February 10, 2014
|March 10, 2014
April 14, 2014
|May 12, 2014
CHARLES CLAYTON PRATT, JR.
|June 9, 2014
|July 14, 2014
|August 11, 2014
ALAN R. MOORE
|September 8, 2014
THOMAS G. RESTINO
|October 14, 2014
November 10, 2014
|December 8, 2014
JOHN H. REID
Thomas Cinelli was born in Troy, New York on
July 7, 1936 to parents Pasquale and Jenny (Frigolett) Cinelli. Thomas had 2
brothers, Pasquale and James. He grew up in Schaghticoke, N.Y. until 1957.
He was a graduate of Hoosic Valley Central
High School in 1953, graduated from Siena College in 1957, and graduated from
New Jersey College of Dentistry (Seton Hall) in 1961.
Thomas completed the Navy ROTC program
and June 1, 1961 was appointed Lieutenant in the United States Navy Reserve.
Lieutenant Thomas Cinelli served as a dental officer in the United States Navy
Dental Corp from 1961 to 1963 assigned to the detachment at Parris Island Marine
Corp Recruit Depot. He was honorably released from his reserve obligation on
April 23, 1967. Dr. Thomas Cinelli was awarded a commendation as the top dental
officer out of 45 dentists assigned to the detachment at Parris Island Marine
Corp Recruit Depot.
Thomas married Patricia (All) Cinelli on
September 6, 1986 in Castleton, New York. He was the father of two daughters:
Victoria and Amy, and one son, Josh. He was also blessed with two stepchildren:
Robin and Michael. He was the loving grandfather of three grandchildren:
Nicole, Ryan, Brendan and four step-grandchildren: Maria, Emilia, Lily and
Tom worked as an associate in the general
practice for Dr. Robert Dunning in Amsterdam, New York from 1963 to 1964. In
February 1964, he relocated to Castleton, New York and began his own practice of
general dentistry that he continued for 42 years. Dr. Thomas Cinelli was also
the dentist at the Resurrection Nursing Home, Castleton, New York.
He was a member of the Castleton Kiwanis
Club for 30 years, the Schodack Business Association, Chairman of the Waterfront
Advisory Committee, the Esquatak Historical Society, and a lifetime member of
the 3rd District Dental Society. In 2004, he received the Castleton
Community Appreciation Award. Tom enjoyed traveling to Cape Cod, dining out,
and entertaining friends and family. He loved animals and the outdoors.
Dr. Thomas Cinelli passed away on March 24, 2013 and was buried at the Gerald
B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery.
ANTONIO M. CIPOLLARI
Antonio M. Cipollari was born in Schenectady, New York on April 5, 1931 to
parents Antonio and Madeline (Carusone) Cipollari. Antonio had 1 brother,
Victor and 1 sister, Angeline. As a child, he lived in Schenectady and later
moved to the City of Rensselaer.
He attended the Hamilton School in Schenectady. After relocating to the City of
Rensselaer, he attended grade school and the Van Rensselaer Junior/High School
Antonio enlisted in the United States Army on January 4, 1949 in Albany, New
York. He served with the combat infantry serving in Japan and Korea during the
Korean War. He was honorably discharged on January 3, 1952. For his
commendable service to his country, Sergeant Antonio M. Cipollari was awarded
the Army of Occupation Medal, Combat Infantry, Bronze Star, Korean Service Medal
with 5 Bronze Stars, Distinguished Unit Emblem, 20/s bars and the Good Conduct
Antonio married Clara (Scaglione) Cipollari on October 8, 1955 in Cambridge,
New York. From their union, they had 1 daughter, Judith and he was the proud
grandfather of three grandchildren: Carmela, Natalia and Michael. He was also
the loving companion of Theresa Milo.
Tony was the owner of Ciploy Equipment in Defreestville, New York. He also
worked in sales for Vans Equipment and was employed for 20 years as a chief lock
operator for the New York State Canal System.
He was a life member of the Northeast Chapter Korean War Veterans Association,
Korean War Veterans Association, Inc., the VFW and Disabled American Veterans,
Melvin Roads Post American Legion Post 1231, the Rensselaer Senior Citizens and
the Single Squares square dancing group. Tony enjoyed square dancing, repairing
automotive and lawn equipment, fishing and attending rummage sales.
Sadly, Antonio M. Cipollari passed away
on May 30, 2013 and was buried at St. John’s Cemetery in Schenectady, New York.
FRANCES I. ADAMS
Frances Irene Adams was born in Troy,
New York on September 23, 1923 to parents Burton G. and Bessie (Scouler) Adams.
Frances had 1 brother, Simon and 1 sister, Eleanor.
She graduated from Lansingburgh High
School in 1943 and attended Ithaca College.
Frances enlisted in the United
States Army on May 11, 1951 in Albany, New York. She served in Washington, D.C.
and Japan during the Korean War. Frances was honorably discharged on May 4,
1954 at Camp Stoneman, California. For her commendable service to her country,
Corporal Frances I. Adams was awarded the National Defense Service Medal.
Frances retired from Behr Manning
Norton Company after 25 years of dedicated service in the cost accounting
She was a member of the First
Presbyterian Church of Lansingburgh, Norton Troy Retirement Club, the American
Legion Post 1450 in Halfmoon, New York, the Korean War Women’s Army Corps
Veteran’s Association Chapter 62 in Alabama, Director on the Board of The
Meadows at CountryWood, Plant City, Florida and the Ladies Golf Club of CMRA,
Plant City, Florida. Frances enjoyed playing several sports in her younger
years and as she grew older, she loved playing golf.
Sadly, Frances I. Adams passed away on April 23, 2013 and was buried at Gerald
B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Schuylerville, New York.
GORDON W. BROWN
Gordon Wayne Brown was born in Lorraine, New York on May 12, 1937 to parents
Kellogg Brown and Helen (Ansted) Brown. Gordon had 2 brothers, Ronald and
Gerald and 1 sister, Betty. He grew up in Adams Center, New York.
He was a graduate of Adams Center High School in 1954 and SUNY Cortland in
1962. After graduating from college, he got his first job in Lansingburgh in
1962 and settled in Lansingburgh.
Gordon enlisted into the United States Air Force on July 12, 1954. He proudly
served during the Korean War as a personnel specialist. He was honorably
discharged in 1958. For his brave and honorable service to his country, Airman
First Class Gordon Brown was awarded the Good Conduct Medal and the National
Defense Service Medal.
Gordon married Suzann (Fisher) Brown on June 27, 1964 in Cortland, New York.
He was the father of one daughter, Loree and one son, Geoffrey. He was blessed
with two grandchildren: Christie and Jensen and one great-grandson, Maddon.
Gordie began his teaching career in Lansingburgh as a 6th grade
teacher. He was named principal of Whipple, Whipple Anex and Pleasantdale
Schools in 1970. Gordon served as the first principal at Turnpike Elementary
School. He was appointed the New York State representative to the National
Elementary Association of Principals from 1985 to 1990. He retired from the
Lansingburgh School System in 1994.
Gordie was enjoyed being an assistant football coach, little league baseball
manager and independent league coach, involved in high school track, charter
member and past president of the Lansingburgh Kiwanis, involved in the formation
of the Youth Soccer Program, active in the American Red Cross, member and
elected to the board of the Lansingburgh Historical Society. Gordie was named
112th Street Man of the Year in 1995. He served as the United
Methodist Church and Cornerstone Community Church board member. Gordie and his
wife loved to travel around the world, going on cruises, enjoyed reading, and
snuggling with his cat Tasha. He was an avid New York Giants and St. Louis
Gordon W. Brown passed away on April 4, 2013 and was buried at the Gerald B.H.
Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery in Schuylerville, New York.
CHARLES CLAYTON PRATT, JR.
Charles Clayton Pratt, Jr. was born
in Troy, New York on February 17, 1933 to parents Charles Clayton Pratt, Sr. and
Helen Ester (Coonradt) Pratt. Gordon had 4 brothers; Ronald, Eugene, Bruce and
Chuck grew up in Troy and later in
life resided in Brunswick, New York. He attended all of the Troy Schools.
Charles enlisted in the United Stated
Air Force in 1949. Airman First Class Pratt served as a metal processing
specialist. He was a proud 23 year veteran of the United States Air Force and
was honorably discharged on February 1, 1972. For his brave and honorable
service to his country, Airman First Class Charles C. Pratt, Jr. was awarded the
Air Force Longevity Service Award and the Good Conduct Medal (bronze clasp with
2 bronze loops).
Chuck married Patricia Harriet (Johnson)
Pratt, Jr. on March 19, 1954 in Rantoul, Illinois. He was the father of 5
daughter; Denise, Lori, Robin, Carol and Kelly and 2 sons; Charles and David.
He was blessed with 14 grandchildren; Christina, Jennifer, Matthew, Angela,
Robyn, Samantha, Alicia, David, Todd, Casondra, Melissa, Kristina, Carlie and
Christopher and 9 great-grandchildren.
Chuck retired from the military and
from the Watervliet Arsenal. He was also employed with Garden Way and the
Albany Medical Center Hospital.
He was a lifetime member of the
Lansingburgh Veterans Club. He loved spending time with his grandchildren,
sitting in the yard watching birds, swimming in the pool, camping with his
family and having coffee with his brothers.
Sadly, Charles Clayton Pratt passed away on May 27, 2012 and was buried at the
Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery in Schuylerville, New York.
Louis G. Schneider was born in Troy, New York on February 22, 1923 to parents
Louis J. Schneider and Theresa (Klee) Schneider. Louis had 3 brothers; William,
Robert, Donald and 1 sister, Dorothy.
Louis attended St. Peter’s School in Troy
Louis was inducted into the United Stated Army on January 18, 1943. Private
First Class Schneider served with the 751st Field Artillery Battalion
as a field lineman. He proudly served in Belgium and Germany. Private
Schneider and was honorably discharged on December 30, 1945. For his brave and
honorable service to his country, Private First Class Louis G. Schneider was
awarded the American Service Medal, the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign
Medal, the Good Conduct Medal and the WWII Victory Medal.
Lou married Elsie (Maple) Schneider on June 2, 1946 in Troy, New York. He
was the father of 2 sons; Louis J. and Paul M. He was blessed with 4
grandchildren; Arica, Brooke, Joseph and Lindsay and great-grandfather of
He was employed with Behr Manning – Norton Company as a paper maker and retired
in 1983 after 46 years of dedicated service.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, little league baseball and bowling, but most of
all, he enjoyed his family and his home.
Sadly, Louis G.
Schneider passed away on November 7, 2013 and was buried at the Gerald B.H.
Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery in Schuylerville, New York.
STEPHEN T. BOWERS
Stephen Thomas Bowers was born in
Albany, New York on November 18, 1944 to parents Stephen B. Bowers and Estelle
(Lamb) Bowers. Stephen had 1 sister, Mary. Steve grew up in Snyder’s Lake and
later resided in Wynantskill.
Stephen attended West Sand Lake Grade
School, Our Lady Help of Christians, St. Jude the Apostle School, and Vincentian
Institute. He graduated from Hudson Valley Community College in 1962.
Stephen was inducted into the United
Stated Air Force on May 25, 1965. He worked as a ground radio equipment
repairman. Stephen worked his way up through the ranks and became a Staff
Sergeant. He was honorably discharged on April 21, 1969. For his brave and
honorable service to his country, Staff Sergeant Stephen T. Bowers was awarded
the Air Force Good Conduct Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.
Steve married Barbara (Beaudoin) Bowers
on July 10, 1981 in Wynantskill, New York. He was the father of 1 daughter,
Melissa. He was blessed with 5 grandchildren; Shaé, Dominique, Madison, Arron,
He was employed with Wells
Communications Service and retired after 40 years of dedicated service. He was
a two-way radio communication technician with Wells.
Steve was a 37 year member of the
North Greenbush American Legion Post #1489, held the offices of Post Adjutant
and Sergeant-at-Arms, and served on numerous committees with the Post. On
November 16, 2006, he became a Life Member of the Post. He served as Commander
of Rensselaer County American Legion from 1984-1985. Steve also held the
offices of Historian, Adjutant, and was the Oratorical Chairman for Rensselaer
County. Steve served as the Zone 3 Oratorical Chairman for the American Legion
for the Department of New York. Zone 3 consists of the 18 counties that make up
the 3rd and 4th Districts of the American Legion
Department of New York. He served on the annual Memorial Day Parade Committee
and he was the past member of the Adirondack Woodsmen, Inc. and held several
offices in the Club. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his family and
friends, camping with his grandchildren, NASCAR, traveling, woodworking, and
Sadly, Stephen T. Bowers passed away on March 7, 2014 and was buried at
Evergreen Cemetery in Wynantskill, New York.
ALAN R. MOORE
Alan R. Moore was born in Walloomsac,
New York on May 30, 1923 to parents Leo Moore and Caroline Moore. Alan had 1
sister, Marjorie and 1 brother, Leo. Alan grew up in Hoosick Falls and later
moved to Walloomsac, New York. He retired in Bristol, Tennessee.
Alan attended Hoosick Falls High
Alan entered into the United
States Army on January 18, 1943. He worked as a Field Lineman serving in
Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes, and Central Europe during WWII. He was
honorable discharged on January 10, 1946. For his brave and honorable service
to his country, Private First Class Alan R. Moore was awarded the Good Conduct
Medal, the Victory Medal, the European-African-Middle Eastern Theater Campaign
Ribbon, and a Certificate of Merit Citation.
Alan married Nancy (Chatfield) Moore on
March 11, 1947 in Schaghticoke, New York. He was the father of 1 daughter,
Patricia and 2 sons; Thomas and Timothy. He was blessed with 10 grandchildren;
Carol, Ben, David, Toby, Rebecca, Amy, Tammy, Todd, Sarah and Diane and 3
He was employed with WOPI radio
station as a sales representative in Bristol, Tennessee.
Alan was a member of the Blountville
Presbyterian Church. He enjoyed painting and he loved cars.
Sadly, Alan R. Moore passed
away on July 13, 1991 and was buried at Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Bloutville,
THOMAS G. RESTINO
Thomas Guy Restino was born in
Hoosick Falls, New York on September 10, 1927 to parents Angelo and Anna Rose (Millelo)
Restino. Thomas had 6 sisters; Margaret, Sadie, Augusta, Antoinette, Sofia and
Thomas graduated from St. Mary’s
Academy in Hoosick Falls, NY in 1948. He also graduated from Hudson Valley
Community College and Albany Law School. He also graduated from Schenectady
Welding School and Manager Training School in Perth Amboy, NJ.
Thomas entered into the United States
Army on September 22, 1950. Private First Class Restino served during the
Korean War in charge of artillery. He also worked serving food and in the motor
pool, driving for the Colonel. He was honorable discharged on January 31,
Tom married Helen (Sluzas) Restino on
August 25, 1951 at the Immaculate Conception Church in Hoosick Falls, NY. He
was the father of 3 daughter; Michele, Christine and Kathryn and 2 sons, Gregory
and Thomas Jr. He was blessed with 8 grandchildren; Toni, Gregory, Kathleen,
Anna, Jacob, Andrew, Lucas and Rosey and 1 great-grandchildren, Liam.
He was employed by GE, Schenectady;
Hess, Troy; Oak Mitsui Industries, Hoosick Falls and Senator Bruno’s office as a
solid waste research analyst. Tom’s real passion was politics, beginning with
his career as Trustee for the Village of Hoosick Falls, Justice of the Peace for
the Town of Hoosick, serving three terms as a Rensselaer County Legislator and
retiring as Town of Hoosick Supervisor.
Tom was a member of the Hoosick Falls
Volunteer Fire Department, Food Pantry Volunteer, St. Mary’s Alumni Association,
United Counseling Service, March of Dimes, United Way, Alcoholism Center of
Rensselaer County, Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, Chairman of the Public
Safety & Judiciary Committee for Rensselaer County, Hoosick Post “40” and Elks
BPOE 178. In his spare time, he enjoyed woodworking making elephants, crayon
holders and doll houses for his grandchildren, reading, listening to country
music, playing cards, chess, gardening and politics.
Sadly, Thomas G. Restino passed away on November
23, 2013 and was buried at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Hoosick Falls, NY.
MICHAEL J. VELLOTTI
Michael J. Vellotti was born in Troy, New York on June 5, 1926 to parents
Pellegrino and Mary (Palluotto) Vellotti. Michael had 3 brothers; Alexander,
Anthony, Martin and 3 sisters; Pauline, Anne, and Thomasine.
Michael graduated from La Salle Institute in 1944. He also graduated from Siena
College in 1951, attending college upon his return from the military.
Michael entered into the United States Army on September 12, 1944. He
served during World War II and was stationed in Europe as a rifleman and
messenger, driving a jeep throughout Germany. He rose through the ranks from
Private to being promoted to Sergeant. Sergeant Vellotti was in charge of the
battalion message center supervising 5 men. He served in the European Theatre
of Operations for 18 months. He was honorable discharged on August 20, 1946.
For his brave and honorable service to his country, Sergeant Michael J. Vellotti
was awarded the Army of Occupation Medal, the European African Middle Eastern
Campaign Medal, the Good Conduct Medal and the World War II Victory Medal.
Michael married Florence (Hall) Vellotti on November 8, 1953 at St.
Patrick’s Church in Troy, NY. He was the father of 1 daughter, Rosemary and 3
sons; Peter, Walter, and Michael Jr. He was blessed with 7 grandchildren;
Jeanette, Michael L., Daniel, Meghan, Lauren, Troyce, and Michael J.
He was employed by General Electric, Schenectady as an Engineering Technician
for 10 years and worked for the New York State Department of Transportation
retiring after 28 years as a Materials Engineer.
Michael was a lifelong communicant of St. Patrick’s Church. He was very active
in the Troy AARP holding several offices, organizing trips and running the
yearly daffodil flower sale. He was an active member of the Italian Community
Center in Troy and enjoyed challenging games of bocce with friends and a member
of the BPOE Brunswick Lodge 2556. In his spare time, he enjoyed gardening,
playing music on his clarinet and violin, and traveling.
Sadly, Michael J. Vellotti
passed away on January 8, 2006 and was buried at the Cemetery of the Evergreens
in New Lebanon, NY.
WILLIAM J. COLLIS
William J. Collis was born in Cohoes, New York on June 5, 1922 to parents
William Jr. and Margaret (Curran) Collis. William was an only child.
Bill graduated from CBA in 1940. He also attended RPI and graduated from
Colgate University in 1948 after he returned from serving overseas.
Bill entered into the United States Marine Corps Reserve on August 28, 1942. He
served as a Scout/Observer and Heavy Machine Gun Operator with Recon Platoon,
Headquarters Company, 24th Marines. He participated in action
against the enemy at Kwajalein Atoll, Saipan and Tinian of the Marinas Islands
in the South Pacific. Bill was sent back to the United States to attend Officer
Candidate School prior to his unit landing on Iwo Jima in February of 1945.
Private First Class William J. Collis was honorably discharged on November 16,
1945. For his brave and honorable service to his country, he was awarded the
Asiatic-Pacific Medal with three Bronze Stars, the World War II Victory Medal, A
Presidential Unit Citation with one Bronze Star and The Combat Action Ribbon.
He was employed as a health care professional working for several pharmaceutical
companies, as well as, for the New York State Health Department.
Bill was a life member and Honorary Commandant of the Troy Detachment, Marine
Corps League, the Fourth Marine Division Association and the Veterans of Foreign
Wars. He was an endowment Life Member of the National Rifle Association and a
Life Member of The West Albany Rod and Gun Club. Bill was on the shooting team
for the Marine Corps League for many years. He was awarded the Colonel Robert
Craner Service Medal by the City of Cohoes. Bill enjoyed target shooting,
reading, movies, hunting, fishing and he loved the outdoors. He also loved
helping with parades and charity fundraisers for veterans organizations. Bill
was a Marine, first and foremost.
Sadly, William J. Collis passed away on April 25, 2014 and was buried at the
Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery.
JOHN H. REID
John H. Reid was born in Troy, New
York on June 15, 1921 to parents John and Mary (Kiernan) Reid. John had 2
sisters; Eleanor and Jean and one brother, Robert.
John was a graduate of the former
Miss Thiessen’s School in the Proctor Building in Troy, attended the former St.
Peter’s School in Troy, Averill Park Central School and graduated in 1938 from
LaSalle Institute in Troy. He attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute prior
to World War II, and after the war graduated with a bachelor of science degree
in biology in 1947. John graduated from Albany Medical College in 1951.
John entered into the United States
Army Air Force on April 10, 1943. He was sent to the Aviation Cadets School in
Monroe, LA. After graduating as a navigator first lieutenant, he was sent to
the 5th Air Force 380th Bomb Group in Northern Australia.
He flew combat strikes in Borneo, Celebes, Java and the Philippines. After his
overseas duty, he returned to Monroe to teach navigation until his discharge.
He was honorable discharged on December 11, 1945. For his brave and honorable
service to his country, First Lieutenant John H. Reid was awarded the
Asiatic-Pacific Service Medal, the Philippine Liberation Ribbon, the
Distinguished Flying Cross, the Far Eastern Air Force Air Medal, and the Far
Eastern Air Force with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters.
John married Kathleen “Kitty” (Kelly)
Reid on November 27, 1952, Thanksgiving Day. He was the father of 2 daughter;
Mary Ellen and Kathleen and 5 sons; John, William, Paul, Robert and Martin. He
was blessed with 10 grandchildren; Meridith, Charise, Alona, Myles, James,
Fiona, Christine, Megan, Chad and Grace.
Dr. Reid was an intern at Ellis
Hospital in Schenectady, NY. He was an assistant resident in internal medicine
and psychiatry at Ellis Hospital from 1952-1954. John was also head resident
and hospital physician at St. Mary’s Hospital in Troy. Before his retirement in
February 1986, Dr. Reid was a family physician in private practice for 32 years,
with his office in Averill Park, school physician in the Averill Park School
District for 24 years, Rensselaer County coroner and medical examiner for 6
years, health commissioner of Rensselaer County for 8 years, and as assistant
school physician of Hudson Valley Community College in Troy.
He was a member of the board of
directors of the Alcoholism Center of Rensselaer County, a member of the
Rensselaer County Health Board, Town of Sand Lake Health Officer, conducted
pediatric health clinics in Sand Lake at the Church of the Covenant, mental
health examiner for the Town of Sand Lake, member and past president of the
Rensselaer County Medical Society, member of the New York State Medical Society,
the American Medical Association, member of the American Academy of Family
Practice in county, state and national divisions, and was the active attending
physician on staff at St. Mary’s Hospital and Samaritan Hospital in Troy.
Dr. Reid enjoyed reading medical and sports medicine journals, when he had some
Sadly, John Hendry Reid passed away on July 7, 1991 and was buried at Oakwood
Cemetery in Troy, NY.