Raymond A. Chudoba, age 91, passed away on Sunday, May 22, 2022 at United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia.He was born on January 29, 1931 in Batavia, a son of the late Michael Chudoba and Josephine Oles Chudoba.
A member of St. Joseph’s Church in Batavia, he was a retired New York State Trooper with Troop A in Batavia.
He is predeceased by his wife, Patricia A Kuznicki Chudoba of Dunkirk who passed away on January 1, 2017.
Surviving are his children, Raymond M. Chudoba of Midwest City Oklahoma, Carol L. (Ronald) Roy of Del City, Oklahoma and Michael J. Szatkowski of Batavia; his companion for over 40 years, Joan Szatkowski of Batavia; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
He is predeceased by his siblings, Josephine Kukoski of Grants Pass, Oregon, Michael Chudoba of Seattle, Washington, Edward Chudoba of Batavia, Bernice Johnson of Basom.
Memories and a Tribute to my father:
Hey Dad. I remember when I was a small child how you would come home after work in your State Trooper uniform and we would share hugs.
I remember how you took over the family roofing business your father established in 1947 so you could keep your father active after he watched his son (your brother) Eddie fall to his death while painting the WBTA radio tower in 1962. You were a State Trooper at that time and also building a home for your family with your own two hands. Who does all this at the same time? You Dad. Yes, you were a man amongst men.
I remember us installing our first roof together in 1967 on Mr. and Mrs. Golkie’s home on Seward Road in Alexander when I was 12 years old, just a little distance from the home you built for us on Dodgeson Road. Pastel green T-Lok shingles. I slipped them in place and you followed me to nail them down.
I remember going with you in 1970 to the nursing home where your father was a resident, how you would trim his nails and comfort him. I remember Grandpa tearing up when we prepared to leave.
We roofed together for many years and bowled together, too. You taught me the life lessons a boy needs to learn in order to become a man and always supported me in my decisions whether they turned out to be right or wrong.
We have shared a lifetime of memories Dad. I have been blessed to have you as my father. I love you so much. Carol and other family send their love as well.
So now Dad, you will be laid to rest next to Mom. My honey Dawn is there too. Someday I will join you three and we will all be together again.
Sleep well Father,
Your loving son, Raymond
Butterfield, Richard Larkin PALM COAST, Fla. On May, 16, 2022, Richard Larkin Butterfield passed peacefully in the comfort of his home in Palm Coast, Fla. after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Born in Mansfield, Ohio on April 25, 1945, Rick was the cherished son of Richard E. and Shirley Larkin Butterfield. He graduated from Averill Park High School in Averill Park, and earned his bachelor's degree from The University of the State of New York. Rick proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army from 1963 to 1970. He was commissioned a second lieutenant upon graduation from Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Ga. in March 1965 and sent to Vietnam as a Pathfinder team leader, 11th Pathfinders 1st Cavalry Division. He saw combat in the battles at LZ X-Ray, LZ Columbus and LZ Albany - la Drang Valley, where he and his team directed helicopter resupply and medical evacuation and rescue missions. It was here that he was wounded and did not leave his team until all other wounded soldiers were removed from the battlefield. Rick served his second tour in Vietnam in 1968 as captain and company commander of E company 2nd Battalion 506th Infantry 101st Airborne. His company conducted many combat operations. After recovering from injuries at Camp Zama in Japan, he returned to Vietnam and served as team commander with the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Green Berets assigned to MACV-SOG. Missions from this unit were classified. He earned 28 personal awards and decorations including the Purple Heart. He was inducted into the U.S. Army Officer Candidate School Hall of Fame in 1995. Honorably discharged from active duty, he then served with the New York Army National Guard from 1970 - 1995 as a company commander, Battalion Commander 2nd of the 105th Infantry and as the commander of the 1st Brigade 42nd Infantry Division. He was breveted to the rank of brigadier general upon his retirement in 1995. As a civilian, Rick spent 35 years with the New York State Police serving from 1970 to 2006. During his time on the force, he received certification at the Canine Handlers Basic School with his K-9 partner Frey who was trained in explosives detection. Rick moved into undercover work as an investigator with CNET and the BCI. His undercover initiatives were essential to many investigations, arrests and convictions in many areas of criminal activity. He also spent time as a firearms instructor, rifle sharpshooter, member of the Underwater Recovery Team and was the Police Benevolent Association delegate for Troop G. After retiring from the N.Y.S. Police, Rick joined the Warren County Sheriff's Office as marine patrol on Lake George and then was cross designated to go back undercover to work on a task force with N.Y.S. Police CNET where he again received commendation for his undercover work. Rick was the commodore (1997) and lifetime member of the Castleton Boat Club, lifetime member of the Nassau Sportsmen's Club and past board member of Lebanon Valley Speedway. He was a member of the Renegade Pigs Motorcycle Club and enjoyed their annual Christmas visit to St. Margaret's Center wearing his Santa hat. As a young police officer, he was involved in the search for serial killer Robert Garrow. This experience led him to be associate producer of the Adirondack Films production of Garrow. Rick was truly happy riding his Harley cross country, boating, fishing, checking out new restaurants and spending time with his friends, family and his dog Harper who was by his side until the end. He is survived by his wife, Cathy Bullis Robinson Butterfield of Palm Coast, Fla.; his daughter, Lori Larkin Lasch (Mark) of Albany; his son, Hayden Tod Butterfield (Kelly) of Rensselaer; and daughter-in-law, Roberta Butterfield of Minden, Nev. He was predeceased by his son, Eric Gardner Butterfield. Grandpa Rick is also survived by his grandchildren, Emma (Connor) Stark, Robert and Grace Lasch, Hayden and Roan Butterfield, and Kasha and Zoe Butterfield. He is survived by his mother, Shirley Larkin Butterfield; and was the brother of Sharon (Dennis) Urgento, R. Jay (Kelly) Butterfield; and uncle to Stacey and Ryan (Sabrina) Urgento and Spencer Butterfield. He was predeceased by his father, Richard E. Butterfield; and nephew, Colton Butterfield. He also leaves many true close friends who were his family - you know who you are. Relatives and friends are invited to attend Ricks visitation hours with his family from 3 - 7 p.m. on June 8, at the Wm. J. Rockefeller Funeral Home Inc., 165 Columbia Tpke., Rensselaer. Funeral services with full military honors will be held on June 9, in the Saratoga National Cemetery at 2:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to remember Rick in a special way may send memorial contributions to the Wounded Warrior Project or a local charity of their choice.
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165 Columbia Turnpike
Jun, 8 2022
3:00p.m. - 7:00p.m.
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Please take a moment and remember Investigator Ricky Parisian, SIU White Plains, who was killed on this day, twenty eight years ago.
On May 20, 1994, Investigator Parisian, 34, was shot and killed when he attempted to stop an armed robbery at the Great American supermarket in the City of Oneonta. Inv. Parisian, who was off-duty at the time, was shopping with his wife, Debra, when he spotted a robbery being committed in the store by a man armed with a sawed-off shotgun. Assisted by his wife, Parisian first ushered store customers to a safe area then ran to the front of the store where he tackled the robber through the plate glass window. The attacker then rose to his feet and fired once at Parisian striking him in the chest. Mortally wounded, Parisian continued to struggle with the suspect and managed to tear off his ski mask and disarm him. He subsequently collapsed and his attacker fled. The mask and shotgun were secured as evidence and were instrumental in the apprehension of the robber.
On Wednesday, May 18th, on behalf of all current and former SIU Members, myself and former SIU detail commander Lt/Col Robert Gregory met with Inv Steve Sochor (SIU Binghamton) and Troopers Lindsey Rumenapp and Max Gorence, SP Oneonta, and placed purple roses at Ricky’s burial site as well as the site of his murder in Oneonta. This was a tradition started by then Major Thomas Marmion, SIU Detail Commander, and has been continued since. We then attended the Troop C Memorial Day ceremony and had an opportunity to speak with Ricky’s widow, Deb, and his brothers who were in attendance to pay tribute to their fallen loved one. Deb was genuinely grateful for our continued remembrance of Ricky and his family. During the conversation, Deb mentioned that Ricky’s tombstone is beginning to sink on one side causing it to lean and is in need of repair so SIU volunteered to help with those repairs. Below is an email I received from Deb regarding the conversation we had at the Troop C Memorial Day ceremony:
“Hello Major Donn,
I’d like to personally thank you and the ‘Major team’ for your enveloping nature, and making it a continued point to include the Parisian’s in your SIU family. It warms my heart to know you visit the plaque and cemetery annually, and provide ongoing ‘education’ to area troopers about Rick’s story. I had the opportunity to talk with Kathy Bailey after seeing you yesterday and she shared stories of your past meetings up ‘on the hill’ where Ricky resides.
I also regret that each May 20th, I miss your trip to visit Ricky’s memorial due to an exciting obligation at the Oneonta High School. Each year on May 20th at 9am, Parisian Foundation directors, along with family & friends attend the announcement of the annual Parisian Scholarship award that continues with the student through completion of their first degree. It’s a character award so we get to meet the most outstanding young person in each class.
[If you ever want to join us for this announcement, you’re welcome to attend, that would be a hoot]
Lastly, I would like to embrace you for your willingness to assist with righting Ricky’s monument at the cemetery. Today, I had a phone conversation with the knowledgeable party on this project. It is not promising that we would be granted permission to allow that, most specifically for liability issues. The party that would be responsible (St. Mary’s Church) if one of us were hurt is unable to take that risk. It has been a topic of conversation with other families in the past. That said, it may just encourage the responsible party to not lose sight of our need and look to keep it high on their “to do” list.
My Continued Best,
Ricky is remembered for his heroism, bravery and commitment to duty as well as his selfless sacrifice protecting others. Please continue to keep Ricky and his family in your thoughts and prayers.
Father of CD Chapter Member Brent Gillam
GREEN ISLAND Paul L. "Butts" Gillam passed from this life, at his home on May 14, 2022, at the age of 81. Born in Cohoes on January 8, 1941, Paul was the son of the late Francis E. "Frenchie" Gillam and Flora (McNab) Gillam Rootes. He resided in Green Island for much of his life and had also resided in Daytona, Fla. in the 1960s. He retired to his camp in Willsboro, N.Y. following his career as a plumber-pipefitter at the former Ford Motor Company Plant in Green Island. Paul was a trustee and skilled trade representative for UAW Local 930. He was also the assistant stationary engineer in the Guilderland Wadsworth Center. He was a member of the Friends of Bill W. Paul enjoyed fishing, traveling and the outdoors. He loved the times spent at the lodge in Alaska and in Cape Canaveral, Fla. in the winter months. He was the husband of Mary Littlejohn Gillam; father of the late Bruce A. Gillam whose wife Terri survives of Willsboro, Paul Gillam Jr. of Green Island, Mary Bryant of Green Island, Brent (Leigh) Gillam of Queensbury and Cheryl Gillam of Green Island; brother of Glenn (Karen) Gillam of Las Vegas; and grandfather of Bruce "Bud" (Maryann) Gillam Jr., Bethany (Scott) Thurston, Richard Bryant, Anthony Bryant, Raema Gillam, Autumn Gillam, Caroline Gillam and Alison Gillam. He is also survived by his six great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews and many AA friends in Alaska, Florida and New York. A service will be held for Paul on Friday at 10 a.m. in the Parker Bros. Memorial, 2013 Broadway, Watervliet following which, he will be buried in St. Agnes Cemetery in Cohoes. Friends are invited to attend the service and may also visit with Paul's family on Thursday from 4 until 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Paul was proud to have been a multiple gallon blood donor and in recognition of this his family suggests monetary donations, in his memory, be made to the American Red Cross, 33 Everett Road, Albany, NY, 12205 or online at redcross.org/donate Visit parkerbrosmemorial.com to leave a message of sympathy and for driving directions.
FUNERAL HOME: Parker Bros. Memorial Funeral Home, Inc., 2013 Broadway, Watervliet, NY
May, 19 2022
4:00p.m. - 7:00p.m.
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Published by Albany Times Union on May 17, 2022.
During the NFC meeting this morning, Bill Gourlay made us aware of this worthy event and Foundation. If you would like information about the Foundation, 5k/10k and Raffle this is the link to the website:
Trooper Brinkerhoff 5k/10k
Sat Jun 18, 2022 10am – 1pm (EDT)
Boston Town Park Boston NY US 14025
Trooper Brinkerhoff 5k/10k*
It is with deep regret that Major Richard J. O’Brien, Troop G Commander, announces the death of retired member, Investigator Richard L. Butterfield, at the age of 77, on May 16, 2022. Inv Butterfield entered Division service on 02/16/70 serving 32 years retiring in 2002. Investigator Butterfield re-entered Division service on 12/18/03 as a “Special Investigator” until 2005. He served in Troop G and Troop H with assignments in SCUBA, K-9 as well special assignments within the BCI. His last assignment prior to his service retirement was in CNET. Investigator Butterfield’s career in law enforcement spanned a total of 50 years, last working with the Warren County Sheriff’s Department as a boat patrol operator and undercover investigator. He also served his country in the United States Army from 1963 to 1970 and the New York Army National Guard from 1970 to 1995. While serving the U.S. Army in Vietnam, he was part of the 11th Pathfinders 1st Cavalry Division from 1965 to 1966 as a Second Lieutenant. After being wounded he was promoted to Captain and was the company commander of E company 2nd Battalion 506 Infantry 101st Airborne. He retired from the New York Army National Guard with the rank of Brigadier General.
Funeral Arrangements are forthcoming.
Jean Schraff, wife of Retired Sr. Inv. Bob Schraff, called to advise members that Bob Schraff is in Vassar Hospital suffering from a pulmonary embolism and cardiac arrhythmia. Bob was admitted yesterday. Vassar Hospital is not allowing visitors at this time. Jean is asking for prayers for Bob.
Update May 18
Bob is home now and is doing well….maj
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WADDINGTON — After 85 years of a life well-lived, Edward departed this world surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Syracuse, NY on February 24, 1937, the son of Dorothy (Barth) Stasko and Edward F. Stasko.
Directly after high school he joined the US Navy and was honorably discharged after serving for four years on the destroyer USS Meredith.
In 1964, Ed married Elaine Bieloski, the love of his life.
In 1965 he became a member of the New York State Police.
He was stationed in Troop B in Ogdensburg, NY where he retired after 20 years of service. After his retirement in 1985, he and Elaine spent many wonderful winters sailing the Bahamas.
There, on the beautiful blue Bahamian waters, Ed spent countless hours exploring the undersea.
Lovingly known as the “Commodore” he and Elaine met fellow boaters who became close lifelong friends.
During the summer, he enjoyed living on the St. Lawrence River in Waddington, NY.
There, he enjoyed tending to his many wild rose bushes, gardening, cooking and boating.
Ed was passionate about nature.
His favorite destination was Ogden Island, a secluded island on the river.
He and his beloved dog Moe would travel by boat and spend hours walking in the woods and exploring the island.
Ed loved birds and during the summer he built bluebird houses, wood duck houses, and enjoyed the visits from feathered friends to his feeders.
Ed and Elaine also traveled frequently while home during the summers - camping trips to Maine, trips to destination cities for his navy ship reunions, and Amtrak train trips across the country.
He never lost his love of learning and watched all the nature and science shows on TV, and especially loved movies and books about the old west and civil war.
Ed loved all music, he had an extensive collection of music CDs with all different genre. In September 2021, he and Elaine moved to Titusville, FL where they resided until his death.
He is survived by his wife, Elaine, a brother, John Stasko of Titusville, FL, sisters Mary Farrar of Syracuse, NY, Karen Monticelli (Dean) of Green Valley, AZ, sisters-in-law Beverly Larimer (John) of Palm Coast, FL, and Linda Day Sheaffer (Michael) of Raleigh, NC, Marie Bieloski of Lawrenceville, PA, and Meg Bieloski of Towaco, NJ, daughter Lena Reed (Andy) of Bistrop, TX, granddaughters Cassandra Difasi of San Jose, CA, Leann O’Brien (Sean) of Cedar Creek, TX , and great-grandson, Archer O’Brien.
He is also survived by nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and many long time sailing friends who will miss him dearly.
He was predeceased by his parents, a brother Charles, brothers-in-law Chester and James Bieloski and his beloved dog Moe.
As per his wishes there will be no services.
In lieu of flowers please make a donation in Edward's honor to a charity of your choice.
John L. Sangster May 10, 2022 John Lorne Sangster, 86, passed away Tuesday, May 10 under the gentle care of the staff at Francis House. "Jack" was the son of Roderick and Ruth Sangster, growing up in the Valley and attending Central High School. Jack proudly served during the Korean War with the U.S. Marine 1st Division in the DMZ. Following his service, he joined the NYS Police and served until his retirement in 1979. He enjoyed following Syracuse University sports and the Yankees, fishing off the jetty in Harwichport with a fine cigar, walking his dogs in the fields, and shagging golf balls in King's Park. He is survived by his wife, Catherine; Children Christopher (Karen) of Phoenix NY, MaryBeth Otterbein (Greg) of Cape Elizabeth, ME, Charles (Marie) of Manlius, Tom (Sara) of Liverpool, Amy of Jupiter FL, and John of East Syracuse, as well as many grandchildren. Also surviving are sisters Susan McSally of East Syracuse, Ruth Nugent of New Hampshire, Ann Currie of Florida, and Ellen (Fred) Funck of Marcellus. The Family thanks the staff of 9f Neuro ICU at Upstate and Dr. Hazama, as well as caregivers and staff of Francis House for their care of Jack and Kindness to us. In lieu of flowers, please consider contributions to Francis House 108 Michaels Ave Syracuse 13208, Friends of Carpenters Brook PO Box 269 Elbridge NY, or St. Lucy's Food Pantry 425 Gifford St. Syracuse. There will be no calling hours. A Mass of Remembrance will be held on Monday, May 16 at 10 am at St. Lucy's Church.
Francis M. Degnan, a long-time resident of Goshen, passed peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on April 26, 2022. Francis was born in Jersey City, New Jersey, the son of a fire captain with the Jersey City Fire Department. Francis honorably and proudly served in the 78th Infantry Division of the U.S. Army. After completing the New York State Police Academy, Francis served for 30 years with the Troop F Barracks in Middletown, NY. After retirement, Francis enjoyed working for the Goshen Central School Bus District. Francis was a dedicated member of the Elks Club, American Legion, and a devoted parishioner of St. John's Church. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends, traveling, and was an enthusiastic reader, history buff, and N.Y. Giants fan. Francis is predeceased by his beautiful wife of 55 years, Veronica and is survived by his daughters Karen (and her husband John) and Lorraine, his son Ryan, and his four grandchildren, Jason, Jenna, Kaitlyn and Sara. Francis will be remembered for his kindness, generosity, and sense of humor. Family and friends visitation will be held at Saint John the Evangelist RC Church, 71 Murray Avenue, Goshen, NY on Friday, April 29, 2022, from 4-7 PM. The Funeral Mass will be held on Monday, May 2, 2022, at 10:00 AM at the Saint John the Evangelist RC Church, Goshen, NY with a burial to follow at the Orange County Veterans Memorial Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to St. John's Church, 71 Murray Avenue, Goshen, NY 10924.
James "Jamie" Mathews April 28, 2022 James (Jamie) Mathews born in Syracuse, New York on February 13, 1944. He graduated from Central Technical High School and attended the University of Americas in Mexico City and the New York State Police Academy. James was an employee of Mohawk Airlines prior to joining the New York State Police. As a New York State Trooper he was assigned to the 270 Rifle team, Bomb Squad and Robot operator. Trooper Mathews was promoted to the Bureau of Criminal Investigations in Troop D assigned to several high profile narcotic cases throughout the State of New York. Throughout his career he received several commendations. After retirement James was elected Town Justice in Skaneateles, New York and owned Mathews & Associates investigative services. He then moved onto the Sunshine State of Florida becoming a resident of Pompano Beach. James embodied two important areas of life which were God and Country. Not to forget his fun loving humor, a unique character for sure. James was predeceased by his Father, John Mathews and Mother, Sarah A. Mathews. James is survived by his brother, John "Jack" Mathews, a niece Sarah and nephew Anson Mathews and a great niece Mahogany Mathews. Also importantly are the many brothers and sisters in law enforcement and close relationships, including his long time confidant Barbara McGrath, all who he loved. Lastly, his companion Susan Lennox of Auburn, New York. Visitation will be prior to the service at the church. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, May 14 at 10:00am in Our Lady of Hope Church, 4845 South Salina Street, Syracuse, NY 13205. Burial will be in Onondaga Valley Cemetery. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to the New York State Troopers Foundation in honor of Jamie Mathews. Please leave Memories and Condolences on syracuse.com/obits
This years shoot will be held on Wednesday July 20th starting at 10am until 2pm. It will be held at the Sportsmans Coobhunters Club located at 8776 Hopkins rd in the town of Batavia. (just west of Batavia between rts 5 and 33).
The cost remains the same at a $45 donation.
Needed for the shoot are:
Pistol or Auto (if auto at least 2 mags)
Holster for each weapon
50 rounds of factory ammo
retired Id Card
State Pistol Permit
Eye and Ear protection
In order to make the shoot go smooth i will need a head count by 10 July. If you plan on attending this years shoot contact me at email@example.com or 585 409-8451. I hope to see you there again this year.
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