Westley “Randy” Slater (1952 -2017)
CATSKILL—Westley Randolph “Randy” Slater, 65, of Copake Falls died at The Pines at Catskill, October 25, 2017 after a five-year battle with cancer.
He was born February 14, 1952 in Middlebury, VT, the eldest of four sons born to John Westley Slater and Mildred Luella (Hier) Slater.
He grew up in and around Leicester Junction, VT, and attended schools in the Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union school district.
He moved to Columbia County in the late 1960s.
He attended Roeliff Jansen High School and graduated in 1972 with the first class of the newly-merged Taconic Hills Central School District. He went on to study business at Columbia-Greene Community College.
He worked on several dairy farms including Val-Kest in Ancramdale, and was one of the early “deli boys” at the Circle Delicatessen in Copake, where he learned the skill of meat cutting.
He was a bartender; he worked at the Ancramdale General Store and was a quality control inspector for many years at Keuffel and Esser, a plastics manufacturer in Millerton.
He raised mice at the Millerton Research Farm (“the mouse house”); worked for the Town of Ancram Highway Department; and was a caretaker at the Long Lake housing development in Ancram.
He served as an elected tax assessor for the Town of Ancram.
For many years, he coached Little League baseball, youth basketball and youth football.
He was a hunter, a fisherman and loved to shoot the breeze around a campfire with his friends, his dog and a few beers.
He was an all-around sports fan, especially of the New York Football Giants and NASCAR.
In his younger days, he bowled in leagues at the Cove Lanes and played, mostly catcher, on a men’s softball league in Hudson. He liked to shoot pool, snowmobile, watch John Wayne westerns and dance till the wee hours.
Randy was a familiar and friendly character, known by many. He was generous, fun-loving, easy-going and kind.
He had a special rapport with children. He was able to dive into silliness with them at any moment or patiently show them the secret to catching a fish. He was a lover, not a fighter–born on Valentine’s Day. His smile was like no other. He was a jack-of-all-trades, master of none, but he could persuade anyone otherwise.
He is survived by: his daughter, Abigail (Valden-Slater) Della Cerra and son-in-law Nicholas Della Cerra of Dumont, NJ; sons, Jesse Slater and Jonathan Murphy of Copake Falls; his grandson, Anderson Della Cerra; his sister, Melissa Slater (John Sharac) of Gallatin; brothers, Anthony Slater, Timothy Slater (Karen) of Millerton and Lewis Slater (Maggie) of Ancram; aunts, Aggie Denis of New York, Mary Hier, Sylvia Hier and Jean Bushy of Vermont; his best buddies, Grant Hermans, Joe LoVoi; his former wife and friend, Diane Valden; many cousins, nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by: his father; his mother; his step-mother, Stella Slater; brothers, Henry “Baldy” Slater, Stanley Slater; his sister, Crystal Slater; numerous uncles, aunts, cousins; and his faithful beagle, Dudley.
Calling hours take place Sunday, October 29, 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Peck and Peck Funeral Home, 8063 Route 22, Copake. A funeral service will take place there Monday, October 30 at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Crystal Lynn Slater Scholarship, c/o Peck & Peck Funeral Home, P.O. Box 15, Pine Plains 12567 or the Ancram Fire Company, P.O. Box 114, Ancram 12502.
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Hannsjorg Dohr (1940 – 2017)
BETHESDA, MD—Hannsjorg Dohr, 77, of Fishkill passed away Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at the Walter Reed National Medical Center. He was a longtime Red Hook, Rhinebeck and Fishkill resident.
Born February 29, 1940, in Bonn, Germany, to the late Nikolaus “Klaus” and Ria (Zimmermann) Dohr.
Mr. Dohr served in the New York State Air Force National Guard for more than 35 years, attaining the rank of master sergeant. During his career he served as first sergeant of the 105th Civil Engineer Squadron based out in White Plains and Stewart Air Force Base in Newburgh.
Prior to his retirement and for more than 40 years, Mr. Dohr worked his way from entry level to building and maintenance manager for Con Edison in Indian Point.
In addition to his longtime companion, Margaret Murray, he is survived by: his two sons, Eric Dohr of Flower Mound, TX, and James Dohr of Austerlitz; extended family and friends.
Friends may call at the Burnett & White Funeral Home, 7461 South Broadway, Red Hook, Sunday, October 29, 2017 from 3 to 6 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Christopher’s Church, Monday, October 30, 2017 at 11 a.m. Burial with military honors will follow at St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery, Red Hook.
Memorial donations may be made to Landstuhl Fisher House, CMR 402, APO AE 09180.
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