John "Jack" V. Currie
Dec. 12, 1941- June 13, 2022
QUEENSBURY - John "Jack" V. Currie, 80, passed away peacefully in his sleep at his home on Monday, June 13, 2022.
Born on December 12, 1941 in Pittsfield, MA he was the son of Donald Currie and Claire (Dempsey) Currie.
Jack graduated from St. Mary's Academy in 1959 and attended Hudson Valley Community College. He graduated from the NY State Police Academy in 1965. Jack retired from the New York State Police (NYSP) Division Headquarters as a Technical Sargent in charge of the state-wide hazardous materials enforcement unit in 1986.
Jack was an internationally recognized leader in the hazardous materials compliance industry. His extensive background included former Founder Supervisor and Trainer for the NYSP Hazardous Material Enforcement Unit, Director of Safety and Hazardous Materials Specialist for the American Trucking Associations, Corporate Manager of Hazardous Materials Transportation for Digital Equipment Corporation and Administrator and Chief Technical Officer, International Vessel Operators Dangerous Goods Association, and the Council on Safe Transportation of Hazardous Articles. He was also founder, Chief Executive Officer and Senior Technical Consultant for Currie Associates, Inc.
Throughout his career in the transportation safety field, he worked with legislative and regulatory staffs at both the state and federal level to draft, introduce, support, and implement reasonable and prudent controls within the transportation industry. He testified as an industry expert at several hearings conducted in the US Senate and the US House of Representatives on the subject of hazardous materials transportation safety. He was also instrumental in developing and participating in inter-industry safety initiatives and award programs and authored numerous technical publications on the safe handling and transport of hazardous materials. For many years Jack represented clients at the International Maritime Organization in London, England and the UN Sub-Committee of Experts on the Transportation of Dangerous Goods in Geneva, Switzerland. He also provided testimony as an expert witness in numerous state and federal courts and grand jury sessions as well as serving as trial consultant to litigates.
Jack was larger than life. He enjoyed hunting (Ironsite Gang), fishing, traveling, riding his Harley and spending time with many friends and his labrador retrievers. In his younger years he was a member of the US Olympic Bobsled Team, built houses and docks, owned and operated a restaurant, was a highway surveyor and crew chief.
Jack was predeceased by his parents and his older brother James.
Survivors include his wife, Lara; children: Carolyn M. Currie, Captain USN, Christopher Currie, PhD (Lisa); and grandson Henry Currie; brothers G. Michael (Joan) and Donald Currie (Heather).
Calling hours are scheduled from 2:00–5:00 p.m. on Friday, June 17, 2022 at the Singleton Sullivan Potter Funeral Home, 407 Bay Road, Queensbury. A memorial service will follow at 5:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests you make a donation to the NYS Troopers PBA Signal 30 Benefit Fund (https://signal30.org) or a charity of your choice.
Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family.
For those who wish, on line condolences may be made to the family by visiting www.sbfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements under the direction of Singleton Sullivan Potter Funeral Home, 407 Bay Road, Queensbury, NY 12804.
It is with deep regret that Major Richard J. O’Brien announces the passing of retired member, Trooper William J. Best Jr, on June 8, 2022 at the age of 83. Trooper Best entered Division service on 01/02/62 and served 20 years retiring in 1982. Trooper Best was last assigned to Troop G, SP South Glens Falls.
Arrangements are as follows:
Monday, June 13, 2022
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Singleton Sullivan Potter Funeral Home
407 Bay Rd Queensbury, NY
FUNERAL: (Graveside Service)
Glens Falls Cemetery
Tuesday, June 14, 2022
Glens Falls Cemetery
38 Ogden St
Glens Falls, NY 12801
Obituary for William Joseph Best Jr
William Joseph Best Jr.
March 11, 1939 – June 8, 2022
William Joseph Best Jr., 83, of Glens Falls, passed away, Wednesday, June 8, 2022, comfortably in his sleep at the Glens Falls Hospital.
Born March 11, 1939 in Kingston, NY, he was the youngest of two of the late William J and Ruth (Howard) Best Sr.
Bill was a United States Marine, a New York State Trooper, Truck dispatcher and Crossing Guard for the City of Glens Falls.
He loved time with his family, sports, playing cards and listening to music.
In addition to his parents and sister, Ruth and Bob Ghear of Kingston, he was predeceased by his daughter, Kimberly A. Best and his son-in-law, Adolphus (Dolph) Thorne.
Bill is survived by his children, Tammy and John Oligny, Faith Thorne and Billy and Karla Best. He will be missed by many nieces, nephews, grandchildren, great and great-great grandchildren.
Family and friends may call from 5:00- 7:00 PM on Monday, June 13, 2022 at the Singleton Sullivan Potter Funeral Home, 407 Bay Road, Queensbury.
Burial with a graveside service will be at the Glens Falls Cemetery, Tuesday, June 14, 2022 at 1:00PM.
Flowers are welcome but at the family’s request, donations may be made to the Glens Falls Hospital Foundation, 126 South Street, Glens Falls, NY 12801.
A special thanks to all the loving professionals who took great care of William over the years.
Howard H. Carron, 84, of Plattsburgh, passed away June 9, 2022.
Howard was born March 1, 1938, to Edward and Laura (DeFayette) Carron of Redford, N.Y.
He attended Sallaz Academy in Redford and graduated in 1956. He enlisted in the US Navy after graduation and was assigned to the USS Zelima AF 49, in Oakland, Calif. After four deployments to the Far East, he was reassigned as an MM2, to the USS Laws DD 558. When his enlistment was up in 1960, he became employed with the New York State Department of Corrections in Dutchess County. In June of 1965, he became a New York State Trooper and was stationed in numerous stations in Albany and then in Troop B. Howard found a new hobby working with wood and soon took up woodturning on the lathe. His woodturnings grace the tables of many people who own his one-of-a-kind pepper and salt mills.
Howard was also active in the Boy Scouts, and was the Scoutmaster of Saranac, N.Y., Troop 35 for a few years. He then became the Scoutmaster of Troop 39 in Plattsburgh. He was awarded the Scoutmaster of the year. He enjoyed teaching boys new skills and watching them grow into successful men. While working as a Trooper, and managing a family, he found the time to return to school. He attended SUNY Plattsburgh, earning his degree in Speech and Hearing.
He and his wife enjoyed traveling and trips to Hawaii, Europe and the Caribbean were memorable trips taken. He also had a love for sailing and sailed his own boat for over 40 years. He became a Certified Scuba Diver and spent many vacations, diving in many of the Islands in Central America and the Caribbean.
Howard also had a love of skiing and became a Senior Member of the National Ski Patrol. He also had a love of flying and was able to fly small planes whenever he could. Late in life, he picked up another hobby, playing the Bagpipes. He and his buddy, another retired Trooper, decided to form a band with the help of two other law enforcement men, started the Police Pipes and Drums of Plattsburgh. He also was a member of the New York State Troopers Pipes and Drum band and enjoyed playing with his fellow Troopers. When he and his wife spent their winters in Florida, he also joined a band, the St. Andrew's Pipes and Drums of Tampa Bay. He spent many days enjoying he companionship of the band members.
Howard was an active member of the Association of Former New York State Troopers and the NYS Troopers PBA, and the American Association of State Troopers.
He is predeceased by his loving wife, Marion, of 52 years in 2020. He is also predeceased by his father, Edward and mother, Laura Carron, younger sister, Carol and stepson Rickey Walker.
Howard is survived by his stepdaughter, Karrie Breyette (Donn) of Morrisonville, N.Y., his son Craig of Suffolk, Va., and Maria Walker of West Charlton, N.Y., five grandchildren, Jason and Jamie Breyette, Jessica Pinson and Justin Walker, and Michelle Carron Helms, five great-grandchildren, Hailey Pinson, Ty and Drew Breyette and Isla and Aria Breyette, his sister, Rita M. Larche of Dannemora.
Visitation will be Monday, June 13, 2022, from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Brown Funeral Home, Plattsburgh. Funeral service will be on Tuesday, June 14, 2022, at 11 a.m. at St. Alexander's Church in Morrisonville. Entombment will follow in the Town of Plattsburgh Community Mausoleum.
Donations may be made to the New York State Troopers Foundation for the NYST Pipes and Drums or the North Country Honor Flight.
Arrangements are entrusted to the Brown Funeral Home, 29 Broad St. Plattsburgh, NY 12901, (518)561-3980. Online condolences can be offered at www.brownfuneralhomeinc.com
Robert E. Baker, 90, of Sayre passed away on Saturday, June 4, 2022 at Athens Health and Rehab in Athens.
He was predeceased by his parents, Louis M. and Florence Miller Baker; brothers, Lewis M. Baker, William Baker, Carl Baker and Jack Baker; and his infant sister, Carol Lee.
Bob is survived by his children, Kathy (Mike) Ryck of Waverly, Denise Ford of Breman, IN and Robert L. (Lisa) Baker of Los Angeles, CA; grandchildren, Nichole Ryck, Danielle (John) Dycus, Alicia (Joey) Farfan, Jimmy (Haley) Ford, Alexandra Baker and Theo Baker; great grandchildren, Christian, Stephen and Abigail Ryck, Winnie Farfan and Dawson Ford; along with many nieces and nephews.
Bob was born in Sayre, PA and graduated from Towanda High School in 1951. He went on to serve in the Air Force from 1951 to 1954. Bob joined the New York State Police and served for 22 years. After his retirement he worked for Valley Cable Vision as a manager for a few years. Bob enjoyed coaching Small Fry Football and loved working with the kids. He enjoyed wheeling and dealing in antiques and collectables. Bob was a prior member of the Waverly American Legion.
A time of calling will be held on Friday, June 24, 2022 from 11 to 1 at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly, New York. Burial will be held at Woodlawn National Cemetery in Elmira, New York. Memorial donations may be made in Bob’s name to St. Jude. Those wishing to send a message of sympathy to Bob’s family may visit our Facebook page or in “Obituaries” at www.blauveltfuneralhome.com
Retired Troop “A”, Zone II secretary Tammy Werts lost her home on West 2nd St in Depew to a house fire on May 25, 2022. Everyone is fine but the house was a total loss. They lost everything but the clothes on their backs.
Tammy lives with her husband Dave, daughter Emily and Emily’s newborn son Dayn.
Please consider donating to the Werts Family. You can send donations to Troop HQ F/Sgt’s office or there is a gofundme page set up at www.gofundme.com
First Sergeant Joseph P. Wilkinson
Troop “A” Headquarters
4525 West Saile Drive
Batavia, NY 14020
I have been informed that Fingerlakes Life member Danny DeJohn passed away.
Services for Danny DeJohn:
Calling hours are at Schultz-Pusateri Funeral home on Maple Court, Newark, N.Y., on June 8th from 4 to 6PM.
A mass of Christian burial will be held at St. Michaels Church, 401 S. Main St., Newark at 10:00AM, on Thursday, June 9th. have no other info at this time.
PLATTSBURGH — A bill that would rename bridges crossing the Saranac River on I-87 in memory of a state trooper who died from illness in the aftermath of 9/11 has passed the New York State Assembly.Brian S. Falb was stationed in Troop B in 1998 and remained there for 18 years. During the attacks at the Twin Towers, Falb was assigned to help in the search and recovery efforts in New York City.
In March of 2017, he died from cancer that stemmed from his time assigned at the attack site.
The State Assembly passed a bill on Monday that approved the bridges’ name changes in Falb’s memory.
“The North Country lost a true hero with the passing of Trooper Falb, and it was my honor to ensure that his memory lasts forever by adding his name to the bridges over the Saranac River,” Assemblyperson Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay Lake), who sponsored the bill, said in a press release.
“He gave the ultimate sacrifice during our country’s time of need, and I am proud to join the community in showing our gratitude and appreciation for his service by renaming these bridges in his honor.”
HONOR HIS LEGACY
Town of Plattsburgh Supervisor Michael Cashman said it was important for the town to honor Falb’s legacy.
“Trooper Falb was a dedicated public servant and member of the Town of Plattsburgh community, and it was important to all of us that the Town honor his legacy,” he said in the release.
A similar bill sponsored by Sen. Dan Stec (R,C-Queensbury) also passed the state Senate.
It now waits for Gov. Kathy Hochul’s signature to become law.
“Trooper Falb’s character and commitment to our communities were exemplary,” Stec said.
“He lost his life in the line of service after working as part of the search and recovery efforts on 9/11. I’m glad we can acknowledge his heroism and show gratitude for all he did by renaming the twin bridges over the Saranac in his honor.”
https://www.pressrepublican.com/news/bill-to-honor-fallen-north-country-state-trooper-passes-state-assembly/article_e0c814a2-dc3e-11ec-ae1c-3f89f3b9e33b.html (Accessed 2022-05-28)
The NTC Picnic will be held at Buffalo RiverWorks, 359 Ganson St., Buffalo, NY 14203
on Thursday, September 8, 2022 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Please use this link to purchase your tickets: https://link.edgepilot.com/s/90ed3e38/HuSiih7jOUavPbDYi_gUSA?u=https://form.jotform.com/221183758247158
23rd ANNUALCHICKEN BARBECUE
Sponsored by the Niagara Frontier Chapter of Former New York State Troopers
WEDNESDAY JULY 6, 2022
Festivities start at 5:00pm Dinner at 6:00pm
2299 Clinton St, Buffalo, NY 14227
(Just west of Harlem Road)
Beer and Soda
Fontana's Famous Chicken Barbecue
Potato Salad, Corn, Rolls and Butter
Coffee and Cake
Cost remains just $20.00 per person with guests welcome
Questions contact Terry Sutton @ 716 704-9866
Admission will include Door Prizes
For tickets mail checks payable to:
Niagara Frontier Chapter Former Troopers
PO BOX 328
Cheektowaga, NY 14225-0328
Checks must be received by June 22, 2022 Reservations a MUST
SORRY NO WALK-INS
Final Drawing for Limited 250 Club - LXXXIII
It is with deep regret that Major Eugene J. Staniszewski, Troop “A" Commander, announces the passing of retired Trooper Michael C Swyers. Tpr. Swyers passed away on May 24, 2022 at the age of 73. He joined the State Police on 01/24/74 and retired from SP Olean on 09/07/1999.
There are no known calling hours at this time.
You are cordially invited to attend the Trooper Foundation Golf Tournament: Wednesday, July 20, 2022, to be held at Victor Hills Golf Club, 1460 Brace Road in Victor, New York. GOLF: 18 holes, Captain & Crew
TEE OFF: 10:30 am shotgun start - RAIN or SHINE
COST: $440.00 per foursome. Includes fee, carts.
Breakfast (Coffee, Donuts & Bagels (8:30 am – 10:30 am)
Lunch at the turn: Unlimited Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Sausage, Peppers & Onions, Grilled Chicken (10:00 am – 3:00 pm)
Dinner and awards (4:00 pm)
The Captain & Crew (4-man scramble) will be used again this year. All teams will shotgun start promptly at 10:30am, so plan arriving on-course no later than 9:45am.
Golf entries ALWAYS EXCEED what we can handle, so they will be entertained on a strict
FIRST COME-FIRST SERVED basis. No spots can be saved.
Only applications accompanied by a check in the FULL AMOUNT of $440.00 can be accepted.
Applications without checks, or with partial payments, will not be accepted.
This tournament is one of the finest in the area and we intend to continue that tradition. If you do not play golf, or are unable to play, please join us for the social hour and dinner. Dinner only will be $30.00.
Please note - Victor Hills is a Soft Spikes Only course; please, no metal spikes.
Also - remember to bring a small cooler to keep your drinks cold on the course.
Should you have any questions, please contact First Sergeant Brent Bowman at (585) 398-4141 or Kelly Cheasman at (585) 398-4107.
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.
Wm. J. Rockefeller Funeral Home, Inc. - Rensselaer
165 Columbia Turnpike
Jun, 8 2022
3:00p.m. - 7:00p.m.
Wm. J. Rockefeller Funeral Home, Inc. - Rensselaer
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.
Parker Bros. Memorial Funeral Home, Inc.
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
NEW YORK STATE POLICE INVESTIGATORS FOUNDATION
The First Annual CIGAR & BOURBON
FRIDAY, JULY 22ND 6PM - 10PM
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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.
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