Obituaries: Francis, Moody

Charles A. Francis (1954 – 2013)

STUYVESANT—Charles A. Francis, 58, of Stuyvesant died Thursday, February 28, 2013 at his home.

Born June 26, 1954 in Queens, he was the son of the late Stanley and Rose M. (Harney) Francis.

Mr. Francis was a U.S. Air Force veteran who served in Vietnam. He was a welder and worked for several local companies. He was a member of both the Federation of Polish Sportsman and the Glencadia Rod and Gun Club. He enjoyed cooking and was an avid hunter, fisherman and outdoorsman.

Mr. Francis is survived by: his wife, Paulette J. Michael; his son, Bryan J. Francis of Selkirk; a brother, Thomas M. Francis of Aldie, VA; two grandchildren, Mark T. and David J. Francis and two nieces, Anna C. Adam and Heather M. Morehead.

A memorial Mass will be held Sunday, March 17, 10 a.m. at the Church of St. Joseph, Stuyvesant Falls. A memorial service will be held at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Valatie in the spring at a time and date to be announced. Memorial contributions may be made to the local charity of one’s choice.

Roger Moody (1935 – 2013)

HILLSDALE—Born in Salisbury, England in 1935, Roger Moody of Copake was Beatrice and Harold Moody’s second son.

He died peacefully and painlessly in the woods of Hillsdale, the night of February 27, 2013 while on his way to dinner with some close new friends.

Mr. Moody grew up helping his father at the family’s milk company. He met Kerstin—his future Swedish wife of 50 years—while delivering milk.

Mr. Moody attended a local grammar school, Bishop Wordsworth’s, where two teachers and former kingsmen encouraged his shy but obviously capable mind to apply to Kings College, Cambridge. By the time he became a kingsman, Mr. Moody had a deep knowledge of, and Catholic taste in, literature and music which were lifelong passions.

Mr. Moody did National Service in East Africa which sparked a lifelong love affair with the continent and influenced his decision to study anthropology while a kingsman. Kerstin and Mr. Moody were married in 1960 and promptly decamped to Kenya so Mr. Moody could study a tribe on the border of Kenya and Uganda called the Samia for his PhD.

Their first daughter, Imogen was born in Uganda in 1962. Upon returning to England, the Moodys lived in Cambridge, where they developed a keen interest in gardening and plants and gave birth to their second daughter, Viveka in 1963.

To provide for his young family, Mr. Moody pursued a soon-to-be successful career in the then-nascent field of computing which ultimately led to the family’s departure for Manhattan in 1967. Their son Mark was born there in 1970. The family spent time with close friends on Whippoorwill Road in Hillsdale in the late 1970s and early 1980s and fell in love with Columbia County. Mr. and Mrs. Moody purchased Oakhill Lodge in Copake in 1983 and continued to love its garden and its views even as they moved between London and New York before finally settling in Copake in 2002.

Mr. Moody is survived by Imogen who lives in Sydney, Australia, Viveka, who lives in Somerset, England, and Mark, who lives in New York.

Funeral services will be private and at the convenience of the family.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Peck and Peck Funeral Home, 8063 Route 22, Copake.

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