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Obituaries: Sherman, McEwan, VanTassel


Thomas Sherman (1936 – 2014)

HUDSON—Funeral services for Thomas Sherman, 78, of Hudson, who died Friday, July 11, 2014, were held Monday, July 14 at the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home.

Burial was in Cedar Park Cemetery with Father Winston Bath officiating.

Mr. Sherman was born on June 14, 1936 in Hudson to the late Anthony and Frances Sherman. He was a lifelong resident of Hudson.

He is survived by his sister, Helen Rush of Minnesota, many nieces, a nephew, and many great-nieces.

His family will miss him very much.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his sister, Mary Husak.

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Gregory “Greg” Jude McEwan (1959 – 2014)

AUSTERLITZ—Gregory “Greg” Jude McEwan, 54, of Chatham died July 1, 2014.

Born November 12, 1959 in Pittsfield, MA, he was the son of the late John Alexander and Elisabeth (Bennett) McEwan of Canaan.

He grew up in Canaan, and worked as a property manager, then as a house painter for many years. Mr. McEwan obtained his HVAC accreditation through Hudson Valley Community College.

He was a music aficionado with an extensive music collection amassed over the last 40 years, which he enjoyed with a Cuban cigar and a single malt scotch on occasion. An accomplished wood carver, he created original briar and deer antler pipes, sold locally and in Washington D.C. His love of the outdoors was evident in his beautiful flower gardens, as well as his body art.

In April 1982, he and Erica (Riki) Heintz began their life together which was to span the next 32 years.

Married in 1986, they have a daughter, Delia Elisabeth, who brought joy to his later life. Also surviving are his daughter, Crystal Shine and his son, Duane Dawson both of Chatham; grandsons, Tristiano and Michelangelo Burrows; granddaughters, Angelina Garcia, Viviana and Valentina McEwan; in-laws, Ruth and Don Bostwick; brother in-law, Aaron Heintz; siblings, Mark, Jay, Chris and Maribeth; 12 nieces and nephews; a host of great-nieces/nephews; cousins; many friends and his dog, Porter.

Besides his parents, Mr. McEwan was predeceased by his grandson, Damien; brother, Bennett and niece, Jolene.

Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial celebration of his Life, July 19, 2014 at Stoddard Field, Canaan from 2 to 5 p.m. Attendees should bring their memories and a dish to share with family and friends.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Red Rock Rural Cemetery Association, c/o Damaris Botick.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the French, Gifford, Preiter & Blasl Funeral Home. Condolences may be conveyed at

Bernard “Alan” VanTassel (1930 – 2014)

RHINEBECK—Bernard “Alan” VanTassel, 83, of Germantown died July 11, 2014 at the Thompson House.

Born September 27, 1930 in Germantown, he was the son of the late Archie S. and Elizabeth (Whitney) VanTassel.

Prior to his retirement in 1990, he was employed as a train master of the New York Central Railroad for more than 38 years.

Survivors include: his son, Roger Alan VanTassel of Vermont; two daughters, Katrina Arleen VanTassel of Ballston Spa and Klaudia Louise Frizzell of Staatsburg; two grandchildren and one great-grandson.

He was predeceased by his wife, Pauline (Bollinger) VanTassel, who died April 25, 2010; and brother, Roger VanTassel.

A celebration of his life will be held September 13, 2014, 2 p.m. at his home on Northern Boulevard in Germantown.

Interment will be private and at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are with the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home, 209 Main Street, Germantown.

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