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Rensselaer County
2017 Honor A Veteran Ceremony's

Date of Ceremony Name of Deceased Veteran  
January 9, 2017 None  
February 13, 2017 Philip J. Minissale  
March 13, 2017 John J. Flynn  
April 10, 2017 John J. McCann  
May 8, 2017 Edward F. Dougherty https://youtu.be/EgyOtsmE2w4
June 12, 2017 Keith R. Gallup https://youtu.be/zd4IXu5_eXE
July 10, 2017 Peter & Frank Magnetto https://youtu.be/BoMrbb9so6w
August 14, 2017 Patrick & Maurice Russell https://youtu.be/XHI9nNEtOE4
September 11, 2017 Gerald O'Brien https://youtu.be/oYX5IBJk1iY
October 10, 2017 **Tuesday**

Elton G. Cook, Sr.

https://youtu.be/Y8SAxNzYA48

 

November 13, 2017 William P. Wade  
December 11, 2017    

 

 

 

MAURICE J. RUSSELL
1949-1970

FAMILY HISTORY:
Maurice J. Russell was born in Troy, New York on May 26, 1949.  He was the son of the late Patrick K. Russell and Anne (Fitzgerald) Russell.

 EDUCATION:
Maurice attended Saint Patrick’s Elementary School and Lansingburgh High School, both located in Troy.

HISTORY:
Maurice enlisted in the United States Army on November 29, 1966 in Albany, New York.  Maurice was decorated for his service with the Headquarters Co., 11th Field Force, Vietnam Artillery.  He was also the proud recipient of the National Defense Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal w/60 DVC, Vietnam Service Medal, two overseas bars, sharpshooter (Rifle M-14), and Meritorious unit citation.  Maurice was honorably discharged on December 8, 1969.

PERSONAL:
Maurice is survived by two brothers, Patrick Russell, Jr. and John Russell, and a sister, Mary Anne (Russell) Lancaster.  Sadly, Maurice lost his life due to a car accident at the age of 21.

WORK EXPERIENCE:
Maurice was employed with Ford Motor Company in Green Island, New York.

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES/ORGANIZATIONS:
Maurice was a communicant of St. Patrick’s Church.  In 1963, he was the Boy of the Year at the YMCA.  Maurice enjoyed playing baseball and loved motorcycles.

 

PATRICK K. RUSSELL
1906-1985

FAMILY HISTORY:
Patrick K. Russell was born in Labasheeda County Clare, Ireland on April 19, 1906 to the late Patrick and Ellen (Flatley) Russell.  Patrick was one of seven children, having four sisters, Helen, Nancy, Mae and Margaret; and two brothers, David and John.

EDUCATION:
Patrick attended Elementary School in Ireland.

HISTORY:
Patrick enlisted in the United States Army on January 15, 1942 during World War II.  He was the proud recipient of the Good Conduct Medal and the European African Middle Eastern Theater Campaign Ribbon.  Patrick was honorably discharged on October 5, 1945.

PERSONAL:
Patrick married his wife, Anne (Fitzgerald) Russell on June 10, 1946 in Troy.  Together they had four children, Mary Anne, Patrick Jr., John and the late Maurice.  He is also survived by nine grandchildren, Shannon, Patrick, Garth, Michael, James, Geoffery, Annie, Jennifer and Jay; and twelve great-grandchildren.

WORK EXPERIENCE:
Patrick was employed with Vanderheyden School and Ten Eyck Hotel in Albany.

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES/ORGANIZATIONS:
Patrick was Chief of Vanderheyden Hall and he was also a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians in Troy and Watervliet.

Patrick loved gardening and was a avid Yankee fan.

 

 

GERALD J. O’BRIEN
1934-2016

FAMILY HISTORY:
Gerald J. O’Brien was born in Troy, New York on May 24, 1934.  He was the son of Joseph O’ Brien and Margaret (Hickey) O’Brien.

EDUCATION:
Gerald attended St. Augustine School and Catholic Central High School.  After high school he attended Hudson Valley Community College.

HISTORY:
Gerald enlisted in the United States Navy on September 8, 1953 in Bainbridge, Maryland.  He trained as a Seabee in Port Hueneme, California and was stationed on the US Naval Base Trinidad.  Gerald was the proud recipient of the National Defense Service Medal.  He was honorably discharged on August 9, 1955

PERSONAL:
On September 14, 1957, Gerald married his wife Barbara (Kelly) O’Brien in St. Joseph’s Church.  Together they had five children, Susan Wyld, Kathleen O’Brien, Sharon Vest, Maureen Pace and the late Sgt. James O’Brien.  Gerald is also survived by his favorite daughter-in-law, Sally O’Brien and four grandchildren, Casey and Aileen O’Brien, and Kelly and Michael Vest.

WORK EXPERIENCE:
Gerald began employment with National Grid as a meter reader.  After 42 years of service, Gerald retired as a Supervisor in the Gas Department.

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES/ORGANIZATIONS:
Gerald was a communicant of Sacred Heart Church.  He volunteered with Community Hospice for over 20 years and he was also a long time Eucharistic minister at St. Mary’s Hospital.  Gerald was also a member of the Elks and the NiMo Pension Club East.

Gerald loved to read, golf, kayak and travel.  He loved spending his winters in Florida with his wife Barbara and Gloucester was always a special place for him and his family.

 

 

ELTON GEORGE COOK, SR.
1907-2004

FAMILY HISTORY:
Elton George Cook, Sr. was born in Waterford, New York on September 4, 1907.  He was son of the late Albert and Blanche Cook.  Elton is brother of the late James, Ted and Wesley Cook, Helen Cuniff and Florence Normington.

 EDUCATION:
Elton attended Waterford Academy.

HISTORY:
Elton enlisted in the United States Army on October 29, 1942.  He served during World War II in the Pacific Theatre.  Elton was the proud recipient of the Asiatic-Pacific Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal.  He was honorably discharged on October 12, 1945.

PERSONAL:
On November 20, 1954, Elton married his wife, the late Elizabeth Daleva Cook in St. Jean’s Church, Troy, New York.  Together they had two children, Nicholas J. (Edie) Cook, Sr. and the late Elton G. Cook, Jr.  Elton is also survived by his grandchildren, Nicholas J. Cook, Jr., Amanda L. Cook and Zachary M. Cook, as well as many nieces and nephews.

WORK EXPERIENCE:
Elton was an ambulance driver for the former Leonard Hospital in Troy for 42 years.

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES/ORGANIZATIONS:
Elton was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7466 in Poestenkill. He was a former member of the Cpl. Paul J. Baker Post VFW in Lansingburgh and Phoenix Lodge #58 F & AM in Lansingburgh.  Elton also served as captain of the Knickerbocker Steamer Co. #1 in Waterford from 1928-1935.

Elton had a love for fishing, walking and listening to ambulance calls.