Naomi R. Cole

Cole,TROY – Naomi R. Cole, 85, of Troy and most recently Antioch, California, passed away July 19, 2014, at Tuscan Blue Nursing Home in California.

Born October 16, 1928, in Granville, she was the daughter of the late Everett and Ruth Beadleston.

In 1946, Naomi graduated from Fort Ann Central School.  She then attended Albany Medical School of Nursing, graduating in 1949.

On December 2, 1950, she married Warren James Cole, at the Methodist Church in Hudson Falls.

She was employed at Albany Stratton VA Medical Center for 34 years as a head nurse.  Following her retirement, she worked in home nursing for many years.  Naomi loved this job because it gave her the opportunity to get to know and help people.

Naomi enjoyed worldwide traveling to beautiful places such as Paris, Holland, Switzerland, and the Caribbean.  She especially enjoyed spending time with her family, and family gatherings.

Besides her parents, she is predeceased by her husband of 53 years, Warren James Cole, and her brother, Donald E. Beadleston.

Survivors include her son, Timothy D. Cole and his wife, Chari of Concord, Califonia; her granddaughters, Jessica Cole, Rebecca Cole; her sister, Norma Winters and her husband, William  J. and their children, Debra R. Prehoda and her children, Captain Alex and Sara Bedard, Jesse Prehoda and his wife, Jennifer, Zachary Prehoda and his wife, Beth, and their son Rylan, William E. Winters, and his wife, Darlene, and their children, Nicholas Winters, Ryan Winters, Sean Winters; her nephew,  Donald Beadleston and his wife, Mary, and their family, John Beadleston, and his wife, Amy; and her sister in law, Colleen Beadleston.

Graveside services will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family.

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Ramona J. Pratt

Pratt, RamonaGLENS FALLS – Ramona J. Pratt, 85, of Stichman Towers, went into the arms of the Lord on Monday, July 21, 2014, at the Glens Falls Hospital.

Born on August 11, 1928, at home in Brant Lake, she was the daughter of the late George B. and Clara M. (Hayes) Hill.

On September 9, 1945, she married Charles I. Pratt in Hudson Falls.  He passed away in September of 1978, after 33 years of marriage.

For several years, she worked for Native Textiles, formerly in Glens Falls, retiring in 1990.

Ramona enjoyed sewing and knitting quilts for family and friends.  She was a member of Zion Episcopal Church, the Order of the Eastern Star, Gospel Lighthouse Church and the Hudson Falls American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, Post 574.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by her son, Charles R. Pratt, her brothers, Winnie Hill, Percy Hill, Fred Hill and Lawrence Hill and her sisters, Edna Pyle, Thelma Odell and Letha Hill.

She is survived by her children, Larry I. Pratt and his finance, Shirley Duncan, Clara S. Packard and her husband, Sam, Lorraine Bruce, Troy Pratt and his significant other, Cindy Moon; her sister, Stella Schenck; daughter in law, Elizabeth Pratt; brothers in law, Henry Pratt, Nelson Pratt, Eugene Pratt and Terry Pratt; sisters in law, Shirley Sawyer and Josephine Hill; several grandchildren and great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

At Ramona’s request, there will be no calling hours.

A gathering for family and friends will be 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 24, 2014, at the Hudson Falls American Legion Post 574, Pearl Street in Hudson Falls.

Memorial donations may be sent to the Fort Edward Rescue Squad, Inc., PO Box 226, Fort Edward, NY 12828 or a charity of one’s choice.

Arrangements are entrusted to the Carleton Funeral Home, Inc., 68 Main Street in Hudson Falls.

Doris West Coppins

CoppinsHUDSON FALLS – Doris West Coppins of Wall St, Hudson Falls, passed on with family at her bedside on July 20, 2014. In keeping with her humble and simple lifestyle, she requested no flowery obituary.

Born March 24, 1917 to Vivanna and Ina West, she was a lifelong follower of Christ. Her life philosophy was “Love thy neighbor as thyself”, and she did. She accepted everyone, judged no one and helped all who needed it along the way. She was a caretaker, a listener, a confidant and a friend. She was a collector, a reader, a gardener and a teacher of all things important. She fussed, she decorated, and she baked. The values of these things are her legacy.

Doris married Stephen Coppins later in life. They spent 17 loving years together, keeping house and traveling to the ocean each year.

Doe, as we all called her, was most proud of her 40 year tenure at Erlanger’s Fashions where she worked as head bookkeeper until the store closed. Upon her retirement, she made the trip of her lifetime; a car trip across the country to the wild west she had loved reading about. She packed her car, and along with 3 of “her kids”, she camped in a tent each night from New York to California and back!

In her later years, she was content to be at home. She loved her family, neighbors, her neighborhood, her birds, and her flowers. With the help of many wonderful caretakers, she was able to be in her home with the exception of the past few months.

Doris was predeceased by her parents, her brother Frederick West, her husband Stephen and her niece, Chrissy West. Left to cherish the gifts of her life is her brother Leon, (Shirley) West, and his children who were truly “her kids” in every way: Ellen Bombard and Evan of Gansevoort, Carol, Dave, Amanda and Hayley Linehan of South Glens Falls, Judy & Richard Ward, and Katherine Swinton of SGF, David, Laura, Elizabeth and Stephen West of Queensbury and Eric West, Krissy Donahue, and her son, Matt of SGF. She also leaves behind the many she called friends, especially Herb and Tom.

Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice.

Arrangements are entrusted to the Carleton Funeral Home, Inc., 68 Main Street in Hudson Falls.

Gary Leonard “Bud” Benson

BensonHUDSON FALLS – Gary Leonard “Bud” Benson, 78, of Hudson Falls passed from this world on Saturday, July 19, 2014 at Glens Falls Hospital, with his family at his side.

 Born March 15, 1936 in Glens Falls, he was the son of Leo and Isabelle (Shea) Benson.

 Gary graduated from Hudson Falls Central School in 1954. He served proudly in the US Navy aboard the USS Terrebone Parish – LST 1156 from 1954 to 1956. Gary was in the Navy reserves until 1962. Upon discharge from active Navy duty, he attended Albany Business College. For many years, he worked as a Lab Technician at the former Imperial (Hercules) and retired from Ciba-Geigy in 1988 after 32 years of service.

Gary was a devoted son, brother, husband, father and grandfather. When his children were young, you often found Gary volunteering his time and energies to the Hudson Falls Little League, Boy Scouts –Troop 56, and Hudson Falls Girls Softball League. He always had time to help his friends and family whenever there was a need. He was an active member of the United Methodist Church of Hudson Falls and served on several committees and groups there. He was a past President of the Board of Trustees, and a member and former President of the United Methodist Mens’ Club.

In addition to his parents, Gary was predeceased by his sister, Patricia Lane; and his father and mother-in-law, Donald and Gladys (Wells) Juckett.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 53 years, Sandra Juckett Benson; his children, Jeffrey Benson and Holly Hanson of Durkeetown, Stacey Benson-Doty and her husband, Richard of Fort Edward and Lori Benson, of Fort Edward. Also left to treasure the many “Dudisms” that Gary had to offer are his most treasured gifts – his grandchildren, Sara Morgan Pulver, Ethan Paul Doty, Molly Elizabeth Doty and Jasmine Elaine Doty; his sister, Donna Keck and Don Carpenter of Athol; brothers and sisters-in-law, Donald and Rosemary Juckett of Virginia and Lynn and Karen Juckett of Arkansas. Gary is also survived by his former daughter-in-law, Lori Sheehan; his former son-in-law, Robert Pulver; many nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family who all held a special spot in his heart; and his constant canine companion, Seth.

Friends may call on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Carleton Funeral Home, Inc., 68 Main Street in Hudson Falls, and on Thursday, July 24, from 10 to 11 p.m. at the United Methodist Church of Hudson Falls, 227 Main Street in Hudson Falls.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 am on Thursday, at the church, with the Reverend Derek Hansen, pastor, officiating.

Burial will follow at Moss Street Cemetery in the town of Kingsbury.

The family would like to extend their thanks to all of the ER staff of Glens Falls Hospital for their compassion and care and Fort Edward Rescue Squad. Thank you to all the friends and family who came to visit Gary when he was unable to get out and about. Your visits meant the world to him. A special thanks to Dr. Coppens, Dr. Mihindu, Dr. Gray and Shaun Cumm for their care of Gary during these past years.

 The family suggests donations in Gary’s memory be made to Fort Edward Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 226, Fort Edward, NY 12828 or United Methodist Church of Hudson Falls Trustees – Front Step Repair Fund, 227 Main Street, Hudson Falls or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Harriet Moss Cutler

CutlerHUDSON FALLS – Harriet Moss Cutler, 84, passed away Saturday, July 19, 2014, at her home in Hudson Falls.

Born on April 21, 1930 at the Glens Falls Hospital, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Alice (Buckley) Cavanaugh.

Harriet was a 1947 graduate of Hudson Falls High School. After many years of service, she retired in 1989 from First National Bank, now known as TD Bank in Hudson Falls.

Besides her parents, Harriet was predeceased by her husband, Clyde “Mike” Cutler, a son David H. Moss and three sisters, Roberta Ringer, Esther Cavanaugh and June Gilman.

Survivors include two sons, Robert A. Moss of Wisconsin and Mark W. Cutler and his wife, Collette of New Jersey; a sister, Rosemary McCullough and her husband, Bernard of Hudson Falls; eight grandchildren, Robert, Ami, John, Timothy, Jessica, Lianna, Emily and Eric; ten great grandchildren; two step great grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

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

Graveside Services will be conducted at 10 a.m. on Friday at Union Cemetery in the town of Fort Edward.

The family suggests that memorial donations be made to Fort Edward Rescue Squad, Inc., P.O. Box 226, Fort Edward, NY 12828.

Joanne M. LaMour Rich

Rich, JoanneHUDSON FALLS – Joanne M. LaMour Rich, 78, of Deer Run, went into the arms of the Lord, on Friday, July 18, 2014, after a short battle with cancer.

Born on November 16, 1935, in Port Henry, she was the daughter of the late Maynard and Monica (Rose) LaMour.

Joanne worked for the Grand Union Co. in Kingsbury for 24 years. Following her retirement she was a Teacher’s Aide through BOCES.

Joanne enjoyed spending time working in her flower garden.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her son, Michael D. Rich and her brother, George LaMour.

Survivors include her daughter Kim Rich-Dineen of Hudson Falls; her two grandsons, Nicholas Lyon and Christopher Rich; one brother, Robert J. LaMour of Moriah and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

At Joanne’s request there will be no calling hours.

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

Burial will be at the convenience of the family at St. Paul’s Cemetery in the town of Kingsbury.

The family suggests memorial donations be made to St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital,  262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Julie Ann Hanlon

HUDSON FALLS – HanlonJulie Ann Hanlon, 41, of Poplar Street, went into the arms of the Lord, surrounded by her loving family and friends, on Tuesday, July 15, 2014, at the Glens Falls Hospital.

Born on May 2, 1973, in Glens Falls, she was the daughter of Donald Blakeman and Patricia (Lewis) Reynolds.

On May 2, 1997, she married Thomas Hanlon at the Knights of Columbus, in Hudson Falls. Together, she and Tom spent 26 wonderful years together. Julie owned and operated a day care for many years in Hudson Falls.

She loved to travel, to do things with her family, but most of all she loved spending time with her children.

She was predeceased by her maternal grandfather, George Lewis and her uncle, Dick Lewis.

She is survived by her loving husband, Thomas Hanlon of Hudson Falls; her two daughters, Danica Hanlon of Queensbury and Tommie Ann Hanlon of Hudson Falls; her brother, Donald Blakeman and his wife, Lisa, of Lake George; her, mother, Patricia Reynolds; her father, Donald Blakeman; her maternal grandmother, Jean Lewis; and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Friends may call on Friday, July 18, 2014 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Carleton Funeral Home, Inc., 68 Main Street in Hudson Falls.

Funeral Services will be conducted 11 a.m. on Saturday at the funeral home.

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

Memorial donations may be sent to the CR Wood Cancer Center, 102 Park Street, Glens Falls, NY 12801.

Bruce B. Joiner

JoinerGansevoort – Bruce B. Joiner, 58, of Gansevoort, passed away unexpectedly, Saturday, July 12, 2014.

Born on October 1, 1955, in Glens Falls, he was the son of Irma (Blackmer) Joiner of South Glens Falls and the late Claude Joiner.

Bruce was a graduate of Queensbury High School.

He served in the United States Army in Alaska. He then served 20 years in the Army National Guard. He was proud to receive the National Defense Service Medal.

Bruce married Wanda Wood on June 1, 1988, in Gansevoort.

He worked for the New York State Thruway and Canal Corporation as a lock tender at Lock 3 in Mechanicville for over 25 years.

Bruce was a member of the Adirondack Christian Fellowship and enjoyed hunting and was a diehard Yankee fan. Bruce Joiner was proud of two things, serving his country, which he loved, and most of all his beloved grandchildren.

In addition to his father, he is predeceased by his mother in law Mabel Wood and his father in law, Clarence Wood.

Bruce is survived by his loving wife, Wanda (Wood) Joiner of Gansevoort; his mother, Irma Joiner of South Glens Falls; his three daughters, Starr Slingerland and her husband, James of Queensbury, Kelli Hufstetler and her husband, Shannon of Gansevoort and Megan Dean of Kingsbury; his grandchildren, Logan Darrah, Amira Almontaser, Jerome Slingerland and Travis and Tyler Fitzgerald; his sister, Leslie Baxter and her husband Chris of South Glens Falls; his brother Larry joiner of Plattsburgh; his sister Dawn Joiner of Troy; his sisters in law, Donna Sherrange of Corinth, Doris Hoag of Gansevoort; and several special nieces and nephews to whom he was very close.

Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Carleton Funeral Home, inc., 68 Main St., Hudson Falls.

A funeral service will take place at 11 a.m. on Friday at the funeral home with Pastor Rick Cohen, pastor of the Adirondack Christian Fellowship, officiating.

Burial, with full military honors will take place at 2 P.M. Friday at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga national Veteran’s Cemetery in the town of Stillwater.

Bruce’s family suggests that memorial donations in his memory be made to any local adopt a soldier organization.

Charlotte Gaulin


HUDSON FALLS – It is with great sorrow that the family of Charlotte Gaulin, 89, has to announce her returning to the arms of our Lord, on July 12, 2014, after a long convalescence.

A life-long resident of Washington County, she was born Charlotte Marie Lewis, daughter of Ava LaFarr and Everett Lewis of Fort Edward and grew up on McCrea Street there with her two brothers, Robert Lewis and Donald Lewis, the latter of whom passed away four years ago.

After graduating from Fort Edward High School she married her husband of 70 years, Lester Gaulin, and moved to School Street in Hudson Falls, where they raised a family of four boys: James, Thomas, Keith, and David, all of whom still live in this area with the exception of David who lives in Boston. While raising her family she occasionally took employment at General Electric, the First National Bank, the Pender-Towley Shop and the Fort Hudson Nursing Home.

Besides her children and husband, she is also survived by her five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren and was greatly loved by all of her family. Having been surrounded by males her entire life, she was particularly fond of her daughter in law, Susan Gaulin, who brought her much comfort over the final years of her life and became the confidant she had never had.   She is also survived by her beloved sisters in law, Therese Lewis of Fort Edward, now living in New Jersey, and Fannie Gaulin of Hudson Falls and their six and five children respectively.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that any donations be made in her name to the Fort Edward Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 226, Fort Edward, New York 12828.

It was Charlotte’s wish to be cremated and although there will be no wake or funeral, a graveside ceremony will be held at the Saratoga National Cemetery in the town of Stillwater at a later date.

We rejoice that she is now in Heaven with her brother and parents and although it is hard to imagine life without her we are consoled in the knowledge that she was surrounded by family and love until her last breath. May she rest in peace.

Diane M. Volpe

VolpeHUDSON FALLS – Diane M. Volpe, 65, of Hudson Falls, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, July 10, 2014, at the Glens Falls Hospital.

Born September 30, 1948 in Glens Falls, she was the daughter of the late Raymond and Janette(Leclaire) Gorham Sr.

On February 11, 1967, Diane married Monty Volpe at St. Joseph’s Church in Fort Edward.

Diane enjoyed Bingo and playing the slots at casinos.  She loved the ocean and summer vacations with family and friends.  Diane was an avid reader, loved camping, doing crafts, and enjoyed meeting people.

Besides her parents, Diane was predeceased by her brother, Raymond Gorham, Jr.

Survivors include her husband of 47 years, Monty Volpe of Hudson Falls; her children, Tina Nassivera and her husband, Robert of Fort Edward, Tracy Fowler and her husband, David of Hudson Falls, Monty Volpe and his girlfriend, Trina of Hudson Falls; her grandchildren, Christi Mozo and her husband, Alex, Carrie Nassivera, Jeremy Fowler, Justin Fowler;  her great-grandson, Nathaniel Mozo; her siblings Sally Covell and her husband, Frank of Saratoga, Jean Bull and her husband, Gifford of Saratoga, Lorrie Carpenter of Fort Edward; her sisters in law, Kay Gorham of Fort Edward, Marie Ludeke of Hudson Falls, Gloria LaFountain and her husband, Reginald of Glens Falls; several nieces, nephews, cousins; and her very special friends, June Bartlett and Valorie Pepitone.

Family and friends may call Sunday, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Carleton Funeral Home, Inc., 68 Main Street, Hudson Falls.

The Funeral Mass will be conducted at 10 a.m. on Monday at St. Mary’s/St. Paul’s Church, in Hudson Falls, with Reverend Thomas Babiuch, officiating.

The Rite of Committal will take place at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Diane can be made to the American Cancer Society, 959 Mount Royal Plaza, State Route 9, Queensbury, New York 12804

Kevin L. Barrows

BarrowsobitHUDSON FALLS & SCHROON LAKE – Kevin Leon Barrows, 55, of Hudson Falls and Schroon Lake, “turned the page”, on July 8, 2014, to join his beloved parents and brother.

Born June 28, 1959, in Glens Falls, he was the son of the late Dale and Barbara Barrows.

On July 23, 1983, Kevin married Sharon Seymour.  Over a 30 year span they raised their son, Kevin Keith, who was their greatest accomplishment, prideB and joy.  Their grandson, Masen “Buster” was the light of his “Poppy’s” life.

Kevin spent most of his life working alongside his father and brothers, for Barrows Paving.  He was then employed for several trucking companies.  He also served in the National Guard, where he was a part of the 646th Medical Co.  His platoon worked for the1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid.

Kevin was an avid outdoorsman.  Hunting and fishing was his passion.  The Schroon Lake Camp, also known as the “Desolate Hunting Club” became his favorite destination, where he spent many seasons teaching his son to hunt alongside his family, best friends, and Schroon Lake family.  He loved and cherished his family and friends more than words can say.  The camp was also a gathering place for numerous parties, such as the Annual Labor Day Rib Roast.

Kevin had a special ability of making sure all his friends and family were comfortable and having a great time.  He had a knack for giving everyone a nickname.

His last wish was to express how much he loved his family and friends.

Besides his parents, Dale and Barbara Barrows, and brother, Randy “Rudy” Barrows, Kevin was predeceased by his maternal and paternal grandparents, his brother in law, Craig “Goober” Wever, his sister in law, Rhonda Stockwell, as well as several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Survivors include the love of his life, Sharon “Muggins” Barrows; his son, Kevin “Louy” Barrows; his daughter in law, Tammy Barrows;  his grandchildren, Masen “Buster” Barrows, Will and Alyssa Knapp; his siblings, Nancy “Pooh” Wever, Dale “Dauber” Barrows(Penny), Connie “Cow” Barrows (Nick), Vicki “Turtle” Ryerson (Randy); his parents in law, Joyce and Keith Seymour; his sisters in law, Judy Vanness (Jim), Karen Chandler (Matt), Carla Barrows (John), his brother in law, Lex  Seymour ( Carrie); his extended family, Barbie Seymour, Jeff French; as well as several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.

The families would like to thank all of our friends for the love and support they have given us in the difficult time.

You will be greatly missed, until we “turn the page” and meet again.  “See ya in the woods, Bro!”

Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday at the New beginnings Church at 487 Dix Avenue in Queensbury.

A memorial service will follow the calling hours at 1 p.m. on Saturday at the church with Pastor . Randy Gross,  officiating.

Memorial donations in Kevin’s memory may be made to the charity of one’s choice

Paul H. Collins, Sr

CollinsMOREAU – Paul H. Collins, Sr., 76, of Moreau, passed away July 9, 2014, at Saratoga Hospital, after a long courageous battle with cancer.

Born February 17, 1938, in Schenectady, he was the son of the late Sanford E. Collins and Mildred (Ostrander) Collins. in Hudson Falls

He attended and graduated from Hudson Falls High School.  Following high school, Paul proudly served his country in the United States Army, stationed in Korea from 1956 to 1959.

He married Phyllis M. Hoag on June 21, 1959 at St. Mary’s Church in Hudson Falls.

Paul was the proud owner of Paul H. Collins Trucking and The Wayside Tavern, both in Hudson Falls. Paul and Phyllis also were the previous owners of Smoke Rise Campgrounds in Pottersville.

He was a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks Lodge Elks Lodge # 81 of Glens Falls and Queensbury.  Paul enjoyed camping, golfing, NASCAR, snowmobiling and spending time with his family. He was there for anyone in need.  Paul’s generous and caring ways will be remembered by many forever.

Beside his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Sanford A. (Skip) Collins, his sister in law, Jean Collins, his brother in law, Ronald Rich and his mother and father in law, William J (Bill) and Ernestine M. Hoag.

Survivors include his wife, Phyllis M. Collins of Moreau; his children, Lori Strassburg and her husband, Walt, Paul H. Collins, Jr., and his wife, Laurie, Brian D. Collins and partner, Kara Moak, all of Moreau; six granchildren, Walter P. Strassburg and his wife, Jennifer of Rochester, Robert Strassburg, Courtney Collins, Cari Collins, Emily Collins and Alyssa Collins, all of Moreau; his great grandson, Walter S. Strassburg of Rochester; his brother, Ted Collins and his wife, Joanne of Moreau; his sister in law, Sharlene Rich of Moreau; as well as several nieces, nephews, and cousins and his grand dog, Abby, his pride and joy and always by his side.

Paul will be remembered by all for his optimistic and positive attitude throughout his illness.  He will be greatly missed.

Friends and relatives may call from 4 to 7 p.m. on Monday at the Gospel Lighthouse Assemblies of God Church on 30 LaCrosse St. in Hudson Falls.

Funeral services will be conducted at the church on Tuesday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Paul Mead, pastor officiating.

Interment, with military honors provided by American Legion Post 574 of Hudson Falls, will follow at Union Cemetery in the town of Fort Edward.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the excellent doctors, nurses, and receptionist of Saratoga Oncology and Hematology for making him feel so cared for, lifting his spirits, and making him smile at each visit.

Memorial donations in Paul’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 959  Mount Royal Plaza, State Rte 9, Queensbury, NY 12804

Thomas R. Yole, Sr.

Yole 1Yole 2HUDSON FALLS & QUEENSBURY – Thomas R. Yole, Sr., 83 formerly of 94 Oak Street in Hudson Falls and more recently of Angel Lane in Queensbury, passed away peacefully at his home, surrounded by his loving family, on Sunday, July 6, 2014.

Born on June 13, 1931 in Glens Falls, he was the son of the late William J. and Clara (Beecher) Yole. On June 30, 1951, Tom married Patricia White at St. Mary’s in Hudson Falls. She passed away on December 17, 1992. He married his second wife, Patricia Busher Taylor on May 7, 1994 at St. Mary’s in Hudson Falls and Adirondack Friends Meeting in South Glens Falls.

In 1948, Tom graduated from Hudson Falls High School and continued his education at SUNY Albany, graduating in 1952. He then received his Masters in Math and Science from Union College in Schenectady.

Following graduation from SUNY Albany, Tom started his teaching career in 1952 at Fort Ann School District. He then continued his love of mathematics education at Lake George School District, Hudson Falls School District and Glens Falls School District until 1972. Starting in 1972, Tom was the Hudson Falls Jr. High Principal, until his retirement in June of 1986. During his career, he was an instructor at the Education Department at the University of New Brunswick, Canada and at the University of Prince Edward Island, also in Canada.

Tom was a Mathematics consultant for American Cooperative Schools in Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco. He also taught an in service course in mathematics for elementary teachers at BOCES. He belonged to several education organizations. Tom was a member of the National Education Association, New York State Teachers Association, Tri-County Teachers Association, Association of Mathematics Teachers of New York State, National Council of Teacher of Mathematics, Mohawk-Hudson Valley Area Mathematics Association, Glens Falls Teachers Association, where he was president and first chief negotiator, School Administrators Association of New York State and the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

From 1965 to 1972, Tom was very involved in his community, having served as Town Councilman for the Town of Kingsbury, where he was secretary-treasurer of the Inter-municipal Water Survey Committee. One of his proudest involvements was as treasurer of the Hudson Falls-Kingsbury Swimming Pool Committee. This committee raised funds and solicited labor to complete an outdoor pool which was given, debt free, to the Town of Kingsbury. Tom was also on the Board of Directors for the Washington County Unit of the American Cancer Society and chairman of the first Swim – a-Thon. He once served as Chairman of the United Way Drive for the Village of Hudson Falls and the Hudson Falls Central School. Tom was also a trustee for the Hudson Falls Free Library.

 Throughout Tom’s life, his love of family, his love of children and education, his love of community and service can be seen through his giving back as husband, father, grandfather, educator and as a pillar of the community.

Besides his parents and first wife, he was predeceased by his siblings, Richard Yole, James Yole, Jack Yole, Gerald Yole and Rosemarie Hafner.

Survivors include his wife of 20 years, Patricia Yole; his children, Susan Kearns and her husband, Gerald, Barbara Scherer and her husband, Hans, Diane Yole, TR Yole and his wife, Mary, Patti Barrett, Jeffrey “Spit” Yole, Lisa Webb, Scott Yole and Mary Beth Moreau and her significant other, William McCullen, Sr.; his step children, Susan Pate and her husband, Michael, Anni Stewart and Peter Taylor and his wife, Kathy; his grandchildren, Keith Scherer and his wife, Casey, Hans Scherer and his wife, Michele, Andrew and Lindsay Yole, Shannan Wierzbicki and her husband, Tim, Timmy Barrett, Jr. and his wife, Nikki , Jennifer Bardin and her significant other, Jay Riehl, Todd Barrett and his wife, Lisa, Connor and Colton Webb, Kaitlin Ingalls Faour and her husband, Rabie, Lauren and Ian Moreau and Ryan Patrick Johnson; his step grandchildren, Julie Wardell and her husband, Judd, Taylor Stewart and his wife, Lisa, Christina Taylor and her husband, Sasha Tochilosky, Alexander Taylor, Kelsey Taylor, Tracy Brayton and her husband, Jeff, Michael Stewart and Jed Stewart and his wife, Jean; 13 great grandchildren; four step great grandchildren; his brother Robert Yole and his wife, Helen; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends may call on Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 at the Hudson Falls Middle School, 131 Notre Dame Street in Hudson Falls.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Thursday 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 the town of Fort Edward. Bearers will be his grandsons.

The family suggests that memorial donations be made to High Peaks Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc., 79 Glenwood Ave., Second Floor, Queensbury, NY 12804 or West Glens Falls Emergency Squad, 86 Luzerne Road, Queensbury, NY 12804 or the Fort Edward Rescue Squad, Inc., P.O. Box 226, Fort Edward, NY 12828.