Phyllis Mae (Rose) Tucker

GLENS FALLS – Phyllis Mae (Rose) Tucker, 87, of Glens Falls, died at the Indian River Nursing home in Granville after a long struggle with COPD and congestive heart disease on Tuesday, February 21, 2017.
Born on October 28, 1929, in the Town of Carlisle in Schoharie County New York, Phyllis was the youngest child of the late Grandeson and Alice Vrooman. She grew up on the family farm with eight brothers and sisters.
Phyllis was wed to William John Tucker Jr. who died in 1986. In addition to her parents and husband, Phyllis was predeceased by all of her siblings.
Phyllis stood about 5’6” with a strong medium build. She had sparkling brown eyes and brown hair that aged to a grey and white mix. She wore glasses to read and drive. Phyllis paid close attention to the details of her appearance and exhibited poise and elegance in her dress and grooming. She carried a cache of lipstick and a mirrored powder compact in her purse while out and about. Her nails were always finely trimmed and kept short as she used her hands for typing, housework and gardening. In her working years she walked from her home to work each day.
Phyllis enjoyed dressing according to the four distinct seasons of the Glens Falls area. She maintained distinct wardrobes for each of the seasons. She enjoyed wearing all colors but preferred muted pastels and blends over bright splashy primary displays. Phyllis spoke clearly with kindness in her voice. In conversation, she often addressed people as honey, dear or sweetie.
Phyllis was independent and self reliant. She paid her own way in life and valued her stubbornness. She worked her entire career as office manager and bookkeeper for the Borden Corporation’s offices in Glens Falls. She had a head for numbers and kept current with news and politics. While she considered herself to be a republican, but felt Franklin D. Roosevelt was the best president in her lifetime.
She enjoyed classical and pop music. She patronized the Lake George Opera company and visited Tanglewood in Massachusetts to listen to the Boston Pops.
She loved her pet cats and enjoyed gardening in her yard. While she was able, she created and maintained a lush beautiful garden in her yard that bountifully bloomed flowers from early spring to fall.
In her later years, Phyllis didn’t go out much. Instead she stayed at home where she kept her house during the day and read or watched television in the evenings. She enjoyed watching the news and was fond of several TV dramas and reality shows.
Phyllis will be laid to rest at Union Cemetery in Hudson Falls, NY.
Friends and family are invited to gather to honor and witness her interment at Union Cemetery in Hudson Falls, NY at 2 pm on Friday, June 2, 2017.

Raymond Gleason

Gleason, RaymondGLENS FALLS – Raymond Gleason, 63, of Glens Falls, passed away at his home on Monday, May 22, 2017.

Born on July 15, 1953 in Glens Falls, he was the son of the late Raymond and Anne (Missita) Gleason.

Raymond graduated from Glens Falls in 1970. He served in The United States Navy from 1971-1976.
Raymond loved his dog Bear and his cats were his babies. Ray loved to fish and play cards. He enjoyed being with family and making people laugh. Raymond was a talented floor man and took pride in his work.

In addition to her parents, he’s predeceased by his sisters, Constance Gleason and Julia Wood; two nephews, Danny DeSantis and Salvatore Roccasecca.

Raymond is survived by his companion, Linda Brandt; his sisters, Linda DeSantis (Doug), Laura Roccasecca (Doug), Patricia Hermance (Bernie); his brother Ralph Gleason; two sons, Raymond and Robert Gleason of Fla.; his grandchildren, Kirsten, Alexus, Rihanna, and Justin; one great grandchild, Isabella of Texas; special nieces, Tammie Gill and Mercedez Stone; his best friends, Brian Hecht and Tom Ward; as well as several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

There will be no calling hours.

Inurnment will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 1, 2017 at Gerald B.H. Solomon- Saratoga National Cemetery, 200 Duell Rd , Schuylerville, with full Military Honors.

Arrangements are under the care of Carleton Funeral Home, Inc. located at 68 Main Street in Hudson Falls.

Ronald “Ron” E. Ash

Ash, RonaldGANSEVOORT – Ronald “Ron” E. Ash, 69, of Fawn Road, passed away unexpectedly at his brother’s home on Saturday, May 20, 2017.

Born on August 20, 1947, in New Haven, VT, he was the son of the late William H. and Frances (Wescott) Ash, Sr.

Ron was married to Sylvia Ash for 26 years.

He worked as a helping hand on several area farms and as carnival ride operator which allowed him to travel up and down the east coast.

Ron was a kind-hearted man, who helped his family and friends through thick and thin. He had a wonderful sense of humor, always bringing laughter to those around him. Ron loved the sound of his brother’s truck.

In addition to his parents, Ron was predeceased by several aunts and uncles.

Survivors include his wife, Sylvia Ash; his step-mother, Nancy Ash; his children, Todd (Melody) Ash, Angela Jones, Kathy ( Jeff) Landry, and Holly (Juan) Santiago; three step children; six grandchildren; eight step grandchildren; many great grandchildren; his siblings, William Arthur (Marie) Ash, Laura Velma (John) Wagonblast, David Joseph (Linda Condon) Ash, Nancy E.(Harley Flynn) Rowe,, Ida May Gaither, Wanda L. (Chuck) Leonard, Willie Mae (David Rice) Ash, and William H. Ash, Jr.; his two aunts, Carol (Ray) Stevenson and Marion Julius; several nieces, nephews, and cousins; and many close friends.

Friends and family are invited to call on Thursday from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Carleton Funeral Home, Inc. located at 68 Main Street in Hudson Falls.

Funeral Services will be conducted at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, immediately following calling hours at the funeral home, with the Reverend Michael Burkley of the Lake Luzerne Presbyterian Church, officiating.

Donations in Ronald’s name may be made out to a charity of one’s choice.

Tamela “Tammy” Moss

Moss TamelaFORT EDWARD – Tamela “Tammy” Moss, 54, of Liberty Street, passed away unexpectedly surrounded by her loving family, on Saturday, May 20, 2017, at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany.

Born on August 28, 1962, in Glens Falls, she was the daughter of the late Frederick and Shirley (Stewart) Moss.

Tammy graduated from Hudson Falls High School in 1980 and continued her education at Adirondack Community College, eventually graduating from BOCES with a degree in nursing.  Tammy did a brief stint in the U.S. Army, and upon her return, she began her long career at Fort Hudson Health Care Facility as a nurse, and most recently employee health Nurse.  She loved helping her patients, the staff at Fort Hudson and all those she met.   Tammy made many wonderful friends throughout her life.

She was a member of St. James Episcopal Church in Fort Edward and enjoyed attending service with her mother, Shirley.

Tammy was a great mom, phenomenal grandmother, and an amazing sister who was deeply loved and will be greatly missed. Her greatest joy was sharing her life with her grandchildren.

Tammy always had her feet solid on the ground.  She was her daughter’s and the entire families compass, their true North.   Tammy was a loving lady, whom her friends and family could depend on in a time of happiness or sadness.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her two brothers, Keith Moss and Frederick Moss, Jr.; her two nephews; and her brother in law, Gary Morehouse, Sr.

Survivors include, her daughter, Crystal (Shantez Terry) Moss; her grandchildren, Joseph, Aaron, Shalaysia, Shantez, II, and Saivon; her new great-grandson, Joseph “J.J.”; her siblings, Candace Morehouse, Paul (Irene) Moss, George Moss, Pamela (Derrick) Dowd, Tanya Moss, Melanie (Don) Liles, Laurie Roccasecca, and Marianne Burnham; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and adoptive family.

Friends and family are invited to call on Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Carleton Funeral Home, Inc. located at 68 Main Street in Hudson Falls.

A funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Thursday at the funeral home.

Burial will follow at Union Cemetery in the town of Fort Edward.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Tammy’s name may be made out to Upstate Autism Awareness Alliance, 379 Bay Rd, Queensbury, NY, 12804, or Fort Hudson Capital Campaign, 319 Broadway, Fort Edward, NY, 12828.

Philip J. Duckett

Duckett, PhilipFORT EDWARD – Philip J. Duckett passed away peacefully, after a short illness, on Thursday, May 18, 2017, at the Glens Falls Hospital, with his family by his side.

Phil was born on October 10, 1955 in Glens Falls and grew up in the Fort Edward area with his parents, Philomea and Melvin Rock.

He was a graduate from Hudson Falls High School and a proud Army Veteran.

At an early age, Phil learned on his own to play the drums.   This talent he enjoyed throughout his life.   Phil was an avid New York Yankee fan and also like to bowl with his friends.

He worked in various restaurants in the Glens Falls area, where he met many people.

Phil was predeceased by his twin sisters, Angeline Ann and Ella Marie Duckett.

Besides his parents, Philomena and Melvin Rock, he is survived by his wife, Brandie Duckett; his father, Walter Duckett; his children, Rebecca Cook Beaty (John), Timothy Cook, Angela Duckett and Zachary Duckett; his step son, Kyle Bannin and William Trombley; his grandchildren, Joshua Bannin, Kaiden Miner, Cierra Beaty Hannah Beaty, Aubrie Beaty and Cameran Cook; several aunts and uncles; and Phil’s companion, Cindy.


Friends may call on Tuesday, May 23, 2017, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Carleton Funeral Home, Inc., 68 Main Street in Hudson Falls.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at St. Mary’s/St. Paul’s Church, on the park in Hudson Falls.

The Rite of Committal will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery in South Glens Falls.

The family suggests that memorial donations be made to any Veteran’s organization.

Joyce Bruno

Bruno, JoyceHUDSON FALLS – Joyce Bruno went into the arms of the Lord on Thursday, May 18, 2017.

She will be remembered lovingly as wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend.

Joyce Marie Chamberlain was born January 16, 1936 in Plattsburgh.   She graduated from Peru High School at the age of 17 and then went to Loretta Business School.   At 18 years old, Joyce met the love of her life, Clarence Bruno, Jr. and they were married on July 31, 1954.   She was a homemaker, raising six children (nearly independently, since Clarence was on the road as an 18-wheeler truck driver.)

Joyce was a gardener, canning to subsidize the family’s needs.  As the family got a little older, Joyce went to work in the cafeteria for Hudson Falls Central School, where she became “Gram” to many more children.   She was an avid Hudson Falls Tigers fan, saying “her blood ran green and white.”   Joyce loved attending her grandchildren’s school and sporting events.   Hudson Falls Wrestling was especially a favorite of hers.   There will never be a bigger, more loyal fan than Joyce.   Over the years, Joyce was a surrogate mother to numerous young people.   Besides rooting for the Tigers, she was a #1 Mets fan.

Joyce was a devout member of St. Mary’s/St. Paul’s parish for over 50 years, where she participated actively in Altar Rosary Society.

For years, Joyce and Clarence enjoyed visits to Myrtle Beach.    After that, they enjoyed their seasonal camp on Cossayuna Lake.    Joyce considered her biggest achievement to be her family.   She referred to her children as her “trophies” and her grandchildren and great grandchildren to be her “prizes.”

Joyce was predeceased by her brothers, Leo Chamberlain, Kenny Chamberlain and Donald Chamberlain.

Besides her husband of 62 years, Clarence Bruno, Jr., of Hudson Falls; she is survived by her children, Melody Viele and her husband, Rick of South Glens Falls, Cindy Turcotte and her husband, Martin, of Pottersville, Darlene Winters and her husband, William  of Queensbury, Scott Bruno and his wife, Beth, of Queensbury, Kathy Dudley and her husband, Russell, of Hudson Falls and Todd Bruno and his finacee, Renee of Hudson Falls; her beloved grandchildren, Andrew and Trisha Leonard, Jennifer Howe and her husband, Kris, Nora Rubado and her husband, Ryan,  Nathan Jarvis, Andre Turcotte, Nicholas, Ryan and Sean Winters, Kyle, Matthew and Shelby Bruno, Joshua, Cassie  and Aaron Dudley and Kody and Jared Bruno; her great grandchildren, Emma, Zoey, Isiaah, Madison, Blake, Finley, Jadelyn and Marlee; her sister, Judy Gromer and her husband, Philip, of Carmel; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends may call from 4 to 7:30 P.M. on Sunday, May 21, 2017, at the Carleton Funeral Home, Inc., 68 Main St., Hudson Falls, to be followed by a time of remembrance at 7:30 pm.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 22, 2017 at St. Mary’s/St. Paul’s Church, on the park, in Hudson Falls.

The Rite of Committal will follow at St. Paul’s Cemetery in the town of Kingsbury.

The family suggests that memorials in Mrs. Bruno’s memory be made to St. Mary’s/St. Paul’s Church 11 Wall St., Hudson Falls, NY 12839.

The family wishes to give a special thank you to High Peaks Hospice for their dedicated care.  They would also like to give a special thanks to Shirley Willig and Julie Girard as Eucharistic Ministers, for bringing Joyce communion when she was unable to attend services.

Wendell “Bud” Manchester, Jr.

Manchester, WendellGANSEVOORT – Wendell “Bud” Manchester, Jr., 76, of Gansevoort, went into the arms of the Lord on Monday, May 15, 2017, at his home, after a long illness.

Born on February 3, 1941, in New Castle, he was the son of the late Wendell Manchester, Sr. and Helen (Thompson) Manchester.

Wendell was a graduate of Cornwall High School.

He was married to Donna (Hunt) Salmonson on February 15, 1996 in Greenfield.

Wendell drove over the road trucking for  Smith Trucking PA, Ellsworth Ice Cream in Saratoga, where he met his wife, Fiberglass Industries in Ballston Spa, and Spa Steel in Saratoga.

He liked to watch NASCAR, and was a Dale Earnhardt, JR and SR fan. Wendell enjoyed woodworking, working on cars and trucks, planting his garden and rose bushes, and hunting and fishing. Wendell loved country music, especially his “Red Head” Reba McEntire.  He was fun to be around, and he loved animals. Most of all he loved being with his family, and having a beer and raising hell with them.

In addition to his parents, Wendell is predeceased by his father in law, Henry Hunt.

Survivors include, his wife of 21 years, Donna Manchester of Gansevoort; his daughter, Wendy Portugal and her husband, Paul of Norfolk, VA; his son, Wendell C. “Butch” Manchester III of Yonkers; his two step-children, Heidi Taylor and her husband, Michael of Saratoga Springs, and April Salmonson of Moreau; his sister, Ruth and her husband, Mark of Newburgh, and Suzanne of Florida; his brother, Joey Manchester; his seven grandchildren, including his two granddaughters, Jazmyn, and Emily Basped; his mother in law, Margaret Hunt; and several nieces, nephews, cousins, and brothers and sisters in law.

Friends and family are invited to call on Saturday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Carleton Funeral Home, Inc. located at 68 Main Street in Hudson Falls.

Donations in Wendell’s name may be made out to The DAV – Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH  45250-0301.

Phyllis A. LaValley

LaValley, PhillisSOUTH GLENS FALLS – Phyllis A. LaValley, 84 of South Glens Falls, passed away on Monday, May 15, 2017, in Groton, Massachusetts.

Born on November 17, 1932 in Glens Falls, she was the daughter of the late Jeremiah and Sarah (Stockton) Toomey.

Phyllis was a graduate of South Glens Falls High School and continued her education at SUNY Plattsburg and ACC and after moving to New York City, she took night classes at NYU.

While working at Philips-Norelco in NYC, Phyllis met her future husband, James Preston.  In 1957, they were married and spent 12 wonderful years together in Queens before his untimely death in 1969.     James left behind two young boys, Steven and Michael that Phyllis raised as fine young men.

In 1974, Phyllis and her sons moved to the Glens Falls area, where she began her career at the Glens Falls City School District.  She worked in the reading lab and until this day, many of her students still kept in touch.   Phyllis also was employed at Saratoga City Court where she was an administrator, retiring in 1994, after 10 years of service.   After her retirement, she enjoyed travelling with her second husband, Paul LaValley, throughout this country and to England to visit her son, Steven.

Volunteering was a large part of Phyllis’ life.  She enjoyed helping out at Moreau Elementary School, delivering Meals on Wheels and manning the Election Booths in Saratoga County.   Phyllis also was an avid bowler where she was a member of senior teams.   She also loved tending to her flower and vegetable gardens, all the while, drinking her favorite beverage, Pepsi.  Phyllis was also proud to be a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #2475 in Glens Falls Auxiliary.  Although Phyllis did many things, the center of her life was her three grandchildren, Elizabeth, Samantha and Michael.

Besides her parents and husband, James, she was predeceased by her second husband, Paul, who died in 2006, after 20 years of marriage and her sister, Marijane Goetten.

Survivors include her two sons, Steven Preston and his companion, Christine Chadwick of Queensbury and Michael Preston and his wife, Amie of MA; her daughter, Joann LaValley of TX; her three grandchildren, Elizabeth Preston of MA, Samantha Preston of FL and Michael T. Preston of MA.

Calling hours will be today, May 17, 2017 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Carleton Funeral Home, Inc, 68 Main Street in Hudson Falls.

Burial will be in Southside Cemetery in South Glens Falls.

The family suggests that memorial donations be made to SPCA of Upstate NY, 588 Queensbury Ave., Queensbury, NY 12804 or the Renal Dialysis Center, 3 Broad Street, Glens Falls, NY 12801.

Edward D. Bennett

Bennett, EdwardSOUTH GLENS FALLS – Edward D. Bennett, 73, passed away peacefully after a long illness, surrounded by his loving family on Tuesday May 9, 2017.

Born in Glens Falls Hospital, on April 17, 1944, he was the son of the late Edward L. and Ethel Bennett.

Edward had many fond memories of growing up in South Glens Falls, and later in Glens Falls, making many friends easily with his sense of humor, caring ways, sense of justice, and his quick wit.  He enjoyed many things including golfing, hunting, riding motorcycles, camping, traveling and fishing.

Throughout his life, he loved his pets; his cats and dogs were his buddies.

Edward worked hard all his life and worked his way up to Superintendent at Finch Pruyn, making improvements that saved them money. He left in 1988 and moved his family to Florida to work at Tropicana.

When his wife, Catherine Cooper Bennett, passed away after 46 years of marriage, he remarried Noreen MacDonald Conway on May 6, 2010.    They settled in a home in Hadley then recently returned to South Glens Falls.

In addition to his wife and his parents, Edward was predeceased by his sister, Sharon Cottrell; his great grandson, Skylar Bennett and his step-son, Daniel John Ingram.

Ed is survived by his wife, Noreen Bennett; his three daughters, Tamala Jordon (Michael) and Deborah Bennett (Phil) all of Virginia, and Karen Harris (Randy) of Florida; his two sons, David Bennett (Jill) of South Glens Falls, and William Bennett (Tina) of Florida; his step-children, who he loved as his own, Janine Hodges (David), Theodore P. Gordon (Hope), Gary D. Ingram, Jr. (Sonya), and Matthew Rozell; his seven grandchildren, Lauren, Timothy, Hannah, Justin, Allison, Christopher, and Katie; his six great-grandchildren; 10 step-grandchildren; four step-great-grandsons; his sisters, Linda Duprey (Mel), Barbara Fitzgerald (Barry), Sally Washburn (Brian), and Linda Bennett Dalby (Steven); his brother, John Burch (Linda); and several brothers in law, sisters in law, nieces, and nephews.

A memorial service will be conducted on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 2 p.m. at the Sodom Community Church, 59 Sodom Cross Road, North Creek, NY 12857, officiated by the Reverend Ronald Allen.

A covered dish reception will follow the service at the church on Saturday.

Donations in Edward’s name may be made out to the American Diabetes Association, 2 Pine West Plaza, Albany, NY 12205.

Funeral arrangements are under the care of Carleton Funeral Home, Inc. in Hudson Falls.

Charlene Manell

Manell, CharleneHUDSON FALLS – Charlene M. Manell, 63, of Pearl St., went into the arms of the Lord on Monday, May 8, 2017.

Born on February 17, 1954, in Whitehall, she was the daughter of the late Glendon and Bernice (Rose) Manell.

Charlene was a graduate of Whitehall High School.  Following high school and throughout her life, she was a waitress for several restaurants in the area.  Charlene also worked for 18 years at Sherwood Medical in Argyle.

She enjoyed walking her dogs and going to garage sales.  Charlene was also quite skilled at computer games and many times was a top scorer.   She loved going to Stewarts for a cup of coffee and sharing in lively conversation with the girls.    Charlene was a strong-willed lady, who looked out for her family and her friends.   She was a loving, supportive mother, who raised her daughter all by herself.  Charlene will be remembered for her good sense of humor, her kindness and always being talkative.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her sister, Cheryl Manell and her brother, Michael Manell.

Survivors include, her daughter, Sarah Manell and her finance, Michael Ramos of Hudson Falls; her granddaughter, Marianna Ramos of Hudson Falls; her siblings, Rick Manell and his wife, Barb of Florida, Terry Manell of Granville, Denise McCall of Hudson Falls and Gary Manell of South Glens Falls; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family would like to thank Victoria Morris, Ashley Nichols-Walko and Ashley Mattison for the wonderful care, compassion and support given to Charlene and her family during her illness.

The family suggests that memorial donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, NE New York Chapter, 4 Pine West Plaza, Suite 5405, Albany NY  12205.

Arrangements are under the care of the Carleton Funeral Home, Inc., 68 Main Street, in Hudson Falls.

George W. Greene

GreeneHUDSON FALLS – George W. Greene, 81, of Main Street, passed away surrounded by his loving family on Saturday, May 6, 2017, at his home.

Born on January 31, 1936, in Hempstead, Long Island, he was the son of the late Milton and Isabelle (Strohson) Greene.

When George was young, he spent his summers on Hadlock Pond.  While summering in this area, he developed a great love for the Adirondack Region and in 1967, he moved his family from Long Island to live in Fort Ann.

On July 31, 1956, he married Arline Jones in Hempstead.  They spent 56 wonderful years together until she passed away on August 12, 2011.

After moving to Fort Ann, George started his 30-year career with the Kingsbury Town Highway Department, retiring as Assistant Superintendent.

George loved to travel and camp in Maine and Vermont with is family.  He was an avid New York Giants fan.  When George was at Hempstead High School, he had the honor of playing trumpet and marching during halftime at a NY Giants game.

After his wife passed away, he remarried Lisa Holcomb on August 16, 2013.  Because he loved driving long distance, they travelled 4000 miles on their honeymoon to Key West.  Every year he took his grandsons, Nicholas and Logan to the Tow Truck Show in Lake George.  George also loved his animals, especially his dog, Maggie, who was his favorite companion these last few years.

George is survived by his wife, Lisa Greene of Hudson Falls; his sister, Gloria Robinson of Hawaii; his children, James W. Greene of South Glens Falls, William G. Greene and his wife, Korrin of South Glens Falls, Michael T. Greene of South Glens Falls, Daniel J. Greene of Palmetto, Florida and Susan Greene-Smith and her husband, Ron of Hartford; his five grandchildren, Jimmy Greene, Jeffrey Greene and his companion, Brittany, Nicholas Zwart, Alexandria Greene and Logan Smith; his three great grandchildren, Jaxin, Eastin and Zaydin Greene; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.  George and Arline were also Foster Parents to 22 children throughout the years.

A private Celebration of George’s life will be at a later date.

Arrangements are under the care of the Carleton Funeral Home, Inc., 68 Main St in Hudson Falls.

Robert “China” Mercier

MercierFORT EDWARD – Robert “China” Mercier, 75, of Anthony Drive, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving wife and best friend, Pam on Friday, May 5, 2017, at the Glens Falls Hospital.

Born on May 18, 1941, in Fort Edward, he was the son of the late William and Mary (Leone) Mercier.

After graduation from Hudson Falls High School, China continued his education at Albany Business College.

At one time, he was past owner of Wrought Iron Bar in Hudson Falls, but most of his life, China was a route salesman, delivering for Hogan’s Dairy, Millbrook Bread and finally retiring from Wise Potato Chips.

On October 24, 2003, he Married Pam Oeinck.  Together they owned and operated China’s Motor Sports in Hudson Falls.

He was proud to have been a honorary member of the Hudson Falls Volunteer Fire Department.  China’s passion was for speed and adventure.   He loved watching NASCAR, especially Richard Petty.  China also enjoyed snowmobile racing, mostly in Maine, drag car racing all over this area, dirt track racing and sprint car racing.  At one time, he drove backwards from Top of the World, Lake George to Hudson Falls.   China also loved watching the New York Yankees and passed away while they were playing in the background.

China was a caring, loving and giving husband, father, and grandfather.  He always put a smile on others faces.  China was a wonderful story teller and was always ready with a joke.   He was personable and fun loving man who will be missed.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his son, Matthew Robert Mercier.

He is survived by his loving wife, Pamela Mercier of Fort Edward; his children, Tricia Lawson and her companion, Chuck Hunt of Hudson Falls and Rebecca Osmer and her husband, Corey of Harrisburg, PA; his grandchildren, Alyssa Birnbaum, Taylor Osmer, Jamie Mercier and Kyle Mercier; his German Shepard dogs, Gretchen and Kaiser; his best friends, Gary Nolin and Chuck Caputo; his sisters in law, Linda Gilligan, Tracy Snyder and her companion Frank LaPelle; his brother in law, Larry Oeinck and his companion, Carmen Bordis; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

There will be no calling hours.

A celebration of life will be at a later date.

Burial will be private at St. Mary’s Cemetery in South Glens Falls.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Hudson Falls Volunteer Fire Department, 220 Main Street, Hudson Falls, NY  12839 or a charity of your choice.

Arrangements are under the care of the Carleton Funeral Home, Inc., 68 Main St. in Hudson Falls.

Donald E. Barber

Barber, DonFORT EDWARD – Donald “Don” E. Barber, 86, passed away on Saturday, May 6, 2017, at his home in Fort Edward.

Born on July 18, 1930, in Fort Edward, he was the son of the late Charles and Alice (O’Connell) Barber.

Don was a graduate of Fort Edward High School and served in the US Navy.    Upon discharge he was employed by Scott Paper Company and retired in 1986​ as a Supervisor, after

40​ years of service.     Don was also the long-time proprietor of Bruso’s Tavern in Hudson Falls, where he shared his love of sports, jokes with friends and gestures of kindness with those in

need.   Wrestling was always very special to Don.   Through the years, he enjoyed watching his sons, grandsons and all the local athletes compete at wrestling events.

Don was united in marriage to Donna M. Bruso on April 20,1952 in St. Joseph’s Church, Fort Edward.

He was predeceased by his son, Daniel T. Barber and his parents.    Don was the last of his siblings, Thomas Barber, Edward Barber, Jean Barber Archambault, Charlotte Barber Archambault and

his twin Dorothy Barber Strainer.

In addition to his wife of 65 years, Don is survived by daughters, Kathy Cantiello (Thomas) of Queensbury, Beth Barber-Boulet (Thomas) of Colorado Springs, CO, Lynne Huntsman (Greg) of Springfield, MO; sons, Patrick Barber (Linda) of Englewood, FL, Robert Barber of Hudson Falls, Reed Barber (Elizabeth) of Heathrow​, FL.; and his daughter in law, Jeanne Brock Barber.    Don is also survived by 15 grandchildren; grandsons, Louis Cantiello, Ryan Barber, Joel Cantiello, Corey Barber, Thomas Barber, Aaron Barber, William Lacinak, Gavin Huntsman and Aidan Lacinak; and granddaughters, Tara Lacinak, Gabriella Barber, Gillian Huntsman, Delaney Barber and Lindsey Barber; and his great grandchildren, “Lil T”, Delia, Sam, Wyatt, Everette, Ben and Catherine.    Also survived is Don’s puppy, Chester.

Friends may call on Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Carleton Funeral Home, Inc., 68 Main Street in Hudson Falls.

All are welcome to Don’s graveside service which will be conducted at 11 a.m. ​on Saturday, at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Fort Edward, followed by a reception at Bruso’s Tavern, 43 Main Street in Hudson Falls.

A special thank you to Maureen O’Brien and the nurses for providing wonderful care to Don during his illness.

Memorial donations may be sent to Hudson Falls Wrestling Club, C/O Cathy Dudley, Hudson Falls High School, 80 East Labarge Street, Hudson Falls 12839 or the charity of one’s choice.

He was a good man and will be greatly missed.