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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.

November 13, 2017 William P. Wade https://youtu.be/t3tQvEBjaQI
December 11, 2017 Edward L. Pratt https://youtu.be/HL3-9RggxO0





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.

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

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.

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.

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

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 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.

Patrick attended Elementary School in Ireland.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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. 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.

Elton attended Waterford Academy.

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.

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.

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

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.



William P. Wade was born in Troy, New York on November 2, 1922.  He was the son of William J. Wade and Julia M. Morris.  William was the brother of Robert J. Wade, Florence Wade Filippone and Patricia Wade Bizarro.

William attended St. Michael’s School and was a Troy High Graduate, class of 1940.

William enlisted in the United States Navy on December 8, 1942.  He was a Radioman Second Class and he served aboard the Navy Submarine Chaser USS SC-1319.  William was the proud recipient of the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with 2 stars, Asiatic Pacific Ribbon with 3 stars, American Theater Ribbon, Victory Ribbon and Good Conduct Medal.  William was honorably discharged on January 6, 1946.

On November 25, 1945, William married Bernice D. Walsh in St. Francis Church in Troy, New York.  Together they had two children, Thomas W. Wade and Edward J. Wade and five grandchildren, Sheila Wade Duffy, Kristin Wade, William P. Wade. II, Matthew Wade and Timothy Wade.

William worked for the New York Telephone Co., he was the Rensselaer County Commissioner of Social Services from 1965-1967 and he was the Rensselaer County Clerk from January 1, 1970 until August 4, 1970, when he passed away.  William was also the Proprietor of Wade’s Wine Shop.

William was a member of the American Legion, St. Mary’s Bowling League and Holy Name Society.  He was also the East Greenbush Democratic Chairman and a member of the Rensselaer County Democratic Committee.

William had a love for fishing and youth baseball.




Edward Leonard Pratt was born in Chicago, Illinois on October 18, 1923 to the late Edward L. Pratt and Mary Catherine Gallagher.  Edward was the brother of William Pratt and he was predeceased by his sister, Catherine Donnelly.

Edward was a graduate of St. John’s Academy, class of 1941.  After the service, Edward attended Siena College where he was a graduate, class of 1956.

Edward enlisted in the United States Army on August 26, 1943 in Albany, New York.  While serving as a Technician Fifth Grade, Medical Department, Medical Detachment in the 254th Infantry Regiment, Edward received the Silver Star and Bronze Star for such “magnificent courage and outstanding gallantry under fire”, during the attack on the Siegfried Line.  Edward was also the proud recipient of the American Service Medal, European African Middle Eastern Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Presidential Unit Citation and the World War II Victory Medal.  Edward was honorably discharged from the 142nd Infantry Regiment, 36th Infantry Division as Sergeant on December 22, 1945.

Edward married Lillian Elizabeth Spath on March 6, 1943 at St. John’s Church in Rensselaer, New York.  Edward is survived by two children, Edward Pratt and Rosemary Crawford, and four grandchildren, Frank Costa, Nick Costa, Doreen Stewart and E6 Edward Costa, United States Coast Guard.  He is also survived by a brother and sister-in-law, Jack and Mary Spath.

Edward began his career in chemistry with Sterling Drug, where he worked as a lab boy at Sterling Winthrop in the early 1940s.  After the war, Edward returned to Sterling Drug and moved to the Analytical Chemistry Department at the Sterling Winthrop Research Institute in 1965.  In 1986, Ed retired as the Director of Analytical Chemistry. 

Edward was a lifelong active parishioner in his church, where he was a Eucharistic Minister, lector and trustee.  He was on the board of the US Pharmacopeia for 12 years and an emeritus member of Sigma XI.  Edward was also active with the Knights of Columbus, Council 267.

Edward enjoyed golfing, reading and research.  He was also very active in his children’s activities.