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Obituaries: Boyd, Chamberlain, Bortugno


Joseph Hamilton Boyd Jr. (1938 – 2013)

COLCHESTER, VT–Joseph Hamilton Boyd Jr. passed away at his home in Colchester, Vermont on September 1, 2013 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was a retired politician, governmental relations consultant and published author.

Mr. Boyd was born in Montclair, NJ, May 13, 1938, the son of the late Joseph H. Boyd II and Rose Purvis. He joined Nelson Rockefeller’s first campaign for governor of New York in 1958 while still a student at Colgate University. After graduation, he served the governor during all four terms in office–as personal aide, campaign staffer, assistant to the governor, advance man, chief of advance, appointments officer and legislative liaison. In 1972 he ran unsuccessfully for Congress from the east end of Long Island, subsequently returning to the Rockefeller administration. Later he was a lobbyist for the northeastern region for Pfizer Corp. He lived in New York City and was a long-time resident of Chatham before eventually retiring to Colchester, VT.

His book “Oreo’s & Dubonnet,” including his experiences and memories of his years with Nelson Rockefeller as well as those he’s collected from former colleagues, was published in 2012. He is survived by his son Duncan Boyd of Spencertown, his son and daughter-in-law Andrew and Rebecca Boyd, and his granddaughter Delia Margaret Boyd of Canaan. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Margaret “Peggy” Boyd, whom he married in 1967, and his second wife, Sara Gear Boyd, who passed away in 2008.

Calling hours will be held on Friday, September 6 from 4-6 p.m. at the Wenk Funeral Home in Chatham. Funeral services will be held at St. Peter’s Church in Spencertown on Saturday, September 7 at 11 a.m. with a memorial service for family and friends immediately following at the Columbia Golf and Country Club in Claverack. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to The National Parkinson Foundation at For online condolences please visit


Jerome Chamberlain (1916 – 2013)

LEE MA.–Jerome “Jim” Chamberlain died August 31, 2013 at Kindred Nursing and Rehabilitation of Laurel Lake, Lee, MA of natural causes brought about by old age. He was 97.

Mr. Chamberlain was born in the small rural village of Mt. Upton, NY, the second child of Arthur and Clare (Wilcox) Chamberlain. Like his father, he loved and excelled in all sports, especially the game of baseball; in this he acquired considerable local acclaim. This talent and passion for all sports helped to center and sustain him throughout his long and active life.

In 1934 he met and fell in love with Neva A. Pidgeon of Norwich. Their first meeting was over a soda counter where she served him a banana split; as their love grew so did the size of Neva’s banana splits. In 1938 they married; three children were born: Craig Jerome, Eric Roger and Jan Ellen. In 1951 the family moved to Clifton, NJ, where Mr. Chamberlain worked for the pharmaceutical company Hoffmann-La Roche, retiring in 1978.

After Neva Chamberlain died in 1985, he met Arline Carman, whom he knew from his early school years. It was a fairytale meeting and courtship; they became snowbirds, wintering in Florida with warm months spent in New York state.

In 2005 Arline’s health began to fail and she eventually had to be admitted to a nursing home in Melbourne, FL. Mr. Chamberlain was there every day, twice or three times, always present to help brighten her days. She died in 2008, and as in Neva’s death, he was totally bereft and lost without her.

Mr. Chamberlain’s health began failing him; in 2008 he had a fall that required a hip replacement, eventually coming to Massachusetts to be near his family. He spent three years in assisted living; then the frailties of old age caused him to be admitted to the Kindred Nursing facility.

He was predeceased by his brother, Robert Chamberlain. He leaves two sons: Craig Chamberlain of Stephentown and Eric Chamberlain (Lisa) of Stockbridge, MA; a daughter, Jan Marraccini (William) of Bangor, PA; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to express their extreme gratitude to the entire staff at Kindred Nursing and Rehabilitation of Laurel Lake for the attentive and compassionate care given to our father over the past two years. Thank you one and all.

A memorial service will be held, Saturday, September 7 at 2 p.m. with visitation beginning at 1 p.m. at Hall & Higgins Funeral Home, 457 Route 43, Stephentown, 518 733-5362. A second memorial service will be held, Sunday, September 8, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. at Kindred Nursing and Rehabilitation of Laurel Lake, 620 Laurel Street, Lee, MA. 413 243-2010, ext. 1008.


Christopher A. Bortugno Jr. (1930 – 2013)

ALBANY–Christopher A. Bortugno Jr., 83, of Stuyvesant Falls died September 2, 2013 at Albany Medical Center. Born March 2, 1930 in Yonkers. He was the son of the late Christopher A. and Sophie A. (Piekarski) Bortugno Sr.

Mr. Bortugno was the owner of Chris Bortugno and Sons and Glencadia Farms in Stuyvesant Falls for many years. He was an active 50-year member of the Stuyvesant Falls Fire Co., a past chief and currently the chairman of the Board of Commissioners of the Fire Company. He was a member of the Farm Service Agency County Committee and various Farm Bureau Associations and the Cooperative Extension. He was a communicant of the Church of St Joseph in Stuyvesant Falls.

He is survived by a daughter, Maria Romanucci (Demo) of Loudonville; two sons, Christopher A. Bortugno III and Michael J. Bortugno (Margaret) both of Stuyvesant Falls; three sisters, Sonia Roosa of Kinderhook, Elizabeth Hollis (Robert) of Oriental, NC, Elaine Metz (Robert) of Dansville; four grandchildren, Francis, Jacob and Joan Bortugno and Dante Romanucci; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Joan Helen (Genovese) Bortugno.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, September 7 at the Church of St. Joseph, Stuyvesant Falls, with Rev. Frank O’Connor officiating. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Calling hours will be Friday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Inc., Valatie.






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