Obituaries

Seymour Kaplan

Seymour “Shimmy” Kaplan. Beloved husband, father, and grandpa. Born in Brooklyn, NY, on February 7, 1928, and passed away in Miami, FL, on Sunday, July 8, 2012, surrounded by family.

Seymour is survived by his beloved wife of 57 years, Sharon (Davis) Kaplan, and their four children, James (Ellen), Beth (David), Dana (Stephen), and Joshua (Alia), as well as all five of his (favorite) grandchildren: Kevin, Kara, Melissa, Dunahay, and Lily. He is also survived by his devoted sister and a large extended family.


Richard Paradies

Richard W. Paradies, 84, of Claryville, formerly of Margaretville, died at his residence on Saturday June 30, 2012 after a long courageous battle with cancer.

Richard (Pop) was born on December 13, 1927 on Staten Island. He was the son of the late Richard and Hanna (Westbrook) Paradies.


Raymond Maxim

Raymond Arthur Maxim, 73, of Waycross, GA passed away peacefully at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL on Sunday June 24, 2012 after a brief illness.

Raymond was born on March 30,1939 in Fleischmanns to Chloe Vermilyea and Hiram Maxim.
He was predeceased by his wife, Bonnie Sue West; a son, Scott James Maxim; a sister Chloe Pebler, and brothers Robert and Burton.


Vivian Smith

Vivian “Pat” (Meredith) Smith, 88, died June 16, 2012.

Pat was born in Kingston on April 14, 1924 to Katherine Ann and Thomas Walter Meredith of Allaben.
She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Pratt Institute and a Master’s Degree from Columbia University. In 1950 she married Donald Munro Smith and they had three children; Kevin, Gregory and Kathy.


Phillip Finch

Phillip R. (Flipper) Finch, 81, of Roxbury, died Thursday, June 14, 2012, at his residence with his family by his side.

Phil was born January 6, 1931, at Oneonta, the son of LeRoy and Beatrice (Hamm) Finch. He married Barbara Krieger on November 11, 1949, in Roxbury.

Graduating from Roxbury Central School in 1948, Phil served in the United States Air Force. He was a member of Ralph S. Ives Jr. American Legion Post 1785 and an honorary member of the Roxbury Fire Department.


Claude Neilson

Claude Neilson, 84, died at his home in Margaretville on June 8, 2012.

Claude was born in Crawhills, Scotland on October 17, 1927. He and his bride Agnes, who he married on March 26, 1948, immigrated to the United States on the Queen Mary in 1950. Before moving to Margaretville, which he called God’s country, he lived for many years in Kearney, NJ.
Claude was a self-employed butcher for many years.

He is survived by his wife, Agnes (Hamilton) Neilson; his children, Robert Neilson, Elizabeth and Arlindo Texiera and Andrew Neilson; six grandchildren and four great grandchildren.


Emily Babcock

Emily V. Babcock, 66, of Granby died Tuesday, June 5, 2012 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse.
Born in Margaretville, she was a 31-year resident of Granby. She retired from Granby Town Court in 2007 after 15 years as the court clerk. Emily previously had a ceramics business in Long Island for many years.

She was a member of the Granby Center Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. She enjoyed camping, arts, crafts and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.


Edna Squires

Edna Mary Squires, 68, of Sun City Center, FL passed away at 8 p.m. on May 27, 2012 after a brave battle with pancreatic cancer.

She was born on April 13, 1944 to Edward and Edna Zebrowski on Staten Island. Following her parents up to the Catskills in 1979, Edna met the love of her life and husband of 32 years, Stanley L Squires. They lived in Margaretville where Edna worked as a legal secretary. In July of 2000 Stan and Edna moved to Sun City Center, FL, fulfilling her dream of living under palm trees and dancing on white sand beaches.


Betty Lou tobin

Betty Lou Tobin, 82, a life-long resident of Roxbury, died Saturday June 9, 2012 at the Albany Medical Center.

Betty Lou was born  March 9, 1930 at Roxbury, the daughter of William and Rita (Ploutz) Mattice.  She married James Tobin on October 13, 1946 in Roxbury. She graduated from Roxbury Central School in 1948. She was well known for her singing and for playing the piano and the organ.


Elizabeth Nichols

Elizabeth M. Nichols, 88, of Fleischmanns passed away June 9, 2012 at Margaretville Hospital.
Elizabeth was born in Freeport on April 15, 1924 to Florence Knapp and Harry Thompson (both deceased) from New Kingston. Elizabeth married John G. Hoffman Jr. during WW II.  They raised six children in Bolton Landing,


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