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Rensselaer County
2016 Honor A Veteran Ceremony's

Date of Ceremony Name of Deceased Veteran
January 11, 2016 WILLIAM E. HAGGERTY, JR.
February 8, 2016 STANTON BURDICK
March 14, 2016 WILLIAM J. BAKER
April 11, 2016 DAVID W. WALSH
May 9, 2016 IRVING T. MASON
June 13, 2016 GEORGE E. DODGE
July 11, 2016 JOSEPH A. PASLOW
NICHOLAS PASLOW
TIMOTHY A. PASLOW
August 8, 2016 Wilfred (Bill) J. Brooks
September 12, 2016 Ralph Vartigian
October 11, 2016 Allen Mac Roberts
November 14, 2016 Raymond F. Diamond, Sr.
December 12, 2016 Alexander G. Murphy

 

WILLIAM E. HAGGERTY JR.
1932-2014

 

FAMILY HISTORY:
William E. Haggerty JR. was born on September 25, 1932 in Troy, New York.  William was the son of the late William Haggerty and Kathleen Crummy Haggerty and brother of the late Patricia Haggerty Lamb.  Ned grew up in Green Island and lived in Lansingburgh for most of his life.

EDUCATION:
Ned graduated from Heatly High School in Green Island, New York, Class of 1950.

HISTORY:
Ned served in the United States Army during the Korean War.  He began his active duty on November 18, 1952.  While serving during the Korean War, Ned was seriously wounded on July 4, 1953 on Pork Chop Hill, where he received his second Purple Heart.  He spent most of his recovery in Japan.  Ned was the recipient of two purple hearts, Korean Service Medal W/1 Bronze Service Stars, United Nations Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and Combat Infantry Medal.  He was honorably discharged on October 16, 1954.

PERSONAL:
Ned is survived by his two children; William Haggerty III and Erin Haggerty Duffy, and his four grandchildren; Sean, Heather, Bridgette, and Brendan.

WORK EXPERIENCE:
Ned worked as a special agent with Continental Insurance Company for many years and then worked as a clerk at the Troy Post Office where he retired in his late 70’s.

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES /ORGANIZATIONS:
Ned was well known by his community for his generosity, his sense of humor, his smile and for the way he would make people laugh.  Ned spent most of his summers at his camp at Brant Lake and he was a frequent visitor of the Lansingburgh Fire House and he was a fixture at the former Henry’s Restaurant in Lansingburgh.  Ned was named the “2004 Man of the Year” at the friends of 112th Street and he was a lifelong communicant of the former St. Joseph’s Church in Green

 

STANTON BURDICK
1928-2014

 

FAMILY HISTORY:
Stanton Burdick was born on May 3, 1928 in Grafton, New York.  Stanton was the son of the late Edward and Edna Vars Burdick.  Stanton is predeceased by four brothers and two sisters; Freeman Burdick, Alston Burdick, Thelma Minkler, Marian Vars, Skip Schmerhorn and Lloyd Schmerhorn.  He was a lifelong resident of his hill on Taconic Lake Road in Grafton, New York.

EDUCATION:
Stanton attended Berlin Central School District.

HISTORY:
Stanton served in the United States Army during the Korean War.  He began his active duty on April 24, 1952.  Stanton was the recipient of the National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal R/2 Bronze Service Stars and the United Nations Service Medal.  He was honorably discharged on March 31, 1954.

PERSONAL:
Stanton was the beloved husband for over 50 years to the late Trevah E. Yerke Burdick.  Stanton is survived by his four daughters; Rebecca L. Greene, Victoria E. Burdick, Wendy L. Bly and the late Cindy A. Gentner.  He is survived by his seven grandchildren; William Snyder, Katie Murray, Abraham Snyder, Rich Snyder, Mark Vars, Joseph Vars and Heather Alderman, and his great-grandchildren; Haley, Jonathan, Christopher, Kimberly, Zach, Averi, Logan, Jakob, Madison, Joey, Emma, Christopher, William and Baby Stanton.  Stanton is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

WORK EXPERIENCE:
Stanton worked for Perkins Tree Service, and Rifenburgh Construction.  He was later employed by Hedley Cadillac & Oldsmobile in Troy, New York as an auto mechanic for over 38 years before retiring in 1993.

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES /ORGANIZATIONS:
Stanton was a lifetime member of the Grafton VFW Post #6340, a member of the Grafton Fire Department and the Odd Fellow Lodge in Brunswick, New York.  He had a love for the woods and the outdoors.  In his earlier life he enjoyed farming.

 

WILLIAM J. BAKER
1923-1964

 

FAMILY HISTORY:
William J. Baker was born on September 2, 1923 in Cohoes, New York.  William was the son of William Baker and Bertha (Martel) Baker and brother of Mr. Floyd Baker, Mr. Charles Picard, Mrs. Albert Mincher, Mrs. Ernest Carey- Francis and Mrs. Roger Landry.  William grew up in Cohoes and later lived in Grafton where he passed away.

EDUCATION:
William attended Cohoes Elementary School from Kindergarten to Sixth Grade.

HISTORY:
William served in the United States Army during World War II.  He began his active duty on January 21, 1943.  The battles that William served in were Ardennes, Central Europe and Rhineland.  William was the recipient of a Lapel Button, American Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and European African Middle Eastern Service Medal.  He was honorably discharged on November 15, 1945.  On November 21, 1964 William was killed by a gunshot wound to the head while target shooting.

PERSONAL:
On June 23, 1946, William married Beulah (Owens) Baker.  William is survived by nine children; Eileen, Peggy, Antoinette, Beulah, Mary, Joan, Ruth, William Jr., and Wayne.  He was also the father of the late Patricia and Edward.  He is also survived by many grandchildren.

WORK EXPERIENCE:
William worked as a side grinder at the Green Island Plant of Marshall Eclipse, Division of Bendix Corp. for eleven years.  William was still working for Bendix when he passed away.

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES /ORGANIZATIONS: William was a communicant of St. John Francis Regis Church of Grafton, New York.  He was a member of the VFW Post 6340 in Grafton, and the Grafton Volunteer Fire Co.  He was also a committeeman with the Boy Scout Troop 534. 

 

DAVID W. WALSH
1934-2003

 

FAMILY HISTORY:
David W. “Bud” Walsh was born on June 28, 1934 in Auburn, New York.  David was the son of the late Thomas J. Walsh and Elizabeth Wellington Walsh and brother of Suzanne, Thomas, Peter, Richard and the late Margaret.  Bud was born and raised in Auburn and later moved to Nassau, New York.

EDUCATION:
Bud attended Auburn Public School. He also attended Drafting School.

HISTORY:
Bud served in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War.  He began his active duty on February 20, 1952.  Bud was the recipient of the Korean Service Medal W/1 Bronze Star, United Nations Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and Korean PUC Medal.  He was honorably discharged on February 19, 1955.

PERSONAL:
On February 11, 1956, Bud married his wife of forty-eight years, Marilyn Gill Walsh.  Bud is also survived by his five children; Deborah, Lori, David, Jr., Gregory and Gerald; and his six grandchildren; Christopher, Andrew, Jaclyn, Michael, Kelsey and Shane.  On August 9, 2003 after a brief illness, Bud passed away at his home in Nassau.

WORK EXPERIENCE:
Bud retired as the Director of Planning and Review for the New York State Commissions of Corrections in 1991 after thirty-five years of service.

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES /ORGANIZATIONS:
Bud was an avid golfer and he loved traveling around the world.  He was also a member of the Winding Brook Country Club in Valatie.  Most importantly he loved spending time with his family.

 

IRVING T. MASON
1931-2015

 

FAMILY HISTORY:
Irving T. Mason was born on November 17, 1931 in Petersburgh, New York.  Irving was the son of the late Irving G. Mason and Anna M. Goyer Mason; and brother to the late Nettie Goyer-Stowell.  Irving grew up in Petersburgh and later lived in Grafton where he passed away.

EDUCATION:
Irving attended Berlin Central Schools until ninth grade.

HISTORY:
Irving served in the United States Army during the Korean War where he was a heavy machine mechanic.  He began his active duty on June 13, 1952.  He was honorably discharged on June 12, 1954.  On December 4, 2015 Irving passed away with his friends and family by his side.

PERSONAL:
In the year 1954, Irving married his beloved wife Shirley Duval Mason in Newcomb New York, and they were deeply in love for sixty-one years.  Irving is survived by his two daughters; Kathleen A Mason-Wagar, and Deborah M. Mason, and his son; Tracy R. Mason.  He is also survived by his grandchildren; Stacey, Angela, Adam, Brooke, Tiffany, Debbie, Tracy, and RJ; and his nine great-grandchildren; Devin, Reese, Emily, Brianna, Mason, Alexis, Arianna, Mackenzie, and Gunnar.  He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

WORK EXPERIENCE:
Irving was the Assistant Road Superintendent for ten years and then became the Road Superintendent for three years.  He served two terms as a Councilman and he also worked as a Log Foreman for Rynard Gundrum.  For twenty-five years Irving volunteered for the Grafton Fire Company and he also worked as an operating engineer for Troy Sand and Gravel from which he retired.

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES/ORGANIZATIONS:
Irving was a lifetime member of the VFW Post 6340 and he was a member of the Petersburg Rod and Gun Club. He was avid hunter and fisherman who loved to go deep sea fishing with his son and friends.  He had a love of visiting York Beach, watching westerns, bull riding, playing Yahtzee and Poker.  He loved Mema’s home cooking, but more than anything he loved spending time with his friends and family.

 

GEORGE E. DODGE
1925-2015

 

FAMILY HISTORY:
George E. Dodge was born on October 5, 1925 in Green Island, New York.  George was the son of the late Harry and Alice LaValley Dodge; and brother to the late Mary Trowbridge, Alberta Lester, Donald, Edward, Francis and Edmund Dodge and he was predeceased by his granddaughter Michelle Robidoux.  He resided in the area for most of his life and lived in Florida from 2006-2013.  He later resided in Sand Lake, New York, where he passed away.

EDUCATION:
George attended Green Island Elementary School from 1930-1937.

HISTORY:
George began his active duty with the United States Coast Guard on September 29, 1943.  While serving in the Coast Guard he received the American Area Medal, Asiatic Pacific Area Medal, European African Middle Eastern Area Medal, and the Victory Medal.  He was honorably discharged on February 21, 1946.  George also served in the Army National Guard for many years where he qualified as a pistol cal .45 sharpshooter and he retired with a rank of Master Sergeant on October 5, 1985.

PERSONAL:
On November 20, 1948, George married his former wife Mary E. Demers Dodge in Cohoes, New York.  George is survived by his children; Mary Lou (Michael) Robidoux, Donna (Robert) Geerholt, George (Alison) Dodge Jr., Carolyn Clark and Arthur (Carol) Dodge.  He is also survived by his brother Robert Dodge, sisters; Reine Parker, Laura Prokym and Mildred Heid, his grandchildren; Robert Volinsky, William Barbour, Mandy Black, John Wright, Kayla Clark, Brandon Dodge and Jessie Lee Dodge.  George is also survived by his four legged companion, Shadow.

WORK EXPERIENCE:
George worked as a Patrolman for the Troy Police Department where after twenty-five years of service he retired in 1990.  For twenty years George worked for the United States National Guard Armor Division.

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES/ORGANIZATIONS:
George was the first recipient of the John Givney Memorial Award and he was also a lifetime member of the Sullivan Jones VFW Post in Poestenkill, New York.  He was a member of St. Henry’s Church in Averill Park, New York and he was also a member of the PBA.  George had a love for working outside and making sure his house was in good order.  He enjoyed reading the newspaper and watching the news.  Most of all he loved raising his children

 

JOSEPH A. PASLOW
1927-2002

 

FAMILY HISTORY:
Joseph A. Paslow was born in Troy, New York on April 5, 1927.  He was the son of the late Anthony and Anna Procak Paslowski; and brother to Dr. Eugenia Chrepta and the late John, Timothy, Nicholas Paslow, Kathryn Stewart, Mary Relyea, Jessie DeCelle and Rose Paslow.  He was raised in Troy, but later in life, moved to Watervliet, New York where he resided for over forty-two years.

 

EDUCATION:
Joseph was a graduate of Troy High School in Troy, New York.  He also attended Siena College in Loudonville, New York.

HISTORY:
Joseph enlisted in the United States Army on July 16, 1945 during World War II, earning the rank of a rifleman.  While serving in the United States Army he was awarded the World War II Victory Medal.  Joseph was honorably discharged on January 22, 1946 and the following day, January 23, 1946, Joseph reenlisted, this time earning the rank of Auto Mechanic. Joseph served one more year, before being honorably discharged on January 2, 1947.

PERSONAL:
Joseph was predeceased by both his first wife, Elizabeth Kelly Paslow, his second wife, M. Roslyn Bleau Paslow and his son Kim A. Paslow.  He is survived by his son Kelly (Pam) Paslow; and his daughter Lynne (Paul) Connelly, grandchildren; Justin Paslow, Kalyn Talbot, Joseph Connelly and Kimberly Connelly; and many nieces and nephews. 

WORK EXPERIENCE:
Joseph worked as a tool and gauge designer at the Watervliet Arsenal in Watervliet, New York before retiring in 1979 after 23 years.

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES/ORGANIZATIONS:
Joseph was a member of St. Nicholas Ukrainian Orthodox Church and its choir in Troy, New York.  He was a former paramedic with the former Riverside Ambulance and a life member of the Schuyler Heights Fire Company, where he served as Fire Police Captain, Chaplain and former Commissioner.  Joseph was also a member of many firematic associations, including HVVFA, HMVFA, FASNY, NYSAFC and VFPANY.  Joseph belonged to the American Legion and the Watervliet Lodge of Elks. He had a love for golfing, bowling, singing and was a past Boy Scout leader at St. Brigid’s Church in Watervliet, New York.

 

NICHOLAS PASLOW
1920-2005

 

FAMILY HISTORY:
Nicholas Paslow was born in Troy, New York on December 1, 1920.  Nicholas was the son of the late Anthony and Anna Procak Paslowski; and brother to Dr. Eugenia Chrepta and the late John, Timothy, Joseph Paslow, Kathryn Stewart, Mary Relyea, Jessie DeCelle and Rose Paslow.  He later resided in Latham, New York and Herkimer, New York.

EDUCATION:
Nicholas was a graduate of Troy High School in Troy, New York.  After retiring, Nicholas continued his education by attending Herkimer County BOCES for nearly two decades.

HISTORY:
Nicholas began his active duty with the United States Army Air Corps during World War II on August 6, 1942.  He served as a Staff Sergeant in the Asiatic Pacific Theater as a Mechanic and Gunner on a B25 and A20 aircraft.  While serving in the United States Army Air Corps he was the recipient of the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal with two bronze stars, Good Conduct Medal, Air Medal, World War II Victory Medal and two Overseas Bars.  He was honorably discharged on November 20, 1945. 

PERSONAL:
Nicholas married the late Mary Kryniak on October 11, 1952 in St. Mary’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church, and they were happily married for thirty-three years.  Nicholas is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Laurel Paslow; and his grandson, Nicholas Owen Paslow.  He is also survived by his sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, Stella Kryniak, Helen and Ezzio Macrina; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

WORK EXPERIENCE:
Nicholas was an Electric Technician for Sperry Univac, Remington Rand and later worked at M D S, Herkimer. 

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES/ORGANIZATIONS:
Nicholas was a Communicant of St. Mary’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church and a long time member of his choir.  He was also an avid reader and library patron.

 

TIMOTHY A. PASLOW
1922-1964

 

FAMILY HISTORY:
Timothy A. Paslow was born on August 5, 1922 in Troy, New York.  Timothy was the son of the late Anthony and Anna Procak Paslowski; and brother to Dr. Eugenia Chrepta and the late John, Nicholas, Joseph Paslow, Kathryn Stewart, Mary Relyea, Jessie DeCelle, and Rose Paslow.  He resided in South Troy, New York his entire life.

EDUCATION:
Timothy attended Troy High School in Troy, New York.  He also attended AAF Technical School in Sioux Falls, South Dakota for the service.

HISTORY:
Timothy began his active duty with the United States Army during World War II on June 4, 1943, where his highest rank was Sergeant.  Timothy was a Radio Operator Mechanic Gunner.  While serving in the United States Army he received the Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal and WWII Victory Medal.  He was honorably discharged on February 3, 1946. 

PERSONAL:

WORK EXPERIENCE:
Timothy worked for Quality Assurance and the Watervliet Arsenal in Watervliet, New York.

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES/ORGANIZATIONS:
Timothy was a member of Toastmasters and St. Nicholas Veteran’s Club.  He loved to play golf and go bowling.

 

Wilfred (Bill) J. Brooks
1942-2015

 

FAMILY HISTORY:
Wilfred (Bill) J. Brooks was born in Troy, New York on August 11, 1942.  He was the son of the late Wilfred J. Brooks and Edith (Frink) Brooks; and brother to Shirley DeSanto and Jimmy Brooks.  He was predeceased by his sister Mary Belcher.  At the age of two until twelve years old, Bill was in the St. Joseph’s Orphanage.  He then became a foster child and moved to Averill Park, New York.  Bill later moved to Watervliet, New York and resided there until he passed away.

 

EDUCATION:
Bill attended St. Jude’s Elementary School and Catholic Central High School.

HISTORY:
Bill enlisted in the United States Army on May 18, 1962.  While serving in the United States Army he was the recipient of the Good Conduct Medal, Marksman (Rifle) and Sharpshooter (Rifle M-14).  Bill was honorably discharged on May 17, 1965.

PERSONAL:
Bill was married to Sandra Flanigan and later married his second wife, Jean Brooks.  He is survived by his son David Brooks; and his daughters Christine (Robert Springer) Wescott and Lori Brooks; his grandchildren; Meghan Rosebeck, Michael Brooks, Kytear Conyers, Nikolas Brooks, Jenna Wescott and Tayah Conyers; and many nieces and nephews.

WORK EXPERIENCE:
Bill began working for the United Traction Company in 1966 at the Albany location.  In 1970, the company was taken over by Capital District Transit Authority when they built the Troy location on Hoosick Street.  He worked full-time for CDTA until retiring in 2003 as number two in seniority with 37 years of service.  During his career with CDTA, Bill also worked part-time as a security guard for both the Watervliet and North Greenbush Police Departments.

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES/ORGANIZATIONS:
Bill was a member of the Rensselaer County Law Enforcement Association from 1977-2015.  He was involved in securing two new Memorial Statues for members of the Association and the K9 Police dogs who passed.  He also organized the Car Seat Program in several communities.  Bill served as the President from 2010 until his passing.

 Bill loved playing Santa Claus and he would also stop at Carroll Hill and bring the children gifts and candy canes.  He would also dress up as Santa on Christmas Eve at Papa’s Corner Restaurant in Watervliet, New York where he was a regular and loved spending time with Debbie and Rebecca Morton.  He also had a love for decorating the CDTA Bus. 

 Bill loved traveling to Florida and Casinos, where he enjoyed playing the slot machines and visiting his friends.  He always looked forward to having dinner with his friends MaryAnn and John DeMio on Friday nights.  He enjoyed sitting in the yard with his daughter Christine and drinking Dunkin Donut coffee.  He also liked his liver and onion sandwiches that he had at his brother Jimmy’s house, which were always prepared by his wife Diane.  Bill loved being a police officer and always helping others; but most of all, Bill cherished spending time with his family, friends, and his dogs; especially Flash.

Ralph Vartigian
1926-2015

 

FAMILY HISTORY:
Ralph Vartigian was born in Watervliet, New York on October 22, 1926.  He was the son of the late Sarkis and Alice (Postonian) Vartigian; and brother to Paul Vartigian, Sarkine Akullian and Lucy Kasparian.  Ralph later moved to Troy, New York.

 

EDUCATION:
Ralph attended Public School #9 and graduated from Watervliet High School in the class of 1944. 

HISTORY:
Ralph enlisted in the United States Navy in October of 1944.  He served two years during World War II aboard the Carrier, USS Hornet (CV-12) and also abroad LST 1089 as a radioman third class.  While serving in the Navy, he became the recipient of the American Theater Medal and the Victory Medal. After Ralph was honorably discharged from the United States Navy on July 5, 1946; he attended Siena College for three semesters and later attended the Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City.

PERSONAL:
Ralph was the beloved husband for fifty years to the late Ann Osganian Vartigian. He is survived by his children; Deborah Ann (Curt) Erlandson, David R. (Susan) Vartigian and Daniel P. (Karen) Vartigian; his grandchildren; Stephen (Ashley), Craig, Evan, Danielle, Andrew, Julie and Timothy; and his three great-grandchildren; Ian, Nolan and Skye Schindewolf.

WORK EXPERIENCE:
Ralph began his broadcasting career in 1951 at radio station WSNY in Schenectady, New York.  Two years later, he became affiliated with WROW, which later became WTEN, Channel 10.  Ralph became WTEN’s first weatherman.  He became known as “Commander Ralph” of “The Good Ship News” program in 1961, which was the nation’s first children’s news program on a commercial network.  Ralph co-hosted “Dialing For Dollars” with John Stewart from 1970-1975; he was also the co-anchor of “Action News at Noon” with Mary Caroline Powers for twelve year, from 1975-1987.  From 1987-1989, Ralph anchored the morning news and during that same time period he was the Public Service Director.  He later became the Editorial Director, winning several awards; The NYS Broadcasters Association Award; and the Best Editorials Division Award. 

In July of 1989, Ralph retired from broadcasting to seek election as a Rensselaer County Legislator.  When he was re-elected four years later for a second term; he was chosen as the Republican Legislature’s Majority Leader.  In 1997, Ralph was re-elected for a third term as a Rensselaer County Legislator, and he continued to serve as the Majority Leader.  During Ralph’s terms as a Rensselaer County Legislator, he was a member of the Legislature’s Rules Committee and was Chairman of the Veterans and Youth Committee.  He also led the Legislature and the local county Veterans Organizations in their monthly “Honor A Vet” Ceremonies.  At the end of his term on December 31, 2001 and at the age of 75, Ralph retired from his political career.

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES/ORGANIZATIONS:
He was a member of the North Greenbush School Board for nine years; a member of the North Greenbush Zoning Board of Appeals for six years; a former Boy Scout Committeeman and a former Wynantskill Kiwanian.  Ralph was active in PTA work and was awarded lifetime membership in the NYS Congress of Parents and Teachers. 

 Ralph was president of the Armenian Federation Grounds and a member of the North Greenbush Library Board.  For many years Ralph served as a trustee of the Parish Council of St. Peter Armenian Apostolic Church in Troy and Watervliet, New York; he was also the Chairman of the Parish Council.  Ralph was elected as a Diocesan Delegate for sixteen years and he was a member of the Diocesan Council of the Armenian Church of American in New York City.  In the year 1999, Ralph assumed Chairmanship of a series of year long events and ceremonies of St. Peter Church’s 100th Anniversary, where his parish participated in Troy’s Annual Flag Day Parade.  He was a member and one times commander of the SGTS. Simonian-Avakian Veterans Post in Watervliet, New York.

 Ralph was an avid Boston, Red Sox fan; he loved reading and he loved a good cup of coffee.

 

Allen A. Mac Roberts
1940-2015

 

FAMILY HISTORY:
Allen A. Mac Roberts was born in Troy, New York on July 9, 1940.  He was the son of the late Elliott and Hazel Mac Roberts.  Allen was predeceased by two brothers, William Amadon and James Mac Roberts; and two sisters, Eleanor Weatherwax and Jean Puzzuto.

 EDUCATION:
Allen attended Troy Public Schools and Troy High School.

HISTORY:
Allen enlisted in the United States Navy on July 10, 1957.  He served abroad the USS Bristol, where he was a Cadet Engineer.  Allen became the recipient of the Good Conduct Medal.  He was honorably discharged on June 10, 1961.  Five years later, Allen reenlisted in the United States Navy on March 30, 1966.    He became a member of the SeaBees MCB74.  While serving, he became the recipient of the National Defense Service Medal, Navy Unit Commendation, Navy Achievement Medal with Combat “V”, Combat Action Ribbon, Vietnam Service Medal with Four Bronze Stars, Vietnam Campaign Medal with 1960 Device, and FMF Combat Operations Insignia.  Allen was honorably discharged on March 25, 1970.  He was also enlisted in the United States Naval Reserve until the year 1978.

PERSONAL:
Allen was the beloved husband for fifty-four years to Judy (Hull) Mac Roberts. He is survived by his children; Kelley (late Timothy) Polunci, Robert (Wendy) Mac Roberts and Allen “Fudd” Mac Roberts; his grandchildren; Kara Polunci and Samantha (Joshua) Mc Intosh; and his great-grandchildren; Kaydence and Bane Mc Intosh and Harper Polunci.  Allen is also survived a sister, Grace Holland; a brother, John Mac Roberts; and many nieces and nephews.

WORK EXPERIENCE:
Allen retired from Ford Motor Company in Green Island, New York after thirty years of service.

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES/ORGANIZATIONS:
Allen was a life member of both the American Legion Post 1489 in Wynantskill, New York and the VFW Post 729 in Watervliet, New York.  He was a member of the Sons of the American Legion Squadron 1489, the Seabees of America, the C.R.A.B. Club of Troy, the USS Bristol Assn., and the U.A.W.  Allen was also a founding member of the Hudson River Credit Union.

 Allen enjoyed fishing and being involved in his children and grandchildren’s sporting events.  But most of all he loved spending time with his family.

 

RAYMOND F. DIAMOND, SR.
1931-2009

 

FAMILY HISTORY:
Raymond F. Diamond, Sr. was born in Troy, New York on July 19, 1931.  He was the son of the late Wesley Joseph Diamond and Genevieve Warren Looby Diamond.  Raymond was predeceased by two brothers, Paul and Jack Diamond; and one sister, Jeannette Gentry.  He was a lifelong resident of Averill Park, New York.

 EDUCATION:
Ray was a graduate of Averill Park High School.

HISTORY:
Ray enlisted in the United States Marine Corps on January 31, 1951.  He served active duty during the Korean Conflict where he was a Private.  Ray became the recipient of the Korean War Service Medal W/2 Bronze Stars, National Defense Medal, United Nations Service Medal and Conspicuous Service Cross Medal.  He was honorably discharged on November 2, 1953. 

PERSONAL:
On August 7, 1950, Ray married his beloved wife of 60 years, Margaret “Peg” Campbell Diamond.  He is survived by his children; JoAnn (George) Jeffs, Raymond “Skip” Diamond, Jr., Wesley “Lee” (Bonny) Diamond, Jacqueline (Mike) Carley, Nancy (Dave) Minnich, Margaret “Meg” (the late Rob) Maier and Mary Ann (Mike) Diamond; his grandchildren; James Jeff, Michael and Jessica Schnoop, Matthew and Mark Carley, Justine and Patrick Diamond, Jeremie Danaher, Robert Maier, Jr. and Stephanie Maier, Jeannette, Lucas and Samantha Ziegler; and his three great-grandchildren.  Raymond is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

WORK EXPERIENCE:
Ray was employed with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Print Shop, Whitehurst Press, Clarity Publishing, Walter Snyder Printing and Hudson Valley Community College, where he retired from in 2009.

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES/ORGANIZATIONS:
Ray was a lifetime member of the Sgt. Walter Adams American Legion Post where he held the office of Sgt. at arms, and the Stephentown Rod & Gun Club where he had held various offices.  He was also a member of the Sullivan Jones VFW Post and was a member and chaplain of the Marine Corps League Troy Detachment.  He was also a communicant of St. Henry’s Church in Averill Park, New York.

 Ray’s favorite times included spending time with his family, working outside around the house, washing his car, and reading the newspaper.  He was an avid Boston Red Sox and Pittsburgh Pirates fan, he loved ice fishing and made friends wherever he went.

 

 

ALEXANDER G. MURPHY
1918-2016

 

FAMILY HISTORY:
Alexander G. Murphy was born in Troy, New York on July 17, 1918.  He was the son of the late Edward J. Murphy and Ruth E. Cadmus Murphy.  Alexander was husband of the late Elsie P. Hoffman Murphy and Rosemary Harlan “Midge” Riegert Murphy.  He was predeceased by a son, Alexander G. Murphy, Jr.; two brothers, Edward B. Murphy, Sr. and Joseph A. Murphy Sr.; and a niece, Paulette Murphy Evereth.  Alexander resided in the Troy area all his life.

 EDUCATION:
Alexander attended Troy High School and was a graduate of Hudson Valley Community College.

HISTORY:
Alexander was a veteran of the United States Army and the Army Air Force during WWII.  He enlisted in the United States Army on March 18, 1941 and was honorably discharged on December 2, 1942.  Alexander enlisted in the Army Air Force on December 3, 1942 and proudly served with the 774th Squadron 463rd Group 5th Bombardment Wing- 15th USAAF at Celone Army Air Base near Foggia, Italy.  His plane was the lead crew and he was the Bombardier Navigator, flying nearly thirty missions.  Alexander became the recipient of the European African Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon with 3 Battle Stars, WWII Victory Medal, Air Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster and Honorable Service Lapel Button.  He was honorably discharged on November 18, 1945.

PERSONAL:
Alexander is survived by two daughters; Holly Murphy and Alexis Murphy; his step-children; Gail Whitefield, Rosemary (Peter) May, Kathy (Philip) Casey, Holly (Timothy) Fogarty, Nancy (Ian) Farrell; his step-grandchildren; Jennifer Stevens, Eric (Dana) May, Matthew (Lisa) May, Joseph May, Leah Sapienza, Pamela (Christopher) MacEvitt, Meredith (Paul) Goncalves, Melissa Casey, Maureen (Matthew) Houser, Timothy (Erin Alderette) Fogarty, Kathleen (Joseph) D’Egidio, Patrick (Frances) Fogarty, Meagan (Nicholas) Duncan and Adam Farrell; and fourteen step great-grandchildren.  Alexander is also survived by a niece, Beverly R. Murphy; three nephews; Joseph A. (Deborah) Murphy, Jr., Edward J. Murphy, III and Edward B. (Barbara) Murphy, Jr.

WORK EXPERIENCE:
Alexander and his brother, Ed, were co-owners of Murphy’s Oil and Hardware and Edoral Reality.  He was also the builder and owner of the Tamarac Plaza, Inc.

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES/ORGANIZATIONS:
Alexander helped found with his brother, Joe, the Brunswick VFW Post 831.  He was a member of the Bridge Club, the Brunswick Lodge of Elks, the Kiwanis Club, Eagle Mills Fire Department, and Brittonkill Board of Education.  Alexander was also the former President of the Brunswick Republican Club and a Councilman for the Town of Brunswick.

Alexander’s favorite times included camping in the Thousand Islands, and spending time boating and fishing at his camp on Saratoga Lake.  He enjoyed golfing and skiing.  He loved his scratch offs and was an avid fan of horse racing, the Racino, Turning Stone and Mohegan Sun.  Alexander also had a love of talking about his trips to Austria, Lake Placid and the Patriot Flight.