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ARCADIA - Jon Charles "Chuck" Verkey, 66, of Arcadia, passed away on Saturday (September 11, 2021) at his home, surrounded by his family.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Humane Society of Wayne County, 1475 County House Road, Lyons, NY 14489 in Chucks honor. Chuck was born in Clifton Springs, N.Y., to John and Maybelle (Miller) Verkey on February 3, 1955. He spent his life in the area, graduating from Newark High School in 1973. Chuck graduated from the New York State Trooper Academy in 1978, and he retired in 1998 after 20 years of service. Chuck continued his service to the community as the Town of Arcadia Code Enforcement Officer and a bus driver for Newark Central School District. Chuck was elected Arcadia Town Supervisor in November 2015, winning a second term in November 2019. Chuck is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Christine; children Jeanne (John) Shipley of Phelps, Mandy (Bud) Hutt of Arcadia, Natalie (Joel) Smith of Webster, Danielle (Allen) Sargent of Farmington, Adam (Allison) Verkey of Arcadia and Mark (Melissa) Verkey of Fla; grandchildren John and Alexandra Shipley, Mackenzy and Hanna Peters, Zach Hutt, Jacqueline, Brooklyn, and Quinn Smith, Allen and Ashton Sargent, Ayden and Ava Verkey; aunt, Elizabeth Burcroff; and many cousins. Chuck was predeceased by his parents John and Maybelle Verkey; and stepmother, Rose Verkey.
Henry Haas contacted me and wanted everyone to know. L:ouie has been in the the Hospital in Rochester since Friday. Keep him in your prayers. We will keep you updated.
Gouverneur, NY: Alexander Robert “Bob” Manson, 81, died Saturday, September 11, 2021 at Gouverneur Hospital. Mr. Manson is a retired New York State Trooper. He is also a veteran of the Army and the Navy having served four years in each branch of service. He was a 1958 graduate of Hammond Central School. He and his wife, Kay Clemmons were married at the Methodist Church in Gouverneur in 1970.
Survivors include his wife, Kay J. Manson of Gouverneur, daughters Pam Weaver (Mike Hebert) of Gouverneur and Penny Snow (Pete Towles)of Henderson, sons Robbie Manson and Gordon Ayen (Kelly) both of Gouverneur; brothers Arnold (Donna)Conklin, and Joe Seery; sisters Mary Hyde, Yvonne Mattice, and Diane Manson. Mr. Manson also has 9 grandchildren, who fondly referred to him as Poppy and Poppa Wussy because he always called them wussies, and 11 great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his parents, Alexander and Helen Cunningham Manson, a brother John Manson, and sisters Hazel Seery, and Ardis Reynolds, his Mother in Law, Jane Bresett, and Son in Law, Shawn Snow.
Bob was an expert handyman who could often be found spending time at the Donut Shop. He was an excellent fisherman, enjoying fishing with his friends Jimmy Card and Joe Seery. He was also an avid fan of car racing.
Donations in Bob’s memory may be made to the American Heart Association or Friends 4 Pound Paws, P.O. Box 394 Gouverneur, NY 13648.
About a year ago, Cleveland Clinic took over many local hospitals in Florida. The info below may apply to a lot of retirees either living here full or part-time.
We want to share an important update with you as our records show that you or someone in your household may have a UnitedHealthcare plan.
At this time, we are discussing a new contract with UnitedHealthcare that may impact your in- network coverage for the care you receive at Cleveland Clinic. If an agreement cannot be reached, your financial responsibility may increase because your insurance will no longer cover care received at Cleveland Clinic as an in-network facility.
Please know that nothing changes for you right now and you can continue scheduling appointments for care as you normally do. We are working hard to reach a new agreement and it is our goal to avoid any changes that would disrupt your current healthcare coverage.
Here’s what you can do:
* Call us at 800.732.3210 to speak with a representative who can help you better understand your options.
* Visit ChooseClevelandClinic.org to learn more.
* If you have a Medicare Advantage or Medicaid plan: To guarantee you have in-network Cleveland Clinic coverage in 2022, we encourage you to consider your options during open enrollment in the coming months and to verify whether your chosen plan includes Cleveland Clinic.
* If you have coverage under an employee health plan: Speak to your employer about options during open enrollment and for updates about your in-network status and out-of-network benefits.
We are committed to you and your care and will continue working with UnitedHealthcare to try to reach an agreement that will mean no changes to the care that you have come to expect from us. We will keep you up-to-date about our ongoing negotiations and as new information is available.
On September 6, 2021, Robert Rickey Benedict passed away following a brief illness, just 4 days after his 68th birthday.
He was born on September 2, 1953 to Robert Leroy Benedict and Rita Garvey Benedict in Plattsburgh, NY and lived most of his life in Willsboro, NY.
Rick graduated from Willsboro Central School in 1971, and then attended Hudson Valley Community College for A/C and Refrigeration. While working, Rick won the last draft lottery and entered the Air Force to service his country in Vietnam. He was very proud of working as a refueling-boom operator on tanker planes. After his honorable discharge he returned to Willsboro. Rick was the true definition of a workaholic. He was always eager to learn and step out on a limb. His careers included the New York State Police where he was also in charge of the Boat Patrol, a NYS diver and Field Training Officer. He owned and operated Rick's Tree Service, Inc for over 25 years, which he loved. He was fondly known as "Rick, the tree guy." "No tree or fee to big." He also worked at the United States Postal Service in the Processing Plant in Plattsburgh. Rick was happiest when he was working, and never sitting still. He could outwork anyone, even at 68. The woods were his happy place. Each spring he would collect sap to boil for 5-String Maple. Throughout the year, he would be in the woods cutting fence post or firewood. His chainsaws were an extension of his hands. He was a great heavy equipment operator including his skidder and excavator. Rick built his own home, even cutting the trees for the interior finish wood. He was a master carpenter and builder. When Rick was not building, logging or haying, he would turn to one of his many other interests, most recently his 1927 Paige Touring Car.
Rick's passions and hobbies included being a pilot, diver, playing the banjo, golfing, riding his motorcycle, working in his huge garden, and saltwater fishing. He loved the outdoors, regardless of the weather. He was an avid deer hunter and in his earlier days, loved coon hunting with his trusty Luke, Lady and Ranger.
On January 10, 1986 he married the love of his life, Christine Tybush Benedict. They shared their lives together for over 40 years on many travels and adventures. While they each enjoy their own interests, they greatly loved and enjoyed their time together. They were each other's "Big Door Prize."
Rick is survived by his wife, Christine Tybush Benedict, of over 40 years; daughter, Tracey Renee Benedict, and grandson, Avery Benedict, of Sacramento, California; brother, Marshal Benedict, and aunt, Lucille Garvey, both of Willsboro; his loving coonhound and companion, Henry; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends, who were family; and finally, his special close friends, Donald Bigelow, and Brian and Cindy Pytlak. He treasured all their time together and the Bluegrass songs they shared.
He was predeceased by his parents; brother Keith; many family members; and his best friend, John Sheehan, who he missed every day.
Hi Association of Former New York State Troopers,
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The World Trade Center was estimated to contain nearly 400 tons of asbestos and, as a result of that terrible event, this asbestos was released into the air. Many people are already suffering from health issues caused by the asbestos that blanketed the surrounding area.
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Please take a look at our World Trade Center page at https://www.asbestos.com/world-trade-center/ and our 20th Anniversary story at https://www.asbestos.com/featured-stories/9-11-lingering-health-effects/ and let me know if you're interested. Thank you for your consideration, I'll look forward to hearing back from you soon.
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Once again, sorry for the delays on the website. All problems seem to be fixed.
Our exam is now computer based at testing sites across NY, the US, and overseas at select military bases.
You will be able to schedule your own test location and date in 2022!
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Joseph V. Carmody of Bainbridge, NY, a retired New York State Trooper and a life long area resident, died Tuesday, August 31, 2021 at Wilson Hospital, Johnson City, NY. He was 84.
The son of the late Joseph and Lois Bundy Carmody, he was born December 8, 1936 in Morris, NY.
Joseph proudly served as a New York State Trooper for 29 years; he was a life member of the Sidney Elks Lodge #2175; and a member of the National Rifle Association. After retiring in 1993, Joseph spent much of his time riding his motorcycle, hunting, fishing and playing golf.
Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Sally Decker Carmody, at home; two daughters, Colleen Carmody of East Rockaway, NY and Sharon Mozzi and her husband Bob of Dalton, MA; three sons, James Sutherland and his wife Laurie of Fabius, NY, John Carmody and his wife Josephine of White Plains, NY, and Patrick Carmody of Sylvan Beach, NY; eight grandchildren, three great grandchildren, several nieces, nephews, cousins and aunts.
Daniel Charles Pastrick Horseheads, NY Age 80, of Horseheads, passed away after a courageous battle with Parkinson's on Friday, August 20, 2021. Dan was born in Horseheads, NY to the late John P. and Eliza (Hodge) Pastrick. He proudly served his country with the US Navy, was a member of the Horseheads Legion, a past Governor of the Horseheads Moose, volunteer board member of the Horseheads Youth Bureau and Horseheads Girls Softball Assoc. and was a dedicated NYS Trooper for 20 years. He also owned Pastrick’s Sporting Goods Store in Elmira Heights for 15 years. Above all, he was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and brother. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Leo “Tom” Pastrick. He is survived by his wife, Dianna R. Brink Pastrick, children, Shana C. Teeter, Jeffery B. Teeter, Catherine (Daniel) Barr, and Terry Pastrick; nine grandchildren; brothers, John “Mike” (Becky) Pastrick, James (JoAnne) Pastrick; sisters, JoAnn (Gerald) Shucker, and Jane Frazier; numerous nieces and nephews and many close and caring friends.
Please RSVP to the First Sergeants office by Wednesday, September 15, 2021. A consolidated list from each Chapter would be appreciated.
F/Sergeant Joseph P. Wilkinson
Howard H. (Howie) Fronk, 87, passed away Saturday, August 21, 2021, at the Glendale Home. Born December 10 1933, the son of the late Howard L. and Elizabeth (Kamen) Fronk. Howie graduated from Christian Brothers Academy, Albany, New York where he was a standout member of the football and track teams as well as the regimental band. He graduated from Manhattan College where he was a member of the varsity swimming team. While at Manhattan he became a member of Phi Kappa Theta Fraternity, Alpha Eta Chapter. He participated in the AFROTCC program becoming a charter member of the National Society of Pershing Rifles Company "H" eighth Regiment and solo trumpet player in the AFROTC band.
In 1955, he married his best friend and love of his life whom he met in 7th grade, Rosemary. He worked for the family business, Cornell Lumber and Building. He was an active in the former Mayfair-Burnt Hills Kiwanis Club rising to the position of president. In 1962, he enlisted in the New York State Police rising to the rank of Investigator. He was given various assignments throughout his career but became most known for his proficiency in vehicle theft investigation. He is a life member and Past President of the Northeast Regional Chapter of the International Association of Auto Theft Investigators and a member and past member of the board of directors of the International Association of Auto Theft Investigators. During his career with the State Police he was the recipient of numerous Superintendents commendations.
Following retirement from the State Police he took a position with The Travelers Insurance Company in Ft. Lauderdale, FL engaging in the investigation of fraudulent insurance claims. He later accepted a position as Manager of Security with General Electric Capital Auto Auctions. From there, he returned to Schenectady for a position with The Travelers Insurance Company Managed Care Health Care group conducting numerous successful health care fraudulent insurance investigations. He subsequently accepted a position with the American International Group (AIG) conducting successful insurance investigations. He was a member of the Association of Former New York State Troopers; New York State Troopers PBA; American Association of State Troopers; Retired Troopers Association; and Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.
He looked forward to spending time with his family on their boat on Lake George. He was an outdoor enthusiast, enjoying both boating and golfing in the summer and snowmobiling in winter months. He was a former member of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 15-1 Vice Commander and a certified NYS snowmobile safety instructor. He was an avid sports fan of the New York Yankees and his beloved Pittsburgh Steelers.
Howard is survived by his wife, of 66 years, Rosemary; children, Matthew (Donna) Fronk of Honeoye Falls, NY; John (Mary Pat) Fronk of Apex, NC, and Patricia Fronk of Glenville, NY; grandchildren, Brian (Theresa) Fronk, Kellie (Aaron) Fraver; Lindsey Fronk, Thomas, Robert (Ashley), and Emily Fronk; as well as great grandchildren Robert and Patrick Fraver, Daphne, Benjamin, and Madelyn Fronk.
Howard treasured his family, friends, and colleagues. He was a true gentlemen and loving husband, father and grandfather who will be sadly missed and always remembered by his family and friends.
Howie’s family would like to thank all those at the Glendale Home especially the Dutch Hollow staff for the care, friendship, and love they gave to him and his family.
Denis “Eddy K” Edward Kebabjian ended his earthly journey on August 10th, 2021, at the age of 84. Denis was born in Jackson Heights NY in 1936. The family moved to Tannersville NY when he was 8 years old, where his father owned and operated a successful grocery store. Denis graduated high school from Hunter Tannersville Central School, and Hartwick College, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree, majoring in Chemistry. After serving 2 years in the United States Army, Denis and the love of his life Nancy moved to Albany, where he began a career with the NYS Dept. of Health, eventually moving on to work for the New York State Police as a forensic chemist. Denis retired from the NYSP to take a job he loved the most. Grandfather. Denis enjoyed a lifetime of being an accomplished musician, working with the likes of Skip Parsons, Doc Spring, and many, many others. His fondest musical accomplishment was working with his long-time musical partner, and best friend Steve Caddick. They put out 2 recordings together and worked on countless other projects. Denis was also a master at arranging music, well over 500 pieces. Denis is predeceased by his loving wife of 49 years Nancy. He is survived by his daughter Denise Kebabjian, His son, Michael Kebabjian Sr, his beloved grandchildren, Cody Chamberlin, Kyle Chamberlin, Zack Chamberlin, and Michael Kebabjian Jr. He is also survived by his long-time girlfriend, Susan Barger. Denis was always all about his family, of which he loved and adored. He is also survived by his longtime friend and musical partner of 30+ years Steve Caddick and his wife Sandy, both of which he shared an amazing friendship with.
Charles Howard Robishaw, 93, of Clarendon passed away Aug. 17, 2021.
Predeceased by parents, Howard and Evelyn (Robinson); sister, Shirley (Degen); brother, Neal; his loving wife of 72 years, Carol, passing just 2 months prior.
Charles was home born in Clarendon, NY. He worked at Bausch and Lomb and joined the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation in 1954. He was a private pilot and traveled with Carol to game warden conventions and outings. He was a member of the Lions Club, Masonic Lodge and several Flyers clubs. He lived life by his terms.
Charlie is survived by his son, Randy (Joni); sister-in-law, Elizabeth Robishaw of Holley; several nieces and nephews.
It is with deep regret and sadness that Superintendent Kevin P. Bruen announces the line of duty death of Trooper James J. Monda.
On August 22, 2021, at approximately 4:00 pm, Trooper Monda was working a marine detail on the Great Sacandaga Lake.
At the boat launch in Fulton County, Trooper Monda went into the water and did not resurface.
Trooper Monda was transported to Nathan Littauer Hospital where he died.
Trooper Monda entered the State Police in September 2002 and served with the State Police for 18 years.
Trooper Monda served most of his career in Troop G. He was assigned to Troop B for nearly a year following field training, before returning to Troop G. His last assignment was SP Princetown.
Trooper Monda, 45, of Schenectady County, is survived by his fiancee, mother and father.
Peter David Cooper
At rest August 7, 2021 after a period of declining physical health and a nearly lifelong struggle with mental illness.
Peter grew up in Brookview, NY, the son of the late Charles J. and Helen P. Harter Cooper. Peter was also pre deceased by his brother, John, and his first wife, Karen Griner Cooper.
Peter is survived by his wife, Marcia Ciavardoni Cooper, step-daughters, Terri Cooper-Hrykkowian, Erin M. Cooper and five grandchildren; Kylie Farrell, Gregory A. Howard, Jr., Lauren Howard, Caitlyn Howard, and Emma Farrell. He is also survived by his niece, Melissa Faley and her family, his cousin Charlotte and her family, and Karen’s sister, Shirley and her family, as well as many friends, neighbors, breakfast, lunch and sailing buddies.
After graduation from Castleton High School, Peter served in both the Navy and the Army. Upon discharge he began a 32 year career with the New York State Police which included serving on the security detail of former three term NYS Governor M. Cuomo and with NYS DMV Investigations, retiring in 1992.
The family extends their thanks to the wonderful nurses and physicians at Samaritan Hospital ICU. Special thanks to Alfred M. Volo, Ph.D
Joseph H. Spine 78, passed away Thursday, August 12, 2021 in St. Luke’s Home after a brief stay.
He was born on November 18, 1942 in Ilion the son of the late Joseph Anthony (Spagna) Spine and Harriet Mae Wright. He attended Frankfort schools and graduated from Frankfort Schuyler Central School with the class of 1961. Joseph was married to Elvira Joan Tartaglia on May 9, 1964 in St. Mary of Mt Carmel Church, Utica. Elvira passed away on November 21, 1985. Out of all the great things Joseph did in his life his greatest accomplishments were his children. Joseph was proud of them and all they have done from their schooling to their children and families. Joseph met the second love of his life and fiancé, Lenora DePerno Fava. They enjoyed spending time together taking cruises to the Caribbean. Joe often expressed how thankful he was to have Lenora in his life. Lenora was devoted to Joseph and his family. A man of many traits Joseph enjoyed any activity that helped others. On March 17, 1961 Joseph enlisted in the Army National Guard, 107th Military Police Company. He furthered his military career and later used his expertise and skills to join the Frankfort Police Force as a full time officer. In 1965 he joined the City of Utica Police Department as a Patrolman, Joseph often referred to them as “One of the best Police Departments in the world.” In 1965 Joseph joined the New York State Police until his retirement in 1988 with the Rank of Zone Sergeant. In his time with the NYSP he served many counties and was recognized for several areas of expertise. Joseph served as the Town Justice for the Town of Frankfort from 1988-1993. Joseph furthered his career in Lauderdale Lakes, Florida where he was awarded a State of Florida Law Enforcement officer license and took a job with the Florida State Agency Health Care administration. Joe would often pride himself in “taking the court out of the stone age.”
They together Joe and Elvira had three children whom he was especially proud of. Joseph (Karen) Spine of White Lake, NY, Michael (Maria) Spine of Holly Springs, NC, Renee (Philip) DeSimone of Apex, NC.; his grandchildren, Michael and Nicholas Spine, Philip, Joseph and Vincent DeSimone and Nicole Spine, his brother, Nicholas Spine and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Joseph was pre deceased by his brother, U.S Army PFC Michael Spine and his sister, Vivian Sgroi.
Edward H. Kusmierczyk, 80, of Groveland, FL formerly from Lancaster, NY, passed away on July 26, 2021.
Ed was born on October 21,1940 in Lackawanna, NY to the late John and Mary (Granica).
He graduated Burgard High School in 1958. He attended night school at the University of Buffalo and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology.
He proudly served in the United States Army for two years and was awarded Soldier of the Month. He worked as a rigor/welder at Bethlehem Steel. He later became a New York State Trooper in 1970 and was promoted to First Sergeant where he retired after 26 years of service. Upon retirement, Ed served as board President of the Buffalo City Mission for 6 years. At the age of 70, he was ordained an Anglican Priest with St. Bartholomew's Anglican Church in N. Tonawanda, NY.
Ed was a beloved husband of Georgia (Rouse). Ed is survived by his son, Keith & Sandra (Daugherty) of Harrisburg, PA. and his daughter, Dawn (Paul) of Groveland, FL. Grandfather of Joshua & Virginia (Cunningham) of Linglestown, PA, Kaleb & Alexis (Harbour) of Fayetteville, PA, and Levi (Paul) of Groveland, FL. He was preceeded in death by his brother John. He will be missed by his sisters Irene and Mary Jane (Kroll), sister-in-law Diane (Koralewski). Uncle to 1 nephew and 6 nieces and Great Uncle to 3 nephews and 5 nieces.
Sorry for delays with the website. There were some technical issues on my end. They should all be corrected now.
Sadly, I must inform you of the FINAL PATROL of Brother EDWARD KUSMIERCZYK, former Troop A F/Sgt.. Ed fell a while back and was in the hospital for some time. He made his FINAL PATROL at 0345 on 7/26/2021.
His remains were cremated and are being returned to Buffalo. They will be interred at the Federal Cemetery in Corfu, NY Friday on August 27th. (Time unknown at this time) .There will be a Celebration of Life Memorial Service.
I have notified the F/Sgt. in Batavia and a followup message will be forthcoming when final arrangements have been made.
July 16, 2021 Michael R. Piro, 73, of Minoa passed away after a short illness. He grew up in Solvay and retired as a New York State Trooper. He loved fishing with his beloved brother and he liked to carve. He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Nancy; son, Theodore Piro; daughters, Melissa and Jennifer; two step-children, Carol and Frank; grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and brother, Christopher (Leona) Piro. For guest book, please visit: www.SCHEPPFAMILY.com