Norman L. Kilfoyle passed away in his home on 3/23/2022 in Virginia Beach with family at his side.
Norm was born February 27, 1935 in Schenectady, N.Y., the son of the late Frank and Doris (Trafton) Kilfoyle.
A veteran of the US Navy (1954), he spent most of his service time in Istanbul, Turkey.
Following his honorable discharge from the Navy, Norm joined the New York State Police, where he proudly served for 21 years. While serving as a trooper, he enjoyed many special assignments including the motorcycle unit and the Underwater Recovery Team (Scuba).
He was a Mason, a member of the American Legion and VFW, a private pilot, Sailboat Captain and an awesome chef. Later, he was the manager of the Villa Roma Disco, and worked in the oil business.
Norm is survived by his wife Gail, children Susan Bostic, James Kilfoyle (Jami), Jeffrey and Trish Mayer, Jennifer and Scott Vogeler and Keith Sneddon. Grandchildren Corey and Tanya, Michele and Michael, Kaitlyn and Dana, Jordyn, Alexandra, Samantha, Gavin, Nicole, Maggie, Alex, Devan, Jeffrey, Edward, Matthew, Alyssa and several great-grandchildren and so many wonderful friends.
Norm is predeceased by his parents, his brother James Kilfoyle, and his son Scott Mayer.
A service will be held at His Word Revealed Church, 205 State Route 28, Kingston, on Friday, April 22, 2022 at 3:00 pm.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to either:
Hudson Valley Hospice, 400 Aaron Court, Kingston, NY 12401 or
American Heart Association, PO Box 840692, Dallas, TX 75284-0692.
Arrangements are under the guidance of Gilpatric-VanVliet Funeral Home, 339 Broadway, Ulster Park, www.GVVFH.com
Friday, April 22nd, 2022 3:00pm
His Word Revealed Church
205 State Route 28
Kingston, NY 12401
Death Notification: Mr. James Sauer, Division Civilian Pilot (Retired), Aviation-Rochester
It is with deep sadness that I announce the death of Mr. James Sauer, retired Division Civilian Pilot, Aviation-Rochester. Mr. Sauer, a medevac pilot for Mercy Flight in Batavia, NY, was killed on 04/26/2022 when the Bell 429 helicopter he was flying with a pilot from Bell Helicopter crashed in the town of Elba, Genesee County. There were no survivors. He is survived by his wife and two children. Mr. Sauer was also a 40-year veteran of the U.S. Army.
Sad news received from Doris Fairchild that retired Sr. Inv. Roger Fairchild, age 85 had a stroke at their residence in Loudon TN and passed away on Thursday April 21st. There was no funeral service and he was cremated. The family will be planning a memorial in the Cornwall area sometime in the future. She can be contacted at 865 657-3388.
NFC Chicken BBQ - July 6, 2022
Attached is the flyer for the NFC Chicken BBQ, which will be held Wednesday, July 6, 2022, 5:00 pm at Fontana's Grove, 229 Clinton St, Buffalo, NY 14227. The cost remains the same as past years, $20.00 per person. There will be door prizes and the final drawing of Limited 250 Club LXXXIII. Guests are welcome. Paid reservations by June 22, 2022,
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[Credit Doug Wingate via Ed Carr]
RETIRED, BUT NOT FORGOTTEN
By Albina Fraser
Troopers didn’t always patrol the state in blue and gold cars or rein in criminals with the help of sophisticated radio equipment.
Edward Holohean remembers when the patrols were done on horseback, the work shifts lasted a whole season, and a pocketful of nickels for the telephone was as valuable as any present-day two way radio.
For instance: Holohean, 81, a retired state trooper, recalls an event in January, 58 years ago, when he was a new member of Troop G barracks in Troy.
On that day in 1928 Holohean was assigned to ride his horse from the Troy barracks to Wells for winter patrol duties. Joining him was Trooper J.J. Lutz.
The 80-mile trip took five days, with night stops for eating and sleeping - and to feed and rest the horses - at farms set up as regular stops.
After spending the winter months patrolling the summer homes around Wells and Speculator, the two troopers returned overland to the Troy barracks.
The troopers were to travel on horseback to their destination for effect - to show residents that troopers were on duty.
In those early days of the State Police, Holohean said, troopers served 24-hour duty days, were paid $900 a year, and were issued all the items of their uniforms except underwear, but including their .45 caliber revolvers.
A native of Kingston, Holohean joined the State Police in Albany in 1927 when he was 23 years old. Before that he served with the National Guard and New York Central Police from 1921 until 1926.
Assigned to Troop G, he was a member of the mounted constabulary, a unit formed in 1918, and was one of the first members of the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI). He also was a member of one of two “rough rider” mounted teams, and is the sole survivor of his seven- member team.
The rough riders traveled on horseback to area fairs in Schenectady, Cobleskill and the Catskills during the three summers of their existence. Here they demonstrated their trick-riding abilities, balancing on their shoulders on the backs of the horses, doing flips to sit backward in the saddle, and jumping from one side of a horse to the other.
The trick-riding teams were disbanded to perform traffic duty when more and more cars began using the roads. Holohean spent the following eight years on traffic duty, riding his motorcycle in the summer and horse in the winter.
The retired trooper was one of the first to have a radio, which was in its testing stages at the time.
He had a one-way receiver which alerted him to contact the base by a loud buzzing noise. He said he had to carry a pocketful of nickels, which he had to provide himself, to telephone the barracks. He said that immediately on hearing the buzz he would head for the nearest pay phone to notify headquarters of his location.
Holohean recalls escorting on his motorcycle such notables as Franklin D. Roosevelt, who was governor at the time; Admiral Richard Byrd, and Charles Lindbergh.
Following his retirement from the State Police in 1953 after serving 25 years, Holohean started his second career as chief of security at the Saratoga Harness Track. He worked there for 20 years, retiring in 1973.
One of his most memorable accomplishments was when he served as chairman of a Polio Vaccine Program in 1955. Nearly 4,700 children in schools within Saratoga County were inoculated. He set up and recruited two nurses and two doctors and other personnel for the clinics held in each school.
Holohean said it was a tremendous job made easier by five very dedicated women. For his role in this endeavor, he was given a commendation from Basil O’Connor, national chairman of the March of Dimes.
Holohean also served as chairman of the county and Saratoga Springs March of Dimes campaigns, was involved in PTA and the Boy Scouts, and was a member of the Knights of Columbus. He served as president of Saratoga Friendly Sons of St. Patrick and the Former Troopers Association of the Capital District.
Holohean is married and the father of three children. Despite two steel hip replacements, Holohean still loves to ride horses.
RASH - Patricia G. (nee Iudice)
Of Lancaster, NY, April 14, 2022. Beloved wife of the late Thomas Rash, Sr.; loving mother of Thomas Jr. (Darbi) Rash and Ann (Dennis) Cronin and the late Francis (JoAnn) Rash; also survived by many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; predeceased by brothers and sisters; survived by nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Our Lady of Pompeii RC church, Lancaster, Tuesday, April 19, at 10 AM. Please assemble at church. No prior visitation. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Please share condolences online at www.wendelandloecherinc.com
I apologize for the late notice, but I missed the death notice in Sunday's Buffalo News. Our Sincere Condolences to Tom and his family.
GOOCH - Rita (nee McGee)
Allentown, formerly of Buffalo, passed away on April 16, 2022. Beloved wife of Clifford; dearest mother to Mary Beth [John] Tompsett, Jeffery [Elania] Gooch, Lesley [Jon] Christman and Jennifer [David] Gooch-Johnston; eight grandchildren, one great-grandson; two brothers-in-law, Thomas [Pat] Wozniak and Hank Gath; two sisters-in-law, Shirley Reinig and Betty Windover; several nieces and nephews; predeceased by three brothers, Robert, Thomas and Eugene McGee; four sisters, Nancy McGee, Margaret Kremer, Jane Gath and Kathleen Wozniak. Friends are invited to call on Wednesday from 4-7 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Thursday at 11 am at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Scio.
It is with deep regret that Major R. Anthony Oliver, Troop Commander, Troop B, announces the death of Trooper Richard A. Garcia. Trooper Garcia passed away on April 6, 2022, at the age of 79. Trooper Garcia served with the State Police from February 16, 1970, until his retirement on May 27, 1999. His last duty assignment was at SP Ray Brook. Trooper Garcia is the father of Troop B, Communication Specialist, Leigh G. Olcott.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.
Superintendent Kevin P. Bruen is saddened to announce the death of retired Major Rodrick C. Covington, who passed away from cancer on March 31, 2022, stemming from his assignment in and around the World Trade Center site, following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.
Major Covington retired from the New York State Police, after 27 years of service, on November 28, 2008.
Following the events of 9/11, Major Covington was assigned as the Detail Commander of the Executive Services Detail during response and recovery efforts in New York City.
Major Covington is survived by his wife and four children.
Monday, April 11, 2022
Viewing: 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Funeral Service: 12:00 PM-1:00 PM
The Abyssinian Baptist Church
132 Odell Clark Place, New York, New York10030
Tuesday, April 12, 2022 10:00 AM
Pinelawn Memorial Park and Arboretum Farmingdale, New York 1735
(Gather at 966 Centennial Avenue, Baldwin, New York 11510 at 9:00 AM sharp)
MECHANICVILLE Orrin J. Barr Jr. 84, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, March 31, 2022, surrounded by his family. Born in Albany, he was the son of the late Orrin and Gloria Barr. He graduated from Christian Brothers Academy and was a N.Y.S. Trooper for 32 years. He later was a driver for UPS. Orrin was a member of the Knights of Columbus and a communicant of Saint Ambrose Church. He also enjoyed playing shuffleboard with friends. Orrin was the husband of the late Patricia Barr; father of Deborah (Robert) Jensen, and Orrin J. Barr; stepfather of the late Shelly Cavotta; grandfather of James and Katlin Trifiletti, Brittney Pierce, Taylor Barr, Eric, Alexander and Isabelle Jensen; and great-grandfather of Kaiden, Joshua, Lilianna, Isabella and Jack Trifiletti. Relatives and friends are invited to visit with his family on Thursday, April 7, from 12 to 1 p.m. in the Daniel Keenan Funeral Home, Inc., 490 Delaware Ave., Albany. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Interment will follow in the Albany Rural Cemetery, Menands. Memorial contributions may be made to the Community Hospice, 310 S. Manning Blvd., Albany, NY, 12208. Online condolences may be offered at danielkeenanfuneralhome.com
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