OBITUARIES: Kelly, Curtis, Metz, Thomas

Jack W. Kelly (1950 – 2016)

VALATIE—Jack Kelly, age 65, passed away peacefully January 10, 2016.

He was born February 2, 1950 in Rockville Centre to Mary and William Kelly.

Mr. Kelly began his career as a technical illustrator in 1973 for Vantage Art in Massapequa, continuing at Blass Communications in Old Chatham from 1980 until 1987. He then changed careers becoming a carpenter and cabinet maker.

Mr. Kelly was a master woodworker and mechanical engineer with an amazing imagination. In the last few years he began designing, creating and showing wooden gear mechanism automatons, each of different situations featuring moving figures. His collection includes an amusement park, a music quartet, the Walk Right Inn, a train station, a bar scene, harness racing, a news team, The Mad Hatter, and the fish and the frog from Alice in Wonderland, and Nostradamus. Some of his pieces were shown through the Columbia County Council on the Arts, and displayed in store windows for all to see and enjoy. He always loved having a dog; he enjoyed fishing and hunting, as well as restoring his treasured 1935 Dodge.

Mr. Kelly is survived by his loving wife, Joanne Kelly; his brothers and sisters, Barbara Kennedy, Jim Kelly, Mary Kelle, Gail Quinn and Diane Baldinger; his extended family and friends.

Calling hours were held Friday, January 15 at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.

Richard R. Curtis (1942 – 2016)

CHATHAM—Richard R. Curtis, 73, of Chatham, fondly known as “the Porch Man,” died Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at his home.

Born May 14, 1942 in Schodack Landing, he was the son of the late Myers Russell and Eileen Virginia (Bushey) Face.

Mr. Curtis loved farming and prior to serving with the U.S. Army in Alaska, he worked at Peter’s Dairy Farm in Castleton. He was a “professional truck driver” as his wife called him and worked for several trucking companies over the years. He was a member of the East Coast Riders, the American Legion Post # 42 in Chatham and the Ghent Rod and Gun Club.

He was an avid fisherman and outdoorsman and was proud of his porch where he spent time talking and waving to people.

He is survived by: his wife, Jerilyn (Miller) Curtis; three daughters, Roberta Austin (Sam) of Kinderhook, Christine Sheth (Bijal) of North Salem and Deborah Martino (Rick) of Ghent; two sisters, Sharon Bartel and Barbara Vincent; nine grandchildren, Jesse, Jacob and Cassidy Austin, Kyle Kennedy, Chloe and Devyn Sheth, Sophie, Moriah and Givanni Martino; his beloved dog, Missy; several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brother Russell Curtis.

A memorial service will be held Monday, January 18, 6 p.m. in the Cornerstone Fellowship Church, Kinderhook, with Pastor Frank Richardson officiating. Calling hours will be Monday from 4 to 6 p.m. prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association,

John A. Metz (1940 – 2016)

GLENS FALLS—John “Sonny” A. Metz, 75, of Glens Falls died Thursday, January 14, 2016 at Glens Falls Hospital. Born in Hudson, he was the son of the late John and Nellie (Decker) Metz.

After high school, Mr. Metz served in the U.S. Navy. He was a truck driver for V & O Press in Hudson and KAZ Inc. He was also a general contractor for many years.

Mr. Metz is survived by: his loving companion, Anita B. Phillips of Glens Falls; sons, John and William of Hudson, Edmund of Livingston, Jerome “JJ” and Jessica of Copake; daughter, Robin Metz; step-daughter, Georgeann Drivas; one sister, Shirley Smith; 14 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral prayers will be offered Monday, January 18, 2016, 12:15 p.m. at the Mellenville Union Cemetery with Pastor John Hodges officiating. Arrangements are with the Sacco-McDonald-Valenti Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Greenport. To leave an online condolence visit

Kenneth L. Thomas (1955 – 2016)

LIVINGSTON—Kenneth Lloyd Thomas, 60, of Hudson passed away December 3, 2015 at the Livingston Hills Nursing Home.

He was born March 11, 1955 and was preceded in death by his parents, Annie Mary Hicks Thomas and Isaac Thomas, Jr.

Survivors include: his brother, Gregory Thomas; sisters, Jackie, Virginia and Jean; brother-in-laws, Herbert and John Carr; nieces, Stephanie, Jennifer, Sarah, Mary, Renee and Melissa; nephews, Jerome, John Carlton; great-nephews; great-nieces; aunts; uncles and cousins.


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