Obituaries


James Robert Drake 94, died peacefully Tuesday morning, December 3, 2013, with his family at his side. Born on January 4, 1919, in Manchester, Connecticut, he was the son of James and Nellie Drake.

Jim graduated from Saratoga High School and served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the Pacific Theater. He was employed 38 years at General Electric Company in Schenectady, as a machinist and tool-maker, retiring in April 1985.

He is survived by his wife of 71 years Jean (Ivers) Drake, their son, James Michael and daughter-in-law Joanne Drake of Gainesville, Texas, and their daughter Shelly Hudson and son-in-law Ray Hudson of Middlebury, Vermont, four grandsons and their wives, Eric and Christine of Berkley, California, Aaron and Maruzela of Georgetown, Texas, Ian and Amy of Philadelphia, and Cavan and Carmina of Keene, New York, five great-grandsons, two sisters, Virginia Kulpa and Beverly Morris of Galway, New York, and many nieces and nephews.

He enjoyed a long retirement. He was a good neighbor, a kind and generous man.

Funeral services will be held 11am Monday, December 9 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial with military honors will follow in the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Town of Saratoga. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, December 8 from 2-4pm at the funeral home.

The family requests no flowers. Donations may be made in his name to your favorite charity if you so wish.

Joseph A. Eades 57 of Malta, passed away Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at his home. Born in Lexington, Kentucky, December 30, 1955, he was the son of the late Winfred and Wanda Eades. Joe grew up in Kentucky and moved to Austin, Texas as a young man. He came to Malta in 2010.

Joe was an automotive technician and worked for Goodyear Automotive in Latham. He could diagnose a problem with your car just by sitting in it and having you describe the noise it was making. Joe enjoyed tinkering and woodworking.

Joe is survived by his wife Debby Eades; his children, Joseph Shane Eades (April) of Lexington, Kentucky, Julie A. Rose (Ray) of Richmond, Kentucky, Justin W. Eades of Bastrop, Texas, Ashley A. Eades of Manor, Texas, Kristy L. Boullion of Earlton, New York, Lisa M. Hernandez (Daniel) of Elgin, Texas and William E. Bird, Jr of Norfolk, Virginia; grandchildren, Clayton, Hunter, Elie, Hayden, Ashlyn, Lillie-Ann, Tristyn and Carley; brother, Tom Eades (Glenda) of Bastrop, Texas; sister, Kathy Miller (Floyd) of Richmond, Kentucky; 8 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

A private family service will be held. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society in memory of Joe.

Wilfred R. “Ted” Jones 89 of Greenfield Center, passed away Tuesday, December 3, 2013. Born in Middle Grove, November 3, 1924, he was the son of Leroy and Lillian Jones. He served in the NY National Guard.

Ted was the owner and operator of Jones Lumber in Greenfield Center for many years. He enjoyed woodworking and spending time with his family and friends.

He was predeceased by his wife Dorothy, daughter Lois Ramsey, son William Jones and brother Stanley Jones. Ted is survived by his daughter Marilyn Krutsinger (Brian) of Greenfield Center, stepson Donald King of Greenfield Center, stepdaughter Dorothy Turner (Dale) of Orlando, Florida, and many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, December 6 from 9-11am at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 11am. Burial will be in Middle Grove Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to your favorite charity.

Joseph E. Mabb 45 of Ballston Spa, passed away Saturday, November 30, 2013. Born in Saratoga Springs, January 3, 1968, he was the son of Florence Harrison and the late Raymond Mabb.

Joe was a truck driver for PCW in Middle Grove. He enjoyed outdoor adventures including snowmobiling and riding his motorcycle.

Joe is survived by his sons, Thomas and Nicholas Mabb; mother and stepfather, Florence and Edward Harrison of Ballston Spa; brothers and sisters, Cathy Liburdi (Chris) of Moreau, Warren Mabb (Julie) of Schuylerville, Lisa Cliffe (Tony) of Australia, Karen LaneVille (Ray) of North Carolina, Brian Harrison (Mary) of West Milton, Joseph Harrison (Laurie) of Indiana; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, December 5 from 4-7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 7pm.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family for Joe’s sons.

Beverly W. Moore 85 of Saratoga Springs, passed away Friday, November 29, 2013. Born in Ballston Spa, May 2, 1928, she was the daughter of Joseph and Mabel Wilson. She graduated from the Nathan Littauer Hospital School of Nursing in 1951.

During her early years in nursing, she worked in the operating room at the Benedict Memorial Hospital in Ballston Spa. She later worked at the Saratoga County Infirmary, Maplewood Manor, and retired from Wesley Health Care Center in Saratoga Springs.

Following her retirement Beverly completed three courses at the Institute of Children’s Literature in Redding, Connecticut. She also took several writing courses through continuing education. Beverly’s book “A Village Hospital 1928 Through 1953” was published in 2009.

She was predeceased by her husband, John E. Moore, brothers, Joseph, Daniel and Bruce Wilson; and sister, Wilda Christensen. Beverly is survived by her children, John E. Moore, Jr and his wife Anne of Saratoga Springs, and Terri Lynn Kieffer of Emmitsburg, Maryland; grandchildren, Jonathan Moore (Amy), Gregory Moore, Adam Kieffer (Sara), Benjamin Kieffer (Alexandra) and Laura Kieffer; great grandchildren, Ethan, Kayla and Jacob; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10am Wednesday, December 4, at Christ Episcopal Church, West High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow at the Gerald B H Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Town of Saratoga. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, December 3 from 6-8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Melanie Jane (Summersell) Sesera passed away unexpectedly on Thanksgiving Day, 2013 at her home in Wilton, NY. Melanie was born January 2, 1962 in Anniston, Alabama, and was the beloved daughter of George Grayson Summersell and the late Julia Ann (Cooley) Summersell of Saratoga Springs, NY. Melanie is survived by her husband, Matthew Sesera of North Carolina, her daughter Danielle Jane Summersell (John O’Donnell) of Greenwich, NY, her son Matthew Michael Sesera, of North Carolina, and her grandson Austin O’Donnell of Greenwich, NY. She is also survived by her siblings George Daniel Summersell of Scotia, NY; Julie Summersell of Scotia, NY; Charles Summersell (Sonya) of Ballston Spa, NY, and several nephews and nieces.

Melanie graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Nursing Program at Adirondack Community College in 1997, and was a skilled and passionate nurse in her career since, most recently in the Emergency Room at Saratoga Hospital. Melanie was very dedicated and cared greatly for her patients, her co-workers and her profession.

Melanie was an avid reader, and enjoyed martial arts, arguing her politics, and had very recently taken up bicycling and motorcycling. She loved her cats Yin and Yang. Melanie always made it clear where she stood on any topic, and her positions were always on the side of caring, fairness, and the well-being of others, especially the less fortunate. Her career choice made perfect sense as it tapped into and melded her caring soul with her sharp intellect.

Melanie loved her children, Danielle and Matty, deeply, and she has been taken from them much too soon. We will all miss her so much; her quirky wit, her “rants”, her stories, everything that made her ‘Mel’.

Relatives and friends are invited to call from 4-6pm on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 6pm. Memorial contributions may be made to the family for Melanie’s children.

Clarence R. Corlew 68 of Galway, passed away Wednesday, November 27, 2013, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Ballston Spa, March 28, 1945, he was the son of the late Rita and James Green.

Clarence was a truck driver for Macy’s Light Delivery for many years. He enjoyed storage auctions, Nascar, camping, hunting and ice fishing. He loved to “shoot the breeze” with people.

He was predeceased by his sister, Mary Jane Pettit. Clarence is survived by his wife, Linda Corlew; his children, Brian Corlew (Alison) of Ballston Spa, Jimmy Corlew of Galway, Tracy Corlew (Dave Brumley) of Ballston Spa and Chrissy Suttle (Fiancé, Steve Poulin) of Ballston Spa; grandchildren, Justin Goodson, Shayna Goodson, Christopher Suttle, Bridget Corlew, and Kaitlin Corlew; sister, Rita Brooks (Donald) of Wilton; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, December 1 from 2-4pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 4pm.

Matthew Francis Gormley, 77, of the Saratoga Hospital Nursing Home, passed away peacefully, Thursday, November 21, 2013, at Saratoga Hospital.

Born in Cohoes, New York, November 14, 1936, he was the son of the late Matthew S. Gormley and Marian Gormley. Matthew attended St. Patrick’s Elementary School in Watervliet and graduated from Watervliet High School in 1954 where he was a three-sport athlete playing football, basketball, and baseball. Matthew continued playing basketball at Siena College where he majored in English. Later, as a pitcher in the Twilight League in Albany, he was scouted by the Philadelphia Phillies until an injury ended his athletic career.

In 1958, Matthew married Mary Ann Cawley of Albany. They started their life together in Latham, and then moved to Ballston Spa where they raised their four children. They owned this house for over forty years together.

Later that same year, Matthew was drafted into the United States Army. He was stationed at Fort Sill, Oklahoma and Fort Dix, New Jersey where he was trained to be a radio repairman.

After leaving the Army, Matthew began a long career in the insurance business working as a claims adjuster and as an account executive for several companies until buying his own agency in Saratoga Springs. He sold The Gormley Agency in 2007.

Matthew’s love of sports led him to coaching. He coached Babe Ruth baseball in Ballston Spa and coached all three of his sons in the Ballston Spa Pop Warner program. In the mid-80s, He also coached his youngest son Patrick in football at Saratoga Catholic High School. Matthew also worked as a college football scout for Bucknell University.

Matthew was passionate about golf, Ireland, and woodworking. He played golf from a young age with his father and his uncles and also taught his children the game. He and Mary Ann played together in leagues at the Ballston Spa Country Club, where they were longtime members. They were also members of Saratoga Golf and Polo Club and Tupper Lake Country Club. While vacationing in Ireland, Matthew and Mary Ann played at a number of courses. Matthew was very proud of his Irish heritage and often spoke of his love of Ireland. Matthew developed a close friendship with his friend, John Coyne from the small town of Leenane on the west coast of Ireland. In his mid-fifties, Matthew began building furniture in his shop. He taught himself woodcraft and was soon making quality furniture for his own home and for the family camp in Long Lake. Matthew also enjoyed fishing and shooting.

Matthew’s close friends played an important part in his life. His oldest and dearest friend, Kenny Clukey, visited him often and traded Watervliet stories that always brought a smile to Matt’s face. He also enjoyed his Monday and Wednesday night dinners with “the boys”. Matt always looked forward to his Watervliet class of ‘54 reunions as well.

Matthew was predeceased by his wife Mary Ann. He is survived by his brother Robert Gormley (Lorraine) of Scotia; his four children: Matthew J. Gormley, (Ann), Michael Gormley, (Denise), all from Ballston Spa; Patrick Gormley (Rachelle) of Queensbury; and Erin Gormley Kelly (Darryl) of Greenfield Center; seven grandchildren: Michael K. Gormley, Ethan and Shaina Gormley, Liam and Aiden Gormley, and Luke and Finn Kelly; and his beloved cousin Joan Hunt of Waterford.

Funeral services will be held 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, November 26th at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ballston Spa where a Mass will be celebrated. Burial will follow in Long Lake Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to pay their respects Monday, November 25th from 4 to 7 p.m. at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street in Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions may be made to Saratoga Hospital Mollie Wilmot Radiation Oncology Center.

Matthew’s family wishes to express its sincere appreciation to all of the physicians, nurses, and nurses’ aides at the Saratoga Hospital Nursing Home. The family wishes to especially thank Dr. Helman and Dr. Ying for the excellent care they provided.

Robert “Cookie” Perrino 77 passed away Monday, November 18, 2013. Born in Schenectady, NY on November 1, 1936, he was the son of the late Amelio and Mary Perrino. He married Ann Lloyd on June 28, 1960 in Glenville, NY. They were married for 43 years at the time of her passing on June 7, 2004.

He served in the US Air Force. Cookie owned and operated Cook’s Auto Body for 25 years, retiring in 1993. He enjoyed long car rides, winters in Florida, walking on the beach, fishing, and spending time with his children.

In addition to his parents and his wife Ann, he was predeceased by his brother Anthony. Cookie is survived by his son Lloyd and his daughter in law Billie Jo Haskell of Saratoga Springs; his daughter Tracy and his daughter in law Michelle Patenaude of Fort Worth, Texas; his brothers, Gus, Frank, and Dan, and his sister Joan Himmelwright.

A heartfelt thank you to his companion, Elizabeth “Betty” Chandler, her daughters and their families for sharing their lives with Cookie for the past 9+ years.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, November 21 from 5-8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A graveside service will be held 12:30pm Friday, November 22 at the Gerald B H Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Town of Saratoga.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

The family would like to thank the Hospice Staff, especially nurses Tammy and Karen, and social worker Karen, and caregivers Maureen and Rose for their care and compassion.

Zilpha Burr Kirk, 100, passed away Sunday, November 17, 2013. Born in Lone Tree, Iowa on February 12, 1913, Zilpha grew up on the family farm. In 1919 her father loaded up the Buick, headed for Colorado with his wife and young children, and drove the Pike Peak’s Highway. Road trips and curiosity about the world thereafter marked Zilpha’s joyful habits. She graduated from Iowa City High School and the University of Iowa. In 1935 she married Karl D. Kirk (deceased 1995) and in 1936 the couple moved to Schenectady.

Zilpha balanced home and family with community and social engagement. She participated in AAUW, served on the Schenectady YWCA board of directors, and enriched the life of the First Reformed Church of Scotia and Circle Joanna. A 70-year member of the PEO sisterhood, Zilpha served as the founding president of chapter AN of Scotia. With friends she took in antique sales, the theater, and the Metropolitan Opera.

Zilpha’s excellence in housewifery affirmed her well-being and garnered others’ admiration. She cooked, canned, knit, stitched, and disciplined. In her home dust did not settle and clothes did not wrinkle. She reared her children to be tolerant, self-reliant, and mildly obsessive.

In mid-life Zilpha and Karl acquired and restored a Ballston farmstead. There they gardened, entertained, and summered with their grandchildren. The Kirks traveled to Europe, Asia, and the South Pacific. Through the tumultuous year of 1968, they lived in Mexico City where Zilpha learned Spanish and broadened her political horizons. A hungry reader, she commanded an English vocabulary that surprised and delighted. “Books are my life,” she declared in her 101st year.

Zilpha is survived by friends and family including her sister Florence Miska, son Karl Dallas Kirk, Jr. and his wife Barbara, daughter Julia Kirk Blackwelder and her husband Jere, five grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. All thank her for a life well lived.

A memorial service will be held 12 noon Friday, November 29 at the First Reformed Church of Scotia, 224 North Ballston Avenue, Scotia.

Memorial contributions in memory of Zilpha may be made to the Schenectady YMCA, 44 Washington Ave, Schenectady, NY 12305 or First Reformed Church of Scotia, 224 N. Ballston Avenue, Scotia, NY 12302.

Velma L. Scanlon 84 of Ballston Spa, passed away Friday, November 15, 2013. Born in Ballston Spa, March 29, 1929, she was the daughter of the late James Manzer and Lottie Manzer Chard. Velma was a homemaker and enjoyed knitting and crocheting. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Ballston Spa. She served on the Board of Elections and volunteered for Meals on Wheels.

She was predeceased by her husband John Scanlon. Velma is survived by her son, Robert Scanlon of Ballston Spa, her brothers, James Manzer of Ballston Spa, Bruce Manzer of Bahrain and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call from 9:30-10:30am Tuesday, November 19 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 10:30am. Burial will be in Powell Wiswall Cemetery, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Esther M. Chapman 85 of Ballston Spa, passed away peacefully Thursday, November 7, 2013. Born in West Galway, June 2, 1928, she was the daughter of Sydney and Lalah Shattuck. She graduated from Galway High School and attended Skidmore College where she was a vocal major.

Esther worked for Richard Hood, Esq. and the Fulton County Treasurers Office in Johnstown for many years. For over 40 years she was a member of the United Methodist Church of Johnstown. She was a member of the Cheerful Workers Sunday School Class and a faithful member of the church choir. She was also a member of the Eastern Star in Broadalbin.

She was predeceased by her first husband of 25 years, Harold Bell, her second husband of 33 years, Ralph Chapman, her sisters, Janet, Euphemia, and Almira; and her brother, Ivan. Esther is survived by her devoted children, Kathleen Houghton (John) of Hingham, MA and Daniel Bell (Stephanie) of Ballston Spa; cherished grandchildren, James, Danielle, Adam, Christian, Jeremy, and Jennifer; great grandchildren, Porter, Peyton, Sydney and Daniel; stepchildren, Ralph Chapman, Jr. (Bonnie) of Libertyville, IL, Lynne Brooks of Scotia, Laurie Volpi (Tom) of Defreetsville, and Debra Chapman of Bridgeport, CT; several step grandchildren, step great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 2pm Monday, November 11 at the Ballston Spa United Methodist Church, 101 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa. Burial will be private. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday from 2-4pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or Mary’s Haven, 30 New Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Elizabeth J. Vernum 82 of Ballston Spa, passed away Thursday, November 7, 2013 surrounded by her loving family. Born in Ballston Spa, May 13, 1931, she was the daughter of Kenneth and Grace Potter. She was a graduate of Ballston Spa High School.

On October 20, 1963, she married LeRoy C. Vernum, Jr. Together they enjoyed boating and were members of the Power Squadron on Lake George. Betty worked for Steiners in Ballston Spa, Van Raalte in Saratoga Springs and retired from the Saratoga County Treasurer’s Office in Ballston Spa. Her greatest joy was her home and family.

She was predeceased by her husband, LeRoy; sister, Nancy Harris and her husband Al; brother, Sam Potter; brother in law, William Higgins; nephew, Kris Potter and niece, Grace Uline.

Betty is survived by her sisters, Sarah Welch (Robert) of Burnt Hills, Ann Woodruff of St. Petersburg, FL, and Patricia Higgins of Rutland, VT; sister in law, Karen Potter of Ballston Spa; nieces and nephews, Dan Harris (Julie), John Harris, Martin Harris (Sharon), Tim Welch (Mei), Jay Uline (Kathleen), Amy Montgomery (John), James Uline (Mark), Lawton Woodruff, Matthew Post, E. Frank Post (Kristy); and many grand nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, November 11 from 9-11am at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 11am. Burial will be in Ballston Spa Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Burnt Hills Fire Dept. PO Box 33, Burnt Hills, NY 12027.

Joyce C. Stephenson, 74, of Ballston Spa passed away peacefully Sunday, November 3, 2013 at Saratoga Hospital, surrounded by her loving family, after a short illness.

Born in Ballston Spa, October 28, 1939, she was the daughter of the late Herbert and Natalie Hitchcock. She graduated from Ballston Spa High School in 1957 and later attended the College of Saint Rose.

Joyce worked most of her career at BMPC, Inc., in several administrative and supervisory positions. She took pride in instituting new technology in her workplace and retired in 1998. Although working most of her life, Joyce was a mother first and always involved in her children’s lives.

For many years, she was an avid and accomplished bowler in several leagues. Later, she enjoyed country dancing with her husband and many friends. She also enjoyed vacationing in their motor homes, often with her granddaughter, which later evolved to a full time lifestyle.

Joyce always had dogs and discovered the sport of dog agility after her retirement, which became a passion that continued to her death. She trained several dogs, won many championship titles, and developed many new friendships.

In 2006, Joyce and her husband sold their house and lived in their motor home. She traveled extensively throughout the US and met her goal of never seeing snow again. In recent years, she spent Spring and Summer in Galax, Virginia where they enjoyed the Blue Ridge Mountains and the music of the region.

Survivors include her husband of 31 years, Robert J. Stephenson, her children Richard (Laila) Vincent of Ballston Spa and Melissa (Steve) Chambliss of Wilmington, DE. She will also be missed by her cherished granddaughter Theresa Vincent, her brother William (Marie) Hitchcock, nephew Dale (Laurie) Hitchcock, and niece Deanna Hitchcock.

She was predeceased by her parents, her first husband Nile Patten, former husband Norman R. Vincent, daughter Dawn Marie Patten, and brother George Hitchcock.

Relatives and friends are invited to call from 5:30-7pm Tuesday, November 5 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A memorial service will follow at 7pm.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Good Shepherd K9 Rescue (www.k9adopt.org).

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Saratoga Hospital for taking wonderful care of Joyce during her illness.

June Bowler 73 of Ballston Spa, lost her battle with complications arising from heart surgery on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 in Ellis Hospital. June grew up in Fonda, NY, born to Joe Long and Dorothy Olin Long on May 30, 1940. She married Ken Bowler, also of Fonda, and enjoyed 50 years of marriage before his passing this January. Her brother James Long and sister Lona Koss also predeceased her.

June worked as a teaching assistant in the Ballston Spa School District, helping hundreds of students learn all the things they didn’t care to learn but needed to graduate. Without her efforts, Saratoga County would be short a large portion of its municipal staff. She volunteered at Birthright in Ballston Spa and anywhere else she felt needed to be properly organized.

She enjoyed travel, dragging Ken on long and rambling excursions that he grumblingly loved. She played in many golf leagues at many courses over the years. But her primary focus was to keep her family stuck together.

June is sorely missed by her son John Bowler and his wife Debbie of Malta, her son Christopher Bowler of Greenfield Center, her grandson Marcus Bowler, and her sister Virginia Carpenter.

A celebration of her life will be held from 12pm to 3pm on Monday, November 4 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Henry Louis Gagne, 92, of Church Avenue Ballston Spa passed away peacefully Tuesday morning, October 29, 2013. “Lou” was born in the Town of Webb, NY on October 24, 1921 to Louis P. and Agnes V. Gagne. He graduated from Schuylerville High School. The two loves of his life were family and piano. His wife, Mildred Gerard Gagne, and he spent 67 beautiful years together. Mildred died in 2009. His other love, piano, was introduced to him at age 6. After 4 years of formal training, it was clear that he was a prodigy. He accompanied the Schuylerville High School Orchestra at age 10. He loved music, people, and entertaining and he set off on his experience based musical career. Before World War II, he and friends, bass player Cy Gorham, clarinetist Billy Gardiner, drummer Cider Jennings, and guitarist Al Forbes formed a dance band. His guitarist brother-in-law June Blackwood and he also spent many hours improvising and performing together. Once he returned from the war, while his band had moved on, he decided to start out on his solo piano career. That career saw him playing for many local establishments, his favorite gigs included 16 years at the Trade Winds, many years at the Wishing Well, the Union Coach House, and the Inn in Saratoga. It was in the Trade Winds that he performed for many hungry SPAC performers including Van Cliburn and Tim Conway (Carol Burnett Show). Van Cliburn, wanted to know how Lou could play for four hours without repeating a song or taking out a piece of sheet music. Van Cliburn also was impressed that if a customer requested a tune that Lou didn’t know, once hummed, Lou could play the whole tune like he had known it forever. Tim Conway performed his “shuffling old man” routine on and near Lou’s piano. Lou recalled playing through tears of laughter.

One thing his following always remembered is that as they walked into the restaurant Lou would play their favorite song. He felt privileged to share his talent with many celebrations including hundreds of weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, retirements and summertime track outings. C.V. and Mary Lou Whitney often hired Lou to play for their parties at Cady Hill. He loved that Mary Lou remembered him with a beautiful bouquet of flowers at Ellis Hospital following his heart surgery. While serving in WWII, Lou played in the backup band for a performance for the military by Dinah Shore. When returning from the war he played in New York City for a brief time and met and jammed with Louis Armstrong, Les Brown, and others. When asked why he didn't continue to pursue his career at that level, his answer was love of his beloved Mil and family, Lynn, Sandy, and his Eastman School of Music graduate, Dawn. All family get-togethers included living room jam sessions with other local musicians, including his son Lynn on the saxophone. He encouraged his children in their own musical adventures and made sure that every one of his three had “a piano” and knew what to do with it.

The thing his many friends and family members will remember the most as they think of him, is his easy going and friendly personality. He never and I mean never complained. Can you imagine that when asked on his death bed, how he was doing? He had just enough energy left to reply..A+. He once had everyone in Dr. Nolan’s waiting room singing a song with him. He shared his musical gifts with the Head Start Program and the Home of the Good Shepherd. He served in the Ballston Spa VFW, Lions and Rotary Clubs. He wrote the words to the song still sung today at Rotary meetings. He was a member of Local 301 of the International Electrical Workers Union while operating a gas turbine lathe from his cherry picker at General Electric. He was also a member of Local 506 of the International Federation of Musicians that made him a lifelong member after serving as President for many years.

His family will remember his favorite saying. Whenever they told him they loved him, he always responded “Love you more.” This saying sums up his generous life. It was about music, family, love and quality time together.

Lou was predeceased after 67 wonderful years by his wife Mildred Gagne, their only son Lynn Gagne, his half-brother Ernest Provost, his twin sisters Beatrice Standish and Blanche Lambert, his brother Charles Gagne, his sister Rose Natale and his brothers in law and sisters in law, Ida and Buck Gray, Ward and Eleanor Russ, Robert Fountain, Leona Blackwood and Thomas and Marie Gerard.

His presence will be missed tremendously by his daughters Sandra (George) Stanislowsky, Dawn (Ed) Fewkes, his daughter-in-law Joyce Gagne; his grandchildren Jeff (Robyn) Gagne,Tom (Diana) Gagne, Jenny (Paul) Madak, Michelle (Scott) Burlingame, Stephanie Stanislowsky, Jesse (fiancée Sarah) Fewkes, Zachary (Megan) Fewkes, Josiah Fewkes and all his precious great-grandchildren Jeffrey, Jacquelyn, Jordan, and Veronica Joy Gagne, Jonathon and Corin Gagne, Jordan, Joel, Samantha Madak, twins Brianna and Blake Madak, and Payton Ryan, his sister Theresa Callahan, his brother James (Myrtle) Gagne, sisters in law Lena Gerard and Nina Fountain, brother in law June Blackwood, and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, November 1, from 4-7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Funeral services will be held 10am, Saturday, November 2 at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Ballston Spa Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made in Lou’s memory to the Lupus Foundation or Juvenile Diabetes Association.

Special thanks to Lou’s caregivers, Aunt Lena Gerard, Larry and Dawn Blackwood, Judy Kenyon, Lori Kisielis, and John and Marcy Meany. Thanks also to Dr. John Nolan and his secretary Debbie and Community Hospice of Saratoga, especially Arlene, Brian, Laura, Karen, Meg, Laurie, and Mary.

Gloria M. Flauto 85 of Ballston Lake passed away Sunday, October 27, 2013.

Gloria is survived by her husband, Gilbert Flauto, her daughters, Nancy Auspelmyer (Glenn) of Saratoga Springs, Janice Hayes of Clifton Park and Deb Stacey (Robert) of Northville; grandchildren, Jodie, Joanna, Jeremy, Danielle, Justin, Jamie, Clifford and Jaclyn; great grandchildren, Morgan, Logan, Amber, Madison, Nicholas, Zachary, Ryan, Christopher and Caylee.

Funeral services will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Michael J. Barno, 50, of Ballston Spa passed away Saturday, October 26, 2013. Born in Passaic, NJ, on September 10, 1963, he was the son of the late Donald and Lorretta Barno. He was a 1985 graduate of Stephens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ and earned a degree in Chemical Engineering.

Mike was an engineer for Knolls Atomic Power Lab and currently worked for General Electric at the main plant in Schenectady. He held two patents for General Electric.

He enjoyed car racing and liked to watch races at Watkins Glen and followed formula one racing. Mike had a knack for fixing things and kept the family cars running well over 300,000 miles. He always said “Life is cheap when you’re smart.” He loved NJ and vacationing in Cape May. He enjoyed watching old, bad movies and made a great pot of soup. Mike liked discovering remote restaurants and dives and brought his family along to try them out. He was a loving husband, father, brother and son.

Mike is survived by his wife, Patricia Barno; his children, Elizabeth Barno of Boston, Massachusetts, Michael Barno, Katherine Barno, Emily Barno and James Barno all of Ballston Spa; brother, Donald Barno and his wife Heather of Wayne, NJ; father in law, Joseph Conlon of Yonkers; and his extended family and many friends.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, October 30 from 5-8pm at Christ Episcopal Church, West High Street, Ballston Spa. Funeral services will be held 10am Thursday, October 31 at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association, 440 New Karner Road, Albany, NY 12205 or Community Emergency Corp. Thompson Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 or Christ Episcopal Church, 15 West High Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

John J. Richards 79 of Milton passed away Saturday, October 26, 2013. John was the husband of Jeanine R. Richards; father of Keith W. Richards (Linda) of Stratford, Wisconsin and Jeanise L. Richards of Milton; grandfather of Lucus and Sarah Richards, Nicole, Lindsey and Matthew Tebaldi, and brother of Al Richards (Pat).

John was a member of Post 278 Schuylerville and the National Honor Guard Association at the Gerald B H Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery. He also played in the Union Fire Company Band.

Funeral services will be private and at the convenience of the family. There will be no calling hours. Funeral with full military honors will be at the Gerald B H Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Rubin Dialysis Center, 59 Myrtle Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Dorothy E. Reckner 93 formerly of Galway, passed away Friday, October 25, 2013 at Wesley Health Care Center in Saratoga Springs. Born in Galway, April 11, 1920, she was the daughter of the late Walter and Olive Pixley.

Dorothy was a homemaker and liked to crochet, sew, and read. She enjoyed music and played piano for several area churches. She also taught Sunday school and wrote articles for the church paper.

She was predeceased by her husband of 58 years, John Reckner, twin daughters, Dawn and Dale Reckner, daughter, Brenda Nusser, brothers, Donald Pixley and William Pixley and sister, Viola Pixley.

Dorothy is survived by her children, Jack Reckner and his wife Carol of Old Chatham, Gay Brady and her husband Mark of Gloversville and Sally Reckner of Guilderland; 9 grandchildren and several great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10am Wednesday, October 30 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Ballston Spa Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call from 4-7pm Tuesday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Colonie Alliance Church, 32 Lapham Drive, Albany, NY 12205.

The family would like to thank the staff of Wesley Health Care Center and Community Hospice of Saratoga for their care and compassion.

Judith A. Brunell 63 of Ballston Spa, passed away Thursday, October 24, 2013 surrounded by her loving family. Born in Ballston Spa, September 10, 1950, she was the daughter of the late John and Sadie McDonald. She worked for General Electric Co for 16 years. After her retirement, Judy lovingly cared for her niece Jenna and her nephew Jack.

She was an avid sports fan. She enjoyed Yankee baseball, football and Nascar. Her greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her brother, John McDonald. Judy is survived by her husband, Clennon Brunell, Jr; stepsons, Kyle Brunell and his wife Steffi of Germany and Kory Brunell and his wife Valerie of Sandwich, NH; grandchildren, Kalan, Hayden and Katelyn; sisters, Patricia Thomas and her husband David of Ballston Spa and Margaret Funston of Ballston Spa; brother, Edward McDonald and his wife Donna of Florida and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 9:30am Tuesday, October 29 at St Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial will follow in St Mary’s Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday from 4-8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Stephen L. Morris, Sr. 88 of Rock City Falls, passed away Wednesday, October 23, 2013. Born in Ballston Spa on November 8, 1924, he was the son of the late Louis and Sarah Morris.

Stephen worked for the Ballston Knitting Mill for many years. He also enjoyed carpentry and remodeling and constructed several homes. His greatest joy was spending time with his children and grandchildren.

Stephen was the devoted husband for 60 years of Pauline A. Morris who passed away in 2004. He was also predeceased by two brothers and five sisters. Stephen is survived by his children, Stephen L. Morris, Jr of Saratoga Springs, Yvonne C. Marcolongo of Rock City Falls and David F. Morris of West Fort Ann; two sisters, Eleanor Harris of Ballston Spa and Sally Bennett of Queensbury; several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, October 28 from 9:30-11am at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 11am with the Rev. Jon Bly officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the West Fort Ann United Methodist Church, PO Box 105, Fort Ann, NY 12827.

The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses on A3 at Saratoga Hospital for their care and compassion.

Kimberlee Ann Payton, 28, of West Charlton, NY, ended her fight against Rett Syndrome on her own terms and on her own time on October 20, 2013. Born on June 1, 1985 in Glens Falls, NY, she was the daughter of Julie Fox Payton and Mathew B. Payton. Kim attended several integrated schools programs graduating in 2006 and celebrated by swimming with the Dolphins at Discovery Cove. During her life, she was a great lover of all types of music, dolphins, the ocean, and all things Disney, with Disney World being one of her most favorite places to vacation, especially if she could dance with Goofy.

Kim participated in the Challenger League's bowling teams, bowling with her best friend Patti. She was a top fundraiser for Bowl for Kid’s Sake. Kim enjoyed Music Therapy with Christina. Kim was known for her natural ability to bring people together just from the power of being herself. Kim was blessed by the number of people whom entered her life and she in turn touched so many people’s lives.

In addition to her parents, Julie and Mat, she is survived by her sister, Amanda Mody (Pete), her brother Mathew Payton, Jr., her “adopted” sister Lisa Defelippo and her nephews Peter Mody IV and Grant Mody. She is also survived by her paternal grandmother, Adeline Payton, her maternal grandfather, Kenneth Fox (Sharon), and several very close uncles, aunts, cousins, and special friends.

The family would like to thank the litany of doctors, nurses and therapies that have helped care for Kim over the years; Dr. Migden, Dr. Saavedra and Lynn, Lisa, Janae, Terry, Janet, Tara, Sylvia, and Bonnie.

A memorial service in celebration of Kimberlee's life will be held on Saturday, October 26, 2013 at The First Presbyterian Church in Ballston Spa at 1:30pm. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the International Rett Syndrome Association (www.rettsyndrome.org).

Mary Grace Fish, 72, of Ballston Lake passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family on October 18, 2013 after a brave three year battle with cancer.

Born August 22, 1941 to the late Eugene Andrew Cordone and Margaret Farrell O’Brien, she is survived by her loving sister, Christine Cordone Smith and a brother, Andrew Cordone. She married her college sweetheart, the late Patrick J. Fish, in 1962 and graduated from Oneonta College in 1963. In the early years of her marriage, she taught at Giffen Elementary in Albany while raising her young children and putting her husband through law school.

Mary’s greatest passion was breeding and showing dogs; first as a young girl, showing Collies with her parents. She began breeding Shetland Sheepdogs in 1973 under the kennel name Cameo Farms Shelties. Mary was renowned in the Sheltie world for breeding and raising hundreds of high quality show and obedience dogs as well as beloved family pets and therapy dogs for the elderly. She was dedicated to maintaining high standards in the breed and was internationally known. Her expertise as a breeder and judge was sought out by many. In her memory, her dear friend, Jason Mazzone, has named his kennel after her: Gracemere Kennel.

Mary was also a loving “Mimi” to her seven grandchildren. Mary is survived by her daughters Erin Fish, Patricia (John) Pugliese, Cristin (Patrick) Lentlie, and grandchildren, Alexa, Amanda,Jack, Isabella, Haley, Christopher, and Rachela. She is survived by her best friend of 40 years, Fredna Pickerd, and several Boland and O’Brien cousins with whom she spent childhood summers at Sacandaga Park.

A funeral mass will be held 9:30 am Friday, October 25 at St. Mary’s Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa followed by burial at St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands where she and her beloved husband will be laid to rest. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Mary Grace Fish to Care Links, 543 Saratoga Road, Glenville, NY 12302.

Dawn M. Jones 48 of Ballston Spa, passed away Thursday, October 17, 2013. Born in Niskayuna, March 26, 1965, she was the daughter of Susanna Lloyd and Paul Haight. Dawn was a dedicated mom and enjoyed spending time with her family. She crocheted many blankets for her family members and liked going out to eat.

Dawn is survived by her sons, Alexander Jones and Tyler Haight; companion, William Rudzianski, mother, Susanna Lloyd of Saratoga Springs; father and stepmother, Paul and Linda Haight of Altamont; sister, Tammi Kanniard and her husband Ken of Wilton; brother Charles LaViolette III of Saratoga Springs; 3 nephews, 1 niece, and many aunts uncles and cousins.

A memorial service will be held 11am Monday, October 21 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home after 10:30am.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Northeast Kidney Foundation, 501 New Karner Road, Albany, NY 12205.

Dorothy E. Davis 71 of Ballston Spa, passed away Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at her home surrounded by her loving family. Born in Schenectady, NY, September 7, 1942, she was the daughter of the late Lawrence and Dorothy Reinhart.

Dorothy raised and showed Maltese Dogs for many years. She was named one of the top ten breeders in the nation. She loved animals of all kinds and enjoyed her chickens, goats and potbellied pigs.

She was predeceased by her husband Richard Davis, Sr and brother Lawrence Reinhart. Dorothy is survived by her daughters Crystal Putnam of Ballston Spa, Dawn Roe of Porter Corners and Renee Davis of Ballston Spa; grandchildren, Monique Valentin, Joshua Allen, Curtis Allen, Jr, Carl Allen, III, Andrew Turon and Kenneth Roe; great grandsons, Tyler Allen and Travis Valentin; sisters, Noreen Flaws of Perth and Judith Reinhart of Glenville; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call after 6:30pm Monday, October 21 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 7pm.

The family would like to thank Dorothy’s granddaughter Monique and grandson Joshua for their loving care and support.

John W. Christman 58 of Ballston Spa, passed away Sunday, October 13, 2013 surrounded by his loving family. Born in Ilion, NY, August 4, 1955 he was the son of the late Arthur and Ruth Christman. John was retired from retail but enjoyed his true passion of being an auctioneer for the Talk of the Town and at many 4-H Shooting Sports events.

John was a history buff, he loved antiques, auctions and watching old black and white movies. His favorite season was autumn. Throughout John’s life he had very special friends, Joe and Beth DeMatteo and John and Beverly Stanislowsky.

He was predeceased by his parents, Arthur and Ruth Christman, brother, Mark Christman and sister, Mary Christman. John is survived by his wife of 36 years, Heidi; his children, Donald (fiancée Tanya and her children Aaron and Lenaya), Jennifer Staulters (Clay), Ann Oddy (Noah), Debbie Jourdanais (Justin), Ashley Christman, and Amanda Hutchins (Stephen); 7 grandsons, Cody, Ben, Michael, Tyler, Matthew, Derek and Elliot; granddaughter, Carrie; sister, Dorothy Chamberlain (Harold) and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, October 18 from 4-7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 7pm.

The family would like to personally thank the Community Ambulance Corp, the members of the Ballston Spa Fire Department who came to assist them and the wonderful staff at Saratoga Hospital ICU who allowed the family to be with John during his final hours.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to any of the above organizations or to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital of which John and Heidi were patrons.

It is with heavy hearts, that the family of Michael Warren Beson, Sr. announce his passing on Sunday, October 6, 2013. He died from the effects of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, better known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Mike was officially diagnosed with this disease on April 3, 2013. Although it attacked his body very quickly, the disease was never able to take his mind, heart or soul. His determination and will allowed him to coach the 2013 golf season and attend his son’s wedding.

Mike was born on November 3, 1951, in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Phyllis and Warren Beson. Years after his dad’s passing, Mike’s family moved to Scotia Glenville, New York. He graduated from Scotia Glenville High School in 1970, Hartwick College in 1974, State University of New York at Albany in 1979, and St. Rose in Albany in 2001.

He was employed by the Shenendehowa School District for 36 years serving as teacher, coach and administrator. During that time, Mike was also a basketball coach for 14 years at the Burnt Hills School District. Upon retiring in 2010, Mike coached golf and assisted in coaching basketball at Saratoga Central Catholic High School. He was also a high school soccer official. His enthusiasm, tireless energy, passion, knowledge and dedication made him a well-respected educator, administrator, coach and loyal friend.

Mike was a member of St. Mary’s Church in Ballston Spa, where he served as a lector and a Eucharistic minister before the onset of his illness.

As a member of the Ballston Spa Country Club, playing early morning or late afternoon rounds of golf with longtime friends was one of his greatest pleasures in life. Mike’s favorite playing partner of all times was his loving and devoted son, Michael. They shared many happy moments together on area courses.

Mike is survived by his wife Elly, his son Michael and daughter-in-law Leigh of Marshfield, MA, his parents Phyllis and Alan Nelson of Saratoga Springs, NY, his sisters Peggy Seward (John) of Schererville, IN, Mary Gibbons (Patrick) of Glenville, NY and his brothers Hugh Nelson (Fiorella) of Ashburn, VA and Peter Nelson (Melanie) of South Hadley, MA.

In addition, his sister-in-law Jeannine O’Connell (David), sister-in-law Annie Nelson and brother-in-law William Merritt (Carol) survive him.

Mike will be missed by his nieces and nephews: Coley O’Connell (Lisa), Lisa Jorgensen (Chad), Daniel and Edward Clear, Justina Wagner, Mitchell Seward, John and Michael Gibbons, Clare and Hannah Nelson, Annabell and Rupert Ramsay, Fiorella Roca, and Christopher, Bradley and Gregory Nelson.

Funeral services will be held 9am Saturday, October 12 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. All are invited to attend a reception in the Gymnasium at Saratoga Catholic Central High School immediately following the service at church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Saratoga Catholic Central High School Athletic Fund, 247 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 c/o Stephen Lombard or Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or Cranberry Hospice, 36 Cordage Park Circle, Plymouth, MA, 02360 or St. Peter’s ALS Regional Center, 19 Warehouse Row, Albany, NY 12205.

Mike and his family would like to give their heartfelt thanks to St. Peter’s ALS Regional Center, Community Hospice of Saratoga, Cranberry Hospice of Plymouth, Massachusetts, Dr. John Bach of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey University Hospital, Olga Ramos of Millennium Respiratory Services, and Dr. Shawn Jorgensen who made the initial ALS diagnosis. Many thanks also go to Mike and Elly’s family, friends near and afar, and neighbors who supported then through this journey.

Alex entered into Heaven on Friday, October 4, 2013 with his guardian angels. Beloved son of Mark and Patti, he was a blessing to his parents for over 10 years.

Alex loved music, bubbles, balloons, Spongebob Squarepants, chocolate pudding and ice cream. His laughter and smile will be held in our hearts always. He will be forever missed by everyone.

Funeral services will be held 11am Thursday, October 10 at West Charlton United Presbyterian Church, Sacandaga Road, West Charlton. Burial will follow in West Charlton Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, October 9 from 6-8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alexander Denison McConchie Memorial Fund, c/o Trustco Bank to help Alex’s ESE classmates at Centennial Elementary School.

Albert Jay Harris, 89, passed away peacefully at Saratoga Hospital on October 4th, 2013 with his three sons bedside.

Al was born at home on March 24, 1924 in the hamlet of Harris, New York. He was the youngest of the three children of Jeanette and Jay B. Harris. Al worshipped his older siblings Agnes and Jack, who as well as with his parents, preceded him in death.

Upon high school graduation in the summer of 1942 as the country geared up for the Second World War, Al enlisted in the Marine Corps and was trained at Camp Pendleton, California in the use of the 30-caliber machine gun, a devise which required a 3-man crew to operate. The three crew members became fast friends as well as comrades-in-arms.

Al survived the fighting on Roi-Namuar in the Marshall Islands campaign, Saipan and Tinian in the Mariana Islands campaign, and the battle for Iwo Jima. One of his two buddies died on the beach Saipan on day one of the fight and the other was killed on Iwo Jima towards the end of the engagement. Al mourned his two friends thereafter and paid homage to the tens of thousands of brave young men on both sides of the fighting who were killed in those horrifying days in those faraway places right up until his own final conscious moments.

After the war he took a job with New York Telephone as a lineman and over the next 43 years rose through the ranks to management positions with "NY Bell" and later, onto senior level management with the parent corporation, AT&T. During his career his job entailed relocations from the Monticello office to Albany, Manhattan, St. Louis, and finally to the AT&T headquarters in Basking Ridge, New Jersey. He retired to his home in Ballston Spa in 1984.

In 1947, he and some veteran friends decided it would be a swell idea to join the Marine Reserves inasmuch as the local unit had a baseball team that was a good one and they would all have a chance to play. But ultimately Al thought that was somewhat less than a great decision when the Korean War broke out and he was recalled to active duty and sent south to Camp Lajeune, North Carolina as a Sargent training new recruits in the use of the 30-caliber air and water-cooled machine guns.

The recall was also difficult since Al had met and married, after a whirlwind courtship, the love of his life, the vivacious young telephone operator, Nancy Potter of Ballston Spa, New York. Their first son, Daniel, an infant when the Korean conflict broke out made for additional logistical complications, but eventually, Nancy with Daniel in tow relocated to North Carolina to be nearby Al for the duration.

And so Al did his duty to his country a second time without complaint. In all Al served honorably for eight years in the Marine Corps. And after that, he never touched a gun again.

Al and Nancy were married and completely devoted to one another for 56 years until her death in 2004, during which time they raised two more sons John and Martin. They were very good parents with always the best intentions and appropriate priorities with regard to their boys to whom they were loving, kind and understanding. They were proud parents.

Al is survived by Daniel and Julie Harris of Saratoga Springs, New York and Evanston, Illinois, John Harris of Ballston Spa, New York, Martin and Sharon Harris of Charlotte, North Carolina. He also has three grandchildren; Jessica Harris of Berlin, Germany and Rome, Italy, and Lily and Samuel Harris of Charlotte, North Carolina.

Interment will take place at 12:30pm on Monday October 7 at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery where Al's (and Nancy's) remains will rest alongside those of comrades in a fitting setting. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the service at the cemetery.