OBITUARIES: Card, Hanley, McIntosh, Atkinson, Sweet

Robert Card (1921 – 2018)

PHILMONT—Robert Card, whose plot points were always Philmont, died February 13, 2018 in his 96th year.

He approached life as if he’d won the lottery and simply doubled downed on the fact that all he ever needed in life was his wife, children, family, friends, work and community. He was a baggage-free person, ever confident that who he was, was who he was supposed to be.

Also known as “Rob,” “Bob” and sometimes “Daddy Long Legs,” he was born July 19, 1921 to Wilmer and Edna (Coons) Card in Philmont, where he happily shared youthful adventures with his beloved brothers.

He served four years in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II in the China Burma India Theater, flying supplies and prisoners of war over “The Hump” (the Himalayas). Upon return from military service, his career was spent working 35 years for New York State Electric and Gas as a field planner, designing power pole placement.

He is survived by: his daughter, Phyllis Howard of Chatham; a sister, Kathleen (George) Gent of Niverville; his companion for the last 20 years, Arlene Snyder of Philmont, along with her children, Wendy (Jim) Brown of Florida, Tammy (Bill) Allen of Fort Edward and Bill (Lury) of Virginia; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; eight nieces and nephews and many grand- and great-grand nieces and nephews.

Along with his parents, he was predeceased by his wife of 40 years, Blossom (Rion) Card; his son, R. Stephen Card; his son-in-law, John Howard; his four brothers and their wives, Charles (Eleanor), Edward (Helen), Wilmer/Snitz (Audrey), Stanford (Edna); his two sisters and their husbands, Effie (Fred) Braunfels and Elizabeth (Louis) Galipeau.

Although it is nearly impossible to summarize 96½ years of life in a few brief paragraphs, many will recognize the positive impact on the fabric of life in the village of Philmont that he had.

For instance, he served as treasurer of the Philmont Volunteer Fire Company for 65 years. He was a member of American Legion Philmont Post 252, marching proudly in every Memorial Day Parade for 70 years. He was a faithful member and servant of the Philmont United Methodist Church for 76 years where he shared his time and talent in many leadership roles over the years from chairman of the board to ushering during

services and even volunteering as janitor when there was no one else to do it.

Along with Arlene, he was an active and enthusiastic member of the Town of Claverack Senior Citizens group enjoying outings and trips with his friends, many of whom were life-long.

Until September 2017, he could be found walking three miles a day either around town or if the weather was bad, on the tread mill as the oldest member at Planet Fitness in Hudson.

Those who knew him know that they were enriched and having known him will remember the joy he brought to this life with his energy, spirit, wit, resolve and most of all his honesty and simplicity.

A funeral service in honor and celebration of his life took place at the Philmont United Methodist Church Saturday, February 17, 2018.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made in his memory to the Philmont United Methodist Church or the Philmont Volunteer Fire Company. Arrangements are with the French, Gifford, Preiter & Blasl Funeral Home, 25 Railroad Avenue, Chatham. To convey a condolence visit

Cornelius Hanley (1920 – 2018)

HUDSON—Cornelius “Buddy” Hanley of Stuyvesant Falls passed peacefully from this world February 13, 2018, at the age of 97, surrounded by his loving family.

He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Marie; brothers and sisters, Agnes, Daniel, Helen, Margaret and Thomas; daughter, Jane; niece, Mary Bridget; brother and sisters-in-law, Francis, Eileen, Ethel and many other family and friends, all of whom surely embraced him with open and loving arms. Born in New York City March 20, 1920—a date he never let anyone forget—he was a hard worker all of his life and did his best to provide his family with everything they needed and more. He proudly served in the U.S. Army during World War II and his love for his country remained in his heart until the end. He worked as a truck driver and a longshoreman. Following his well-earned retirement, he relocated upstate to Stuyvesant Falls. In later years, he became a gentleman farmer and found great joy in tending his garden and mowing his lawn (his fondness for which led to it being mostly dirt, much to Aunt Marie’s chagrin).

He was a man of great humor who laughed often and enjoyed people. To recount all the memories and good times he provided his family would fill volumes; but, perhaps the most fitting tribute is the number of lives he touched and how his many nieces, nephews and friends will forever feel a smile come across their faces at the mention of his name.

He is celebrated and will be remembered by the Gannon, Gildersleeve, Guild, McDonald, Novak, Parker, Ryan and Sergi families.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Joseph’s, Route 9, Stuyvesant Falls, Saturday, February 17. A spring internment will be held at St. John the Baptist Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Community Hospice Foundation, 310 South Manning Boulevard, Albany 12208, 518-525-8824. Arrangements were with the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie.

Mark A. McIntosh (1977 -2018)

ALBANY—Mark A. McIntosh of Columbia County went to his final rest February 14. He was born August 27, 1977. He thrived with stage IV colon cancer for more than seven years.

He is survived by: his wife, Sandra (Seney) and their spirited son, Mikey; his father, James McIntosh; step-mother, Doreen; sister, Robin McIntosh, and step-sister, Lisa Thomas.

He is loved by his wife’s family and parents, Bill and Jean Seney and his brother-in-law and his wife, Christopher Seney and Mari-ann as well as nieces and nephews.

Mr. McIntosh was predeceased by his brother, Michael McIntosh; birth mother, Jane McIntosh; step-sister, Missy Messick; step-brother, Steve Messick; as well as grandparents, aunts and uncles.

Besides the love he had for his family and the pride he took in working for FedEx, Mr. McIntosh loved car dirt racing. He worked on a good friend’s car for nearly 17 years at Lebanon Valley—it gave him a break from cancer life. He had a love for all things Notre Dame football. He and his wife were sent by the Zeuner Foundation in 2015 to a game. This past fall friends and local foundations acted on Mr. McIntosh’s bucket list to create lasting memories for him and his family. Mr. and Mrs. McIntosh were also volunteers for the Colorectal Cancer Alliance.

Calling hours will be Monday, February 19 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, in Valatie. A short mass to follow. Interment at the family’s convenience in spring.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in support of Mr. McIntosh’s family and Mikey’s education to: J. Seney, 31 Bell Lane, Valatie 12184.

George B. Atkinson (1933 – 2018)

LIVINGSTON—George Bliss Atkinson passed away February 14, 2018. He was 84 years old.

Born November 16, 1933 in Bridgeport, CT, his parents were Paul S. and Dorothy (Bliss) Atkinson. He graduated from Newton High School and the University of Connecticut, and served his country from 1953 to 1955 in the United States Army. Mr. Atkinson had a lifelong love for farming, acquiring his first cow when he was 16.

Mr. Atkinson married Cynthia (Eaton) Atkinson in 1959, and together they moved to Livingston in 1961 where they started Locust Corner Dairy Farm. They successfully ran the farm for 40 years while raising three daughters of whom Mr. Atkinson was very proud. He also ran the “Critter Carrier” animal transport service, which he continued for many years after retiring from farming. Also after retiring from farming, Mr. Atkinson worked for the Health Care Consortium as a medical transportation driver for 14 years, and created and operated the Stanchion Lamp Company until his passing.

He is survived by: his wife, Cynthia (Eaton); his three daughters, Nancy (Michael) Glasgow, Betsy (Richard) Holden, and Darcy (James) Connor; six grandchildren, who loved their “PaPa,” Gabriel Holden, Katelyn (Jordan) Hughson, Kelsie (BJ) Mack, Jency (Eric) Wright, Caroline Connor and Jameson Connor; almost four great-grandchildren, Beau, Kenley, Charlotte and Elsie (due any day), Sue and Dave Eaton; numerous nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by his parents; his sisters, Judith (Robert) Keller, Carroll and Marion Eaton.

Mr. Atkinson was known and loved in his community for his infectious smile, his quick wit and ready joke, his caring and generous nature, his love for farming and making new friends, raising tomatoes and spending time with family and friends.

A memorial service was held Saturday, February 17, 2018 at the Linlithgo Reformed Church in Livingston.

Arrangements are with the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, Inc., 110 Green Street, Hudson.

Jason M. Sweet (1982 – 2018)

STUYVESANT—Jason Michael Sweet, 35, of Castleton died suddenly Friday, February 16, 2018 in Stuyvesant.

He was born April 16, 1982 in Hudson.

A postal worker with the USPS in Hudson, Mr. Sweet was an avid bowler, pool player and a loving family man.

He will be greatly missed by: his father, Mark Sweet of Hudson; mother and stepfather, Ann and (William) Lixfield of Catskill; loving partner, Erica A. Scales; his daughters, Paige M. Padilla and Piper M. Sweet, all at home; one brother, Mark Sweet, Jr., of Hudson; his sister, Ashley Sweet of Hudson; aunts, Irene Fillio, Bethann and (Anthony) Winig; uncles, Leonard and (Grace), Roger and (Tammy), Joey and (Cindy), Woddy and (Debbie), Matthew and (Donna) Sweet; grandparents, William H. and Irene Lixfield of Hyde Park; brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Dana Warburton of Valatie and mother-in-law, SueAnn Ringwood of Lansingburgh.

Calling hours will be held Tuesday, February 20 from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Sacco-McDonald-Valenti Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Greenport. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday, February 21, 11 a.m. at the Church of St. Joseph in Stottville. Burial will follow in Cedar Park Cemetery. To leave online condolences visit

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