Obituaries: Pirrone, Kane, Chambers, Montague

Robert R. Pirrone (1947 – 2014)

PITTSFIELD, MA—Robert R. Pirrone of New Concord passed away June 10, 2014 at the Berkshire Medical Center.

Born January 26, 1947 in the Bronx, he was the son of the late Angelo and Agatha Rea Pirrone.

Mr. Pirrone joined the Coast Guard from high school, serving on the Cutter Half Moon. During his tour of duty, 1965 to 1969, he also served a year in Vietnam.

Mr. Pirrone and his wife moved to New Concord in 1970. He opened his stockbroker and financial advisor business in Hudson at that time.

Mr. Pirrone was a member of the New York Stock Exchange, the Italian American Club in Hudson and was a two-time-past-president of the Hudson Lions Club. He enjoyed ballroom dancing, fishing, boating and loved cooking.

He is survived by: his wife, Linda Lobdell Pirrone; daughter, Yvette S. Pirrone; son, Matthew (Jolene) J. Pirrone; grandchildren, Berkeley, Ashley, Vidar, Marion Rose and Alex and his sister, Marie (Dennis) Beers.

He was predeceased by his granddaughter, Elise and his brother, Dennis.

There will be a graveside service Monday, June 16, 1:30 p.m. at the Mountain View Cemetery in New Concord. Arrangements are with the French, Gifford, Preiter & Blasl Funeral Home, Chatham.

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Thomas L. Kane (1943 – 2014)

GLOVERSVILLE—Thomas L. Kane, 70, of Hillsdale passed away suddenly Wednesday June 11, 2014 at the Nathan Littauer Hospital.

He was born December 28, 1943 in Yonkers, a son of the late Thomas J. and Mae (Coring) Kane.

He moved to the area in 1954 from Yonkers and was a graduate of Roeliff Jansen High School.

From 1984 to the present, he served as a deputy with the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. Previously he worked for the Columbia County Highway Department and the New York State Department of Parks and Recreation at Lake Taghkanic and in Copake Falls.

An avid outdoorsman, he loved to hunt and fish and was a longtime member of the Oxbow Club in Hillsdale.

Mr. Kane was very active in his community previously serving as a Hillsdale town justice and town councilman. He was a devoted member of the Hillsdale Fire Company, past chief and current fire commissioner. He was a board member of the Community Rescue Squad, a county and town Republican committeeman and had served as Copake police chief.

On May 16, 1964 at St. Bridget’s Roman Catholic Church in Copake Falls, he married Jean E. (Pulver) Kane.

Survivors include: his wife, Jean Kane of Hillsdale; his children, Master Chief Thomas O. Kane, U.S.N. and his wife Donna of Virginia Beach, VA; his daughter and her husband, Mary Louise and Robert Lopez of Copake; his grandchildren, Thomas Kane, Bradley Kane, Megan Lopez and Robert Lopez; his siblings, Laura Haight of Altamont, Sister Mary Louise of Watervliet, William T. Kane of Copake and Leo Scopino of Leesburg, FL.

Friends are invited and may call Sunday, June 15, 2014 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Peck and Peck Funeral Home, 8074 State Route 22 in Copake Falls.

A Memorial Mass will be offered Monday, June 16, 11 a.m. from Our Lady of Hope Parish, 8074 State Route 22 in Copake Falls. The Reverend George Brennan will officiate.

Private interment will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Hillsdale Fire Company, Hillsdale 12529 or the Community Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 327, Copake 12516.

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Robert D. Chambers (1958 – 2014)

Robert D. Chambers, 55, of Philmont went to join his father June 13, 2014 after a long and courageous battle with multiple sclerosis, surrounded by his loving family.

He was the son of Bernard F. Chambers, Jr., and Anne (Alauria) Chambers, born October 2, 1958 in Hudson.

He spent his early years in Los Angeles, CA and returned to Philmont, where he was a super athlete and excelled in football and track.

Mr. Chambers enjoyed hunting, camping and hanging out with his brother and best buddy, Paul Chambers; and pals, Bob Bailly and Julio Rodriguez. The foursome had many adventures, including trips to Plattsburgh to visit his sister, Mickey and her husband, Rich.

In 1976, Mr. Chambers graduated from Ockawamick Central School, where he met and later married the love of his life, Regina Preusser. Following high school, he was a construction worker and later went on to work at the tax assistance office for the State of New York.

In 1986, Mr. Chambers married Regina Preusser and together they created two beautiful children, Kayla Marie and Nichole Lynn. Of all Mr. Chambers’ many accomplishments, his girls were what truly gave him the most pride and joy.

He is survived by: his former wife and best friend, Regina (Preusser) Chambers; his two devoted and loving daughters, Kayla Chambers and Nichole Chambers; his mother, Anne Chambers; a sister, Fran (John) Skelley; a brother, Thom Chambers; a sister, Amelia “Mickey” Goerlitz; a brother, Paul (Joan) Chambers; and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Chambers was predeceased by his father, Bernard Chambers; maternal grandparents, Theresa and Emilio (Major) Valerino; paternal grandparents, Emily and Bernard Chambers, Sr., and Richard Goerlitz, who he thought of as his brother.

Calling hours will be Monday June 16 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Sacco-McDonald-Valenti Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Greenport. Funeral services will be Tuesday morning, June 17, 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Deacon Peter Trawinski officiating. Burial will follow in the Mellenville Union Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in his memory may be made to Columbia Memorial Hospital, Memorial 2A, 71 Prospect Avenue, Hudson 12534 or to Tisch MS Research Center of New York Stem Cell Research Project, 521 West 57th Street, New York City 10019. To leave an online condolence visit

Margaret E. Montague (1924 – 2014)

PHILMONT—Margaret “Peggy” E. Montague, 90, of Philmont passed away Friday, June 13, 2014 at Pine Haven Nursing Home.

Born March 8, 1924 in Hudson, she was the daughter of the late William and Anna (Hack) Wuchter.

Mrs. Montague was a secretary and bookkeeper for Jim Hatch Trucking in Hillsdale. She also worked for the New York Telephone Company in Hudson. She was a member of Sacred Heart Church in Philmont, the Philmont Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary, and the Philmont American Legion Ladies Auxiliary. She was a trustee for the Village of Philmont and the first woman deputy mayor of Philmont. Mrs. Montague was well-known for her great sense of humor.

She was the beloved mother of Ronald Montague, Sr., and devoted grandmother of Ronald Montague, Jr., Jennifer Montague and Natasha Montague. Also surviving are her great-granddaughter, Azayla Shook; her cousin, Antoinette “Toni” Stalker and her sister-in-law, Patricia Mosley.

She was predeceased by her husband, John W. Montague in 2006.

A calling hour will begin Tuesday, June 17, 10 a.m. at the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, Hudson. Services will follow at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Philmont.

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