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Obituaries: Smith, Folmsbee, Flouton, Wise


Harold J. Smith, Sr. (1925 – 2013)

HUDSON—Harold J. Smith, Sr., 88, of Hudson, passed away Thursday, December 12, 2013 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born November 23, 1925 in Hudson, he was the son of the late Edgar and Elizabeth (Storms) Smith.

Mr. Smith served in the Army during World War II. He was the owner and operator of the A-Z Cleaning Company in Hudson, where he employed numerous young people. He was a member of the Hudson American Legion #184 and the Hudson Elks Lodge #787.  Mr. Smith was a Hudson City alderman, a Hudson City Republican chairman and served on the Columbia County Economic Development Board for 25 years.  He was involved with the American Legion Baseball Team. He enjoyed baseball, golf and going to Saratoga during racing season.

Mr. Smith is survived by: four sons, James A. Smith (Linda), David P. Smith, and Harold J. Smith, Jr. (Pam Mickle), all of Hudson, and Robert J. Smith of Phoenix, AZ; five grandchildren, Candace Smith and Bryan Smith, both of Hudson, Shannon (Matthew) Card of Claverack, Jason Smith of CT, and Megan Smith of Hudson, and three great-grandchildren, Payton, Nevaeh and Amarianna.

He was predeceased by his wife, Anna (Concra) Smith in 2006; three brothers, Edwin, Robert and Clifford, and his sister, Marion Gorsline.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m., Tuesday, December 17 at St. Mary’s Church, 429 East Allen Street, Hudson. Burial will be in Cedar Park Cemetery.

Calling hours will be Monday, December 16, 4 to 8 p.m. at the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, Hudson. Visit to leave condolences.

Robert T. Folmsbee (1933 – 2013)

HUDSON—Robert T. Folmsbee, 80, of Stuyvesant died Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born July 14, 1933 in Hudson, he was the son of the late Stuart and Mary (Picard) Folmsbee.

Mr. Folmsbee attended Martin Van Buren High School and served aboard the U.S.S. Bearss with the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He was a carpenter with the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Jointers Local #117 in Albany, was a life member of the Glencadia Rod and Gun Club, a life member of the Trappers Association in Ghent, a member of the Melvin Roads American Legion Post in Rensselaer and the Stuyvesant Falls VFW Post #9593.

He is survived by: three daughters, Tammy Folmsbee-Knowles of Hannacroix, Lynn Folmsbee of Castleton and Susan Gutknecht of Oklahoma; seven grandchildren, Jason, James, Ryan (Emily), Emily, Nathanial, Taylor and Abigail; a great grandson, Case Hess and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Winifred (Clemeshire) Folmsbee and three siblings, Nicholas, Theron, Vivian and Stuart.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, December 17, 6 p.m. at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Valatie, with the Reverend Stark Jones officiating. Calling hours will be Tuesday, December 17 from 4 to 6 p.m. prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 4 Pine West Plaza, Suite 405, Albany 12205.

Lloyd H. Flouton (1958 – 2013)

HUDSON—Lloyd H. Flouton, 54, of Stockport died Monday December 9, 2013 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born March 21, 1959 in Poughkeepsie, he was the son of Eva Bermel Quick of Livingston and the late Floyd Flouton.

Mr. Flouton had worked for many years at IBM in Kingston where he was a landscaper. He continued landscaping work for Matt’s Landscaping in Greenport and he also worked at Walmart in Greenport.

Surviving are: his wife of 25 years, Cynthia (Jennings) Flouton; four sons, Lloyd, Jr., Brad and Travis, all of Stockport and Ryan of Florida; a daughter, Maria Flouton of Florida; brothers, Louis Flouton, Scott Flouton, Floyd Flouton, Jason Flouton and Marc Flouton; sisters, Olive Bermel, Yvonne Colone, Wanda Finney, Kathy Alvarez, Brenda Barryanne, Carrie Barryanne, Gloria Tomlin, Sarah Pitt, Holly Flouton and four grandchildren.

Funeral services were held December 12 at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home, Germantown.

Bernard Wise (1926 – 2013)

GHENT—Bernard Wise, 87, of Hudson died Friday, December 13, 2013 at Whittier Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center.

Born June 1, 1926 in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late Morris and Hannah Wise.

He was a graduate of Drexel University and received his masters degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

Mr. Wise was an electronic engineer and president of Energy-Onix in Valatie, a company he founded in 1987.  He was a broadcast pioneer with 60 years experience in the design and manufacture of broadcast transmitters. He is credited with bringing “Grounded Grid” design to FM broadcasting. He traveled the world being an inspiration for numerous careers in the radio broadcast industry and radio station owners.

He received the Governor’s Award from Mario Cuomo in 1992 for being the top exporter in New York State. Recently he received recognition for his contribution in the broadcast field by the Idea Bank Members.

He is survived by: his son and daughter-in-law, Jack and Mary Wise; three grandchildren, Jack, Sara and Anthony; his sister, Natalie Silverman, and four great-grandchildren, Nataliya, Christopher, Zoe and Matthew.

He was predeceased by his sister, Phyllis Kunin.

A gathering will be held Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. at the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, Hudson. A memorial service will follow at 12:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

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