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OBITUARIES: Quinn, Dick, McDonald, Philip


John R. Quinn (1942 -2017)

ALBANY—John R. Quinn, 74, a 35-year resident of Valatie, died Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at Albany County Nursing Home after a long illness.

Born March 14, 1942 in Cohoes, he was the son of the late Raymond J. and Frances (LeMay) Quinn.

He was a U.S. Army veteran who served in the 210th Armored Division of the New York State National Guard. He graduated from Keveny Memorial Academy in Cohoes and Russell Sage Evening Division. He worked at the New York State Department of Social Services for More than 35 years, retiring in 2002.

An avid hunter and fisherman and New York Yankee fan, he enjoyed gardening and working in his yard. Mr. Quinn was a member of the Philmont Rod and Gun Club and the American Legion.

He is survived by: his wife of 49-years, Sandra (Weinberg) Quinn of Halfmoon; three children, Jeffery Quinn (Stephanie) of Burtonsville, MD, Brian Quinn of Halfmoon and Heather Shackelton (Bryan) of Porter Corners; two brothers, Thomas Quinn (Diane) of Ballston Lake and Daniel Quinn of Cohoes; two nieces; one nephew and many cousins.

He was predeceased by his son, Raymond S. Quinn.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 25, 11 a.m. at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery. Calling hours will be from 10 to 11 a.m. prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, consider making a contribution to the Ronald McDonald House, 139 South Lake Avenue, Albany 12208. It provided much help and support during the birth of his first grandchild, Walter Owen Shackelton.

Alan F. Dick (1935 – 2017)

KINDERHOOK—Alan Frederick Dick passed from the arms of his family to the arms of the Lord early the morning of February 22, 2017 after a short, hard battle with cancer.

He was born August 24, 1935 in Brooklyn.

Raised in Woodhaven, Queens, he was a graduate of SUNY Cobleskill. He was a master craftsman who could draw plans, build a house, design and make furniture and fix what was broken. His mind was always thinking up new paths to follow.

On June 2, 1957, Mr. Dick married his first and only love, Noreen Margaret Gordon of Rego Park, Queens. After having two children they made the move to Kinderhook in 1960 to raise their growing family in a small-town environment.

Mr. and Mrs. Dick had five children and added five in-law children, and 11 loving grandchildren: Craig Gordon (Vicki), Greggory Alexander and Alyssa Margaret, Beth Anne Rippel (Jay), Cydney Hannah and Carly Elizabeth, Jennifer Jennings (William), Amanda (fiance Scott Baker), Alexander William, and Nicholas Frederick, Amy Clinton (Neal), Ainsley Elizabeth, Makenzie Noreen, Christopher Alan (Suzanne), Emily Marie, Timothy Christopher.

Over the years Mr. Dick served on the Consistory of the Kinderhook Reformed Church, where he continued to be an active member; was a past member of Palmer Engine and Hose Company and Lion’s Club.

A true celebration of his life will be held at the Reformed Dutch Church, 21 Broad Street, Kinderhook, Saturday, March 4 at 11 a.m.

Memorial donations may be made to the Kinderhook Reformed Church or Community Hospice.

Arrangements are with the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie.

Kathryn C. McDonald (1923 -2017)

GREENPORT—Kathryn C. McDonald, 93, a lifelong Hudson area resident, passed away peacefully Thursday, February 23, 2017 at her home.

Born in Hudson, April 12, 1923, she was the daughter of the late James and Florence (Hiscox) McDonald.

Miss McDonald was a graduate of St. Mary’s Academy and then Albany Business College. She was a supervisor for many years with Aetna Insurance Company in Hudson and later in Albany.

She was a devoted and faithful member of Holy Trinity Parish in Hudson and was active for many years with the church Christian Service Committee. She was a life member of the Columbia Memorial Hospital Ladies Auxiliary, and was the first one voted Citizen of the Year by the Hudson Rotary Club in 2006.

Miss McDonald organized the first local Ostomy Club patient support group and of her many activities, she most loved her church as well as traveling.

She will be greatly missed by: her brother and sister-in-law, Andrew and Judy McDonald of Hudson; nieces, Jennifer Beckett of Hudson and Maryann Younsi of Saratoga Springs and many cousins. She was predeceased by one sister, Dorothy Sandagato.

Calling hours will be Sunday, February 26 from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Sacco-McDonald-Valenti Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Greenport. Vigil prayers will be offered Sunday evening at 5 p.m. Funeral services will begin Monday, February 27, 10:15 a.m. at the funeral home and a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. at Holy Trinity Parish/ St. Mary’s Church, 429 East Allen Street, Hudson. Burial will follow in Cedar Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions are requested to Holy Trinity Parish, P.O. Box 323, Hudson 12534. To leave online condolences visit

Julia Willis Philip (1924 – 2017)

CLAVERACK—Julia Willis Philip, a doyen of Hudson Valley society and orchard owner who worked with apple growers, community activists and the locally-grown movement, died Monday, February 20. She was 92.

Mrs. Philip, was one of the first women fruit growers in Columbia County, and for more than 30 years, managed Philip Orchards in Claverack, first with her husband, John Van Ness Philip, then as sole proprietor for 24 years following his death. The farm, which has been in the family for more than 280 years, is one of the oldest continually operating family farms in New York State, and is part of the Dutch legacy of the Hudson Valley.

A pioneer working woman and civil rights stalwart, she raised five children while holding jobs in New York City, for many years at Fund For the City of New York and at the English Speaking Union. During the 1960s she was part of the Harlem Initiative, a group of Manhattan PTA mothers who helped bus children down from Harlem after bus drivers refused to comply with new laws that mandated integration of the public schools.

In 1967 she helped her husband found Modern Distribution Management, a newsletter, which became a leading publication on business innovations. In 1975, she and her husband moved their publication from Manhattan to Claverack and devoted themselves to the management of his family’s historic ancestral home and farm. Over the years, Mrs. Philip opened the family’s 1802 colonnaded house “Talavera” for Columbia County Historical Society house tours and events.

In 1992 she was part of the founding group that worked to save the Hudson Opera House from demolition. She went on to serve on the newly-formed Opera House Board for many years, working to initiate the restoration efforts, which have led to its eventual flourishing as the arts center it is today. She also sat on the boards of two important New State Historic Sites: Wilderstein in Rhinebeck and Clermont in Clermont. She was a longstanding trustee of the Columbia County Historical Society and in 2014 was honored for her contributions by being designated A First Columbian.

Mrs. Philip was born in Richmond, Virginia, in 1924, shortly before her father became a professor of electrical engineering at Princeton University and the family moved there. She attended Vassar College then Westhampton College at the University of Richmond. After graduation, she worked as a reporter for the Princeton Herald, under the editorship of a Princeton graduate and decorated World War II Marine Corps veteran, John Van Ness Philip, whom she would marry in 1952.

She is survived by: five children, John Van Ness Philip, III, (Andrew Loren Resto), William Churchill Houston Philip (Mana Kobuchi Philip), Thomas Willis Philip (Emily Cohen), Katherine Philip Chansky (James Chansky), Leila Stott Philip Evans (Garth Evans) and six grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in her name be sent to the Columbia County Historical Society, 5 Albany Avenue, Kinderhook 12106 or to the Greenport Fire Department Rescue Squad, 3 Newman Road, Hudson 12534.

Arrangements are under the direction of Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson.

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